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A Global Consensus: 15,000 Scientists From 184 Countries Warn of Negative Global Environmental Trends

Source: Phys.org/Oregon State University - November 14, 2017 in Environment, Featured

A Global Consensus: 15,000 Scientists From 184 Countries Warn of Negative Global Environmental Trends
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Human well-being will be severely jeopardized by negative trends in some types of environmental harm, such as a changing climate, deforestation, loss of access to fresh water, species extinctions and human population growth, scientists warn in today’s issue of BioScience, an international journal.

The viewpoint article—”World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice”—was signed by more than 15,000 scientists in 184 countries.

The warning came with steps that can be taken to reverse negative trends, but the authors suggested that it may take a groundswell of public pressure to convince political leaders to take the right corrective actions. Such activities could include establishing more terrestrial and marine reserves, strengthening enforcement of anti-poaching laws and restraints on wildlife trade, expanding family planning and educational programs for women, promoting a dietary shift toward plant-based foods and massively adopting renewable energy and other “green” technologies.

Global trends have worsened since 1992, the authors wrote, when more than 1,700 scientists—including a majority of the living Nobel laureates at the time—signed a “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity” published by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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