Over 15,000 global scientists issued a new report called the World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A second noticed, and was published in the Journal BioScience. The first notice was released by the 1,700 global scientists twenty-five years ago, warning humanity about threats to the Earth.
Since the initial version, almost every major threats to the Earth have grown critical, especially the ever-growing world population, which has increased by 35% (adding two billion people) since 1992, according to the update.
Other key dangers are global warming and the consistently mounting carbon emissions from petroleum product use, as well as unsustainable agricultural practices and deforestation, shortage of fresh water, loss of ocean life and increasing sea dead zones.
“This is the second warning to humanity, and the Earth’s issues are getting far worse, as delineated by these disturbing trends,” said the report.
“We’re endangering our future by not getting control over our severe but geographical and demographically uneven material utilization and not seeing continuous booming population growth as a key factor behind numerous environmental and societal dangers,” it added.
Scientists also noted that it’s “especially disturbing” that the planet is on a path towards “potentially catastrophic environmental change because of the increasing greenhouse gases from consuming petroleum derivatives.”
Animals facing extinction
Many animals are disappearing at an alarming rate as they suffer because of the activities of humans.
“We’ve released a mass extinction activity, the 6th in about 540 million years, wherein numerous current living things could be annihilated or possibly dedicated to extinction by the end of the 21st century,” it said.
Earth can still improve
The only problem that has received considerable improvements in a quarter century is the closing of the ozone hole – all thanks to a precarious reduction in the use of vaporized sprays and toxins that led to the depletion of the ozone.
This rapid worldwide declination in the use of ozone-depleting substances proves that we can still improve our situation if we act decisively.”
The report outlines 13 stages we must take, including making contraception widely accessible and evaluating a scientifically defensible and sustainable population size as long as possible while mobilizing countries and global leaders to support that fundamental objective.
“The solution was well explained by the global scientists 25 years ago, but in many regards, we choose to ignore their warning.