Twenty-five years after global scientists issued a “warning to humanity” about dangers to the environment, a new update released on Monday says most of the planet’s problems are getting “far worse.”
The initial version, released in 1992 by the Union of Concerned Scientists, was signed by 1,700 experts.
In the second warning letter to the globe, more than 15,000 scientists from 184 countries said humans had ‘unleashed a mass extinction event, the sixth in roughly 540 million years, wherein many current life forms could be annihilated or at least committed to extinction by the end of this century’.
They said the the reduction in ozone-depleting chemicals and an increase in energy generated from renewable sources were a positive step.
Only one problem has seen considerable improvements in a quarter century – the closing of the ozone hole – thanks to a steep reduction in the use of aerosol sprays and pollutants that led to ozone depletion.
This “rapid global decline in ozone-depleting substances shows that we can make positive change when we act decisively.”
The article ‘World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice’ notes 25 negative global trends.
They also shared some solutions include promoting plant-based diets and renewable energy while phasing out subsidies for fossil fuels, population growth control, food habits, planting more trees are some of them.
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