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Climate crisis: 11,000 scientists warn of ‘untold suffering’


THE WORLD’S PEOPLE face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists.

“We declare clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency,” it states. “To secure a sustainable future, we must change how we live. [This] entails major transformations in the ways our global society functions and interacts with natural ecosystems.”

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There is no time to lose, the scientists say: “The climate crisis has arrived and is accelerating faster than most scientists expected. It is more severe than anticipated, threatening natural ecosystems and the fate of humanity.”

The statement is published in the journal BioScience on the 40th anniversary of the first world climate conference, which was held in Geneva in 1979. The statement was a collaboration of dozens of scientists and endorsed by further 11,000 from 153 nations. The scientists say the urgent changes needed include ending population growth, leaving fossil fuels in the ground, halting forest destruction and slashing meat eating.


IMAGERY: Overlayed graph plots the rise of Australia’s air temperature since 1910 (Source: Bureau of Meteorology). Background image Koorabri bushfire, January 2013. The District Bulletin reported in its February 2013 issue — “ ‘Hot as blazes’ with high winds and ‘catastrophic’ fire conditions were forecast for Palerang, Queanbeyan and other parts of south-east NSW in early January … In neighbouring Yass region conditions were out of control for longer, graziers lost their farm infrastructure and fodder and stock deaths were horrendous, reportedly some 10,000 sheep and cattle died in that fire and more were euthanased afterwards.

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