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by Ace Damon
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Thousands of the world's leading scientists have come together to declare that & quot; untold human suffering & quot; It is inevitable without profound and lasting changes in human activities.

An alliance of more than 11,000 scientists signed the document that declared the climate emergency before providing a set of effective actions that humans could take.

To limit the damage caused by greenhouse gas emissions from humans, the newspaper calls for more control over the growing global population, which currently grows to over 200,000 people a day.

In addition, population control would have to be approached with methods that would guarantee social and economic justice in order to sustain a morally and ecologically sound world.

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The global group is led by Oregon State University professor of ecology William J. Ripple and researcher Christopher Wolf.

Professor Ripple said: “Despite 40 years of major global negotiations, we continue to conduct business as usual and cannot deal with this crisis.

"Climate change has arrived and is accelerating faster than many scientists expected."

The document pointed to six areas in which humanity should take immediate action to lessen the effects of a warming planet.

Firstly by reducing energy consumption and replacing fossil fuels with low carbon renewable sources – leaving the remaining stocks of fossil fuels in the ground.

William J. Ripple, Professor of Ecology at Oregon State University

William J. Ripple, Professor of Ecology at Oregon State University

They detail how this can be encouraged by eliminating subsidies to fossil fuel companies and imposing carbon rates high enough to restrict the use of fossil fuels.

Second, the document called for a drastic reduction in "short-lived pollutants" such as methane, soot and hydrofluorocarbons – calculating that the reduction could see the short-term warming trend cut by 50% in the coming decades.

The document also suggests that ecosystems such as forests, grasslands and mangroves be protected to achieve "ecological potential" and act as converters of carbon dioxide – a predominant greenhouse gas created by human activity.

Humans are encouraged to adopt a diet with fewer animal products by researchers.

Changing the diet would significantly reduce methane and other greenhouse gas emissions and free up farmland for growing human food instead of feed.

Reducing food waste is also considered critical – scientists say that at least one-third of all food produced ends up as waste, meaning that unnecessary emissions have been created by producing it.

Scientists call for a "carbon-free" economy, pushing the goals of growth in gross domestic product and the pursuit of extreme wealth.

Flood level shown against a speed limit sign in Finchfield, Iowa, USA

Flood level shown against a speed limit sign in Finchfield, Iowa, USA

Instead, human beings must realize their dependence on the biosphere. and put it first by restricting the exploitation of ecosystems, writes the newspaper.

Finally, the article states that the rising rate of human population needs to decrease in order to sustain an ecologically sound world.

WHAT STEPS CAN WE TAKE TO LIMIT CLIMATE CHANGE?

Detailed steps in the article by William J. Ripple, professor of ecology at Oregon State University and researcher Christopher Wolf.

1] Replace fossil fuels with low carbon renewable sources

2] Rapidly reduce emissions of methane, soot, hydrofluorocarbons and other short-lived climate pollutants

3] Restore and protect ecosystems to allow natural conversion of CO2 emissions

4] Change the world diet to plant and reduce food waste

5] Change economic goals to maintain the biosphere – not gain wealth

6] Stabilize the global human population

They add that population control would have to be approached with methods that would guarantee social and economic justice.

The article was published today in BioScience and contained more than 11,000 signatories of scientists from 153 countries.

In conclusion, the article states: Mitigating and adapting to climate change, while honoring the diversity of human beings, entails major transformations in the ways our global society functions and interacts with natural ecosystems.

“We are encouraged by a recent wave of concern. Government agencies are making climate emergency declarations. The students are awesome. Ecocide proceedings are underway in the courts. Grassroots citizen movements are demanding change, and many countries, states and provinces, cities and businesses are responding.

"As an Alliance of World Scientists, we are ready to assist decision makers in making a fair transition to a sustainable and equitable future."

Vital sign graphs in the paper illustrate several key indicators and factors of climate change over the past 40 years since scientists from 50 nations gathered at the First World Climate Conference in Geneva in 1979.

In recent decades, several other global assemblies have agreed that urgent action is essential, but greenhouse gas emissions are still rising rapidly.

Other threatening signs of human activities include sustained increases in per capita meat production, global loss of tree cover and airline passenger numbers.

There are also some encouraging signs – including reductions in global birth rates and slow forest loss in the Brazilian Amazon, and increases in wind and solar energy – but even these measures are tinged with concern.

The decline in birth rates has slowed over the last 20 years, for example, and the rate of loss of Amazon rainforest seems to be starting to rise again.

Professor Ripple added: 'Global surface temperature, ocean heat content, extreme weather and costs, sea level, ocean acidity and burnt area in the United States are all increasing.

“Globally, ice is rapidly disappearing, as demonstrated by the minimum reductions of summer ice in the Arctic, Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, and the thickness of glaciers. All of these rapid changes highlight the urgent need for action.

In recent decades, several other global assemblies have agreed that urgent action is essential, but greenhouse gas emissions are still rising rapidly.

In recent decades, several other global assemblies have agreed that urgent action is essential, but greenhouse gas emissions are still rising rapidly.

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