Thousand Scientists Claim Human Damage on Earth Irreversible

Mindy Sparks
November 14, 2017

They elucidated that humans had propelled Earth's ecosystems to their breaking point and were directed towards devastating the planet.

The message, uploaded online, updates the original Warning of the Union of Concerned Scientists and added about 1,700 signers since 1992.

A prophetic "warning to humanity" giving notice of perils facing the Earth has been issued by more than 15,000 scientists from around the world. The letter chronicled environmental impressions and compared them to biblical plagues like stratospheric ozone exhaustion, air and water contamination, the disintegration of fisheries and diminution of soil productivity, deforestation, species loss and awful global climate change engendered by the burning of fossil fuels.

But things were only going to get worse. 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". Once again, they find us sorely wanting. They claim the overwhelming majority of the outlined threats are still in place and "alarmingly, most of them are getting far worse".

"Some people might be tempted to dismiss this evidence and think we are just being alarmist", Ripple said, per London's Daily Mail.


However, the current USA stance on climate change and environmental issues seems to lie counter to many of these scientists' recommendations. Global average temperatures have risen by more than half a degree Celsius since 1992, and annual carbon dioxide emissions have increased by 62 percent.

It also noted that there has been a collective 29 per cent reduction in the numbers of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and fish and a 75 per cent increase in the number of ocean dead zones. The human population grew by a whopping 2 billion, while the populations of all other mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish have declined by almost 30 percent. The ozone hole has been shrinking, fairly consistently, and this year it was the smallest seen since 1988. Scientists credit that progress to the phasing out of chlorofluorocarbons - chemicals once used in refrigerators, air conditioners and aerosol cans that trigger reactions in the atmosphere to break down ozone.

On the twenty-fifth anniversary of their call, we look back at their warning and evaluate the human response by exploring available time-series data.

It is clear that environmental scientists believe that the world still has a long way to go before it can ensure a sustainable, healthy future for the planet and for humanity. Those who signed this second warning aren't just raising a false alarm.

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