Scientists have a moral obligation to clearly warn humanity of any catastrophic threat and to “tell it like it is.” On the basis of this obligation more than 11,000 scientist signatories from around the world, clearly and unequivocally display data showing that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency.
Do you wonder if overpopulation or your beef habit or air travel is damaging to the earth? These scientists are refreshingly more worried about the health of ecosystems than about being “nice” or politically correct.
The scientists log 15 indicators of human activities and 14 indicators of anthropogenic climate impacts. “Profoundly troubling signs from human activities include sustained increases in both human and ruminant livestock populations, per capita meat production, world gross domestic product, global tree cover loss, fossil fuel consumption, the number of air passengers carried, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and per capita CO2 emissions since 2000…”
The lead authors, William J. Ripple and Christopher Wolf, are with the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University in Corvallis.