Technology Thousands of scientists issue bleak 'second notice' to humanity

22:37  13 november  2017
22:37  13 november  2017 Source:   MSN

The company behind the 'party game for horrible people' bought a vacant plot of land on the Mexico border to stymie Trump's wall

  The company behind the 'party game for horrible people' bought a vacant plot of land on the Mexico border to stymie Trump's wall The company behind Cards Against Humanity, the self-described "party game for horrible people," has purchased a plot of land on the US-Mexico border. The company's goal is to "make it as time-consumingThe company behind Cards Against Humanity, the self-described "party game for horrible people," has purchased a vacant plot of land on the US-Mexico border, just to get in the way of President Trump's planned wall.

Planet Earth (NASA). In late 1992, 1,700 scientists from around the world issued a dire “warning to humanity .”. They said humans had pushed Earth's ecosystems to their breaking point and were well on the way to ruining the planet.

In late 1992, 1,700 scientists from around the world issued a dire "warning to humanity ." This letter, spearheaded by Oregon State University ecologist William Ripple, serves as a " second notice ," the authors say: "Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory."

Planet Earth (NASA) © Provided by WP Company LLC d/b/a The Washington Post Planet Earth (NASA)

In late 1992, 1,700 scientists from around the world issued a dire “warning to humanity.” They said humans had pushed Earth's ecosystems to their breaking point and were well on the way to ruining the planet. The letter listed environmental impacts like they were biblical plagues — stratospheric ozone depletion, air and water pollution, the collapse of fisheries and loss of soil productivity, deforestation,  species loss and  catastrophic global climate change caused by the burning of fossil fuels.

“If not checked,” wrote the scientists, led by particle physicist and Union of Concerned Scientists co-founder Henry Kendall, “many of our current practices put at serious risk the future that we wish for human society and the plant and animal kingdoms, and may so alter the living world that it will be unable to sustain life in the manner that we know.”

Scientists Hatch Bold Plan to Save Planet From Supervolcano

  Scientists Hatch Bold Plan to Save Planet From Supervolcano NASA researchers say siphoning heat from the Yellowstone Caldera could lower the risk of a deadly eruption while generating electricity.One of these monster volcanoes lurks beneath Yellowstone National Park. The Yellowstone Caldera is an enormous craterlike depression measuring 30 miles by 45 miles and filled with molten material (magma). If it were to blast its innards out in a super-eruption, it's no exaggeration to say that the human race could be imperiled.

The message is an update on the 1992 caution sent out by the Union of Concerned Scientists which was backed by more than 1,700 experts who all said our future was bleak . Professor William Ripple, from Oregon State University, said: " Humanity is now being given a second notice .

blog 'marylynch.blogdetik.com' is not exists. Tabletop Scientist -- The Science of Air

But things were only going to get worse.

Subscribe to the Post Most newsletter: Today’s most popular stories on The Washington Post

To mark the letter's 25th anniversary, researchers have issued a bracing follow-up. In a communique published Monday in the journal BioScience, more than 15,000 scientists from 184 countries assess the world's latest responses to various environmental threats. Once again, they find us sorely wanting.

“Humanity has failed to make sufficient progress in generally solving these foreseen environmental challenges, and alarmingly, most of them are getting far worse,” they write.

This letter, spearheaded by Oregon State University ecologist William Ripple, serves as a “second notice,” the authors say: “Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory.”

Astronomers Witness Gigantic Galaxy Collision

  Astronomers Witness Gigantic Galaxy Collision The two ancient galaxies are 50 times as massive as our own.Using the ALMA radio telescope in Chile, scientists have spotted what they believe to be the largest galaxy merger ever discovered. The two galaxies, collectively called ADFS-27, are both incredibly bright and massive, what scientists call 'superluminous starburst galaxies.' They are also ancient, situated 12.7 billion light-years away, making them among the oldest galaxies in the universe.

blog 'gregoryrivera.blogdetik.com' is not exists. Thirty-eight thousand miles of impressions: A document of human

blog 'brandoncobb.blogdetik.com' is not exists. Remaking Ourselves, Enterprise and Society: an Indian Approach to Human

Global climate change sits atop the new letter's list of planetary threats. Global average temperatures have risen by more than half a degree Celsius since 1992, and annual carbon dioxide emissions have increased by 62 percent.

But it's far from the only problem people face. Access to fresh water has declined, as has the amount of forestland and the number of wild-caught fish (a marker of the health of global fisheries). The number of ocean dead zones has increased. The human population grew by a whopping 2 billion, while the populations of all other mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish have declined by nearly 30 percent.

The lone bright spot exists way up in the stratosphere, where the hole in the planet's protective ozone layer has shrunk to its smallest size 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.

Scientists decry Arctic oil expansion in letter to U.S. senators

  Scientists decry Arctic oil expansion in letter to U.S. senators A group of 37 U.S.-based scientists whose research focuses on Arctic wildlife asked two U.S. senators in a letter on Thursday not to open the National Arctic Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration, according to a copy seen by Reuters. The scientists, including several retired former officials from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S.

blog 'michaelmorales.blogdetik.com' is not exists. Human Rights and Biomedicine eBook.

blog 'marisamuse.blogdetik.com' is not exists. Vaccinations: The Issue of Our Times epub pdf txt.

“The rapid global decline in ozone depleting substances shows that we can make positive change when we act decisively,” the letter says.

The authors offer 13 suggestions for reining in our impact on the planet, including establishing nature reserves, reducing food waste, developing green technologies and establishing economic incentives to  shift patterns of consumption.

To this end, Ripple and his colleagues have formed a new organization, the Alliance of World Scientists, aimed at providing a science-based perspective on issues affecting the well-being of people and the planet.

“Scientists are in the business of analyzing data and looking at the long-term consequences,” Ripple said in a release. “Those who signed this second warning aren't just raising a false alarm. They are acknowledging the obvious signs that we are heading down an unsustainable path. We are hoping that our paper will ignite a widespread public debate about the global environment and climate.”

Read more:

The Earth's ozone hole is shrinking and is the smallest it has been since 1988

Fossil fuel emissions will reach an all-time high in 2017, scientists say — dashing hopes of progress

Trump's top environmental pick says she has 'many questions' about climate change

What NASA's 20-year time-lapse of Earth shows .
Unprecedented space-based view sheds light on global warming and shows the planet literally "breathing.""It's one of a kind. It's never been done before and so being able to capture land, ocean, atmosphere, ice, over 20 years together -- it's insanely cool," NASA oceanographer Dr. Jeremy Werdell told CBS News correspondent Chip Reid.

Source: http://us.pressfrom.com/news/science-and-technology/-99523-thousands-of-scientists-issue-bleak-second-notice-to-humanity/

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!