New Delhi: Around 11,258 scientists from a broad range of disciplines have warned that the planet “clearly and unequivocally faces a climate emergency,” and provides six broad policy goals that must be met to address it.
The scientists from around the world have put forward their study on the climate emergency in a journal published on Tuesday, spearheaded by the ecologists Bill Ripple and Christopher Wolf of Oregon State University, along with William Moomaw, a Tufts University climate scientist, and researchers in Australia and South Africa.
The report is a stark departure from recent scientific assessments of global warming, such as those of the UN Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, in that it does not couch its conclusions in the wishy-washy language of uncertainties, and it does not prescribe policies.
The study, called the “World Scientists, warning of a climate emergency”, marks the first time a large group of scientists has formally come out in favour of labeling climate change an “emergency”, which the study notes is caused by many human trends that are together increasing greenhouse gas emissions.
The paper bases its conclusions on a set of easy-to-understand indicators that show the human influence on climate, such as 40 years of greenhouse gas emissions, economic trends, population growth rates, per capita meat production, and global tree cover loss, as well as consequences, such as global temperature trends and ocean heat content.