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‘Untold Human Suffering’ Is Coming: Scientists Declare Global Climate Emergency

More than 11,000 scientists have agreed to declare the world is already facing a climate emergency. The alliance aims to encourage government leaders and the public to increase efforts to address the issue, which has been affecting millions of people in many countries. 

The scientists said if the effects of climate change continues, we may soon experience "untold human suffering." The call comes after discovery that global temperatures have been rising faster than previously expected. 

"Scientists have a moral obligation to warn humanity of any great threat," Thomas Newsome, an environmental scientist from the University of Sydney, said. "From the data we have, it is clear we are facing a climate emergency."

Newsome and his team recently published a new study that explored energy use, surface temperature, population, deforestation, polar ice, fertility rates and carbon emissions. The researchers used data gathered over the past 40 years, ScienceAlert reported Tuesday.

"The climate crisis has arrived and is accelerating faster than most scientists expected," the researchers said in the study. "It is more severe than anticipated, threatening natural ecosystems and the fate of humanity."

The study, published in the journal BioScience, was backed by thousands of scientists from more than 150 countries. It highlights the changes on Earth that may contribute to climate change, such as carbon emissions, tree loss, increasing meat production and growing populations. 

The global population has been increasing with up to 80 million people every year. And the most recent and ongoing issue of deforestation in the Amazon is expected to have a great impact on the planet. 

William Ripple, an ecologist from Oregon State University, said the world is failing to address the crisis. The researchers suggested that efforts to reverse these trends should increase and that the industry should reduce or stop the use of fossil fuels.

The scientists who signed the declaration of global climate emergency call on countries to use more renewable energy and carbon-capture technology. Diets may also play an important role in fighting climate change since eating more plant-based foods could help cut meat production, which contributes to carbon emissions. 

Since society reigns in our own emissions, we must, at the same time, act quickly to stop and reverse habitat and biodiversity loss, allowing forests and other natural habitats to thrive and store carbon.

Newsome said it is not too late to act and make changes. Despite things looking bad in many parts of the world, “all is not hopeless" and people “can take steps to address the climate emergency."

Climate Change Climate change is expected to continue causing extreme weather events, which may put more lives at risk around the world. Pixabay

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