The letter, originally written in 1992 and signed by 1,500 scientists, argued human impacts on the natural world were likely to lead to "vast human misery" and a planet that was "irretrievably mutilated", but a quarter of a century since a majority of the world's living Nobel Laureates united to sign a warning letter about the Earth, the global scientific community's view of the future is even more bleak.
A host of environmental calamities are highlighted, including catastrophic climate change, deforestation, mass species extinction, ocean "dead zones" and lack of fresh water.
In the time since that warning was issued, the only major progress humanity has made is in regards to the first point - ozone depletion. As Newsweek noted, today ozone-depleting substances have decreased by 68 percent and, in November, the ozone hole is at its smallest since the year 1988 (though it is still substantial).
The letter outlines 13 steps that must be taken, including making contraception more widely available and "estimating a scientifically defensible, sustainable human population size for the long term while rallying nations and leaders to support that vital goal".
Among the steps that could be taken to prevent catastrophe are promoting plant-based diets; reducing wealth inequality, stopping conversions of forests and grasslands; government interventions to rein in biodiversity loss via poaching and illicit trade; and "massively adopting renewable energy sources" while phasing out fossil fuel subsidies. Scientists also recommended ensuring that economic transactions consider environmental consequences - for example, the price of an item in a store should reflect the full environmental costs required to make it, not just the cost of the human labor used to produce it.
A failure to heed this second warning, however, could lead to dire outcome. These measures certainly fall in line with numerous suggestions made by scientists in the second warning letter. Global climate change is the top most priority of the novel letter's inventory of planetary menace. During their presentation, the team representing the administration was heckled and interrupted by a protest song.
Telltale chemical signs of wine were discovered in eight jars, the oldest one dating from about 5,980 BC. The latest finds were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS ).
Diggs said he wanted to pay homage to service members, but the Vikings were penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct. The Vikings gave up almost double the 16.9 points they had allowed per game during the first half of the season.
At 4.30 am ET, the Office for National Statistics is slated to issue United Kingdom consumer and producer prices for October. The euro zone economy grew as expected in the last quarter, according to official data released on Wednesday.
Taylor sat down at the piano to sing the heartfelt song and was accompanied by just an acoustic guitar and some backup singers. It's pretty raw stuff, especially from a host who's often accused of being somewhat one-note and superficial.
Despite almost putting up triple digits on the scoreboard Friday, the Spartans finished only 3-of-12 from beyond the arc. Michigan State opened the season with a 98-66 win over North Florida behind Bridges' 20 points and 10 rebounds.
In this case, red meat consumption was identified as a potential risk factor, although here, the correlation was less striking. Foods to avoid include refined carbohydrates, foods high in added sugars, trans fats, saturated fats and processed meats.
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The area where Felton's body was found is close to where three other murders occurred in Seminole Heights last month. On Oct. 9, victim Benjamin Mitchell, 22, was waiting for a bus on North 15th Street and Frierson Avenue in Tampa.
Flying vehicle company Terrafugia bought by China's Geely
In recent months the company has been aggressively scaling up its engineering force in preparation of the acquisition from Geely. However, the company did not disclose any financial details concerning the deal, The China Daily newspaper reported today.
Vodafone shares soar on outlook boost
Shares in Vodafone were trading up 5 percent at 1005 GMT, having earlier hit a three month high of 227.50 pence. Vodafone had taken an impairment of 5.0 billion euros on its Indian activities in the first half of 2016.
Senior cop caught getting massage from lady home guard
Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat transferred him to the commissionerate headquarters as departmental punishment. The incident reportedly took place about four-five months ago at the armed reserve headquarters in Jogulamba Gadwal district.
This is how long you have to spend your old £10 note
The new version is two and a half times stronger than its paper counterpart (and is better at surviving the washing machine). Its days have been numbered since the new polymer tenner, depicting author Jane Austen, entered circulation in September.