THIS IT HOW IT ENDS Thousands of scientists sign ‘Warning to Humanity’ letter predicting an imminent apocalypse
The world’s brightest minds sketch a bleak picture of the future of Planet Earth. Is it too late to save our species and preserve the environment?
MORE then 15,000 scientists from around the world have signed a terrifying letter warning of an imminent apocalypse.
The message is called “Warning to Humanity” and is an ominous vision of the grim fate awaiting our planet.
The message updates an original Warning from the Union of Concerned Scientists, which was made in 1992.
Now the global scientific community’s view of the future is even bleaker.
Apart from the hole in the ozone layer, which has now been stabilised, every one of the major threats identified in 1992 has worsened.
Runaway consumption of precious resources by an exploding population remains the biggest danger facing humankind, say the scientists.
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They urge “scientists, media influencers and lay citizens” to put pressure on governments to reverse the trend.
A host of environmental calamities are highlighted in the warning notice, including catastrophic climate change, deforestation, mass species extinction, ocean “dead zones”, and lack of access to fresh water.
Writing in the online international journal BioScience, the scientists led by top US ecologist Professor William Ripple, from Oregon State University, said: “Humanity is now being given a second notice … We are jeopardising our future by not reining in our intense but geographically and demographically uneven material consumption and by not perceiving continued rapid population growth as a primary driver behind many ecological and even societal threats.