Posted October 22, 2020 in Featured News

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Freedom, respect and tolerance are handmaidens to science. Nearly 300 million acres of forest have been lost, mostly to make way for agricultural land.

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We know that we are in the midst of a climate and ecological emergency. We submit, that in order to prevent widespread misery caused by catastrophic damage to the biosphere, humanity must practice more environmentally sustainable alternative to business-as-usual. The authors drew on data from government agencies, non-profit organisations and individual researchers to set out their case that environmental impacts were likely to inflict "substantial and irreversible harm" to the Earth. Nonscientists are now invited to endorse the World Scientists' Warning to Humanity: a second notice at the companion website where both individual and organizational endorsements can be submitted and gratefully received. It may not be possible to sign the article using Internet Explorer, but other web browsers seem to be working. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. “Scientists have a moral obligation to clearly warn humanity of any catastrophic threat and to tell it like it is.“, Scientists’ Warning: Microorganisms and Climate Change. A factory in China is shrouded by a haze of air pollution. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts.

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