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Climate Change Is 'Threatening The Fate Of Humanity' Even Faster Than Scientists Thought

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Climate Change Is 'Threatening The Fate Of Humanity' Even Faster Than Scientists Thought

Over 14,000 scientists have signed a statement saying that the planet is in a state of emergency.

The research team say that governments have continuously been unable to address the root cause of climate change - 'the overexploitation of the Earth'.

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Scientists told Agence France-Presse (AFP) that out of the 31 metrics of ecological health that the Earth needs, 18 of them are facing poor results.

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Atmospheric methane and carbon dioxide levels are said to be at a record high, whilst arctic ice and glaciers are at an all-time low. Also, the issue of the rising sea levels and oceanic temperatures hasn't gone away, along with the increasing rate of deforestation in the Amazon.

Oregon State University ecologist William Ripple told AFP: "We need to stop treating the climate emergency as a stand-alone issue - global heating is not the sole symptom of our stressed Earth system.

"Policies to combat the climate crisis or any other symptoms should address their root cause: human overexploitation of the planet."

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After a similar piece of research in 2019, they said that there is an 'unprecedented surge' in worldwide climate disasters, such as, flooding in South America and Southeast Asia, record heatwaves and wildfires in Australia and the US, along with devastating cyclones in Africa and South Asia.

The report was gathered by scientists from 153 nations and they discovered many alarming signs.

The authors wrote: "The climate crisis has arrived and is accelerating faster than most scientists expected. It is more severe than anticipated, threatening natural ecosystems and the fate of humanity.

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"We declare clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency. To secure a sustainable future, we must change how we live. [This] entails major transformations in the ways our global society functions and interacts with natural ecosystems."

Even experts in the UK have warned that Brits could face 40°C Heatwaves Within 10 Years.

Researchers say that within the next 10 years, temperatures in Great Britain could reach 40°C for the very first time.

The record high for the UK is currently 38.7°C, which was recorded in Cambridge in July 2019.

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But speaking to The Sunday Times, Reading University's Chloe Brimicombe, a heatwave hazards researcher, warned that this could soon be broken.

She said: "Southern England could see its first 40°C day within the next ten years.

"Most of our rail network would not be able to run in those sorts of temperatures.

"We would see increased pressure on water resources, productivity would be reduced, and it could affect our livestock and our crops."

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Topics: World News, climate change

Anish Vij
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