Planet’s prob­lems get­ting ‘more dire’

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MI­AMI: Twenty-five years af­ter global sci­en­tists is­sued a “warn­ing to hu­man­ity” about dan­gers to the en­vi­ron­ment, a new up­date re­leased on Mon­day said most of the planet’s prob­lems are get­ting “far worse”.

More than 15,000 sci­en­tists from 184 coun­tries signed a let­ter called “World Sci­en­tists’ Warn­ing to Hu­man­ity: A Sec­ond No­tice,” pub­lished in the journal BioS­cience. The ini­tial ver­sion, re­leased in 1992 by the Union of Con­cerned Sci­en­tists, was signed by 1,700 ex­perts.

Since then, nearly all ma­jor threats to the en­vi­ron­ment have grown more dire, par­tic­u­larly the boom­ing world pop­u­la­tion, which has added two bil­lion peo­ple since 1992, a 35% in­crease.

Other key threats are global warm­ing, un­sus­tain­able farm­ing prac­tices, de­for­esta­tion, lack of fresh wa­ter, loss of marine life and grow­ing ocean dead zones.

The doc­u­ment 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 to sup­port that vi­tal goal.” – AFP

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