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Earth Needs Fewer People to Beat the Climate Crisis, Scientists Say

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Forty years ago, scientists from 50 nations converged on Geneva to discuss what was then called the “CO2-climate problem.” At the time, with reliance on fossil fuels having helped trigger the 1979 oil crisis, they predicted global warming would eventually become a major environmental challenge.

The scientists got to work, building a strategy on how to attack the problem and laying the groundwork for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world’s preeminent body of climate scientists. Their goal was to get ahead of the problem before it was too late. But after a fast start, the fossil fuel industry, politics and the prioritization of economic growth over planetary health slowed them down.

Now, four decades later, a larger group of scientists is sounding another, much more urgent alarm. More than 11,000 experts from around the world are calling for a critical addition to the main strategy of dumping fossil fuels for renewable energy: there needs to be far fewer humans on the planet.

“We declare, with more than 11,000 scientist signatories from around the world, clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency,” the scientists wrote in a stark warning published Tuesday in the journal BioScience.

While warnings about the consequences of unchecked climate change have become so commonplace as to inure the average news consumer, this latest communique is exceptionally significant given the data that accompanies it.

When absorbed in sequence, the charts lay out a devastating trend for planetary health. From meat consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and ice loss to sea-level rise and extreme weather events, they lay out a grim portrait of 40 years of squandered opportunities.

The scientists make specific calls for policymakers to quickly implement systemic change to energy, food, and economic policies. But they go one step further, into the politically fraught territory of population control. It “must be stabilized—and, ideally, gradually reduced—within a framework that ensures social integrity,” they write.

The problem is enormous, yet the signatories still manage to strike an upbeat tone. For all the lost chances, progress is being made, they contend.

“We are encouraged by a recent surge of concern,” the letter states. “Governmental bodies are making climate emergency declarations. Schoolchildren are striking. Ecocide lawsuits are proceeding in the courts. Grassroots citizen movements are demanding change, and many countries, states and provinces, cities, and businesses are responding.”

The report, however, comes one day after U.S. President Donald Trump began the formal procedure of withdrawing America from the Paris climate accord.

bloomberg



39 Comments on "Earth Needs Fewer People to Beat the Climate Crisis, Scientists Say"

  1. makati1 on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 3:35 pm 

    I have been trying to post a reply to a previous comment, but the site keeps rejecting it. I tried to post 12 hours ago, and again now. Yet, it accepts and posts all the trash talk. Is it censoring real facts and info?

    The reply compared the US with China and showed the US in a negative pollution light. Is the truth too painful PO? That the US still pollutes at twice the rate, per capita, as China?

  2. makati1 on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 3:39 pm 

    BTW: Yes, the planet needs fewer people. Can we start by eliminating the billionaires? Maybe greedy capitalism should go also and the US go back to only consuming its 4% share of resources instead of the constant 25%+? Ditto for all of the waste mostly in the West. Downsize now. Save the planet for our grand kids.

  3. Davy on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 3:40 pm 

    makato, your talking bad about your boy juanPee.LOL. Try clearing your history or use a different browser

  4. Antius on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 3:41 pm 

    I have had the same thing Makati. The piss poor software on this site seems to reject certain links. I think it is an error os some sort, rather than censorship. It appears quite random in terms of what it doesn’t show.

  5. makati1 on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 4:43 pm 

    Maybe you need to just go away Davy? Then there would be no reason for the trash talk?

    I can post here 99.99% of the time with no problems, but occasionally it doesn’t post what I send and tells me I already posted it when I try to resend. Not a problem on my end.

  6. makati1 on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 4:47 pm 

    Antius, the comment I tried to post had no links, just info, and was not long like some word salads here.

    It is frustrating when I spend time researching the facts to post and then they do not show, although the site says I already posted that comment.

    Maybe it is time for PO to just fold and go away?

  7. full woke muzzies lovers unite for taquiya on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 4:53 pm 

    Supertard big muzzie beard very angry with stupid party of NH

  8. Antius on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 4:53 pm 

    “Antius, the comment I tried to post had no links, just info, and was not long like some word salads here.”

    That is strange. I have only experienced problems posting posts containing links. Given that I was able to post a comment that suggested that Black Africans had the same IQ as dogs, I somehow doubt that comments are being screened.

  9. Davy on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 5:12 pm 

    “Maybe you need to just go away Davy? Then there would be no reason for the trash talk?“

    Lol. I see you approve of censorship and the trash talk then you whine about it. If you, juanpee, and annoymouse would leave then the trash talk would go and your boring redundant anti-American whining would be over.

  10. Davy on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 5:14 pm 

    “Maybe it is time for PO to just fold and go away?”

    Don’t let the door slap you on your ass

  11. makati1 on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 5:29 pm 

    Davy quit putting words in my mouth. You are the big problem here, not anyone else. You started it with childish putdowns many years ago, as we all remember. You seem to have bouts of selective memory loss.

    You are mentally deranged and prove it every post you make here Davy. Go away and the site will settle down to its original purpose, to exchange views and debate. If you cannot debate honestly and intelligently, then stop posting.

    You are a perfect example of everything wrong in Amerika today. The world would be better off without either of you. I hope the Great Leveling happens soon. it is fast approaching Amerika.

    Someday, you will mouth off to someone who then punches your face into a pulp. I suspect that day is fast approaching as the shit gets closer to the fan and tensions increase in the US. Better run to that shack you claim your wife owns in Italy. LOL

  12. Davy on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 5:37 pm 

    Please, makato, stop your whining. Be a man and say something intelligent. Who gives a shit if your feeling are hurt because I trashed your agenda of cherry picking anti-Americanism. You failed so man up and quit being a sore loser.

  13. Chrome Mags on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 5:45 pm 

    “40 ago, scientists from 50 nations converged on Geneva to discuss what was then called the “CO2-climate problem.” At the time, with reliance on fossil fuels having helped trigger the 1979 oil crisis, they predicted global warming would eventually become a major environmental challenge.”

    “The report, however, comes one day after U.S. President Donald Trump began the formal procedure of withdrawing America from the Paris climate accord.”

    The US hasn’t changed since Reagan had the solar panels pulled off the White House roof and pulled funding for the algae oil project Carter had started, that was just about to take their top algae strains and begin scaling up. The project ended with some strains held in refrigeration until later when they were trashed.

    We will never know what may have come from that govt. funded algae oil project if it had continued to be funded.

  14. Sissyfuss on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 6:02 pm 

    This article basically repeats the message of the previous article but in a much more benign manner.

  15. makati1 on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 6:04 pm 

    You don’t like your face shoved into your shit Davy? Aw! Too bad! NOT! You deserve it and more here should take up the cause to get rid of you so it can be a decent, intelligent site again.

    You have delusions of grandeur, Davy. You claim a lot of wins but, like the US, you are a loser, big time. You project yourself onto others here but never look in the mirror. Hypocrite!

    I enjoy my bouts with you because you cannot refute my comments with facts, just bullshit. I research my comments before I post them and they are facts, not propaganda. The US is swirling down the shitter, and when the flush is over, not much will be left of the old capitalist system, or you. Wait and see.

  16. Duncan Idaho on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 7:07 pm 

    Last month’s temperatures were 0.69°C above average, making #October 2019 the hottest on record.

  17. Duncan Idaho on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 7:15 pm 

    September 2019: Earth’s Warmest September on Record
    https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/eye-of-the-storm/september-2019-earths-warmest-september-on-record/

  18. Davy on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 7:31 pm 

    “You don’t like your face shoved into your shit Davy? Aw! Too bad! NOT! You deserve it and more here should take up the cause to get rid of you so it can be a decent, intelligent site again.”

    What shit? I win you three lose. Makato is a hate spewing hipocit. Your best friend Annoymouse is a stalking imbecile. JuanPee is a lunatic. I am still here and the three of you are whining and stalking me daily. What is your definition of decent, dumbass? You attack people and nations with the worst of intensions. You crave a war but then cry fake tears for the 3rd world who suffer them. Most of the damage done to the planet is your generation, makato. You deserve to be told how worthless your life was that contributed to this.

  19. makati1 on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 7:43 pm 

    My generation Davy? How did your supposed family get so wealthy that you can pretend farm on their dime? How do you ignore the private jet rides you bragged about previously to the Bahamas and on and on?

    Hypocrite Davy, look in the mirror and see yourself as those here see you, a worthless, immature, arrogant, delusional bully that has no real life or future. A supporter of all that is wrong in Amerika today. Clean up your own act before you try to teach you betters.

  20. makati1 on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 7:47 pm 

    Yes Duncan, we are constantly setting new records in most things negative, like temperature, waste/pollution, greed, etc. The human experiment is a failure and will be allowed to die out and then be replaced with a new system. I may even live to see the die out happen. I am only 75.

  21. Duncan Idaho on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 7:57 pm 

    I am only 75.
    In my 70s also..
    Things are changing.

  22. Davy on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 7:58 pm 

    “My generation Davy? How did your supposed family get so wealthy that you can pretend farm on their dime?”
    Come on makato, admit you and your generation are a failure. We had a chance around the beginning of the 80’s when you were in your prime. It was all lost then because of greedy bastards like you.

    “How do you ignore the private jet rides you bragged about previously to the Bahamas and on and on?”
    Makato, your jet rides from the P’s to the States I imagine uses more fuel than my once in a very rare event of flying on the family’s jet. Big deal. We are talking about your entire life, makato as a failure.

    “Hypocrite Davy, look in the mirror and see yourself as those here see you, a worthless, immature, arrogant, delusional bully that has no real life or future.”
    Whine, whine, and whine makato you came on this site and wanted to shove nasty taunts onto to people. I got tired of you telling me my family is fat and stupid back in the old days so I began to moderate your childish putdowns with the truth. I don’t do the lunatic stalking that you guys do. I sued facts and intelligent comments to show you are a complete idiot. You are an ignorant old man that believes he is the center of the earth. You have zero education abut act like you are the professor. You are in a 3rd world country living an isolated life growing old with no health care benefits besides the local clinic . You left your family and do not even care. What a piece of shit.

  23. Davy on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 8:00 pm 

    “I may even live to see the die out happen. I am only 75.”

    You can’t wait for the die off, can you. Makato, you are nearing your end and would like to see the whole ship go down with you. That is all you care about you disgusting old man.

  24. Davy on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 8:02 pm 

    Where are your lunatic friends annoy and juanPee, that usually are lucking and stalking ready to jump in to help you out. LOL.

  25. Duncan Idaho on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 8:11 pm 

    “We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like “I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive. …” And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car, which was going about 100 miles an hour with the top down to Las Vegas. And a voice was screaming: “Holy Jesus! What are these goddamn animals?”
    Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail
    Then it was quiet again. My attorney had taken his shirt off and was pouring beer on his chest, to facilitate the tanning process. “What the hell are you yelling about?” he muttered, staring up at the sun with his eyes closed and covered with wraparound Spanish sunglasses. “Never mind,” I said. “It’s your turn to drive.” I hit the brakes and aimed the Great Red Shark toward the shoulder of the highway. No point mentioning those bats, I thought. The poor bastard will see them soon enough.”

  26. Sissyfuss on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 8:16 pm 

    Record warm months tell the tale but the disconnected Jet Stream floods the nation with abnormal cold, not quite the Polar Vortex but enough for the deplorables to scream Chinese hoax. With the added mislead of the decades delay in emissions desecration, it seems as though Gaia is setting up us fools for her own amusement. Nature most certainly can be cruel.

  27. full woke muzzies lovers unite on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 8:19 pm 

    Supertard Duncan may you live long and prosper.
    Not sure if I appointed you supertards
    Your title is “the lover” of muzzies

  28. The Board on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 8:31 pm 

    Go away Davy. Nobody wants to listen to your insane BS anymore.

  29. The Board on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 8:34 pm 

    Go away JuanP we are sick of lunatics

  30. The Board on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 8:39 pm 

    Everyone here is sick of your insanity Davy.

    Find something meaningful to do with your life.

  31. The Board on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 8:46 pm 

    JuanP please leave this forum and the US. Go back to your turd world country and take your GED monkey degree with you. Oh, and leave the stolen US property you have accumulated. You don’t deserve anything.

  32. makati1 on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 9:00 pm 

    Davy, your putdowns/denial will do nothing to delay the inevitable downfall of the US. Yes, I want it to happen asap so the rest of the world can get on with living. Its like having a drug addict murderer in your neighborhood and not being able to kill it. All you can do is wait for it to self-destruct.

    The US is nothing more than a mafia led by a bunch of psychopaths and greedy capitalists, like your supposed rich family. The rest of the world is turning away from it more and more and putting up fences to keep it out. Isolation is Amerika’s future and all the misery that goes with it.

  33. supremacist muzzies lovers unite on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 9:01 pm 

    Pork very cheap. Enjoy it before muzzies ban it

  34. supremacist muzzies lovers unite on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 9:04 pm 

    The Board on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 8:46 pm
    Be respectful to supertard juanp. After I appointed him supertard he no longer face deportation. Welcomen senor juanp

  35. makati1 on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 9:18 pm 

    “More than 11,000 scientists from 153 countries endorsed a new paper offering six areas of action for climate change mitigation based on analysis of 40 years of data.”

    https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2019/11/05/11K-scientists-declare-climate-emergency-in-new-paper/5091572969398/

    The USMSM can post all kinds of denials but they change nothing. It might seems cold but most of the planet is still hot.

    https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/overlay=temp/orthographic

    Mother Nature will not save us. She is bringing out her big guns like flooded fields at planting time, subzero temps and snow before harvest, not to mention drought, disease and forest fires all over the world.

    Buckle up! It is going to be a fantastically rough ride to the bottom.

  36. Davy on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 10:08 pm 

    You think your so smart makato. I hate smart people, specially smart American people like you. Go back to your failed 3rd world US America.

    Dumbass

  37. makati1 on Wed, 6th Nov 2019 12:07 am 

    LOL Nice!

  38. JuanP ID theft and socks on Wed, 6th Nov 2019 4:44 am 

    This is from stupid last night:

    Davy said You think your so smart makato. I hate smart peopl…

    supremacist muzzies lovers unite said The Board on Tue, 5th Nov 2019 8:46 pm Be respectf…

    supremacist muzzies lovers unite said Pork very cheap. Enjoy it before muzzies ban it

  39. Easy to fool on Wed, 6th Nov 2019 5:02 am 

    JuanP likes fooling his daddy:

    makati1 said LOL Nice!

    JuanP ID theft
    Davy said You think your so smart makato. I hate smart peopl…

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