More Than 11K Scientists Sign Warning Of Global Climate Emergency, Call For Improved Access To Family Planning Methods As Part Of Strategy

ABC News: 11,000 scientists sign declaration of global climate emergency
“Thousands of scientists from around the world have mobilized to warn people of an impending global climate emergency if levels of greenhouse gas emissions are not significantly reduced. More than 11,000 scientists have signed a declaration stating ‘clearly and unequivocally’ that humans could endure ‘untold suffering’ if massive changes aren’t made to the biosphere, according to an article published in the scientific journal Bioscience on Tuesday, exactly 40 years after the First World Climate Conference was held in Geneva…” (Jacobo, 11/5).

Fox News: Over 11,000 scientists warn of ‘climate emergency’
“… ‘Greenhouse gas emissions are still rapidly rising, with increasingly damaging effects on the Earth’s climate. An immense increase of scale is endeavors to conserve our biosphere is needed to avoid untold suffering due to the climate crisis,’ they write in the warning published in the journal BioScience…” (Carbone, 11/5).

NBC News: More than 11,000 scientists issue fresh warning: Earth faces a climate emergency
“…The research, led by ecologists William Ripple and Christopher Wolf at Oregon State University, identifies six key areas in which governments, businesses, and members of the public can make critical changes, including addressing the planet’s swelling population, which has been a contentious topic in the climate debate. The authors say family planning services and other social justice efforts that promote full gender equity should be enacted to help stabilize the world’s population, which is increasing by approximately 80 million people per year…” (Chow, 11/5).

Washington Post: More than 11,000 scientists from around the world declare a ‘climate emergency’
“…The study also departs from other major climate assessments in that it directly addresses the politically sensitive subject of population growth. The study notes that the global decline in fertility rates has ‘substantially slowed’ during the past 20 years, and calls for ‘bold and drastic’ changes in economic growth and population policies to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Such measures would include policies that strengthen human rights, especially for women and girls, and make family-planning services ‘available to all people,’ the paper says…” (Freedman, 11/5).

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