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World Scientists' Warning to Humanity,issued in1992 WHY DID NO-ONE LISTEN?

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posted on Aug, 26 2009 @ 05:44 AM

Some 1,700 of the world's leading scientists, including the majority of Nobel laureates in the sciences, issued this appeal in November 1992. The Warning was written and spearheaded by UCS Chair Henry Kendall.

I find it strange, This warning was issued in 1992! and more than 16 years later we are sitting with the same problems on a larger scale. Why did nobody listen?
This will be a large thread so be prepared to do some heavy reading. Bellow is the warning issued by world scientists, I just stubled across it so it is not my writings. Im copy and pasting the warning and will provide a link below.

Warning issued November 18, 1992

World Scientists'
Warning To Humanity

"Human beings and the natural world are on a collision course. Human activities inflict harsh and often irreversible damage on the environment and on critical resources. If not checked, many of our current practices put at serious risk the future that we wish for human society and the plant and animal kingdoms, and may so alter the living world that it will be unable to sustain life in the manner that we know. Fundamental changes are urgent if we are to avoid the collision our present course will bring about."

The Environment

The environment is suffering critical stress:

The Atmosphere
Stratospheric ozone depletion threatens us with enhanced ultraviolet radiation at the earth's surface, which can be damaging or lethal to many life forms. Air pollution near ground level, and acid precipitation, are already causing widespread injury to humans, forests and crops.

Water Resources
Heedless exploitation of depletable ground water supplies endangers food production and other essential human systems. Heavy demands on the world's surface waters have resulted in serious shortages in some 80 countries, containing 40% of the world's population. Pollution of rivers, lakes and ground water further limits the supply.
Destructive pressure on the oceans is severe, particularly in the coastal regions which produce most of the world's food fish. The total marine catch is now at or above the estimated maximum sustainable yield. Some fisheries have already shown signs of collapse. Rivers carrying heavy burdens of eroded soil into the seas also carry industrial, municipal, agricultural, and livestock waste -- some of it toxic.
Loss of soil productivity, which is causing extensive Land abandonment, is a widespread byproduct of current practices in agriculture and animal husbandry. Since 1945, 11% of the earth's vegetated surface has been degraded -- an area larger than India and China combined -- and per capita food production in many parts of the world is decreasing.

Tropical rain forests, as well as tropical and temperate dry forests, are being destroyed rapidly. At present rates, some critical forest types will be gone in a few years and most of the tropical rain forest will be gone before the end of the next century. With them will go large numbers of plant and animal species.

Living Species
The irreversible loss of species, which by 2100 may reach one third of all species now living, is especially serious. We are losing the potential they hold for providing medicinal and other benefits, and the contribution that genetic diversity of life forms gives to the robustness of the world's biological systems and to the astonishing beauty of the earth itself.
Much of this damage is irreversible on a scale of centuries or permanent. Other processes appear to pose additional threats. Increasing levels of gases in the atmosphere from human activities, including carbon dioxide released from fossil fuel burning and from deforestation, may alter climate on a global scale. Predictions of global warming are still uncertain -- with projected effects ranging from tolerable to very severe -- but the potential risks are very great.

Our massive tampering with the world's interdependent web of life -- coupled with the environmental damage inflicted by deforestation, species loss, and climate change -- could trigger widespread adverse effects, including unpredictable collapses of critical biological systems whose interactions and dynamics we only imperfectly understand.

Uncertainty over the extent of these effects cannot excuse complacency or delay in facing the threat.

The earth is finite. Its ability to absorb wastes and destructive effluent is finite. Its ability to provide food and energy is finite. Its ability to provide for growing numbers of people is finite. And we are fast approaching many of the earth's limits. Current economic practices which damage the environment, in both developed and underdeveloped nations, cannot be continued without the risk that vital global systems will be damaged beyond repair.

Pressures resulting from unrestrained population growth put demands on the natural world that can overwhelm any efforts to achieve a sustainable future. If we are to halt the destruction of our environment, we must accept limits to that growth. A World Bank estimate indicates that world population will not stabilize at less than 12.4 billion, while the United Nations concludes that the eventual total could reach 14 billion, a near tripling of today's 5.4 billion. But, even at this moment, one person in five lives in absolute poverty without enough to eat, and one in ten suffers serious malnutrition.

No more than one or a few decades remain before the chance to avert the threats we now confront will be lost and the prospects for humanity immeasurably diminished.

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posted on Aug, 26 2009 @ 05:48 AM
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"We the undersigned, senior members of the world's scientific community, hereby warn all humanity of what lies ahead. A great change in our stewardship of the earth and the life on it, is required, if vast human misery is to be avoided and our global home on this planet is not to be irretrievably mutilated."

What We Must Do

Five inextricably linked areas must be addressed simultaneously:

'We must bring environmentally damaging activities under control to restore and protect the integrity of the earth's systems we depend on. We must, for example, move away from fossil fuels to more benign, inexhaustible energy sources to cut greenhouse gas emissions and the pollution of our air and water. Priority must be given to the development of energy sources matched to third world needs -- small scale and relatively easy to implement. We must halt deforestation, injury to and loss of agricultural land, and the loss of terrestrial and marine plant and animal species. "

"We must manage resources crucial to human welfare more effectively. We must give high priority to efficient use of energy, water, and other materials, including expansion of conservation and recycling.
We must stabilize population. This will be possible only if all nations recognize that it requires improved social and economic conditions, and the adoption of effective, voluntary family planning. "
'We must reduce and eventually eliminate poverty.
We must ensure sexual equality, and guarantee women control over their own reproductive decisions. "

"The developed nations are the largest polluters in the world today. They must greatly reduce their over-consumption, if we are to reduce pressures on resources and the global environment. The developed nations have the obligation to provide aid and support to developing nations, because only the developed nations have the financial resources and the technical skills for these tasks. "

"Acting on this recognition is not altruism, but enlightened self-interest: whether industrialized or not, we all have but one lifeboat. No nation can escape from injury when global biological systems are damaged. No nation can escape from conflicts over increasingly scarce resources. In addition, environmental and economic instabilities will cause mass migrations with incalculable consequences for developed and undeveloped nations alike."

"Developing nations must realize that environmental damage is one of the gravest threats they face, and that attempts to blunt it will be overwhelmed if their populations go unchecked. The greatest peril is to become trapped in spirals of environmental decline, poverty, and unrest, leading to social, economic and environmental collapse."

"Success in this global endeavor will require a great reduction in violence and war. Resources now devoted to the preparation and conduct of war -- amounting to over $1 trillion annually -- will be badly needed in the new tasks and should be diverted to the new challenges."

"A new ethic is required -- a new attitude towards discharging our responsibility for caring for ourselves and for the earth. We must recognize the earth's limited capacity to provide for us. We must recognize its fragility. We must no longer allow it to be ravaged. This ethic must motivate a great movement, convince reluctant leaders and reluctant governments and reluctant peoples themselves to effect the needed changes."

"The scientists issuing this warning hope that our message will reach and affect people everywhere. We need the help of many."

"We require the help of the world community of scientists -- natural, social, economic, political;

We require the help of the world's business and industrial leaders;

We require the help of the worlds religious leaders; and

We require the help of the world's peoples.

We call on all to join us in this task."

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posted on Aug, 26 2009 @ 05:52 AM
17 years later and we're alll in essence, ok.

The fear mongering on here lately has been unsettling. But we're all okay.

A little debt here and there, but at the heart we're okay.

Most our problems can be fixed.... we just can't afford it, once we figure that money is unlimited for our 'SURVIVAL!'. Things will act up and bring a balance back.

It's not dire yet. I'm expecting the rapture as well!

posted on Aug, 26 2009 @ 05:56 AM
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Most our problems can be fixed.... we just can't afford it, once we figure that money is unlimited for our 'SURVIVAL!'. Things will act up and bring a balance back.

You really think so? I dont think it's that expensive to make healthy changes. Enviroment friendly cars and biodegradeable packaging can go a long way. The governments of the world know that there are many clean sources of energy but wont allow it to be made public, in fear that they will go broke from the loss of oil sales.

BTW I 've posted this in the wrong forum so I'm sure it will get moved.

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posted on Aug, 26 2009 @ 06:13 AM
One word can change everything: Revolution.

posted on Aug, 26 2009 @ 06:16 AM
reply to post by Whine Flu

True, care to elaborate?

posted on Aug, 26 2009 @ 06:20 AM

Originally posted by Republican08
17 years later and we're alll in essence, ok.

The fear mongering on here lately has been unsettling. But we're all okay.

A little debt here and there, but at the heart we're okay.

Have you ever heard the story of the guy who jumped off the roof of the skyscraper?

As he passed every floor, all the way to the second floor, the people looking out the window said:

"So far so good, he's still ok"

posted on Aug, 26 2009 @ 06:24 AM
reply to post by jinx880101

In due time, friend. In due time.

posted on Aug, 26 2009 @ 06:26 AM
reply to post by jinx880101

Because back then, the US was in charge and the EU was only finding its feet. It was rampant capitalism and people weren't mentally evolved enough in relation to the ideas about pollution and the environment.

Now that the EU and US hold 50% of the worlds money and 15% of the population while pushing environmental issues stronger than than any other issue.. the world is listening and acting.

Also add the fact that per capita, we are the biggest polluters and we are curbing our emmissions in leaps and bounds whilst recycling and using more and energy saving devices and renewable energy sources shows we are making a huge difference..

All we have to do is convince India to get on board and convince China to step up its curbing but these things take time.

posted on Aug, 26 2009 @ 06:29 AM
Mods, would it bepossible to move this thread to the fragile earth forum? Sorry for the hassle.

posted on Aug, 26 2009 @ 06:47 AM
Here are some predictions made by scientists and such on Earthday 1970.

“We have about five more years at the outside to do something.”
• Kenneth Watt, ecologist

“Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”
• George Wald, Harvard Biologist

“Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.”
• Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist

“By…[1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.”
• Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist

“Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions….By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.”
• Peter Gunter, professor, North Texas State University

“By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate…that there won’t be any more crude oil. You’ll drive up to the pump and say, `Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, `I am very sorry, there isn’t any.’”
• Kenneth Watt, Ecologist

Really, do I need to say any more?

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