Planet faces 'ghastly future of mass extinction,' climate disruption, top scientists warn

By Pheobe Weston, National Observer, January 18, 2021

The planet is facing a “ghastly future of mass extinction, declining health and climate-disruption upheavals” that threaten human survival because of ignorance and inaction, according to an international group of scientists, who warn people still haven’t grasped the urgency of the biodiversity and climate crises.

The 17 experts, including Prof. Paul Ehrlich from Stanford University, author of The Population Bomb, and scientists from Mexico, Australia and the U.S., say the planet is in a much worse state than most people — even scientists — understood.

“The scale of the threats to the biosphere and all its lifeforms — including humanity — is in fact so great that it is difficult to grasp for even well-informed experts,” they write in a report in Frontiers in Conservation Science that references more than 150 studies detailing the world’s major environmental challenges.

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