About half of the values that signal how the planet is doing are now extremely bad. Now action is needed, an international research team believes in a new report.
More heat waves that come more frequently, more forest fires, and more cases of dengue fever. These are some of the examples that the researcher’s highlight as signs that the planet is not doing well. In addition, they write, in March 2022 the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached the highest ever.
In the report, which is published in the journal Bioscience, the researchers have compiled global data on temperatures, storms, and floods, among other things.
The report addresses what they call “the earth’s vital parameters”, a total of 35. It is about what is important for the state of the earth, including forests, destroyed as a result of fires, changes in Antarctic ice masses, temperatures and pH in the world’s oceans, days of extreme heat, and emissions of greenhouse gases. A total of 16 of these are at critical levels, according to the researchers
The researchers point out that it has been 30 years since over 1,700 scientists signed the first “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity”, a call and a warning about how bad things will go if we humans do not take strong measures. Since then, greenhouse gas emissions have increased by 40 percent.
The researchers write that despite the fact that global warming and the risks associated with it have been known for a long time and despite countless warnings from the scientific community, the situation continues to worsen. The work to reduce fossil fuels is not enough in the long run, they also write.
The researchers believe that we must stop over-consuming, reduce waste, and work to introduce equitable, sustainable, and ecological-economic systems that lead to greater social justice.
They also want to see political and economic instruments such as higher prices for carbon dioxide emissions and that income from these go to low-income countries that are not themselves responsible for the biggest emissions but are often hit hard by the effects of the climate crisis. They also demand more investment in innovation and subsidies for renewable energy.