November 14, 2017 at 5:12 pm #51428
November 13, 2017
Oregon State University
Human well-being will be severely jeopardized by negative trends in some types of environmental harm, such as a changing climate, deforestation, loss of access to fresh water, species extinctions and human population growth, scientists warn.
Human well-being will be severely jeopardized by negative trends in some types of environmental harm, such as a changing climate, deforestation, loss of access to fresh water, species extinctions and human population growth, scientists warn in today’s issue of BioScience, an international journal.
The viewpoint article — “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice” — was signed by more than 15,000 scientists in 184 countries.
The warning came with steps that can be taken to reverse negative trends, but the authors suggested that it may take a groundswell of public pressure to convince political leaders to take the right corrective actions. Such activities could include establishing more terrestrial and marine reserves, strengthening enforcement of anti-poaching laws and restraints on wildlife trade, expanding family planning and educational programs for women, promoting a dietary shift toward plant-based foods and massively adopting renewable energy and other “green” technologies.
Global trends have worsened since 1992, the authors wrote, when more than 1,700 scientists — including a majority of the living Nobel laureates at the time — signed a “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity” published by the Union of Concerned Scientists. In the last 25 years, trends in nine environmental issues suggest that humanity is continuing to risk its future. However, the article also reports that progress has been made in addressing some trends during this time.
The article was written by an international team led by William Ripple, distinguished professor in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. The authors used data maintained by government agencies, nonprofit organizations and individual researchers to warn of “substantial and irreversible harm” to the Earth.
“Some people might be tempted to dismiss this evidence and think we are just being alarmist,” said Ripple. “Scientists are in the business of analyzing data and looking at the long-term consequences. Those who signed this second warning aren’t just raising a false alarm. They are acknowledging the obvious signs that we are heading down an unsustainable path. We are hoping that our paper will ignite a wide-spread public debate about the global environment and climate.”
Progress in some areas — such as a reduction in ozone-depleting chemicals and an increase in energy generated from renewable sources — shows that positive changes can be made, the authors wrote. There has been a rapid decline in fertility rates in some regions, which can be attributed to investments in education for women, they added. The rate of deforestation in some regions has also slowed.
Among the negative 25-year global trends noted in the article are:
A 26 percent reduction in the amount of fresh water available per capita
A drop in the harvest of wild-caught fish, despite an increase in fishing effort
A 75 percent increase in the number of ocean dead zones
A loss of nearly 300 million acres of forestland, much of it converted for agricultural uses
Continuing significant increases in global carbon emissions and average temperatures
A 35 percent rise in human population
A collective 29 percent reduction in the numbers of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and fish
Ripple and his colleagues have formed a new independent organization, the Alliance of World Scientists, to be a collective voice on environmental sustainability and human well-being. Scientists who did not sign the warning prior to publication can endorse the published warning by visiting http://scientists.forestry.oregonstate.edu/.
Co-authors of the article include Ripple and Christopher Wolf at Oregon State University and Eileen Crist of Virginia Tech in the United States; Mauro Galleti of the Universidade Estadual Paulista in Brazil; Thomas Newsome of The University of Sydney and Deakin University and William Laurence of James Cook University in Australia; Mohammad Alongir of the University of Chittagong in Bangladesh; Mahmoud Mahmoud of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency in Nigeria.
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William J. Ripple et al. World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice. BioScience, 2017 (in press) DOI: 10.1093/biosci/bix125November 14, 2017 at 6:32 pm #51429
I was just reading about the fall of the Roman Empire, one of the emperors who was installed at that time was Elagabolus a transvestite with male lovers who prostituted himself in the palace to the nobility, and walked backwards in the market place according to strange traditions. Eventually the Praetorian Guard put him out of his misery. Rome was desperate to find someone of virtue to take the helm. But the rot had been working for a long time and gone deep.
Scientists don’t understand that underneath it all is a total moral decline headlined by the LGBTQ business. The new Star Trek series for instance has homosexual sex shoved down your throat prime time, just in case any young child might escape the new indoctrination from our destructive generation.
In Germany soon incest marriages will be legalised, and cannibalism from consenting adults – after all there is no God so what objection could anyone possibly have.
Human society has seen it all before, seemingly unable to regain its virtue.
On a deeper level human society seems to rise over centuries to a certain high level, but unless mankind can make the leap up to a non-material existence he simply runs out of road, and then collapses into an orgy of greed and lust as his desire turned inwards instead of outwards and he starts consuming himself.
Unfortunately it seems only a few monkey-men are able to make that leap upwards. And so our societies have this social abortion and great fall. Again and again.
Would that it were not so.
The Hare Krishna movement, their philosophy is that in an era such as ours it is impossible to reach a high consciousness and the simple singing of praise to God counts triple and is enough to save your soul.
There have been much much much worse eras that this one.
The time has come to be worthy and have no excuses.November 15, 2017 at 3:37 am #51430
…the Hare Krishna movement, their philosophy is that in an era such as ours it is impossible to reach a high consciousness…
One should also not take this Vaishnava theology too seriously.
And by the way according to Srimad Bhagavatan it’s virodha bhakti which is the superor way.
HOWDYNovember 15, 2017 at 4:41 pm #51431
On 11 March 2013, Tyler was the first Tunisian woman to post a photograph of herself nude from the waist up on Facebook, with the phrase “My body is mine and not the source of anybody’s honour” in Arabic. The photo was seen as scandalous and evoked strong controversies within Tunisian society comparable to the nude self-portraits of the Egyptian Aliaa Magda Elmahdy two years earlier. On 16 March, the popular talk host Naoufel Ouertani invited her to his show on Ettounsiya where she appeared disguised by pixellation. She explained that it was not for sexual reasons that she appeared topless but to call out their demands for the women’s liberation in a patriarchal society
(Бегемот, meaning “hippopotamus” in Russian) An enormous demonic black cat (said to be as large as a hog) who speaks, walks on two legs, and can transform into human shape for brief periods. He has a penchant for chess, vodka, pistols, and obnoxious sarcasm. He is evidently the least-respected member of Woland’s team — Margarita boldly takes to slapping Behemoth on the head after one of his many ill-timed jokes, without fear of retribution. In the last chapters, it appears that Behemoth is a demon pageboy, the best clown in the world, who paid off his debt by serving Satan in his Moscow journey. His name (Бегемот) refers to both the Biblical monster and the Russian word for hippopotamus.November 17, 2017 at 11:02 am #51436
I am always worried I go too far in my angry smouldering posts and I might offend someone, but then I read yours and I feel relieved !!!!
It’s good for people to feel happy isn’t it, to feel their body to enjoy life and enjoy their sexuality.
Earth is like a watering hole in Africa, it draws all sorts of creatures from far away and they play fight mate and do who-knows-what here !!!
It’s a great fun game, even the wars and terrible suffering, sort of.
Amina Tyler looks miserable and egotistical. I wish that she feels love inside, because that’s what she wants isn’t it ? Standing there with her tits out, she needs love and reception. I would love to help people.
It’s not that women are objectified that is really the problem you know, it is that humans are deranged and suffer.
And the answer lies in your heart and your 3rd eye, both areas needs transformation.
Everyone must take their journey, perhaps there are no “rules”, there is no saving mankind, but for sure there is solidarity and mutual encouragement, each person playing one role of a generating cycle. I must be wood, no ? I am always angry and pushy.
Which one are you ?
Do I know anything useful ?
Yes, several things.
If you awaken the 3rd eye your mind will stop completely and you will live in silence and realise how completely insane everyone is with this voice in their head – btw that is your voice but you are disconnected. And if you open consciousness fully it washes clean the entire body. Effortlessly.
So after all the mythology and incense there was in fact a secret to be found that will transform and save your life, all the hungry searching of humans in fact have a destination and reason.
But you know what … as soon as a teacher dies, the light goes out, and the swarming humans pulling pushing laughing fighting, they soon bury that light and it’s gone. Light is a living thing, it withstands the tearing of the seasons, but only for so long.
And so it goes.November 17, 2017 at 3:43 pm #51437
Did ancient priests fool visitors to a sulfurous subterranean stream that they had crossed the River Styx and entered Hades?
…Amina Tyler looks miserable and egotistical…
Sorry, but is there any Bujinkan presence in Tunisia?
Sorry for my broken English.
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