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  • Apr 16, 2021


Scientific American (SA) agrees with 13,000 climate scientists and many mainstream media outlets: "We Are Living in a Climate Emergency, and We’re Going to Say So: It’s time to use a term that more than 13,000 scientists agree is needed"

"...[C]onsider the following scenarios: A hurricane blasts Florida. A California dam bursts because floods have piled water high up behind it. A sudden, record-setting cold snap cuts power to the entire state of Texas. These are emergencies that require immediate action. Multiply these situations worldwide, and you have the biggest environmental emergency to beset the earth in millennia: climate change.

Given the circumstances, [SA's publishers and editors have] agreed with major news outlets worldwide to start using the term “climate emergency” in its coverage of climate change. An official statement about this decision, and the impact we hope it can have throughout the media landscape, is found in the article at the link.

We are on solid scientific ground. In January ... more than 11,000 scientists from 153 countries had signed a report to signify their agreement that the world is facing a climate emergency that requires bold action."

Comment: a bold move that I applaud but I expect will be controversial amongst CC deniers.

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Matt Chester on Apr 16, 2021

a bold move that I applaud but I expect will be controversial amongst CC deniers.

It's one thing to debate the merits of competing types of carbon-reducing technology, but unfortunately I think we're at a point where worrying about the reaction of climate deniers simply can't be a part of the protocol. We have almost all scientists and the majority of the public on the side of science, those who choose to reject climate science are willingly choosing to do so and there's no 'negotiating' with that

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larry hooks on Apr 17, 2021

Reminds me of the latest version of "the day the earth stood still". We know the problems, but the solutions are unobtainable until the cataclysm.

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Henry Craver on Apr 26, 2021

It seems like the scientific basis for this change was already well established like 15 years ago? 

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