Saturday, March 22, 2014

Scientists: Wake Up, America! US Climate Inaction Imperils Earth

Once and for all, prominent U.S. scientists are saying, Americans need to wake up, get a grip, and face the reality that not only will human-caused climate change continue to noticeably impact local weather patterns from time to time but that it could also lead to "abrupt, unpredictable and potentially irreversible" changes that will dramatically alter the lives of billions of people and the life systems supported by Earth.

Worried that Americans specifically—despite all available evidence, repeated warnings, and urgent calls for action—have largely ignored the crisis, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) on Tuesday launched a new project—including key messages and compelling videos—designed to cut through the disinformation campaign surrounding the science of climate change while offering a direct challenge for the U.S. to finally take a leading role on the issue.

"As scientists," the statement by the AAS says, "it is not our role to tell people what they should do or must believe about the rising threat of climate change. But we consider it to be our responsibility as professionals to ensure, to the best of our ability, that people understand what we know: human-caused climate change is happening, we face risks of abrupt, unpredictable and potentially irreversible changes, and responding now will lower the risk and cost of taking action."

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