"Back in 2019, more than 11,000 scientists declared a global climate emergency.
They established a comprehensive set of vital signs that impact or reflect the
planet’s health, such as forest loss, fossil fuel subsidies, glacier thickness,
ocean acidity and surface temperature.
In a new paper published today, we show how these vital signs have changed
since the original publication, including through the COVID-19 pandemic. In
general, while we’ve seen lots of positive talk and commitments from some
governments, our vital signs are mostly not trending in the right direction.
So, let’s look at how things have progressed since 2019, from the growing
number of livestock to the meagre influence of the pandemic.
Is it all bad news?
No, thankfully. Fossil fuel divestment and fossil fuel subsidies have improved
in record-setting ways, potentially signalling an economic shift to a renewable
World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency 2021
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Manager, Serious Cybernetics