Courtesy of today’s edition of Nature magazine:
Getting the word out on biosphere crisis [link is to ReadCube’s freebie preview -hro]
A landmark statement released last week, formulated from a review published in Nature last year, illustrates how effectively and rapidly bridges can be built between science and society. The review suggested that human influence may be forcing the global ecosystem towards a rapid, irreversible, planetary-scale shift.
An international group of 16 scientists spent the next few months developing the statement and circulating it to the global-change scientific community.
The resulting statement — ‘Maintaining humanity’s life support systems in the 21st century’ (see go.nature.com/prudoq) — is endorsed by more than 500 global-change researchers whose work spans every continent. It warns that unless decisive countermeasures are put into place immediately, climate change, loss of ecological diversity, extinctions, environmental contamination, human population growth and overconsumption of resources will degrade our quality of life within a few decades.
[…] (emphasis added -hro)
Can an “overwhelming scientific consensus” on this latest and greatest scary story be far behind?! Who knows how “sustainable” or “resilient” it might be, eh?
But the percolation and circulation processes are very reminiscent of the pages found in the climate consensus coordinators’ cookbook.
OMG! It’s worse than I thought! This “consensus” isn’t “overwhelming” (yet), but they do claim that it’s “scientific”. The list of 500+ signatories includes many of the usual suspects: Mann, Gleick, Weaver, Hansen, Karoly, Ehrlich, and Suzuki.
I don’t know how many of these signatories actually read this “Statement” before they signed. It is somewhat garish and amateurish in appearance (particularly the “Executive Summary”). However, they certainly seem to have made a valiant attempt to get the word out. Not sure how many additional names they might have acquired since May 21. But they might have scared off more than a few, with their opening volley:
Here are the links to the organization [formerly known as Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA)] and to their Statement:
Consensus Statement (PDF)