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15,000 Scientists Write Letter To Give ‘Catastrophic Warning’ About Humanity’s Fate

Everyone should give heed before it’s too late. Like seriously!

If a group of 15,000 scientists from across the world say they have one warning for humanity, it’s probably important, right? Besides, these experts know what they’re talking about so getting a singular message from them is surely a big deal.

According to reports, the Union of Concerned Scientists recently released a letter that warns the world about the dangers we can all face in the future. The message is actually an update to the original message written in 1992 which was backed by 1,700 scientists at the time.

15,000 scientists have sent a catastrophic warning about humanity’s fate.

Now with a larger number, the scientists report that things have actually gotten worse since the first message was sent back in 1992.

Fast forward to today and we’re still facing a lot of environmental problems and it looks like there’s no slowing down anytime soon. Only the ozone layer’s hole has improved but the other threats have definitely gone really, really bad.

According to the letter, these things happened within the past 25 years:

  1. The amount of fresh water available per head of population worldwide has reduced by 26%.
  2. The number of ocean “dead zones” – places where little can live because of pollution and oxygen starvation – has increased by 75%.
  3. Nearly 300 million acres of forest have been lost, mostly to make way for agricultural land.
  4. Global carbon emissions and average temperatures have shown continued significant increases.
  5. Human population has risen by 35%.
  6. Collectively the number of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and fish in the world has fallen by 29%.
“Scientists, media influencers and lay citizens” are not doing enough to solve the problem, the letter said.

Source: AP

We must act soon if we want to escape the terrible consequences, encouraged the scientists.

As they tell us through the letter:

“Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory, and time is running out. We must recognize, in our day-to-day lives and in our governing institutions, that Earth with all its life is our only home.”

This is mankind’s second warning – and we should take it for granted.

Source: NASA

Meanwhile, Professor William Ripple of Oregon State University wrote in the BioScience journal, saying:

“Humanity is now being given a second notice … We are jeopardizing our future by not reining in our intense but geographically and demographically uneven material consumption and by not perceiving continued rapid population growth as a primary driver behind many ecological and even societal threats.

“By failing to adequately limit population growth, reassess the role of an economy rooted in growth, reduce greenhouse gases, incentivize renewable energy, protect habitat, restore ecosystems, curb pollution, halt defaunation, and constrain invasive alien species, humanity is not taking the urgent steps needed to safeguard our imperiled biosphere.”

This is not a drill. Wake up, people!

Source: Twitter

Source: Twitter

Prof Ripple further added:

“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 widespread public debate about the global environment and climate.”

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NASA’s Juno Probe Highlights Jupiter’s Awe-Inspiring Beauty

It appears that the planet has cloud swirls similar to a marbelized art.

Gone are the days when one has to wonder how beautiful Jupiter is. Well, this is thanks to NASA – particularly its Juno spacecraft. The latter just recently completed its eight close flyby of the planet. And as expected, it returned with some of the most stunning images.

This is definitely a huge milestone in the field of science. Juno reportedly came within 2,100 miles (3,400 kilometers) of Jupiter. At first, the data transfer was delayed due to solar conjunction in which the Sun obscured communications in space. Nonetheless, the data came in and scientists at NASA were hard at work processing all information.

The images from Juno included the planet’s storms, poles, different swirling patterns, and a snap of the volcanic moon called Io. Interestingly, the spacecraft is already set for its next close flyby. The space agency revealed that more pictures of the planet’s surface would be acquired from the upcoming mission.

Check out the images below and get ready to be amazed!...

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Intermittent Fasting Key To Longer Life – Harvard

It’s not just helpful when losing weight.

New research from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health suggests that manipulating mitochondrial networks inside cells — either by fasting or by a genetic manipulation that mimics dietary restriction — may improve health and increase lifespan. The study titled "Dietary Restriction and AMPK Increase Lifespan via Mitochondrial Network and Peroxisome Remodeling" was published online in Cell Metabolism.

The findings shed light on the cells’ declining ability to process energy over time, which leads to aging and age-related diseases. It also investigates how interventions, such as periods of fasting, might promote healthy aging.

The scientists used C. elegans (nematode worms), which live just two weeks, for their lab experiments.

The researchers found that restricting the worms’ diet — or mimicking dietary restriction through genetic manipulation of an energy-sensing protein called AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) — kept the mitochondrial networks in a “youthful” state. They also found that the youthful networks increased the worms' lifespan by communicating with organelles called peroxisomes to modulate fat metabolism....

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Astronomers Just Spotted First ‘Mystery Visitor’ From Another Solar System

“We have been waiting for this day for decades,” NASA said. “So far, everything indicates this is likely an interstellar object.”

Just recently, astronomers from all over the globe have been baffled with a new discovery – a mysterious unidentified object has been found passing through our solar system. It remains unclear whether the said object, which has been described by many as “small and fast-moving,” is an asteroid or a comet.

NASA, however, has confirmed that they do not have any idea of its origins and that it isn’t behaving like other local space rocks. So it’s highly likely that it is NOT from our own solar system? Many are inclined to believe so.

Once confirmed, NASA said this discovery would mark “the first interstellar object to be observed and confirmed by astronomers."

In an official NASA news release, Paul Chodas, manager of NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies, said:...

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