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Nobel winners urge UN action to save the planet

Published: 19 May 2011 06:42 GMT+02:00
Updated: 19 May 2011 06:42 GMT+02:00

Some 20 Nobel laureates called Wednesday for world leaders to urgently act to ensure global sustainability, in recommendations handed over to a special UN committee.

In the "Stockholm Memorandum," the Nobel laureates and a number of environmental science experts concluded that "the planet has entered a new geological age, the Anthropocene," or the age of man.

In this era, where the most important changes to the planet are brought on by human actions and not natural phenomena, the memorandum "recommends a suite of urgent and far-reaching actions for decision makers and societies to become active stewards of the planet for future generations."

Nobel Chemistry laureates Mario Molina and Paul Crutzen, who invented the concept of Antropocene, Economics laureate Amarya Sen and Literature winner Nadine Gordimer were among the signatories to the document.

The memorandum was created over the past two days at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, where it on Wednesday was handed over to Finnish President Tarja Halonen, who co-chairs the UN High-level Panel on Global Sustainability.

The panel, which was appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will draw up a report in part based on the memorandum suggestions ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in 2012.

Among the suggestions proposed Wednesday was the need to "keep global warming below two degrees Celsius, implying a peak in global CO2 emissions no later than 2015."

Global leaders must also recognise that "environmental sustainability is a precondition for poverty eradication, economic development, and social justice," the memorandum said, also calling for the development of "new welfare indicators that address the shortcomings of GDP."

The Nobel laureates and other experts also stressed the need in a world of almost nine billion people to "foster a new agricultural revolution where more food is produced in a sustainable way on current agricultural land."

On the first day of the symposium on Tuesday the Nobel laureates had staged a mock trial against humanity on charges that it was destroying Mother Earth.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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15:04 May 19, 2011 by Freebie
This big blue marble, so lovingly known to most of us as Mother Earth, supposedly has survived through at least five 'major' ice age periods, the last occurring HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of years ago. Obviously, NO ONE really knows, however the so called intellectual community would have us believe they are somehow mentally connected to a galactic bank of knowledge, and only through their contributions, mankind and this planet will be saved.

Such a pity this snobbish Nobel laureate crowd wasn't around during those earlier 'chilly periods' to 'stage their mock trials against Mother Earth herself,' charged solely for causing these cataclysmic anomalies, and in a sense, attempting to commit suicide.
09:25 May 20, 2011 by Da Goat
Surprise surprise No surprises, same man made BS on offer except someone wasted time effort and fuel to not surprise us with crap pseudo science or propaganda for the red-green fascists!
16:11 May 20, 2011 by Britt-Marie7
Instead of spending money on Global Warming that is only costing us money and not doing a thing for the earth, spend it on important issues.

The experts seem to forget that the earth goes through these cycles all the time, it is normal, just deal with it!
16:26 May 22, 2011 by NikFromNYC
Nobel winners urge UN action to save the planet

Old Headline:

Only eleven are physics/chemistry prizes. Three are medicine, one literature, and two economics. Of the hard scientists, we have work on ion channels, decomposition of ozone (two of them), elementary particles, theory of the strong interaction, magnetoresistance, computational quantum chemistry, fullerenes, superfluidity, W and Z particles. Lots of very highly specialized eggheads, which these days is what leads to hard science awards. So they have rounded up 10 of the 137 living chemistry/physics Nobel Prize winners.

New Headline: 93% of Hard Science Nobelists Decline To Sign Alarmist Manifesto

-=NikFromNYC=- Ph.D. in chemistry (Columbia/Harvard)

P.S. Google search my name to find my Quick Glance Guide to Global Warming, which a spam detector wont allow me to post here. It's seven links to poster images.
23:22 May 27, 2011 by P.Sturm
Its so amusing, American big business have made a concerted effort, including worldwide propaganda, to discredit science, once they saw what it did to the tobacco industry, and its working pretty well. They have their allies and staunch supporters from religious groups who claim the universe is only 5000 years old.

Even though 90 percent of the scientific community that specializes in fields related to the subject say humans have made a major contribution to climate change, but the industries, who would have to spend a little bit of their profits to clean up their act, bring out their experts who have written papers disputing it, an MBA and a historian. When you check the cited references in their papers the sources have either never said what was attributed to them or have been quoted so far out of context to reverse what they were saying.

But people believe what they want to be true and seldom let facts sway them. They won't sacrifice current convenience just so their children and grandchildren can survive. The Earths in no danger anyway. It got by without us before and it will again.
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