The ABC's Michael Edwards reports (14.11.17) on a stark warning from over 15,000 of the world's leading climate scientists that time is running out to prevent a global environmental collapse due to the impacts of climate change.
'Scientists from 180 countries, many in the developing world, put their names to the journal article published today in Bioscience, which also predicted temperature rises and unpredictable weather patterns that would cause widespread misery. But the paper also noted it was not too late for governments to do something about it.
'The number is believed to be the largest group of scientists to have ever put their names to a research paper focused on climate change.
'One of the key authors of the paper, Bill Laurance, a research professor at James Cook University in Queensland, said this was the first time he had ever seen such a letter get sent out.
'The paper focused on a number of issues, including the depletion of oceans, deforestation, endangered species and extinct species numbers, fresh water pollution and urban liveability.
'It found the amount of fresh water available per capita has reduced by a quarter and almost 300 million acres of forests have been lost since 1960, while the human population has risen by a third.'