Emergency on Planet Earth

The science is clear: we are facing an unprecedented global emergency. We must act now.

An expert group of science writers, climate scientists and ecologists, most of whom are members of the Scientists for Extinction Rebellion community, explain the science simply: what is really going on on our planet today. We present clear and unequivocal evidence - backed up by the latest research - that we are indeed in a state of planetary emergency, that human activities are to blame for this crisis, and that the arguments often used by skeptics or deniers to contest this fact are simply not true and are designed to avoid action.

We also provide clear evidence that our governments are not doing nearly enough to address the crisis. And we explain why, without bold and radical action within the next few years, the impacts of this emergency will be catastrophic and irreversible, leading to incalculable suffering and loss of life.

What is this book?

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Introduction

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Contents

Emergency on Planet Earth What is this book? Introduction Contents Part 1: Back to the star...

Part 1: Back to the start… How did we get into this climate mess and is it really that bad?

1.1 How can we be so sure that the Earth is heating?

“Join the dots. It's happening. It's happening in your world, it's happening in my world. And let...

1.2 Why should we care about a few degrees of heating?

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1.3 Hasn’t the Earth been hotter in the past?

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1.4 What exactly are greenhouse gases and what is the greenhouse effect?

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1.5 Can we be certain that humans are causing global heating?

"Evidence for man-made warming of our climate system is unequivocal." Intergovernmental Panel on...

1.6 Haven’t natural fluctuations in carbon dioxide affected the Earth’s temperature?

"At present rates of human emissions, there will be more CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere by 2025 than a...

1.7 What’s happened in the past few thousand years?

Around 17,000 years ago the Earth began to come out of its most recent ice age. As carbon dioxid...

1.8 What’s happened in the past 150 years?

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1.9 What are greenhouse gas emissions like today?

"More than half of all industrial emissions of carbon dioxide since the dawn of the Industrial Re...

1.10 We have been warned over and over!

"Future generations are unlikely to condone our lack of prudent concern for the integrity of the ...

Part 2: It’s getting hot in here... What’s already happening to our planet as a result of global heating and why?

What is *already* happening to our weather? What is global heating doing to our oceans, coastlin...

2.1 What is already happening to our weather?

2.1.1 More extreme weather 2.1.2 Longer and more intense heatwaves 2.1.3 Longer and harsher dro...

2.1.1 More extreme weather

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2.1.2 Longer and more intense heatwaves

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2.1.3 Longer and harsher droughts

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2.1.4 More forest fires

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2.1.5 More extreme storms and floods

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2.1.6 Stronger hurricanes

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2.2 What is global heating doing to our oceans, coastlines and wildlife?

2.2.1 Melting ice and rising seas 2.2.2 Loss of homes due to rising seas 2.2.3 Impacts of heati...

2.2.1 Melting ice and rising seas

"Sea level is rising much faster and Arctic sea ice cover shrinking more rapidly than we previous...

2.2.2 Loss of homes due to rising seas

"The shock for us was that tidal flooding could become the new normal in the next 15 years; we di...

2.2.3 Impacts of heating on ocean life

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2.2.4 Impacts of carbon dioxide on ocean life

Another impact of increasing greenhouse gas emissions on our oceans is that excess carbon dioxid...

2.2.5 Impacts of heating on land-based wildlife

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Part 3: The lie of the land... What other damage are we doing to our planet?

[3.1 How are we damaging our land and our waters?](https://rebeltoolkit.extinctionrebellion.uk/bo...

3.1 How are we damaging our land and our waters?

"Surely we have a responsibility to leave for future generations a planet that is healthy and hab...

3.1.1 Loss of natural resources

75% of the Earth’s land has now been severely altered by human actions such as industry and farmi...

3.1.2 Deforestation

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3.1.3 Intensive agriculture

Intensive agriculture is by far the biggest driver of global deforestation and wildlife loss and ...

3.1.4 Livestock farming

"Nothing really compares to beef, lamb, pork, and dairy - these products are in a league of their...

3.1.5 Soil degradation

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3.1.6 Loss of grasslands, mangroves, wetlands and peatlands

3.1.6 Loss of grasslands, mangroves, wetlands and peatlands Humans have caused damage across all...

3.2 How are we polluting our waters?

We are also severely polluting our waters. Since 1980, there has been a ten-fold increase in pla...

3.3 How are we polluting our air?

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3.4 How are we destroying our wildlife?

3.4.1 Why should we care about the loss of our wildlife? 3.4.2 Loss of species 3.4.3 Loss of fi...

3.4.1 Why should we care about the loss of our wildlife?

3.4.2 Loss of species

3.4.3 Loss of fish, whales and dolphins

3.4.4 Loss of insects

3.4.5 Loss of wildlife in the UK

3.4.6 The Sixth Mass Extinction

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