Year-ender: Top climate-related stories of 2019 | Updated: 2019-12-24 06:40
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Scientists endorse a global 'climate emergency' declaration

A person walks over a placard during the Global Climate Strike of the Fridays for Future movement in Sao Paulo, Brazil September 20, 2019. The placard reads: " Climate Emergency." [Photo/Agencies]

More than 11,000 scientists have confirmed it is happening: the whole world is in the midst of a climate emergency. And they believe the threats are accelerating faster than previously expected.

Pointing to their "moral obligation" to share knowledge of impending danger, scientists from 153 countries released a declaration of a climate crisis they said would lead to "untold suffering".

They have called on governments to cut pollution, introduce carbon taxes and stop giving a helping hand to the fossil fuel industry.

Individuals and families are also told to take responsibility: regularly eating meat, and an obsession with cash and flash fashion, are among the factors scientists have flagged as contributing to the planet's demise.

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