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Nobel prizewinners call for climate change action

More than 30 Nobel laureates have signed a declaration calling on policymakers to take decisive action to limit worldwide carbon emissions at the UN Climate Change Conference, COP21, in December.

The Mainauer Declaration, agreed on the German island of Mainau on 3 July, warns of an “extensive human tragedy” if the rapid increase in the consumption of raw materials is not counteracted. It was signed by 36 Nobel laureates in physiology, medicine, physics and chemistry.

“Although there remains uncertainty as to the precise extent of climate change, the conclusions of the scientific community contained in the latest IPCC report are alarming, especially in the context of the identified risks of maintaining human prosperity in the face of greater than a 2°C rise in average global temperature,” the declaration says.

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