Top scientists warn of ‘ghastly future’ for planet

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The world is on track for a “ghastly future,” an international group of scientists has warned, with accelerating climate change and biodiversity loss threatening the survival of all of the planet’s species unless world leaders face up to the challenge and act urgently. As part of a bleak “prognosis,” a team of 17 leading scientists on Wednesday cautioned that the future of the planet is “more dire and dangerous than is generally understood,” and say they have conducted the assessment to clarify the seriousness of the situation the world faces.