Earth's health reaching critical tipping point, says scientist

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Washington, March 25 (ANI): In a new study, an expert at the University of Minnesota (U of M), US, has said that earth's health is reaching critical tipping point and climate change is just one of the problems that the planet faces.

The study, by U of M professor Jon Foley, has been featured as part of the cover story of Scientific American magazine's April issue.

Foley makes the case for why we need to pay more attention to all environmental processes that contribute to the Earth's health.

In his article, "Boundaries for a Healthy Planet," he argues that while climate change gets ample attention, species loss and nitrogen pollution exceed safe limits by greater degrees.

In addition, other environmental processes such as ocean acidification and stratospheric ozone depletion are also moving toward dangerous thresholds.

Foley calls for swift action to address these developments and push back from planetary "tipping points" that would thrust the global environment and human life into dangerous new territory.

First steps include promptly switching to low-carbon energy sources, curtailing land clearing and revolutionizing agricultural practices. (ANI)

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