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Era of climate emergency

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By Kim Jong-seok

Collins Dictionary has chosen "climate strike" as its 2019 "Word of the Year," after 2018's Word of the Year, "single-use," which refers to plastic products made to be used only once.

The words "climate strike" have gained popularity as young students take to the streets during school hours to demand actions on climate change, one of the most pressing issues facing human beings.

In the journal "BioScience," about one million scientists from 153 countries warned with one voice that humankind will trigger self-destruction unless we deal with climate change immediately.

Why have the voices of concern about climate change been recently growing louder, even though cries for climate change action had been ongoing over the last several decades?

On Nov. 15, the Korea Meteorological Administration announced a new climate change scenario in its 6th Assessment Report for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This new scenario describes future economic and social structure changes depending on the level of greenhouse gas emissions reductions and the implementation of measures to adapt to climate change.

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