Kincade Fire.Josh Edelson AFP

Eleven thousand climate scientists released a letter this week declaring a climate emergency and warning of “untold suffering” unless the world’s 200 nations control their carbon emissions. Six things must happen, they wrote: replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy and raising fuel efficiency; reducing methane, soot and HFCs; restoring natural habitats which store carbon; eating more plant-based foods and less meat, again to reduce methane; reducing the exploitation of natural resources, focusing on primary human needs and reducing income inequality; stabilizing and gradually reducing the world’s population to cut demand for oil, electricity and plastic. Global scientists and governments have been discussing such things for 40 years, but have taken little effective action; that must change, they said, because now “the climate crisis has arrived and is accelerating faster than most scientists expected.” Above: the Kincade Fire last month in Sonoma County, California; fire fighters declared it’s over Thursday morning. (Josh Edelson/AFP)

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