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Professor Sir David King, a former chief scientific adviser to the Government, says the world, and Britain, should be 'scared' about the state of the world.
He has revealed that the climate crisis and the ever-worsening state of the environment is a bigger problem than the public realises.
Sir - David - BBC - 'It - Appropriate
Sir David told the BBC: 'It's appropriate to be scared. We predicted temperatures would rise, but we didn't foresee these sorts of extreme events we're getting so soon.'
He also called for the country's climate targets to be brought forward by a decade.
People - Language
However, some people caution against using such evocative language.
Petteri Taalas, the secretary-general of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a specialised UN agency, believed that the current state of the world should not be seen as Armageddon and chastised green campaigners for their doomsday predictions.
Mr - Taala - Majority - Community - Efforts
Mr Taala, like the vast majority in the scientific community, supports the global and national efforts being done to curb climate change, but urges restraint when discussing the matter.
He believes using words like 'scared' could make young people depressed and anxious and hinder the environmental effort.
'We - Climate - Science - New - York
'We are fully behind climate science and fully behind the (upcoming) New York climate summit', he told the BBC.
'But I want to stick to the facts, which are quite convincing and dramatic enough. We should avoid interpreting them too much.
War - Children
'When I was young we were afraid of nuclear war. We seriously thought it's better not to have children.
'I'm feeling the same sentiment among young people at the moment. So we have to be a bit careful with our communication style.'
Scientists - Issue
However, other scientists say it is inevitable, and important, that we become emotionally invested in the issue.
Professor Jo Haigh from Imperial College London said: 'David King is...
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