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"Climate emergency" is the Word of the Year, because this is more than just climate change

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Earlier this month, a group of 11,000 scientists came together to declare a climate emergency for the planet. And now, the phrase climate emergency is getting even more attention, as it has been named the Oxford Word of the Year for 2019.

Oxford Dictionaries announced the news in a blog post, defining climate emergency as "a situation in which urgent action is required to reduce or halt climate change and avoid potentially irreversible environmental damage resulting from it." As explained in the blog post, Oxford always chooses a word that reflects the spirit of the past year, but also is likely to hold cultural significance in the future.