The Chernobyl exclusion zone shows a glimpse of a world inhospitable to life. According to a new climate policy paper, much of Earth could look the same by 2050 if humans don’t act fast to mitigate global warming. It seems every week there’s a scary new report about how man-made climate change is going to cause the collapse of the world’s ice sheets and result in the extinction of up to 1 million animal species.
AN AUSTRALIAN THINK-TANK BELIEVES HUMAN WILL BE WIPED OUT BY 2050
This week, a new policy paper from an Australian think tank claims that those other reports are slightly off; the risks of climate change are actually much, much worse than anyone can imagine. According to the paper, climate change poses a “near-to mid-term existential threat to human civilization,” and there’s a good chance society could collapse as soon as 2050 if serious mitigation actions aren’t taken in the next decade.
CLIMATE SCIENTISTS ARE NOT ABLE TO STUDY “REAL” GRAVITY OF CLIMATE CHANGE
Published by the Breakthrough National Centre for Climate Restoration in Melbourne (an independent think tank focused on climate policy) and authored by a climate researcher and a former fossil fuel executive, the paper’s central thesis is that climate scientists are too restrained in their predictions of how climate change will affect the planet in the near future.
CLIMATE CHANGE FAR WORSE THAT SCIENTISTS & LEADERS CAN FATHOM
The current climate crisis, they say, is larger and more complex than any humans have ever dealt with before. General climate models — like the one that the United Nations’ Panel on Climate Change used in 2018 to predict that a global temperature increase could put hundreds of millions of people at risk — fail to account for the sheer complexity of Earth’s many interlinked geological processes. The truth, the authors wrote, is probably far worse than any models can fathom.
LETHAL HEAT CONDITIONS BEYOND HUMAN SURVIVABILITY TO HIT EARTH
The authors provide one particularly grim scenario that begins with world governments “politely ignoring” the advice of scientists and the poor will of the public to decarbonize the economy, resulting in a global temperature increase by the year 2050. At this point, the world’s ice sheets vanish; brutal droughts kill many of the trees in the Amazon rainforest that forms one of the world’s largest carbon offsets; and the planet plunges into a feedback loop of ever-hotter, ever-deadlier conditions. The authors say, “Thirty-five percent of the global land area, and 55 percent of the global population, are subject to more than 20 days a year of lethal heat conditions, beyond the threshold of human survivability.”
THIS IS HOW THE CHAIN OF REACTION WILL END LIFE ON EARTH
Droughts, floods and wildfires regularly ravage the land. Nearly one-third of the world’s land surface turns to desert. Entire ecosystems collapse, beginning with the planet’s coral reefs, the rainforest and the Arctic ice sheets. The world’s tropics are hit hardest by these new climate extremes, destroying the region’s agriculture and turning more than 1 billion people into refugees. The result, according to the new paper, is “outright chaos” and perhaps “the end of human global civilization as we know it.”
HOW CAN THIS CATASTROPHIC BE PREVENTED?
The catastrophic can be prevented only with the people of the world accepting climate change for the emergency it is and getting to work — immediately. According to the paper’s authors, the human race has about one decade left to mount a global movement to transition the world economy to a zero-carbon-emissions system.
And until that happens, human life on earth may be on the way to extinction, in the most horrible way. Zeba Warsia – NMTV News.