We have known for a long time that global warming is jeopardising the future of humanity on planet Earth. However, a new study about the survival chances of the human species paints a bleaker picture than seen ever before: unless we do everything to avoid such a fate, we could be on the brink of extinction in 30 years.
The report, published by the Australian organisation Breakthrough National Center for Climate Restoration and written by climate researchers David Spratt and Ian Dunlop paints a dark future for mankind unless we are able to curb the consequences of climate change in the next three decades.
said Chris Barrie, former head of the Australian Defence Force, in the foreword to the paper. Although he doesn’t believe that destruction of human civilization is unavoidable, he does claim that avoiding it requires immediate action.
The study has used the results of previous research to model potential scenarios – of which the most pessimistic one is more than alarming. If the global temperature was to rise by 3 °C relative to the period before the industrial revolution, the consequences would be dire:
This is not the only recent study that has reached the conclusion that a global catastrophe developing as a result of the climate crisis is a realistic possibility. The autumn 2018 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the March 2019 UN report also made similar predictions.
A monument is to be erected to honour the glacier that was first lost to global warming in Iceland. The plaque will feature a note to future generations, as well.
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Scientists have studied mortality data in 27 Chinese cities with high population densities to get an accurate estimate of the effect that global warming of 2 instead of 1.5 degrees Celsius would have on the mortality rate.
Scientists at the Norwegian Polar Institute have found an unprecedented reduction in Svalbard’s population of reindeer in 2019.
An amazing interactive map produced by the BBC allows us to check temperatures projected for 2100 around the globe.
Alpinist Bryan Mestre took an astonishing photo at the end of June, showing a lake in the French Alps that was probably created due to the heat wave that swept Europe.
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The absolute temperature record was broken at one of Canada’s northernmost weather stations: 21 degrees Celsius was measured in Nunavut District beyond the Arctic Circle.
According to data from NASA, this year’s was the hottest ever month of June, and July is well on the way to setting the record for the hottest month ever.