A terrifying study predicted the 10,000 year effects of the current climate change that was taking place. The scenario doesn’t look good at all.
Human consumption of fossil fuels alongside the emission of greenhouse gases may spell doom and gloom for the planet and the effects are not temporary.
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They may in fact continue for the next 10,000 years. So we are in it for the long haul. Over two dozen earth scientists penned a paper, published in Nature Climate Change, that stated this bold fact in very clear words. There is still time to turn back otherwise it will be too late.
The message is a cold and stark one. It is a sort of last warning before the control shifts over to Mother Nature. The fossil fuel era has to come to an end and alternative energy methods found so that a cleaner and greener environment becomes the norm instead of the exception.
The results of our polluting ways could be discomfort for ourselves too. Migration and dislocation are just two of the consequences on a global scale.
Since we are currently only looking at it from the narrow perspective of the 21st century, we don’t know about the havoc that our actions will wreak in the far-off future.
Policymakers need to take a broader view of the situation. Four instances of carbon pollution were examined by the experts. Billions of tons of carbon dioxide will have been emitted into the air between 2000 and 2300.
At least ten billion tons gets dumped into the atmosphere every year. When this data is compared to paleolithic times, we see a pattern emerging. Over the last 20,000 years things seemed to have gone pretty steadily. But the next 10,000 years are a whole different story.
Industrialized society has the most deleterious consequences for an otherwise pristine environment. If current conditions continue, the temperature could rise by 7 degrees which would leave many animal species and especially man in a state of lethargy and lassitude.
The sea levels will also rise giving birth to tsunamis that will destroy coastal communities. Antarctica will probably melt off due to the soaring temperatures. Some say that there other important things to think about such as poverty, disease, war and hunger.
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Behind all these surface problems lies the looming environmental crisis. Decarbonization needs to start right away and only then will we be able to avert the catastrophe that awaits our progeny.