This isn’t your typical ‘end of the world’ scenario.
In fact, we’ve seen studies like this come out every once in a while.
If we just stop for a moment and look at what scientists have been trying to tell us in the last few years, we’ll understand that we’ve been on this ‘road to destruction’ for quite some time now.
And climate change is the culprit.
The difference this time, however, is that humans are actually participating in climate change, shifting gears and causing the climate to change rapidly and abruptly.
Now, a new study has warned that climate change could cause human civilization to collapse during the next few decades.
The new climate analysis was published by the Breakthrough National Center for Climate Restoration, an independent think tank focused on climate policy from Melbourne, which considers global warming as “an existential threat in the short or medium term.”
Authors David Spratt and Ian Dunlop, both longtime climate researchers alarmingly warn that “the planetary and human systems [are] reaching a ‘point of no return’ by the middle of the century, in which the perspective of a largely uninhabitable Earth leads to the disintegration of nations and international order.”
The experts suggest that if global temperatures rise 3 degrees Celsius by 2050, as much as 55% of the world’s population across 35% of its land area will most likely experience more than 20 days of extremely lethal heat per year, which is “beyond the threshold of human survivability.”
In other words, some parts of Earth would become too hot to live in.
This is worrying because of several factors.
Scientists have revealed that if this scenario takes place, numerous ecosystems on Earth, like those in the Arctic, the Amazon rainforest and as well as coral reef systems, would essentially collapse.
The abrupt climate could cause entire populations to migrate.
In fact, researchers have revealed that in regions across West Africa, tropical South America, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia, people would be exposed to more than one hundred days of insane, deadly heat.
This scenario would leave more than 1 Billion people displaced.
Scientists have warned that if the industrial business model that currently harms the environment is not modified, the planet is likely to increase its temperature by at least 3 degrees Celsius, which would destroy key ecosystems.
This could lead up to one billion people being forced to migrate and 2 billion more would face shortages in both food and fresh water.
In subtropical countries, agriculture would collapse and food production would be affected worldwide.
The UN has revealed that — under a business-as-usual scenario — millions of premature deaths could be expected due to air pollution, mass species extinction affecting the ability to meet human food and resource needs, and freshwater pollutants making antimicrobial-resistant infections a major cause of death by 2050, reports CNN.
The solution is to make an effort “similar in scale to the emergency mobilization of World War II”, focusing all efforts on the construction of an industrial system with zero emissions, reveal experts.
However, not everyone agrees on the recent report.
As noted by New Scientist, Michael Mann of Pennsylvania State University explains that the report is overblown rhetoric. “I respect the authors and appreciate that their intentions are good, but as I have written before, overblown rhetoric, exaggeration, and unsupportable doomist framing can be counteractive to climate action.”