Sorry, but if you thought the worst of the news was over, it’s not. While climate change denier Donald Trump is headed to the White House, leading scientists have published evidence that the Earth may warm up by over seven degrees Celsius by 2100.
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And this tweet from Trump four years ago suggests his views are unlikely to change.
Currently, the best estimate from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts that if humans continue using large amounts of fossil fuels, the Earth’s average temperature will rise by between 2.6 and 4.8 degrees above pre-industrial levels by 2100.
Yet, a new study by an international team of experts who’ve looked into how the Earth’s climate has changed over 800,000 years, warns that the climate is way more sensitive to greenhouse gases when it is warmer.
The actual range, as predicted in a paper in the journal ‘Science Advances’, could be between 4.78C to 7.36C by 2100. In non-scientific terms, that means we’re fucked if we don’t make rapid changes.
The obvious answer would be to stop pissing through the earth’s resources like they’re going out of fashion. You know, make more some wind turbines, use some solar panels here and some faeces-fuelled cars there or something. But what makes a calculation like this really scary, is that the soon-to-be leader of the free world, Trump, has said he will rip up America’s commitments to fight against climate change.
Mark Lynas, a scientist who described what would happen as the Earth’s temperature rises in his award-winning book, ‘Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet’, spoke to The Independent about the predictions which he says are, “on the apocalyptic side of bad.”
In some ways, it is realistic because ‘business as usual’ just got more likely as Trump wants to rebuild the pipelines… the complete ‘fossilisation’ of the US.
There’s just one more downer to enlighten you with. It was recently reported by NASA that Venus may have once been habitable before global warming changed the planet. Nowadays, Venus is a fucking hellhole – with temperatures over 460C, basically no water and an atmosphere of mainly carbon dioxide and clouds of sulphuric acid.
If that wasn’t enough gloom for one afternoon, you can go and read about the lunatic MP who believes Noah’s Ark proves climate change isn’t real.