“It is, I promise, worse than you think,” New York Magazine writer David Wallace-Wells began his more than 7,000-word article on how global warming could make Earth “uninhabitable,” possibly by “the end of this century.”
“If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today,” Wallace-Wells wrote in his doomsday essay.
“Indeed, absent a significant adjustment to how billions of humans conduct their lives, parts of the Earth will likely become close to uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable, as soon as the end of this century,” Wallace-Wells wrote.
Wallace-Wells punctuates the urgency of his apocalyptic warning by giving sections of his essay titles, like “Doomsday,” “Heat Death,” “Climate Plagues,” “Permanent Economic Collapse” and “Poisoned Oceans.”
Of course, Wallace-Wells says this catastrophe can be mitigated by a societal overhaul away from current consumption patterns, namely ditching fossil fuels that make up 80 percent of world energy consumption.
Some climate scientists are optimistic this will happen, the essay argues. Wallace-Wells says “climate scientists have a strange kind of faith: We will find a way to forestall radical warming, they say, because we must.”
Wallace-Wells’s piece is just the latest in a recent string of dire predictions on global warming.
Former United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres co-authored an article in late June calling for governments and businesses need to pony up $1.3 trillion a year by 2020 for “climate action.”
Figueres and her co-authors warned that humanity only had three years left to stave off dangerous global warming.
A few days later, famed physicist Stephen Hawking told BBC News President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord could doom civilization.
“We are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible. Trump’s action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of two hundred and fifty degrees, and raining sulphuric acid,” Hawking said.
Climate scientists pushed back against Hawking’s claims that Earth would become like Venus, but United Nations officials used it to push their case for keeping the Paris climate accord.
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