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A groundbreaking scientific study has revealed startling insights into the Earth’s possible future, pointing towards extreme Global warming that could eventually lead to the extinction of mammals, including humans. With temperatures that could skyrocket up to 70C (158F), our planet might transform into an inhospitable wasteland without food and water.
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This alarming prediction stems from the first-ever supercomputer climate models. These models suggest that due to a combination of a brighter sun and significant tectonic movements, vast amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) would be released into the atmosphere. The aftermath? Earth’s continents could merge, forming a hot, arid, and mostly uninhabitable supercontinent.
Interestingly, while humans are well-suited to cold climates, extreme heat poses a severe challenge. Dr. Alexander Farnsworth from the University of Bristol, the study’s lead author, painted a grim picture. He explained that the combination of a new supercontinent, an increasingly hot sun, and escalating CO2 levels would lead to temperatures ranging from 40C to 50C. Under such circumstances, the human body’s inability to shed excessive heat would prove fatal.
A crucial takeaway from the study is the projected rise in CO2 levels. Even if we were to cease all fossil fuel combustion immediately, levels could increase from the current 400 parts per million (ppm) to over 600 ppm by the time of this supercontinent’s formation. Professor Benjamin Mills emphasized that without cutting down on fossil fuels, we’d confront these drastic changes much sooner than anticipated.
However, all isn’t lost. Dr. Eunice Lo of the University of Bristol reminded us of the immediate climate crisis and the adverse effects of extreme heat on human health. She stressed the paramount importance of achieving net zero emissions promptly.
In conclusion, while the distant future appears bleak, the urgency to address our current climate issues remains. Only through immediate action and collaboration can we hope to change the trajectory of our planet’s future.
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