Climate change could decimate civilization and we must prepare

Deepak Gupta August 4, 2022
Updated 2022/08/04 at 8:34 PM

That climate change is effectively messing with the world we all realize. In this sense, a new report warns that we must begin to prepare ourselves for the possibility that its consequences will end our civilization.

This is not the first report that points to climate change as the engine for the end of human life on Earth.

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Science Alert highlights that human beings are experts in speculating about the death of humanity, mentioning, for example, the construction of religions, which explain and guide, in a way, the future and what is, apparently, the end of the line. .

Now, the climate crisis that the world is going through has motivated studies on its impact on the health of individuals and on the sustainability of ecosystems and the resources that humanity has available.

Report relaunches warning about the consequences of climate change

Now, a report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences warns that the potential that climate change holds to wipe out humanity is being "dangerously underexploited" and that the population must start thinking seriously about the worst scenarios that could result from this climate crisis, as well as drawing up a solid plan for the in case life as we know it collapses.

Climate change has played a role in all mass extinction events. It helped to bring down empires and shape history. Even the modern world seems adapted to a certain climatic niche.

Paths to disaster are not limited to the direct impacts of high temperatures, such as extreme weather events. knock-on effects such as financial crises, conflict and new disease outbreaks can trigger other calamities, and prevent recovery from potential catastrophes such as nuclear war.

Said Luke Kemplead author of the report and researcher at the Center for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge, UK.

Recently, with the pandemic, - and currently for Europeans who follow the indirect impacts of the war in Ukraine -, people were able to come into contact with a sample of what could be the future: economic instability and global shortages of food and essential products.

Luke Kemp, lead author of the report and researcher at the Center for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge, UK

Luke Kemp, lead author of the report and researcher at the Center for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge, UK

Although the impact was not colossally negative, in the sense that society did not collapse, the truth is that, as the report points out, that day may come. And when it arrives, it will not necessarily be in the form of a hurricane or a tsunami, but rather in the form of pandemics, famine, war, food shortages, inflation…

Average annual temperatures of 29 degrees currently affect around 30 million people in the Sahara and Gulf Coast.

By 2070, these temperatures and the social and political consequences will directly affect two nuclear powers, and seven maximum containment laboratories that house the most dangerous pathogens. There is serious potential for disastrous effects.

Explained Chi Xu, a researcher in social complexity at Nanjing University.

Investigators point to caution

We increasingly understand that our planet is a sophisticated and fragile organism. We have to do the math for the disaster to avoid it.

This is said by the director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Johan Rockström, who, along with other scientists, argues that good risk management implies not only predicting the scenarios that will result, but guarding against them.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts that things will continue as they are now and that, for this reason, the average temperature will increase by 1.5 degrees between 2035 and 2052, compared to pre-industrial levels.

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