Climate Crisis affects the third to half of the world’s population and a study says that three to six billion people may be pushed beyond the “livable region.”
The Climate Crisis Has Pushed Earth Into ‘Uncharted Territory
The climate crisis on Earth has not been tackled enough by Humans and this problem leads the world into a dangerously risky and unfamiliar territory, scientists warn in a new study.
Of the 35 signs useful to track climate changes, 20 are showing record extremes, including measurements related to Earth’s average surface temperatures, fossil fuel subsidies, sea ice levels, and global forest cover.
Before 2000, global average temperatures were never 1.5 degrees Celsius higher than pre-industrial levels in 2023 alone, 38 days have already surpassed that threshold, scientists found. The new report of Space News stated that this year July was the warmest month, in the past 100,000 years.
Moreover, the record temperatures, driven by human activity and worsened by recurring climate patterns known as El Niño, are shrinking sea ice in Antarctica at an alarming rate.
Humans Are Pushing Earth Into Dangerous Instability, Scientists Says
BioScience reported that life on planet Earth is under siege and it is increasingly devastating impacts of climate change have also caused wildfires to be at their worst in Canada this year. The country witnessed the scorching of a staggering 45 million acres of land the previous record-holder is the 1989 season when 19 million acres were charred
The impacts of the climate crisis were not limited to the Americas; in fact, the crisis is even affecting regions not typically prone to climate extremes, the report found. This 2023, northeastern China suffered from extremely severe floods that displaced more than a million individuals. Heavy rains caused a glacial lake to burst its banks in the Indian state of Sikkim earlier this month, that washing away bridges and roads. In the Libyan city of Dern, a powerful Mediterranean storm washed away the whole area.
Humans are driving Earth systems into “dangerous instability,” scientists say. By the end of this century, scientists suspect about a third to a half of the world’s population 3 to 6 billion individuals may be driven further into the “livable region,” in that they may encounter extreme heat and limited food availability.
Humanity is demanding too much from the Earth, and politicians are urgently battling for policies that handle this dilemma, as such an effort “will give us our best shot at persisting these challenges in the long run,” scientists note in the new study.
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