A Supercomputer has made a prediction of when humans will become extinct based on currently available climate models.
There are many fears about how climate change will affect the planet and the species that inhabit it.
Scientists have warned of a global temperature rise of 1.5 degrees Celsius and how this could have devastating consequences for everyone.
However, we all want to know when we would all be wiped out.
Well, researchers have tried to answer this very question and they have gone to great lengths to get an answer.
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Luckily, we don’t have to hold our breath as we don’t expect this to happen any time soon.
The team from the University of Bristol fed a supercomputer with currently available data on Earth’s climate, as well as the movement of tectonic plates and the chemistry and biology of the oceans.
It turned out that the world would look very different than it is now.
Due to the tectonic plates, the continents everywhere would shift and a new supercontinent called Pangea Ultima would emerge.
Dr. Alexander Farnsworth said: “The emerging supercontinent would effectively create a triple effect, consisting of the continentality effect, the hotter sun and more CO2 in the atmosphere, and increasing heat for much of the planet.”
“The result is a predominantly hostile environment with no food or water sources for mammals.
“General temperatures between 40 and 50 degrees Celsius and even greater daytime extremes, coupled with high humidity, would ultimately seal our fate.
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“Humans – like many other living beings – would die because they cannot give off this heat through sweat and thus cool down their bodies.”
If this supercontinent were to form, only 8-16 percent of the land would be habitable for mammals and humans would have serious difficulty adapting to the new climate extremes.
Volcanoes would erupt more regularly and we would also have to contend with a brighter sun that would send some powerful rays our way.
But there is no need to worry because this doomsday scenario is not expected to occur for another 250 million years.
The people behind the research believe this should still serve as a warning signal for humanity to grapple with climate change.
The co-author of the study, Dr. Eunice Lo, said: “It is crucial not to lose sight of our current climate crisis caused by human emissions of greenhouse gases.”
“While we predict an uninhabitable planet in 250 million years, we are already experiencing extreme heat that is detrimental to human health.
“That’s why it’s important to achieve net zero emissions as quickly as possible.”
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