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    Scientists Warn Earth is Heading Toward Permanent 'Hothouse' State

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    Rapidly melting polar ice caps, deforestation and scorching temperatures could lead to a maelstrom of ecological disasters leaving parts of earth “uninhabitable,” according to the new report.

     

    As unprecedented weather conditions torment parts of the planet, a coalition of scientists have offered a stark warning this week that the world is moving toward a permanent “hothouse” state.

    According to the group, who hail from universities the world over, “Hothouse earth is likely to be uncontrollable and dangerous to many.” More concerningly, the scientists who took part in the study believe that even if countries succeed in meeting their stated targets for reducing green house gas emissions (CO2), the pathway toward a global pandemic may be “irreversible.” 

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    The catalyst for this hostile future, the team argues, is to be found in the twinned issues of continued polar ice cap thawing, and rising CO2 levels, which they warn: “guarantees a climate 4-5 celsius (7-9 Fahrenheit) higher than pre-industrial times, and sea levels that are 10 to 60 meters (30-200 feet) high than today.” As a result of such potentially calamitous ecological change, the report envisages a borderline apocalyptic world where “places will become uninhabitable.”

    The researchers caution that currently the world is balancing on a climate precipice, and that if it warms to 3.6 Fahrenheit — 2 Celsius — over pre-industrial levels, it may “activate important tipping elements, raising the temperature further to activate other tipping elements in a domino-like cascade that could take the Earth system to even higher temperatures.” It is said that the planet has already warmed by 1 celsius over pre-industrial levels. 

    According to the paper, If indeed the planet were to enter the so-called hothouse epoch, we could see the highest global temperatures than any point over the past 1.2 million years.

    Hope

    Despite the doom-laden forecast, the researchers argue that there is hope for salvation, but that it will require strenuous effort on the part of the global community. This must involve, they say, rapid lifestyle changes on the part of ordinary people to become better “stewards” of plant earth. A few changes that the scientists point out as necessary include ending the practice of deforestation and the creation of more woodland areas to absorb carbon dioxide, as well as greater reliance upon “zero emissions energy sources.” 

    However, the specialists rather ominously caution that even with such initiatives, our earth’s climate stability is far from certain. 

     

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