angel – According to a recent study, people born in 2021 will experience catastrophically more climate disasters than those born 60 years ago published on 26 September In the magazine “Science” – and today there will be people who are under 40 years old.
The researchers noted that babies born this year would experience twice the amount of devastating wildfires seen today, and nearly three times as many droughts and crop failures.
Study lead author Wim Thierry explained in a statement published by Imperial College London that “people under 40 today will live an unprecedented life, even under the harshest climate change mitigation scenarios.”
“Our results highlight a serious threat to the safety of younger generations and call for drastic reductions in emissions to secure their future,” said Thierry.
The study was conducted by a team of more than 30 researchers from various European universities and was led by Vrije Universitt Brussels, a public university in Belgium.
The researchers analyzed individual generational exposures to environmental disasters, including drought, heatwaves, crop failure, floods and wildfires. They noted that reaching the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming levels to pre-industrial temperatures is critical to helping future generations avoid serious environmental impacts.
The Paris Agreement is a 2015 international agreement signed by nearly 200 countries. Each country provides its own goals and commitments to prevent emissions of heat-trapping gases that lead to climate change and global warming.
As part of the agreement, the countries agree to find ways to reduce global carbon emissions to help limit warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels – a limit that scientists expect. That is to say, if reached, it will have consequences for climate change by the end of the century.
According to the US Department of EnergyThe US is currently the second largest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world, just after China.
According to a new science update, over the next five years, the world has about a one-in-four chance of experiencing a year that is warm enough to keep global temperatures 2.7 degrees (1.5 degrees Celsius) above pre-industrial times. by the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in September 2020.
That 1.5°C is the stricter of the two limits set in 2015 by world leaders in the Paris climate change agreement. A 2018 UN science report says an even warmer world is still alive, but the potential for dangerous problems increases significantly.
Separately in April, an intelligence forecast from the National Intelligence Council painted a grim picture of a world fractured by the lasting effects of these threats to humanity.
Report – Published every four years – is titled “Global Trends” and was released by the National Intelligence Council on Thursday. It aims to help policy makers and citizens anticipate which economic, environmental, technological and demographic forces are likely to shape the world over the next 20 years.
Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has reminded the world of its fragility and demonstrated the inherent risks of a high degree of interdependence. In the coming years and decades, the world will face more acute and widespread global challenges ranging from disease to climate change to new technologies and financial crises.”
In January, the doomsday clock was set for 100 seconds at midnight, the closest symbolic point of humanity’s destruction since the Cold War when the US and Soviet Union tested their first thermonuclear weapons.
The decision to move the clock is made by the Bulletin of the Nuclear Scientific Science and Safety Board in correspondence with the bulletin’s board of sponsors, which includes 13 Nobel laureates.
The time is unchanged from 2020, when the hands move closest to midnight in clock history.
On 23 January, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced the decision, saying that the mishandling of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic was a “wake call” that “governments, institutions and a misguided public are unprepared to deal with even greater threats.” Nuclear war and climate change.”
Stephanie Weaver contributed to this story.