A new paper from an Australian think tank has put forward an ominous proposition which states that failure to address climate change could lead to civilization collapsing by 2050. Authored by experts at the Melbourne-based Breakthrough National Centre for Climate Restoration, the grim assessment argues that environmental upheaval represents a "near-to mid-term existential threat to human civilization" that, if ignored, might spell the end of our world as we know it. In an effort to convey the seriousness of the situation, the paper explores a veritable 'worst case scenario' which could unfold over the next thirty years.
In this hypothetical nightmarish future, "policymakers fail to act" when it comes to climate change over the next ten years and this results in a chain of events that culminates with the planet being warmer by around five-and-a-half degrees Fahrenheit in 2050. This, the experts say, would be calamitous for civilization as "thirty-five percent of the global land area, and 55 percent of the global population, are subject to more than 20 days a year of lethal heat conditions, beyond the threshold of human survivability." Meanwhile, extreme weather would wreak havoc across various parts of the world and an array of ecosystems like the Amazon rain forest as well as the Arctic would collapse.
More on this dire possible turn of events at the Coast to Coast AM website.