22 INFLUENTIAL SCIENTISTS PREDICT WHAT WILL BECOME OF EARTH IN 10,000 YEARS
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A team of top scientists has published a study in the journal Nature Climate Change detailing what will happen to our Earth in approximately 10,000 years – according to a piece in Washington Post. The scientists want the inhabitants of Earth to stop considering the impacts of climate change over the next 100 years and to start looking at the picture of what might happen over the next 10,000 years.
“The next few decades offer a brief window of opportunity to minimize large-scale and potentially catastrophic climate change that will extend longer than the entire history of human civilization thus far,” said Peter Clark of the Oregon State University and leader of the research team.
Some of the climate scientists in the team are reputable climatologists who had authored major climate reports including those published by the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and within the team you also have Susan Solomon of MIT and Thomas Stocker of the University of Bern in Switzerland among others.
The climate researchers point out that the current activities of man in contributing to gas emissions will play out over the coming 10,000 years, and the impact will really be felt in rising sea levels and worldwide heat with dire consequences on the lives of man and other creatures on Earth.
“It’s a statement of worry,” said Raymond Pierrehumbert, a geoscientist at Oxford University and one of the study’s authors. “And actually, most of us who have worked both on paleoclimate and the future have been terrified by the idea of doubling or quadrupling CO2 right from the get-go.”
Anders Levermann, a sea level rise expert at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and one of the study’s authors revealed that within the next thousand years, people on Earth would look back to blame the current population of humanity for the exploitation and unbridled use of coal, oil, and gas which would have seriously resulted to higher sea rise at inappropriate levels.
“If you just look at this, it’s stunning that we can make such a long-lasting impact that has the same magnitude as the ice ages,” Levermann noted.
The researchers say one of the reason for this dire prognostication is because carbon dioxide tend to remain in the atmosphere for decades before natural processes gradually dissipates them. They state that a significant amount of carbon emitted up till this present moment and in the next century will remain in the atmosphere for several centuries to come – with sea levels also rising steadily in response to the rising temperatures over the centuries.
The question of what becomes of our Earth in the next 10,000 years therefore depends on how recklessly we explore and utilize fossil fuels, and also on whether or not we develop technologies that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at a larger scale than we are emitting at the moment. At the moment, humanity is emitting about 10 gigatons of carbon dioxide per year.
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