The world will definitely end one day — but how exactly is that going to happen?
Since 1880, the world has experienced a 1.4 degree rise in temperature, with 2/3 of that coming since 1975. Global climate change is happening before our eyes, and there can be more unforeseen consequences to the rising temperatures than we think.
“The scientists are, of course, continuing to wrestle with the details, but there are some who are concerned with the vast stores of methane and carbon dioxide in the frozen arctic soils could be released over a time period that would actually significantly worsen the climate crisis,” explained former VP and climate change activist Al Gore.
David Nicholson, who works for the Environment, Energy and Climate Change Unit at Mercy Corps, is also wary of the eventual consciences of climate change.
“Certain wealthier countries are more insulated from the challenges we’re facing so far. People’s livelihoods are less directly linked to the weather system,” he explained. “But that cushion will run out at some point because these challenges will be beyond what we’re currently able to cope with. The mass amount of people, dwindling resources — these are things that can cause conflict and lead to larger regional conflicts that will inevitably have security concerns for the rest of the world.”
So, whether it’s through compromising whether patterns or dwindling resources that lead to conflict, climate change could very well be what causes the world to end — if we don’t do something to stop it.