Here's What The Earth Might Look Like In 10 Years



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Let's face it, we have been abusing our habitat, the planet Earth for hundreds of years now. Sure, we have responsibly become more aware about the process of recycling products. But that almost negligible factor in itself isn't enough to stop the hazardous climate changes. Every years, we dumps millions on tons of toxic waste into the sea; we cut off trees to build tall commercial buildings in its place; we carelessly burn toxic chemicals and emit the dangerous fumes into the year. If we don't gain consciousness soon and take drastic steps to keep Earth habitable, we are awaiting a grave future ahead. Let us look at some of the fear inducing scenarios that might take place in 100 years.


1. Ice Free Greenland




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We are looking at a scenario where the global warming might reach such severity that Greenland might have ice free summers by 2050. Shockingly, in 2016, the temperatures in the Arctic Circle reached above freezing temperatures for a day. That's a very rare and undoubtedly concerning mishap to happen. We are awaiting many more such abnormal mishaps in the near future if we don't buckle up sooner.


2. Hazards to Marine Lives




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Evidently, there is a flagrant drop in fisheries production. The quality of air, changes in climate, alternating ocean temperatures have highly disrupted marine lives already. We can expect an approximate 10% drop in fisheries production, thus harming our consumption and even gravely, the whole ecosystem. By the end of a century, the heat from global warming will be trapped in the few hundred metres above the ocean and we all know what that might mean for marine lives.


3. Long Term Effects




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According to scientist, we are only witnessing the beginning of climate change. In the years to come, we should prepare ourselves for much graver environmental situations. Most of the carbon dioxide emitted from burning only a ton of oil or coal will continue to be absorbed by the vegetation and oceans over a few centuries. The rest 25% might still be contributing to climate change in over a thousand years. Every wrong step we take now, our future generations suffer for it.


4. Sea Level Rise




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Luckily for us, the frozen icicles in Antarctica might stay relatively stable, therefore ensuring least amount of rise in sea level. However, abrupt disruption and of ice shelves can potentially threaten high sea level rise. Even if we don't harm our climate anymore, the sea level is bound to rise by 2 or even 3 feet by 2100, as a result prompting up to 4 million people to be displaced. If we do anticipate the worst, we might be looking at upto 300 million refugees by 2050.


5. Toxicity In Oceans




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The largest water bodies around us, the oceans, suck in more than one third the carbon dioxide from our climate. This results in the blue waters becoming warmer and highly acidic. Which means, global warming will cause oceans to be more acidic, thus ferociously threatening all coral reef habitats. Even optimistically looking at our best case scenario, we are looking at the destruction of more than half of the tropical coral reefs.


6. Hottest Summers




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Hold your horses as the hottest summers are approaching soon. Environmental specialists predict that even if we restrict the harmful emissions, tropics can face 50% increased extreme heat days in a year. Moving farther towards North, there will be an approximate increase of 10% to 20% in number of hotter days. But if we don't attempt to decrease emissions, we have to anticipate extremely hot days in the tropics all summer long. There is no way around the harsh truth.


7. Water Deficiency




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If things keep going the way they are now and if there is even a little bit increase in warmth, it will likely strain water resources as well. In a news report published in 2013, scientists estimated severely more extreme droughts in the upcoming years. Left unnoticed, droughts might occur in up to 40% of all landscapes covering the Earth. The only way out is to stop any more warming.


8. More Natural Disasters




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The weather is the most unpredictable right now in the history of the Earth. We can already observe more frequent and stronger heatwaves, storm surges, wildfires etc. We have to be prepared for even more of them in our plates for 2070 and the years beyond. It is an impending doom looming over all of humanity.


9. Destructive Hurricanes




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As of now, owing to the ocean temperature and mild sea level rises, hurricanes are already getting drastic and its effects more destructive. It permits storm surges to push through into inland. The effects of human emissions into the climate are resulting in potentially rainier storms, which in turn is a grave threatening factor for more recurring floods.


10. Ferocious Wildfires




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Increased temperatures make way for increased dry and warm days around the climate. With a potential risk of wildfires, the dryness encourages speed and ferocity of the blazes. The latest example being the California wildfires which astonishingly started in the rainier season but still maliciously claimed the position of the greatest and most destructive fire in the state's history.


11. Floods




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As hinted earlier, there is a high risk of potentially more floods in the near future. One too many factors are contributing to this uncontrollable natural disaster. The first and foremost factor is the steady rise in sea level which will eventually result in flooding the coast lines. The second factor being rainier storms which will contribute to overfilled water bodies which will also result to more floods.


12. Way Past Global Warming Target




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As already verdicted by climate scientist Gavin Schmidt, the director of NASA's Goddard Institute of Space Studies, we will be way past the global warming target temperature which is set at 2.7 degree Fahrenheit by 2030. Schmidt testifies that there is absolutely no way to stop global warming, even if we stop all the harmful emissions. The damage that we have already done to Earth will take its toll soon. And let's face it, we aren't going to stop harmful emissions anytime soon.


13. Different Planet Altogether




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Humans are now standing at a point where we are looking at an unrecognizably different planet by the end of a century. We are a stubborn specie and we most likely won't stop polluting the climate even after being fully aware of the consequences. If this continues to happen, we will be looking at a strikingly different planet, almost as different as it is now from the latest ice age.


14. Impossible Solution




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One potential but practically impossible solution to keep our planet a little more stable is to cut emissions altogether. We have to take drastic steps in unity to stop harming our habitat anymore. Even though we won't be able to stop global warming completely, we might affect areas like California positively. Where the number of hottest days are 20 in a year now, we can possibly decrease it to 2 hottest days a year.


15. Innovation Is The Key




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Our best bet here is to innovate. Most of the scenarios presented here point to the fact that we will be reaching negative emissions by the end of the century. Which roughly means, we could be emitting less carbon dioxide than we are absorbing through a technology called carbon-capture technology. We could be anticipating a slightly hotter planet by a hundred years or a way more hotter planet.



 
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