We’ve got a new answer for the typical interview question: “Where do you see yourself in 12 years?” Alright, so maybe it’s not normal to be asked about 12 years specifically but we’re all going to be fucked, that’s your answer. Yep, that’s right, doomed. The lot of us.
But isn’t this something that happens all the damn time? Remember when scientists reported that the world would cease to exist by 2012? There was even a bloody film released about it.
We were supposed to be getting taken out by another planet, Niburu… guess what, Niburu doesn’t exist. Shock.
Anyway, back on track, by ‘on track’ I mean the reports that the world could face catastrophic consequences of climate change in 12 years – and this actually is a thing, unlike Niburu.
The inevitable will happen unless there is ‘unprecedented’ effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, a new United Nations report warns.
According to the New York Post, the planet’s surface has already warmed by one degree and it could see a catastrophic 1.5C increase between 2030 and 2052.
Andrew King, a climate science academic at the University of Melbourne, said in a statement to CNN: “This is concerning because we know there are so many more problems if we exceed 1.5 degrees C global warming, including more heat waves and hot summers, greater sea level rise, and, for many parts of the world, worse droughts and rainfall extremes.”
The findings were released in a report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which warned that we must make ‘rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society’ in order to save our planet.
Apparently, if nothing at all is done, Earth can expect temperatures to rise by three degrees which probably sounds all well and good but with that would come more frequent or extreme droughts, an increase in deadly hurricanes and as much as 90 per cent of coral reefs dying off.
The Great Barrier Reef in Australia could be under threat. Credit: PA
Andrew King added: “The window on keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees C is closing rapidly and the current emissions pledges made by signatories to the Paris Agreement do not add up to us achieving that goal.”
So, what are we all going to do tomorrow? Get a push bike, sell the car and change every single light bulb in the gaff.