What if you found out you had 10 years left to live? Life is short enough, but such a generalization (when it is oh-so-suddenly applied to oneself) is quite startling, not to mention frightening. But now scientists are predicting that not (just) us, but our world might be facing this grim reality.
As restated by EcoWatch, “According to the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, if humans don't reduce greenhouse gas emissions drastically and maintain carbon sinks, like forests, then the results will be catastrophic for the climate.”
Of course, this isn’t old news. In my last article, the extremely precarious situation of our Earth's animals is explained and detailed by the immense amounts of global warming and greenhouse emissions being injected into the atmosphere by none other than us humans. While this recent news comes to us ordinary folk as a shock, scientists aren't surprised. Of course, there are studies and plans underway to help combat this "deadline" of sorts, and of course, to ultimately save our beloved planet!
Of course, this verdict has caused much uncertainty about our world's future (including our own), among both scientists and society. But scientists are taking action. "Carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere can be [reduced] in two ways—by cutting our emissions, or by removing it from the atmosphere, for example through plants, the ocean, and soil," says the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.
The article then goes on to state how a study published in the journal Nature Communications details how "...not only the mix of energy matters, but also the overall amount of energy consumed. The study also included ranges for high energy consumption and low energy consumption." Low energy consumption equals more life for planet Earth, and scientists seem to be optimistic that we can easily reach this quota. So for now, it's just a waiting game. Let's just hope we won't have to wait until it's too late.