Scientists warn of an ongoing mass extinction event

By James Brizuela | Published

Scientists can often offer the world some of the best breakthroughs. However, they can also be responsible for scaring the public all the same. A new study has been enacted with results that look far worse than the impending doom of an asteroid hitting the planet. According to the findings of a Tohoku University climatologist named Kunio Kaiho, the planet will face a induced mass extinction event within the next few hundred years.

The significance of these findings is that the planet has experienced mass extinction events before, however, evolution was able to catch up with the time it took for these events to occur. The biggest event took place over a period of 60,000 years, giving plants and animals time to adapt to the changes. However, this new event would happen so quickly that no species would have enough time to evolve in a way to defend against creeping temperature changes. The world has already gone through climate change issues as some places in the world have suffered from heat waves which have been damaging. Europe, for example, has been hit by record heat waves. This heat has caused the death of many people due to the increase in heat, and wildfires have also become much more common.

Part of the problem with climate change is that the subject has become taboo for politicians in most elections. Former President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Agreement in 2020. However, shortly after President Biden was elected, he brought the United States back into the deal. The Paris Agreement is an agreement signed by many nations around the world that commit to fight climate change, mainly because of CO2 emissions. Although there has been a structure in place to try to tackle the issues causing rampant climate change, the platform is used in every presidential election, which almost makes it sound like a joke. Climate change is real, and now it could lead to mass extinction within the next few hundred years. We won’t be alive to witness such a thing, but that’s not much time for preparations to be made.

Some of the catastrophic events that have been brought about by climate change have been the occurrence of more worldwide tsunamis, hurricanes and heat waves that have destroyed parts of the planet. Now, all of this could lead to the next mass extinction event much faster than the planet has ever seen. A few hundred years versus 60,000 is a huge change. Most countries are trying to halt CO2 emissions from vehicles within the next 25-50 years, but that might not be enough to undo the damage already done.

The world is constantly changing, but the people who live here can do their part to ensure that their children and grandchildren have a planet of their own. However, with climate change being constantly challenged and used as a political platform, we may not be able to fix things. Mass extinction could happen sooner rather than later.

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