Climate Change - Uninhabitable Earth in 300 Years!
Mitch Marconi writes:
Climate Change - Could the Earth really be uninhabitable by 2300? With Polar Cities maybe needed to save humankind by 2500? Global warming experts are saying in 300 years temperatures would reach '21 degrees F' higher. This would make earth significantly hotter, so much it would be impossible to live in it normally.
According to research published by 'Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences', "The wet-bulb limit is basically the point at which one would overheat even if they were naked in the shade, soaking wet and standing in front of a large fan."
It's believed that if the temperatures do truly increase the earth would become too hot and the sea levels would rise and flood most lands we live on today. Matthew Huber, co-author of the study, said "We found that a 21-degree warming would put half of the world's population in an uninhabitable environment."
One of the major problems the earth faces with global warming is fossil fuels being burned allegedly by some scientists. If the continued amounts of fossil fuels are burned, there will be significant changes to the earth in the next century.
Doyle Rice adds: Climate change could render much of world uninhabitable and polar cities might be needed to save the human species from extinction
PHOTO CAPTION: Pakistani youths cool off in a canal during a heat wave in June 2009, as temperatures soared to 117 degrees in some parts of the country. Extreme heat stress due to global warming could render much of the world uninhabitable in upcoming centuries, according to new research.
A worst-case scenario of global warming, in which temperatures would soar some 21 degrees, is that much of the world may simply become too hot for humans to live in, according to new research published last week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
"We found that … a 21-degree warming would put half of the world's population in an uninhabitable environment,"says study co-author Matthew Huber of Purdue University.
While the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that the result of business-as-usual warming would be 7 degrees by 2100, eventual warming over several centuries of 25 degrees is feasible, says Huber.
The new research calculated the highest tolerable "wet-bulb" temperature that humans can withstand.
"The wet-bulb limit is basically the point at which one would overheat even if they were naked in the shade, soaking wet and standing in front of a large fan," says study lead author Steven Sherwood of the University of New South Wales in Sydney.
The researchers found that humans and most mammals experience a potentially lethal level of heat stress at a "wet-bulb" temperature above 95 degrees sustained for six hours or more.
(The more familiar air temperature is known as the "dry-bulb" temperature; wet bulb temperatures can be used along with the dry bulb temperature to calculate humidity.)
Researchers say that while wet-bulb temperatures of 95 degrees never happen now, they would begin to occur with global-average warming of about 12 degrees, calling the habitability of some regions into question.
"We show that even modest global warming could therefore expose large fractions of the population to unprecedented heat stress, and that with severe warming this would become intolerable," the authors write.
"If warmings of 10 degrees C (18 degrees F) were really to occur in next three centuries, the area of land likely rendered uninhabitable by heat stress would dwarf that affected by rising sea level. Heat stress thus deserves more attention as a climate-change impact."
By Doyle Rice