If You’re Under 40 You’re Gonna See Some Horrible Stuff, Scientists Say

"This should be a call to action."
Lost Generation

This year's children will live on a completely different planet to the generations before them.

According to Science research, the unmitigated progress of global climate change will lead to many more ecological disasters and dangerous periods of extreme weather for future generations. This was published in Science on Sunday. This alarming prediction should be a reminder of the need to take urgent and significant steps to stop climate change.

Doing damage

Wim Thiery, Vrije Universitiet's lead climate scientist, told NBC News that the damage is already done and that each generation will be confronted with a more climate-ravaged world than the previous.

Thiery shared this with NBC: "We found that people under 40 will have an extraordinary life, in terms of their lifetime exposure heat waves, droughts, and floods," Thiery said. Even in the most conservative scenario, this is true.



Thiery and his team found that children born in this year's will experience seven times more heat waves and twice as many wildfires and three times as much droughts than their grandparents. Thiery said that heat waves and droughts may become more severe, which could make the problem worse than their research suggests.

Unequal Burden

Researchers predict that the impact of climate change will affect developing countries as well as their wealthy neighbors.

Thiery said that there is still time to prevent some of the worst effects of climate change. This can be done if all countries make drastic cuts in their greenhouse gas emissions in the near-term.

Thiery said to NBC that this should be a call to action. We can stop the worst effects of global warming. We must all combat climate change for our survival.



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