According to comments made by world-renowned theoretical physicist Professor Stephen Hawking, mankind doesn’t have much left to save our planet from climate change.
According to Professor Hawking, if we don’t act now, our beautiful planet could become like Venus with unbearably boiling hot temperatures on the surface.
The popular physicist said in Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places that humanity must find a new “home” in space between the next 200 and 500 years if it wants to survive.
To illustrate what could happen to Earth, Hawking explains the situation of another planet in our solar system: Venus.
“In many ways, Earth and Venus are the same,” explains Hawking, who added that both planets are like close relatives.
“Venus is almost the same size as Earth and is only a little closer to the Sun. It also has an atmosphere,” he continued.
However, when Hawking “arrives” at Venus in a virtual journey, an atmospheric pressure is found 90 times higher than that of our planet, “enough to crush a submarine,” according to the British physicist.
In addition, the temperature is around 200 ° C.
Hawking says that the current state of Venus is the result of what happens when greenhouse gases are out of control.
In turn, the scientist fears that the fate of our planet is the same.
“The next time you talk to someone who denies the existence of climate change, tell them to take a trip to Venus. I will take care of the expenses, “said the physicist in an ironic tone.
Furthermore, Professor Hawking said how US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement is a catastrophic move, which has doomed Earth to one day becoming totally uninhabitable.
Scientists believe how the build-up of Greenhouse gasses in Venus’ atmosphere made the planet turn into a boiling celestial body where temperatures can rise above 200 ° C, with winds of up to 100 meters per second, raging on the surface.
When President Trump decided it was best to leave the Paris Climate Agreement, Professor Hawking said: “We are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible. We are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible. Climate change is one of the great dangers we face and it’s one we can prevent if we act now.”
“By denying the evidence for climate change, and pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Donald Trump will cause avoidable environmental damage to our beautiful planet, endangering the natural world, for us and our children.”
For those interested, the audiovisual series led by Hawking, which was awarded last year with an Emmy, can be seen on the Curiosity Stream platform.