May 22, 2024

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Simulations predict when humans will become extinct

Simulations predict when humans will become extinct

One day, the world will end. When that happens, the Sun will essentially explode outward, destroying many of the planets around it as they “die” and go through another cycle of their lives. But before that happens, scientists say we can likely expect the end of humanity to arrive.

There is no doubt that climate change is an ongoing concern that many scientists are trying to solve. They’ve come up with some cool and impressive ideas, including sending bubbles into space to help block solar radiation. However, no solution has actually been implemented yet.

As a result, climate change continues to advance, threatening to melt the ice caps, which would send hundreds of thousands of miles of beaches under the ocean. According to a new simulation, the end of humanity could come in less than 250 million years if climate change continues as it has.

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The simulation was completed by a supercomputer using various pieces of data relating to Earth’s ongoing climate and ocean chemistry, as well as the state of plate tectonics and biology. Those simulations found that within 250 million years, Earth’s atmosphere will be full of carbon dioxide. This, combined with the heat of the sun, will make the Earth unable to support many forms of life, including humanity.

This means that the end of humanity will likely come due to a climate in which it is almost impossible to grow food. The planet becomes devoid of water and food sources for mammals, driving us all to extinction. It’s a terrifying idea and scientists will no doubt continue to try to find ways to combat it.

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It’s also not a crazy idea. Simulations suggest we will see widespread temperatures of 40 to 50 degrees Celsius, roughly 104 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. These temperatures will only be exacerbated by high levels of humidity, making the Earth uninhabitable.

A study was published in Natural earth sciences These findings detail and offer a unique insight into the future that could await humanity and hundreds of other mammalian species.