David Wallace-Wells, author of the new book ‘The Uninhabitable Earth – Life After Warming’ warned not long is left to prevent the end of the world. Mr Wallace-Wells believes humanity needs to reduce manufacturing by 30 percent in 30 years or face inevitable catastrophe. The US journalist told Here and Now podcast: “Projections estimate that if we don’t change course on global warming, we could have a global GDP that’s 30 percent smaller than it would be without climate change.
“That’s an impact that’s twice as big as the Great Depression, and it would be permanent.
“We need such dramatic interventions in every sector of our world, from our energy, to our transportation, to our infrastructure, our agriculture.
“Absolutely every aspect of modern life has a carbon footprint, and we need to not just reduce those carbon footprints, we need to eliminate them entirely.”
A plethora of problems come with climate change – not least a mass extinction which is currently underway.
The United Nations recently released a a report which says human activity is destroying the planet and is on course to obliterating wildlife, which could ultimately lead to the downfall of humanity.
Several factors are involved, according to the report, such as a loss of forests, pollution, clean drinking water and destroying the habitats of small insects which are vital to the ecosystem.
The report “painstakingly catalogues how humanity has undermined the natural resources upon which its very survival depends”.
The document states human activity has altered 40 percent of the marine environment, 50 percent of inland waterways, and three quarters of the land on Earth.
It warns “subsidies to fisheries, industrial agriculture, livestock raising, forestry, mining and the production of biofuel, or fossil fuel energy encourage waste, inefficiency, and over-consumption”.
It said: “Half-a-million to a million species are projected to be threatened with extinction, many within decades.”