Stephen Hawking: Donald Trump will turn Earth into Venus
World-renowned astrophysicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking has warned that Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement could lead to global warming becoming irreversible and our planet becoming another Venus.
Stephen Hawking joined the voiceóin criticism of the U.S. president, whoóry announced that the United States will withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate agreement. The agreement commits signatories to act to limit the rise in average global temperatures.
– Starting today, the U.S. is completely halting implementation of the non-binding Paris Agreement and the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country. We withdraw. We will start renegotiating and see if there is a better deal. If successful, great. If not, that’s fine too – said in early June Trump.
MóHe also said that the Paris agreement only benefits other countries, not the United States, and that a similar agreement can only be made on terms that are fair to the US. He also stated that the withdrawal of the Stanóin the United from the agreement will have little impact on the climate. – Fulfilling the swój solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement – said the US president.
– We are close to the point whereórym global warming is becoming irreversible – Hawking told BBC News. He added that Trump’s decision will cause significant damage to the environment. – Trump’s action could push Earth to the brink of extinction. Our planet could become like Venus – with temperatures of 250 degrees Celsius and rains of sulfuric acid – said the astrophysicist.
Hawking added that climate change is one of the "great dangers", faced by our planet, którymes can be prevented if we take appropriate action now. As expressed by the scientist, Trump denying evidence of climate change and withdrawing from the Paris agreement "will cause great damage to our beautiful planet, które in the future will endanger us and our children”.
When asked whether we will ever be able to overcome environmental problems and resolve conflicts, the scientist pessimistically replied that he believes our days on Earth are numbered. – Fear that evolution has built greed and aggression into our genome. There are no signs of humanity’s fatigue with past conflicts. Rozwój military technologies and weapons of mass destruction could be catastrophic in their consequences. The hope for the survival of the human race may be independent colonies in space – assessed Hawking.
Hawking has been suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis for years, whichóre led to paralysis of almost his entire body. He was diagnosed with the disease at the age of 21. Doctors gave him no chance of living to see his 25th birthday. He is now 75 years old. However, this does not prevent him from actively participating in the public debate on the condition of humanity.
Hawking has previously repeatedly móhe said that the only salvation for humanity is to colonize other planets. In November last year, during a lecture at Oxford University, the scientist stated that humanity would not survive another 1,000 years on the planet. However, in May of this year, the researcher significantly skrócialized this time mówishing that we have only 100 years to leave our planet.