Our planet is being pushed towards a dangerous new territory and human activity is to blame, says a recent study that further proves humans suck.
The study, which was published in this month’s Science, reports that due to the increase of human activity over the past fifty years, the end of the Holocene Age — a warming period that has lasted for the entirety of human written history — is near.
“The only state of the planet that we know for certain can support contemporary human societies is now being destabilized,” says the report by the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program and the Stockholm Resilience Center.
The study goes on to say that refusing to correct the problems that has gotten us to this point will most likely result in an entirely new state of the Earth, one in which will “likely to be much less hospitable to the development of human societies.”
Global warming and its increase over the last fifty years is a significant factor to this change, according to the report’s lead author, Will Steffen.
“After 1950 you can see that major Earth System changes became directly linked to changes largely related to the global economic system,” Steffen said in a statement. “This is a new phenomenon and indicates that humanity has a new responsibility at a global level for the planet.”
Steffen, along with other researchers involved in the study, will present their findings at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland at the end of this month.
Just another reason for us to do all we can to, hopefully, put some time back on the Earth’s clock.