Science fiction has explored the idea of the end of the world countless times, but recent scientific studies suggest that this scenario could be more than just fantasy. Researchers from the University of Geneva, in collaboration with the French CNRS laboratories in Paris and Bordeaux, simulated a worrying scenario, known as “The galloping greenhouse effect“, which could turn Earth into a planet similar to Venus, our “evil twin” in the solar system.
The study reveals a terrifying possibility: the complete evaporation of our oceans and a significant increase in global temperatures. This phenomenon can divide the planets into two categories: moderate, and hot planets after crises. What’s even more worrying is that this change could happen within a few centuries or even sooner, throwing the Earth into chaos “An uninhabitable hell.”
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Why does Earth become “hell”?
Venus serves as a clear example of what can happen. Although there is a similar size to the earth Its composition is rocky, and its environment is extremely hostile, with average temperatures reaching 465 degrees Celsius, which is high enough to melt lead. Venus’ dense atmosphere, hotter even than Mercury’s, shows what could happen if the greenhouse effect on our planet got out of control.
Contrary to popular belief, water vapor, not carbon dioxide or methane, could be the main driver of this catastrophic change. As the oceans evaporate, the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere increases, preventing heat from escaping into space. This process creates a warming spiral that could reach a critical point of no return, leading to complete evaporation of the oceans and a massive increase in global temperatures.
When will this disaster happen?
The research team identified three stages in this process: an initial ocean evaporation stage, followed by a “dry transitional stage,” and finally a “post-disappearing state,” similar to the current state of Venus. This understanding is not only crucial for predicting the future the earthbut also to evaluate the habitability of exoplanets.
Another study, as reported by the Daily Mail, suggests that we are decades away from reaching a climate tipping point. An increase of just 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial temperatures could lead to uncontrollable global warming, as feedback mechanisms act like dominoes, leading to climate change. “Hot Earth” With a global average of 4 to 5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
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