Global warming could spark a nuclear war, financial crisis, or extinction-level pandemic by 2070

A new study has warned that global temperatures continue to rise and we are dangerously approaching a “climate endgame”.

Researchers from Cambridge university claim that global warming could lead to nuclear warfinancial crisis or extinction level pandemic as early as 2070.

Based on their findings, the researchers urge the authorities to start preparing for such events.

“There are many reasons to believe changing of the climate could become catastrophic even with moderate levels of warming,” said Dr. Luke Kemp, lead author of the study.

Researchers from the University of Cambridge claim that global warming could trigger a nuclear war, a financial crisis or an extinction-level pandemic as early as 2070.

“Four Horsemen” climate endgame

The researchers suggest that research is needed in four key areas, which they call the “four horsemen” of the climate endgame.

These are hunger and malnutrition, extreme weather, conflict and vector-borne diseases.

Global food supplies are under threat from rising temperatures, with increased risk of “breadbasket failures” as the world’s most productive agricultural regions suffer from “collective crises”, the researchers say.

More extreme weather conditions could also set the stage for new disease outbreaks as human and wildlife habitats change and shrink.

Meanwhile, the risk of “interacting” threats, such as the collapse of democracy and new forms of destructive AI weapons, is also likely to rise as temperatures rise.

For example, researchers say “warm wars,” in which technologically advanced superpowers fight over both shrinking carbon space and giant experiments to deflect sunlight and lower global temperatures, could become commonplace.

“Climate change has played a role in every mass extinction. He helped bring down empires and shaped history. Even the modern world seems to be adapted to a certain climatic niche.

“Pathways to disaster are not limited to direct exposure to high temperatures, such as extreme weather events.

“Side effects such as financial crises, conflicts and new outbreaks of disease can trigger other disasters and hinder recovery from potential disasters such as nuclear war.”

In the study, the team used simulations to estimate the effects of a warming of 3°C (5.4°F) or more.

Their estimates show that by 2070, two billion people will live in heat-extreme areas where the average annual temperature exceeds 29°C (84°F).

Unfortunately, these areas are among the most politically vulnerable, as well as the most densely populated, according to the team.

“An average annual temperature of 29 degrees currently affects about 30 million people in the Sahara and the Gulf Coast,” said co-author Chi Xu of Nanjing University.

“By 2070, these temperatures and the social and political consequences will directly affect two nuclear powers and seven maximum protection laboratories that contain the most dangerous pathogens.

“There is a serious potential for catastrophic side effects.”

The researchers suggest that research is needed in four key areas, which they call the “four horsemen” of the climate endgame.

These are hunger and malnutrition, extreme weather, conflict and vector-borne diseases.

This map shows the overlap between state instability, extreme heat, and nuclear and biological catastrophic hazards.

This map shows the overlap between state instability, extreme heat, and nuclear and biological catastrophic hazards.

Eco-Debt Day is earlier than EVER

In 2022, humans have already used up a year’s supply of natural resources, a calendar event known as Earth Protection Day.

The annual date marks the moment when humanity has used up all the biological resources that the Earth can regenerate during that year.

But in 2022, this will happen sooner than ever before, mainly due to the demand for food, land, timber and new urban infrastructure to serve a growing population.

The demand for these resources exceeds the biocapacity of the Earth – its ability to renew these resources – which means that now we have actually moved to an overdraft.

It also means that we have surpassed the planet’s annual capacity to absorb waste products such as carbon dioxide.

Co-author Professor Christie Eby of the University of Washington said: “We need a multidisciplinary effort to understand how climate change can cause massive human morbidity and mortality.”

Global food supplies are under threat from rising temperatures, with increased risk of “breadbasket failures” as the world’s most productive agricultural regions suffer from “collective crises”, the researchers say.

More extreme weather conditions could also set the stage for new disease outbreaks as human and wildlife habitats change and shrink.

Meanwhile, the risk of “interacting” threats, such as the collapse of democracy and new forms of destructive AI weapons, is also likely to rise as temperatures rise.

For example, researchers say “warm wars,” in which technologically advanced superpowers fight over both shrinking carbon space and giant experiments to deflect sunlight and lower global temperatures, could become commonplace.

“The more we learn about how our planet functions, the more cause for concern,” said study co-author Professor Johan Rockström, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

“We are increasingly realizing that our planet is a more complex and fragile organism.

“We have to count the catastrophe to avoid it.”

Professor Kemp concluded: “We know that temperature increases have a ‘fat tail’, meaning a wide range of unlikely but potentially extreme outcomes.

“Preparing for a future of accelerating climate change while remaining blind to the worst-case scenarios is naïve risk management at best and fatal stupidity at worst.”