Space & Astronomy
Hawking: 'Trump could turn Earth in to Venus'
July 5, 2017 | 326 comments
Could this be the future of our planet ? Image Credit: NASA
In an interview on his 75th birthday, Professor Stephen Hawking warned of the dangers of global warming.
The world-famous physicist, who is certainly no stranger to discussing the fate of humanity, has condemned US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement.
According to Hawking, the decision might have far-reaching consequences - tipping the planet over the edge and eventually resulting in an environmental catastrophe.
"We are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible. Trump's action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of two hundred and fifty degrees, and raining sulphuric acid," he told the BBC.
"Climate change is one of the great dangers we face, and it's one we can prevent if we act now. By denying the evidence for climate change, and pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Donald Trump will cause avoidable environmental damage to our beautiful planet, endangering the natural world, for us and our children."
When asked if he thought humanity will ever resolve its differences, he said:
"I fear evolution has inbuilt greed and aggression to the human genome. There is no sign of conflict lessening, and the development of militarised technology and weapons of mass destruction could make that disastrous."
"The best hope for the survival of the human race might be independent colonies in space.
Source: BBC News
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