NewsInevitable end. Scientists predict human extinction in 250 million years

Inevitable end. Scientists predict human extinction in 250 million years

Scientists know the date of the extermination of humans on planet Earth.
Scientists know the date of the extermination of humans on planet Earth.
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10:27 AM EDT, April 30, 2024

Many people believe that the fate of planet Earth rests in human hands. However, evidence from a study by British scientists published in Nature suggests otherwise. The research concludes that human extinction is inevitable within the next 250 million years, regardless of any immediate cessation of the use of fossil fuels.

The study, spearheaded by Dr Alexander Farnsworth of the University of Bristol, posits that amalgamating Earth's continents into a single, vast landmass will create conditions too harsh for human survival. "The future looks bleak. Carbon dioxide levels could double from their current state, making it impossible for humans and many species to cool down through perspiration," Dr. Farnsworth explains.

For any form of life persisting at that epoch, temperatures would vary from 104°F to 158°F, further emphasizing the harsh conditions foreseen for our planet.

Landscape of Doom

The familiar configuration of lands and seas is expected to vanish. The continents are predicted to converge into a supercontinent dubbed "Pangea Ultima," characterised by its doughnut shape with an inland sea at its heart— the remnants of the once vast Atlantic Ocean.

Encircling Pangea Ultima will be a massive ocean resulting from merging the remaining global waters into the Pacific. This scenario is one of the potential outcomes of Earth's tectonic plates merging.

Professor Benjamin Mills of the University of Leeds, a study co-author, adds, "These projections hinge on the assumption that human fossil fuel consumption ceases; failing that, such outcomes could manifest even sooner."

Is There Hope?

Nevertheless, the scientists envision a potential remedy for humanity's grim future—establishing civilizations on other planets. Currently, within the realm of science fiction, the preservation of human life may depend on our ability to migrate from Earth or employ geoengineering to regulate the climate, according to Dr. Farnsworth.

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