Washington: According to experts global warming has risen the temperature of the earth to the point which was last seen 115,000 years ago, at that time the sea level was 20-30 ft (6-9 meters) higher than today.
Next generations of human beings will have to spend hundreds of trillions of dollars and will have to create advanced technology to tackle with the impacts of global warming.
James Hansen, former climate scientist for Nasa has submitted a paper with 11 other experts stating that the temperature of 2016 is 1.25C higher than temperatures recorded in pre-industrial times.
The paper also said that the temperature is rising at the rate of 0.18C every decade and this trend has been going on for 45 years.
Experts have estimated in the paper that in order to achieve the targets that were set in the Paris climate accord almost $104 trillion to $570 trillion will have to be spent.
James Hanson was the one who brought the dangers of global warming to public by giving testimony in front of the US congress in 1980s, he said,
“There’s a misconception that we’ve begun to address the climate problem. This misapprehension is based on the Paris climate deal where governments clapped themselves on the back but when you look at the science it doesn’t compute, it’s not true.”
He further said, “Even with optimistic assumptions (future emissions reduction) will cost hundreds of trillions of dollars. It’s potentially putting young people in charge of a situation that is beyond their control. It’s not clear they will be able to take such actions.”
Hansen suggested that there should be tax put on carbon emissions and companies should be forced to the people in the same way the tobacco industry was sued.
He said, “The science is crystal clear, we have to phase out emissions over the next few decades. That won’t happen without substantial actions by Congress and the executive branch and that’s not happening so we need the courts to apply pressure, as they did with civil rights.”