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The Fate of Planet Earth Lies in the Hands of Just Two Generations, Warns Climate Columnist David Wallace-Wells

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • New book “Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming” warns climate change could cost $600 trillion — twice the world’s total wealth — in damages by the end of the century
  • In the history of mankind, 50% of all carbon released into the atmosphere occurred in the last 30 years
  • The burning of fossil fuels and chemical-intensive industrial agriculture are the main drivers of climate change
  • The good news is that humans have the power to stop, and potentially reverse, climate change, but the solution is not fancy new carbon-capturing technology
  • The best solution to climate change is to harness the power of Mother Nature in the form of organic regenerative agriculture and the restoration of forests, peatlands, mangroves and other ecosystem habitats capable of drawing down and storing excess atmospheric carbon

The global impacts of global pollution are so terrifyingly vast and all-encompassing that fully comprehending the potential consequences can prove difficult for the human mind.

If it continues unchecked, scientists warn of an increase in extreme weather including rising sea levels, intensified and more frequent wildfires, devastating flooding, stronger hurricanes and prolonged droughts — all of which are projected to have colossal and costly impacts on public health, agriculture, politics, economic growth and human migration.


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