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Climate change may have killed alien life and humans could be next

This artist’s impression shows a view of the surface of the planet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Solar System. The double star Alpha Centauri AB also appears in the image to the upper-right of Proxima itself. Proxima b is a little more massive than the Earth and orbits in the habitable zone around Proxima Centauri, where the temperature is suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface.

Scientists have been on the mission of searching alien life for a long time now. Yet they have not been successful in finding one. According to a study performed by a group of researchers, there is a huge possibility that climate change is killing alien life. The study also pointed out that if this rapid change is not controlled then the future of humans could also be bleak.

Astrophysicist Adam Frank from the University of Rochester in New York performed a study along with his colleagues that illustrated ten thousand light years of climate change brought about by human activities. As a part of the study, the researchers used different mathematical models that were developed on the basis of disappearance of the civilizations of the Earth.

Fran said, “The laws of physics demand that any young population, building an energy-intensive civilization like ours, is going to have feedback on its planet.” Further, the professor added, “Seeing climate change in this cosmic context may give us better insight into what’s happening to us now and how to deal with it.”

The results of the study expectedly were seriously intense. Three out of the four trajectories in the mathematical model depicting the energy-intense civilizations, pointed out destruction. The fourth trajectory, which is a way to transform the entire alien civilization into sustainable energy source, showed that it could only work if and when the population on the Earth realized the undesirable changes that their activities is bringing in to our planet. The scenario pointed out by the fourth trajectory depends on how humans control the damage that they do to the Earth. Frank stated, “The last scenario is the most frightening.” He explained, “Even if you did the right thing, if you waited too long, you could still have your population collapse.”

According to the conclusions of the study, if also the civilization on the Earth realizes the potential environmental damage it is causing and takes steps to control them and adopts to sustainable resources, it yet would not be able to keep the destruction from happening as it is already delayed. This might slow down the decline in population temporarily, but ultimately it would fall to zero.

 

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