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Climate Change: The End of Humanity?

By now, humans are familiar with the terms “climate change”, “global warming” etc. Some people shrugged their shoulders and said, “environmental crises, that is.” Are actions taken? Yes. But is it enough? No, not yet. My eyebrows furrowed at the thought of all these issues threatening us, humans, a population of nearly 8 billion people and how little people take notice and are aware of how important solving and preventing these issues might be. Oh, how will we survive?

We’ve all always been taught about extinction growing up. The extinction of animals; such as mammoths and dodo birds. The extinction of plants; such as Cooksonias and Sigillarias. You get the idea, don’t you? Extinction is like being wiped out of the Earth completely, with nothing left in the world about you. Scary, isn’t it? We’ve always seen animals and plants extinct, but there is always the possibility of humans becoming extinct too. We’re also a species after all. What if I told you that the environmental crises that we’re facing will soon threaten humanity? And this might be the end?

According to scientists, the possibility of climate change leading us to the end of humanity is “dangerously under-explored”. At 1.5 degrees warming, about 14 percent of Earth's population will be exposed to severe heat waves at least once every five years. At 2 degrees warming that number jumps to 37 percent. Heat waves cause a lot of health issues to humans, from dehydration to blood clots. As serious as it seems, you can just imagine the amount of damage severe heat waves can do to our bodies. People will fall sick at a rapid speed in the blink of an eye. All because of the climate crisis happening around us and how we did