A shocking new report by an Australian think tank, and endorsed by a former chief of the country’s military, delivers a dire warning about climate change, saying that the crisis is far worse than even the most alarming scenarios have previously imagined. The report, titled “Existential Climate-Related Security Risk” by the Melbourne-based Breakthrough National Centre for Climate Restoration, paints a bleak picture of “a world of ‘outright chaos’ on a path to the end of human civilization and modern society as we have known it.” A copy of said document is hosted via Wix.
In an introductory note to the report, former Australian Defense Force Chief Admiral Chris Barrie writes that the Breakthrough paper accurately portrays the “desperate situation” faced by the human race, raising the strong possibility “that human life on Earth may be on the way to extinction, in the most horrible way.”
The planet could reach a “point of no return” sometime in the next 30 years, according to a Vice summary of the Australian climate report. At that point, the Earth will become “largely uninhabitable,” causing existing governments to fall and the global social order to be overturned.
The Australian researchers, however, have not been alone in their extraordinarily dire predictions. In an op-ed published by The Guardian on Tuesday, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz of Columbia University called the urgency to slow climate change “our third World War.”
But how will climate change result in the apocalyptic scenario portrayed in the Australia report? With a rise in global average temperature of just three degrees on the Celsius scale — or slightly less than four degrees Fahrenheit — key ecosystems such as the Amazon rainforest and the Arctic polar caps would collapse, according to the report, which is co-authored by Breakthrough Institute Director David Spratt and Ian Dunlop, a former top oil company executive who also headed the Australian Coal Association, according to The Guardian.
Those ecosystem collapses would lead to a mass migration of at least 1 billion people, who would be forced to relocate from uninhabitable areas, with another 2 billion facing serious water shortages.
A current global migration crisis has already caused political upheavals, playing a key role in fueling Brexit, the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, according to a report published by The Conversation. Meanwhile, in the United States, immigration issues drove the election of Donald Trump.
But the massive migration crisis caused by climate change will dwarf the existing volume of immigrant movement from country to country as displaced people simply look for anywhere that can to sustain human existence, according to the researchers.