The climate clock in New York is counting down until the end of the world
The climate clock in New York is counting down until the end of the world

A new clock in New York is counting down until the end of the world

2020 hasn’t exactly been filled with happiness and it’s not looking much better as scientists in America have unveiled a new digital clock which counts down until the end of the world.

And according to The Climate Clock, we have just 7 years, 98 days, 22 hours, 47 minutes and 11 seconds, no make that 10 seconds until the end of the world. Yay.

The clock is counting down the time the world has left to act before irreversible climate change alters human existence forever. They estimate that in 7 years, we’ll have used up the Earth’s carbon budget and we’ll be subject to severe floods, wildfires, famines and deaths.

The timer will mark the time when the earth’s temperature has increased by 1.5 degrees Celsius. Which would be a disaster for the world and for humans.

But there is a lifeline and some good news. The clock’s second figure is a green lifeline and tracks the percentage of renewable energy being supplied around the world.

“This is our lifeline,” say the Climate Clock team. “Simply put, we need to get our lifeline to 100% before our deadline reaches 0.”

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A new digital clock unveiled in Manhattan’s Union Square over the weekend promises to tell you exactly how long the world has left to act before an irreversible climate emergency alters human existence. The Climate Clock unveiled by artists Gan Golan and Andrew Boyd warned at 1:30 p.m. Monday that there were 7 years, 101 days, 17 hours, 29 minutes and 22 seconds until Earth’s carbon budget is depleted, based on current emission rates. A total depletion would thrust the world into further turmoil and suffering through more flooding, more wildfires, worsening famine and extensive human displacement, according to the artists. The timer counts down how long it will take for the world to burn through its carbon budget if swift action isn’t taken to keep warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius. If Earth’s temperatures increase by 1.5 degrees Celsius, the planet will fall victim to extreme heat waves, fires, droughts and limited water availability, a 2019 NASA report on global climate change warns. The clock’s second figure, displayed in green, is labeled a “lifeline.” It tracks the percentage of available energy being supplied from renewable sources. Read more by clicking the link in our bio. (Photo by Ben Wolf)

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Antarctica hotter than Dubai

Earlier this year, record temperatures in Antarctica meant the icy continent was the same temperature as Dubai.

The scorching temperatures were recorded by Brazilian scientists on Seymour Island. And they were nearly a degree higher than the previous record of 19.8°C.

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