Hawking: Trump’s decision to pull out of Paris climate deal could push Earth over the brink

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Physicist Stephen Hawking isn’t too impressed with US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate deal and according to the celebrated scientist, this decision could “push the Earth over the brink”.

Hawking told BBC that Trump’s decision could not only irreversible change the climate on Earth, but it could also etch a path for Earth to become a hothouse planet like Venus. Trump announced his decision to pull US out of the Paris climate agreement last month. He added that he wants to “renegotiate” the country’s part in the agreement to ensure American businesses are not disadvantaged.

Hawking says that Earth is close to a tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible and Trump’s decision could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of two hundred and fifty degrees, and raining sulphuric acid.

He also feared aggression was “inbuilt” in humans and that their best hope of survival was to live on other planets. The Cambridge professor said climate change is one of the great dangers humanity was facing, but it could be prevented by acting now.

“By denying the evidence for climate change, and pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Donald Trump will cause avoidable environmental damage to our beautiful planet, endangering the natural world, for us and our children,” Hawking said.

When asked whether he felt humans would ever solve their environmental problems and resolve conflicts, Hawking was pessimistic, saying that he thought humans’ days on Earth were numbered.

“I fear evolution has inbuilt greed and aggression to the human genome. There is no sign of conflict lessening, and the development of militarised technology and weapons of mass destruction could make that disastrous. The best hope for the survival of the human race might be independent colonies in space,” he said.

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