Recently, several conspiracy theorists, astrologers and doom-mongers predicted the world would end on September 23. While the doomsday prediction turned out to be false, the countdown to doomsday may have officially begun. Here are a few signs that tell us the end is near:
#1. Trapped ancient diseases are waking up
Diseases which affected our forefathers thousands of years ago are now threatening us. According to scientists, bacteria and viruses, buried for thousands of years, are being released in the air as the earth’s surface warms up and melts the permafrost – thanks to global warming.
#2. Giant crack in Antarctica’s ice shelf
In a recent video, the British Antarctic Survey revealed a massive crack in the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica. The video confirms perilous effects of global warming on this shaft and how it is breaking into pieces.
#3. Sea ice around Antarctica has shrunk to the smallest size
Ice in Antarctica has also shrunk to an unprecedented level as a result of the extreme human activity. In February, sea ice extent contracted to 2.287 million square kilometers.
#4. Glaciers in Greenland melting to the point of no return
Greenland’s climate change has led to a drastic and terrifying effect. The coastal glaciers and ice caps have officially melted past the point of return.
#5. Snow fall in the Sahara Desert
This vast desert land in Africa is one of the driest places on Earth. But last year, it snowed in the Sahara Desert for the first time in 38 years – thanks to global warming.
#6. Death of 60,000 farmers
According to statistics in India, 60,000 farmers have committed suicide since 1980 because of a direct negative effect on their livelihood. Because climate change has caused many crops to fail, farmers are unable to feed their families. To avoid the humiliation, these farmers are their own lives.
#7. Water shortage in the Himalayas
As the earth is heating, our water bodies are at risk. The Himalayas is home to myriad waterfalls. But the world’s highest village in Spiti is suffering acute water shortage for the first time. Can you imagine people in the mountains running short of water?
#8. Reservoirs and water bodies turning dry
In southern Spain, reservoirs and water bodies are slowly turning into dry-dotted-landscapes. The constant drop in water levels has affected the region’s mode of transportation as boats and ships can’t move around properly.
#9. Forest dying due to heat waves
Due to global warming, Australia’s vast kelp forests are being devastated by heat waves. Once thriving in that area, the kelp has now been completely wiped out. The situation is getting worse by the day and it has almost come to a point where the disappearance of the natural reserve is not far.
#10. Rising temperature disrupt aviation
According to a new study, it will be difficult for aircraft to take off in the coming decades. With temperatures soaring, 10-30% of fully loaded planes may have to remove some fuel, cargo or passengers, or else wait for cooler hours to fly. This means an increase in air travel and delays at airports.