Trump to be reason of irreversible damage to earth: Stephen Hawking
Poriborton Desk 4:59 pm, July 04, 2017
Donald Trump may cause irreversible damage to our planet, one of the world’s most revered scientists has warned, by exiting the Paris climate agreement. Professor Stephen Hawking told BBC News that Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the global agreement could eventually see the earth’s climate grow closer to that of the uninhabitable Venus, notable for its searing surface temperatures and acid rain.
“We are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible,” he told the British broadcaster.
“Trump’s action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of 250C, and raining sulphuric acid.
“Climate change is one of the great dangers we face, and it’s one we can prevent if we act 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.”
Professor Hawking, 75, is the latest in a long line to attack Trump’s rejection of the science behind climate change by withdrawing from the Paris agreement.
In 2015, 195 countries, including Australia, signed up to the agreement, which aims to curb greenhouse emissions to keep the rise in global temperatures to less than 2C above pre-industrial levels.
The aim is to limit the rise to 1.5C, which scientists say would significantly reduce risks and the impact of climate change.
Mr Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement, announced last month, was slammed as “catastrophic” and “reckless” but the US President said he did so because he “was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburg, not Paris”.
He described the agreement as a “job killer”, suggested that other nations were laughing at America and said the accord was “about other countries gaining an advantage over the United States”.
“At what point does America get demeaned? At what point do they start laughing at us as a country?” Mr Trump said.
“We want fair treatment for its citizens and we want fair treatment for our taxpayers.
“We don’t want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore, and they won’t be, they won’t be.”
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