Stephen Hawking says Donald Trump could ‘push earth over the brink’
Stephen Hawking has said that Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord could ‘push earth over the brink’.
The US president withdrew from the agreement in June saying it was detrimental to American workers.
But the most intelligent man on earth told the BBC the Republican’s decision could eventually see Earth turn into a planet like Venus with a temperature of 250C.
Speaking on his 75th birthday, he said: ‘We are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible. 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.’
In a wide-ranging interview, the Cambridge professor, who has suffered from motor neurone disease for more than five decades also said our days on earth were numbered.
‘I fear evolution has inbuilt greed and aggression to the human genome,’ he said. ‘There is no sign of conflict lessening, and the development of militarized 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.
Original content by: metro.co.uk