The Earth Predicted To Be In Further Turmoil


Aly Kinzel, News Editor

We have less than 7 years, 85 days, 6 hours, 43 minutes and 22 seconds. According to the new Carbon Clock in New York City, this is how much time we have before an “irreversible climate emergency alters human existence as we know it.” 

This clock displays a large red number on the board. This number signifies how much time we have, at our current emission rates, to burn through the amount of carbon that can still be released into the atmosphere while limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. 

Many people have joined together to prove the accuracy and significance of the clock such as climate scientists, artists, educators and activists around the world. This particular Carbon Clock, designed by artists Kristin Jones and Andrew Ginzel, takes the Earth’s carbon emission rates into consideration and measures the amount of time it will take for us to burn through our Earth’s carbon budget. After that point- less than 8 years from now- the Earth will be much more prone to famine, drought, floods, displacement and wildfires.

In order to stall the process of the clock ticking down to zero, we need to measure and monitor the amount of available energy being supplied from renewable sources. If the percentage of renewable energy reaches 100% before the carbon budget timer reaches zero, the process will then become reversible and we can avoid a climate emergency. 

As of right now, Bloomberg’s carbon clock states that there are 412.7 parts per million of carbon in the atmosphere based on monthly averages. Based on the charts, that number is not going to fall anytime soon. 

In order for Earth to survive, the carbon emissions in the atmosphere need to be reduced. The Carbon Clock clearly shows that time is running out, and if nothing changes in 7 years, 85 days and 6 hours, our world will be thrown into a further state of turmoil.