Earth Is Not the Best Place To Live According To Scientists | 22 Words

It's no secret that global warming is destroying the earth, and new research proves that there are other planets out there a lot more habitable than ours...

Our planet has been long under threat.

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But recent research has given us some shocking statistics, that has left even the scientists stunned.

The shocking research has never been done before.

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And it revealed several terrifying things about the future of our planet.

Of course, unless you've been living under a rock, you'll probably know that our planet isn't exactly in good shape.

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In fact, experts have previously said that global warming is now happening at an "unprecedented" scale, with many claiming that human civilization may come to a screeching halt within just 3 decades.

The effects of global warming have been devastating.

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There's no doubt that climate change as it stands is sending us down a very bleak path.

From soaring temperatures to rising sea levels, global warming seems to be hitting the headlines more than ever.

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In the wake of extreme weather conditions and natural disasters last year, The UN warned that we have just twelve years to limit climate change and prevent global warming from exceeding the maximum of 1.5C.

Despite stark warnings, many people seem to bury their heads in the sand on the issue.

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Worryingly, our very own president, Donald Trump, is one of those people, who continually deny that global warming is even a thing in the first place.

He's not the only one who denies its existence.

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Several "climate deniers" believe that the rapid rising temperatures is simply a result of the earth's "natural cycle," just like the ice age. Although this has since been proven wrong after experts established that the climate change that we are experiencing is on a scale that far exceeds temperature fluctuations during the last 2 millennia.

The issue only seems to be escalating.

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If the future of our planet wasn't looking bleak enough, experts have now shattered the "we've got twelve years left" to act theory, claiming that political steps to enable the cuts in carbon need to take place urgently, otherwise we will be in a very dire situation.

And now unsurprisingly a new study has discovered a lot more planets better suited to life than ours...

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Researchers have found twenty-four "super habitable" planets, with near-perfect conditions.

Some of them even have better stars than our own Sun.

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The new study looked for worlds that would be likely to harbour life and found planets with much better criteria, such as being a lot larger, warmer, wetter, and older than earth.

There are twenty-four “super habitable" planets...

Although they are all hundreds of light-years away, meaning we would have trouble researching them, let alone visiting them.

Although with developments in telescopes, such as NASA's James Webb Space Telescope...

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The LUVIOR space observatory and the European Space Agency's PLATO, researchers hope they might be able to spot life on other planets.

Researchers said...

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"With the next space telescopes coming up, we will get more information, so it is important to select some targets," said Dirk Schulze-Makuch, a professor at Washington State University and the Technical University in Berlin, who led the study. "We have to focus on certain planets that have the most promising conditions for complex life. However, we have to be careful to not get stuck looking for a second Earth because there could be planets that might be more suitable for life than ours."

Researchers identified possible criteria for the planets they found...

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Looking through over 4,500 known planets outside of our solar system that could match with the criteria for life.

That included looking for “K dwarf stars", which are not like our sun.

G stars are similar to our own sun, but only have a short life span, which means that the sun could die before life can form on the planets surrounding it.

K dwarf stars are cooler, smaller, and can stay around for billions of years longer...

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Meaning that the planets around them would have much more time to develop advanced life.

The researchers also looked for larger planets with the idea that there is more chance it offers habitable land.

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a larger planet also means more mass, which would keep the center heated for longer, which is better for life on the planet.

Some planets even have more water than earth, which is the staple for life...

5 degrees warmer than earth is meant to be the ideal for life, which is what the scientists have been on the lookout for.

None of the planets found have all those ideal criteria...

But one has been found to have 4! Meaning that scientists expect that planet to be much more habitable than our own earth. "It's sometimes difficult to convey this principle of superhabitable planets because we think we have the best planet," said Professor Schulze-Makuch. “We have a great number of complex and diverse lifeforms, and many that can survive in extreme environments. It is good to have adaptable life, but that doesn't mean that we have the best of everything."

Let's hope we can fix our own planet before we manage to travel to another.

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