Scientists decided to reveal one of their major concerns for the future of our planet. It seems that Earth’s magnetic field is collapsing.
This could severely damage our climate and wipe out power grids across the world.
Located deep inside our planet, there is a massive molten core that generates a magnetic field that protects our planet from devastating solar winds. It is called the Magnetic Field and it has weakened by around 15 percent over the last 200 years say researchers.
The magnetosphere is a large area that encompasses our planet. Its presence alone protects the planet from charged particles of the solar wind and deflects them around Earth.
This enormous protective natural layer around our planet extends thousands of miles into space and its magnetism is so important and influential that it affects technology, lifeforms on the planet and weather patterns as well.
However, things might change abruptly as scientists warn that in the last two centuries the magnetic field has weakened, suggesting that it could be a telltale sign that Earth’s poles are about the flip. While experts believe a flip is overdue, they still cannot tell when it might occur.
If the pole switch does happen the entire planet and everything on it will become exposed to solar winds which could punch giant holes into the ozone layer which in turn could have a devastating effect on mankind.
Catastrophic predictions suggest that if the planet’s Magnetosphere starts collapsing power grids could collapse, the weather would abruptly change and humans would have serious health risks.
‘This is serious business,’ Richard Holme, Professor of Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences at Liverpool University revealed. ‘Imagine for a moment your electrical power supply was knocked out for a few months – very little works without electricity these days.’
Scientists predict that among the most worrying things that could occur is that our climate would drastically change. Recent studies have linked ‘Global Warming’ to the magnetic field which may suggest that Global Warming is less connected to CO2 emissions than previously believed.
The most concerning fact scientists say, is space radiation. Experts predict that if the flip occurs (as it does every 2-300,000 years) around a 100,000 people could die from increased levels od space radiation.
In the case that our planet’s magnetosphere continues to decline it is possible that in the distant future our planet could expect to look just as Mars looks today; a once blue and green planet stripped of its oceans and atmosphere incapable of sustaining life.