Stephen Hawking criticized President Donald Trump’s recent decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement in a new interview, saying it “could push Earth over the brink”.
Hawking told BBC News that Trump withdrawing the U.S. from the agreement would lead to disastrous consequences worldwide.
“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 250 degrees, and raining sulphuric acid”, Hawking said.
According to the famous scientist, climate change is among the greatest dangers the to the Earth, adding that quick action could prevent some of the worst effects of climate change, but Trump withdrawing from the agreement would cause “avoidable damage to our beautiful planet”.
“By denying the evidence for climate change, and pulling out of the Paris Agreement, Donald Trump will cause avoidable environmental damage to our beautiful planet, endangering the natural world, for us and our children”, Hawking said.
Trump announced he would be withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate change agreement at the beginning of June, calling it “unfair”.
“The bottom line is that the Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States”, Trump said at the time.