Climate change is perhaps the greatest threat to humanity today. A report
released by the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change last year found that by 2040 — 21 years from now — the globe would face a multi-faceted crisis of disastrous magnitudes, including everything from food shortages and extreme poverty around the world to wildfires, droughts, and the death of all coral reefs. The panel reported in order to cut carbon emissions and try to minimize the damage, the world economy would have to be transformed at a scale and pace that has "no documented historic precedent." Another report
, commissioned and released by the U.S. government in November, found that climate change also would put public health
and the national economy
at unprecedented risk in the next century. Quanta Magazine
reported Monday that a simulation predicts climate change could cause stratocumulus clouds — which the outlets describes as "the low-lying, blankety kind that have by far the largest cooling effect on the planet" — to disappear in the next century. Per the simulation, the loss of these clouds would be a disaster, making Earth 8°C (14°F) warmer.