Unfortunately, by accelerating the development of our civilization, we degrade the natural environment so much that, as a result, we actually limit our development. We may not see it yet, but it is already happening. Worst of all, it won't just apply to our planet. Astronomers inform that the effects of climate change will also affect the implementation of projects not related to the entire universe.
A very disturbing publication has just appeared in the pages of Nature Astronomy magazine that shows how global warming is hindering the work of the Very Large Telescope (VLT). It turns out that the rise in temperature and anomalies are taking their toll on one of the world's most important observatories, located in Chile.
Despite the fact that these types of objects were designed to work in the extreme conditions of the desert, they may not cope with the drastic changes in the environment that are taking place there each year in front of astronomers. Above all, the risk is high temperature. The telescope has been designed to operate at temperatures below 16 degrees Celsius. However, more and more often the temperature there at night exceeds this value, which means that scientists cannot open the dome and conduct observations for fear of damaging the sensitive instruments, which will end in the deterioration of the quality of the images taken.
Increased temperature also causes greater evaporation, which in turn makes the atmosphere less transparent, so observing outer space and taking pictures of distant objects will be very difficult. Astronomers report that this applies not only to optical telescopes themselves, but also to radio telescopes and various detectors.
The United Nations announced in its latest climate report that by 2100, the world's average temperature will rise by 4-5 degrees Celsius. If we do not stop emitting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere in the amount we do today, we will have to pay billions of dollars to modify or build new observation systems for the universe, or simply the development of science will slow down significantly.