Professor Stephen Hawking has sent a strong warning to President Donald Trump by stating the businessman-turned-politician’s stance on environmental issues could DESTROY Earth and leave it with similar conditions to Venus.
Venus, the second closest planet to the sun, was once Earth-like.
But a build-up of greenhouse gasses in its atmosphere turned the planet into a boiling celestial body with temperatures of 250 degrees celsius and wind speeds of up to 100 metres per second.
President Trump recently took the controversial steps of withdrawing the US from the Paris Climate Agreement – a move which Professor Hawking says could destroy Earth.
In an interview to mark his 75th birthday, the world famous physicist told the BBC: "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 two hundred and fifty degrees, and raining sulphuric acid.”
He added: "Climate change is one of the great dangers we face and it's one we can prevent if we act now.
"By denying the evidence for climate change, and pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Donald Trump will cause avoidable environmental damage to our beautiful planet, endangering the natural world, for us and our children.”
Professor Hawking then reiterated his claims if the human race is to survive we will need to leave Earth and colonise another planet – most likely Mars.
The author of a Brief History of Time continued: "I fear evolution has inbuilt greed and aggression to the human genome.
“There is no sign of conflict lessening, and the development of militarised technology and weapons of mass destruction could make that disastrous.
"The best hope for the survival of the human race might be independent colonies in space."