There is certainly no shortage of “doom and gloom” to be found out there these days, with several of apocalyptic possibilities consistently weaseling their way into the mainstream media from time to time.
Of course, there is climate change, (or “global warming”), that is a constant talking point within the mainstream media. Some say we have 12 years to change the entire economic ecosystem of the planet before we reach the point of no return, and some believe we reached that milestone thirteen years ago.
There is also the threat of an interstellar object careening into our planet, delivering us a fate similar to that of the dinosaurs.
We could do ourselves in, too. One diplomatic diss too many and Vlad Putin may start popping off hypersonic nukes and invoking the “mutually assured destruction” doctrine of the Cold War.
This is enough to drive one mad, and we haven’t yet spoken of the Yellowstone Super Volcano, which was the subject of a doomsday-porn op-ed in the New York Times this week.
The Yellowstone supervolcano is an eight out of eight on the Volcanic Explosivity Index but has only erupted three times in the last 2.1 million years. The last eruption was 640,000 years ago.
Volcanologists predict an explosion could spread toxic gas all the way to the Midwest, ruining crops and knocking out power, according to Walsh. He adds that a toxic cloud blocking the sun could cause much colder temperatures in the United States for years.
The European Science Foundation said it would be ”the greatest catastrophe since the dawn of civilization,” according to Walsh.
And in case you thought that sounded a bit mild, Walsh continued…
He says that supervolcanoes represent an “ultra-catastrophe” that could lead to human extinction. Other examples are an asteroid, and nuclear or biological warfare. He suggests that although an eruption in our lifetime is unlikely, one could decimate the planet.
“There will probably never be a year in which no one dies in an aviation accident, but there will definitely never be a year in which 10 percent of the global population dies in a single plane crash,” Walsh writes for comparison, arguing that the government should spend more on volcano hazard programs.
As if that weren’t enough; the Yellowstone Super Volcano is just one of twenty such time bombs ticking away here on planet earth.
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