Somehow lately people are especially often think that our planet is actually quite fragile. And we (i.e. humanity) his unbridled behavior and ill-considered actions only approximate every hour possible global kapets.
After all, it is our fault disappears many species of plants and animals, we reduced the area's once-pristine forests, rivers dry up, lakes and even entire seas.
It is possible that the number of tornadoes, hurricanes and other natural disasters each year is increasing also because of our negative impact on Earth's climate.
And if we remember that humanity has long ago got a weapon, able to put aside all life on the planet literally within minutes...
So much for the last 25-30 years, a film on the subject of possible variants of the Apocalypse, written more books (sometimes with a very realistic plot).
And, by the way, not only writers, but also quite serious scientists call a minimum of 10 reasons why people could disappear from the face of the Earth in the next 200-300 years.
Reading the title of this item, a sarcastic smile, saying: "the Authors clearly have revised Ren-TV". I agree, this reason sounds like a toy. But this is only at first glance.
And in fact, many scientists who study space, it is agreed that the probability that intelligent life, in addition to our, still exists somewhere in the Universe, is very high.
And, again, most likely they are far more advanced technologically than we earthlings.
Famous in the scientific community of a person recently deceased Stephen Hawking and quite alive Elon Musk has long warned against sending a space every earth-style message "Welcome! Let's be friends!" to search for extraterrestrial intelligence. As if they really didn't come on call...
9. Solar storms or gamma-ray bursts
"Actually, solar storms happen all the time", you say. – "As much as we have experienced them, and nothing terrible has still not happened."
But scientists fully admit that one day our Sun can buck so hard that just cut down all the power systems on Earth (actually, not once, not twice occurred cases, when a serious outbreak on our light roasted earth transformers). And then who knows what might happen, because today we have no electricity just anywhere. One thing is for sure, the damage will be huge.
Another possible threat from outer space – a supernova explosion somewhere in our (or nearby) the galaxy. Sudden one-time release of huge amounts of energy can have very negative and long-term consequences for the Earth.
8. Drought and famine
That the people currently influencing the nature is very destructive (and this concerns not only major corporations with their big smoky factories, and humanity in General) can be heard from almost every iron.
Come down to the fact that the climate is changing right before our eyes: in the center of Siberia winter frost, thaw, and Europe each year freezes harder (snow happens even now in Africa), in the summer of hellish heat is even where it should not be at all.
Desert crawl in breadth, forest-steppe dry steppe, and the world's fresh water reserves are shrinking rapidly.
Yes, we know that more than 70% of our planet covered with water. But fresh water this figure does not exceed 3%. In many regions of the Earth it sorely lacks.
And where there is no water, no plants grow and do not breed animals: therefore, there is nothing to eat and people. In fact, already now on Earth are starving 800 million of the 7.7 billion.
7. Overpopulation combined with resource depletion
By the way, speaking of population growth on our planet: to the end of the XVIII century the question of how to support the existence of such a number of people, in principle, were not particularly acute, Earth could easily feed the 1 billion people that lived on it.
But in 1798 came the famous book of Thomas Malthus "Essay on the principle of population" where he stated the theory that an uncontrolled increase in the number of people sooner or later will lead to global famine.
By the beginning of the XX century we were already 1.5 billion, by 1950 2.5 billion, and to date was 7.7 billion That is, for any incomplete 120 years the population of the Earth increased by 5 (!) time.
And Yes, in most developed countries, people are now not very eager to have children, preferring a career or just personal comfort. But the rest of the planet continues to multiply, despite the fact that resources have now is not enough for all (and over time their will be less and less).
Who's going to argue: the creation of the Large hadron Collider has become a real breakthrough in particle physics. It is, of course, will help scientists much better understand the device and principles of operation of our Universe.
But before and after this infernal machine was first tested in the case, around her circulates a lot of controversy saying, and whether physics to keep all processes under control, and if they will not create randomly a miniature black hole on the Ground?
And actually, science in recent time is getting closer and closer to the dangerous boundaries, which can stand a man-made end of the world.
5. Biological warfare
Continuing the conversation about science and its achievements. Genetically modified fruits, vegetables and grains have long been no surprise. Cloning was tested (and quite successfully).
Biotechnology now develop so fast that many scientists (from philosophers to, in fact, biologists themselves) is seriously concerned about – who knows what we'll think and how to apply the latest discoveries.
After all, mankind (and especially control groups of people) as something special is neither kindness nor gentleness: quite the contrary – tries to invent a more reliable and effective (and preferably very fast), ways of destroying a potential enemy.
There are persistent rumors that, for example, tick-borne encephalitis were developed in the secret laboratories of the Japanese during the Second world war and that in the United States similar experiments with a variety of deadly diseases (like the search for the most convenient method of delivery, including the deliberate infecting of live people) has been conducted since the beginning of the XX century, and in recent years greatly intensified.
By the way, why at the same time with a very purposeful sawing of the enemy population not to engage in genetic bioprogramming their own citizens?
For example, it is possible to improve their immunity to the most dangerous viruses (because the viruses do not recognize any state borders and, therefore, move freely in all directions), and maybe even artificially increase their intelligence, to make the muscles stronger, bones strong, etc.
Hmm... But, quite possibly, there are ways to program people and in full loyalty to the government. I wonder if they still people?..
3. Cyber warfare
What is the word we often hear in the news lately? Terrorism. There blew up a Church or synagogue, here is a shot of the whole stadium of people... It's scary.
But much worse is that thanks to modern technology, all these (often fanatically intolerant) psychopaths, the outcasts and the protesters need not even be present at the crime scene. Simply press the button on the keyboard to cause enormous and irreparable damage to a particular part of the world.
Not only something to blow up, but also to arrange transport collapse, or to organize the financial chaos, disable electricity and communications, etc. And the greatest horror is the fact that such tactics are already seriously considering how very good the entire state...
2. Resistance of viruses to antibiotics
Yes, humanity evolyutsioniruet (including – already tailoring the process by artificial means). Among other things, we invented a variety of drugs from many different diseases (and even those who had once wiped out hundreds of thousands of people in a few weeks).
We have a strong antibiotics, which seemingly is able to cope with any viruses. But the thing is that viruses, as it turns out, evolyutsioniruet too – and much faster than we could imagine.
And scientists say that we humans are rapidly approaching the time when our antibiotics will be useless against new viruses-mutants. By the way, to produce against their own natural immunity, too, we hardly have time. And then even a simple flu will kill us by the millions.
1. Nuclear Armageddon
And finally, in the light, so to speak, of the latest events in the world (we mean the increasingly threatening the rattling of the most dangerous types of weapons, including nuclear, as well as its ubiquity): who can guarantee that one day some power to undermine pompous and arrogant idiot has hit the proverbial red button? Given that the response will not be forthcoming, humanity ends up