The end of the world is one of the biggest disasters that’ll probably ever happen to the world. It’s the disasters of all disasters and nothing can stop. We definitely can’t and I don’t think anyone else can. Not even Superman.
However, like how many have thought the end of the world to happen, it’s not going to be biblical in nature because now we have a lot of other scientifically proven ways by which the world could end and very well can. I’m not trying to dampen your mood so let me tell you, the end of world is not something that’ll happen tomorrow or day after. It’ll take loads of time and you probably would’ve died at a happy old age. So relax, and just enjoy this article like you do with every one of mine!
1. Global Warming
One of the most frightening things that could happen is climate change and how it can drastically effect a place if it changes too much. It’s the biggest threat that we face, say scientists. Climate change can make extreme weather more severe, increase droughts in some areas and can also change the distribution of animals and diseases across the globe, and it can cause the low-lying areas of the planet to be submerged in water due to the rising sea-level. This landslide of changes can lead to political instability, severe drought and famine, famine, ecosystem collapse and many other changes that will make the world definitely uninhabitable.
Asteroids are notorious hugeass rocks that only end up destroying cities and civilizations in disaster movies. Or are they? Asteroids are a huge threat, according to scientists, and could literally wipe out the entire earth of its people. It was a supposed meteor impact that killed the dinosaurs, the Tunguska event, a massive meteoroid damaged an area of 770 square miles (2,000 kilometers) of the Siberian forest in 1908. What is even more frightening about this is that scientists only know of a fraction of the rocks that are lurking in space.
3. Pandemic Threat
New and very much dead pathogen crop up almost every year. Recent pandemics have been the outbreak of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), bird flu, and most recently there has been the coronavirus MERS that originated in Saudi Arabia. And because our economy is highly connected and global, a deadly disease could spread just like how the virus spread in World War Z.
4. Fungus Among Us
Bacterial threats are dangerous, no doubt. But fungal infections are even worse, said David Wake, curator at the Museum of the Vertebrate Zoology at the Univerisity of California, Berkeley. “We’ve had a new amphibian fungal disease that has just had devastating effects,” Wake said of the chytrid fungus that is wiping out frogs across the United States.
A fungal infection among us could be just as deadly. While bacterial infections are bad, there are a lot of antibiotics for it. However, scientist don’t know how to handle fungal infections.
5. Engineered Disease
Us being humans and all an the most powerful species and everything, we not only need to worry about natural diseases, we need to worry about manmade ones as well. In 2011, the scientific community was outraged that engineers had created a mutant version of the of the bird flu H5
N1 that can be transmitted in ferrets and via the air. The result sparked fears that if the virus escaped, it could cause a global pandemic.
6. Nuclear War
As if we don’t have to worry about engineered and natural diseases and what not, there’s also nuclear problems that we have to deal with. Besides the continuous threats of Kim Jong Un’s threats and Iran’s secretive nuclear missions, if the nuclear weapons get into the wrong hands, then the entire world will be doomed.
7. Robot Ascension
Many computer scientists think the singularity, the point at which artificial intelligence overtakes human intelligence, is near. Whether those robots will be benevolent helpers or the scourge of humanity is still up for debate. But a lot can go wrong when there are hyper intelligent robots armed with lethal weapons running around.
Overpopulation seems like one of the many reasons that could possibly be the end of the world. What’s worse than more humans, am I right? This fear of overpopulation has been around since the 18th century, when Thomas Malthus said that the population growth would cause mass starvation and end civilization. With the population at 7 billion and counting, many conservationists think population growth is one of the key threats to the planet. Of course, not everyone agrees: Many think population growth will stabilize in the next 50 years, and that humanity will innovate its way out of the negative consequences of the overcrowding that does occur.
9. The Snowball effect
Of all of these very dramatic things that could happen, many scientists think that a snowball effect is much more obvious to happen. For instance, global warming could increase the prevalence of pathogens while also causing widespread shifts in climate. Meanwhile, ecosystem collapse could make it slightly harder to produce food, with no bees to pollinate crops or trees to filter agricultural water. So, instead of an epic catastrophe, several relatively small factors would slightly worsen life on Earth until it gradually degraded, Miller said.