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Apocalyptic scenarios that could occur in 2022

Experts have cautioned that humanity must prepare for apocalyptic catastrophes that could be "worse" than the coronavirus epidemic and threaten our survival.


Academics are asking governments to 'act quickly, before the worst happens,' claiming that we are facing 'immediate, existential' threats and that lessons from the Covid-19 outbreak must be learned.

Academics have expressed their concern about additional disasters that could threaten human civilization in the midst of the current crisis, which has claimed the lives of roughly 230,000 people and wreaked havoc on global society.

The following are some of the worst-case situations that will keep you up at night.

A 'manufactured pandemic'

While this virus has been "devastating to global society," "biological weapons could be created to be worse than anything nature can dish up," according to the researchers.

This devastating capability is now in the hands of smaller parties because to new bioengineering technology.

The Doomsday Clock is a device created by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists to show how near humanity is to the apocalypse. It moved to 100 seconds from midnight in January, the closest it's ever been.

It attempted to "convey how close the world is to calamity" before the scale of the coronavirus epidemic became evident, citing climate change and nuclear security as important concerns.

Weapons of mass destruction

Nuclear weapons keep me awake at night because they constitute the greatest immediate existential threat to civilization, as their widespread deployment might wipe out entire societies. While a surprise strike by the Soviet Union with hundreds of ICBMs is a nightmare that has been relegated to the Cold War, there are still a plethora of situations that could result in intolerable damage.

Accidents, blunders, false alarms, and terrorist attacks are just a few of the scenarios that keep nuclear weapons strategists awake at night.

There are still 15,000 nuclear weapons in the globe, with thousands more on high alert, ready to fire at any moment.

Many times, we've come dangerously close to unintentional Armageddon: there are dozens of historical "near-misses." In recent years, things have gotten a lot worse.
A nuclear war could lead to a nuclear winter blocking out the sun and devastating agriculture for years.’
In 2017, the most recent UK official 'risk register,' which identifies key hazards to the country, employs less apocalyptic language and lists 'pandemic influenza' as the most serious consequence and likelihood. Cold and snow, developing infectious disease, heat waves, space weather, poor air quality, system failures, volcano eruptions, storms, and public disorder are all as liable to bring havoc.

Attacks on populated locations and cyber attacks on services are also mentioned as being relatively plausible, but 'larger-scale chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attacks would have the most devastating effect,' according to the register.

Terrorist attacks on transportation systems and cyber attacks involving data confidentiality were seen as the most likely hazards in 2015.

Cyber warfare

Four years ago, the register rated cyber attacks on infrastructure as'medium low' in likelihood but'medium' in impact.

Civilisation as we know it is at risk in a world where lies travel much further and faster than truth, where many people have appetites for information that makes them feel good even if it is false, and where they can use their various cyber tools – social media, internet searches, and even old-fashioned email – to pollute the information ecosystem and even recruit others as useful idiots to help them do so.

Enlightenment ideas such as the importance of reason and the belief in objective reality underpin modern civilisation and societal growth.

We are starting to see how a dysfunctional information ecosystem leads people to drink bleach as a cure for Covid-19, advertise unproven drugs as promising, and claim that virus testing is available to nearly everyone when it is actually available to almost no one, as the World Health Organization has labelled a "infodemic."

Climate change

The coronavirus teaches us several things, including: 1. we must act quickly before the worst happens. 2. We must fight the erosion of truth and the growing assault on rational discourse; 3. We must incorporate scientific knowledge into our decision-making processes; and 4. We must work together as a global community to survive.

The current pandemic has been terrible, and failure to heed all four of these lessons has aggravated it.

Climate change poses an existential threat, making these lessons all the more important for civilisation's survival.

Much of the most recent climate modelling for the next IPCC report is even more negative.

Climate change is unlikely to make the entire globe uninhabitable, as Venus did, but the consequences in many regions of the world would be disastrous: food and water insecurity, ecological breakdowns, increasing war, state failure, mass migration, and global order destabilisation.



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