In the past 100 years, the average life expectancy of a human has nearly doubled. There many factors that have allowed this to happen, such as improvements in sanitation, better knowledge of nutrition, and general advances in medical technology, but one of the largest factors has undoubtedly been our concerted effort to eradicate some of the most deadliest diseases on Earth. To date there have been eight diseases targeted for eradication; two of those programs have been successful, two are ongoing, and the remaining four have been abandoned. But with greater technology and resources being devoted to eradication efforts every day, we could soon live in a disease-free future.
This is part four of a series (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 5) covering several ways that humanity’s time on Earth could conceivably come to an end. The study of the apocalypse, known as eschatology has been a pervasive force in religion, science, and popular culture since the development of the first cultures on Earth. Some of the theories about the end of days are more plausible than others, but all are thought-provoking nonetheless. In Part Three, I describe some of the ways our world could end due to Catastrophies Caused by Humans. Cheers to the end!
Here we are, my friends. If all goes according to the Mayas’ plan, the world will end tomorrow. In Part One of this series, I talked about why the Maya think that the world will end in less than 36 hours. In Part Two, I described several deadly (and highly unlikely) natural disasters from space that could end our time on Earth. In Part Three, I described several devastating Earth-borne disasters that could end our civilization. Now, I will talk about one of the most ironic ways in which the our could end: because of us. Why is this serious? Because unlike gamma-ray bursts, giant volcanoes, and massive hurricanes, we have the power the end the world tomorrow…if we wanted to.