This might have to be a weekly feature. Via Dangerous Minds, a time-lapse of a house decomposing:
Via The Australian: Frank Fenner sees no hope for humans
Fenner is an authority on extinction. The emeritus professor in microbiology at the Australian National University played a leading role in sending one species into oblivion: the variola virus that causes smallpox….
Fenner says the real trouble is the population explosion and “unbridled consumption”.
The number of Homo sapiens is projected to exceed 6.9 billion this year, according to the UN. With delays in firm action on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, Fenner is pessimistic.
“We’ll undergo the same fate as the people on Easter Island,” he says. “Climate change is just at the very beginning. But we’re seeing remarkable changes in the weather already.
“The Aborigines showed that without science and the production of carbon dioxide and global warming, they could survive for 40,000 or 50,000 years. But the world can’t. The human species is likely to go the same way as many of the species that we’ve seen disappear.
“Homo sapiens will become extinct, perhaps within 100 years,” he says. “A lot of other animals will, too. It’s an irreversible situation. I think it’s too late. I try not to express that because people are trying to do something, but they keep putting it off.”
Complete extinction seems a little too pessimistic. Mass die-offs, maybe. Bright side!
2012 shelters from Hardened Structures (also via DM):
Threat Assessment: While the shelter will be designed and constructed to mitigate the anticipated effects of 12/21/2012, no one knows for certain what, if anything will actually occur on this date. However, most engineers and scientists agree that for a fully protected 2012 shelter the following threats must be mitigated;
- 3-Bars Blast Overpressure of 45 psi
- Force 10 Earthquake in successions
- 450 MPH winds
- Extreme Gamma & Neutron attenuation from a 100 megaton air burst detonated 20 miles away
- Solar Flares with 1,000,000 volt EMP
- Flooding (complete submersion for 100 hours)
- Extreme External Fires at 1250 F for 10 days
- Magnetic Pole Shift
- Radiological, Chemical and Biological Weapons
- Forced Entry and Armed Assaults
- 12’ of snow and 10’ of rain
- 500 lb Hail Stones or flying debris at a speed of 100 mph
Colbert gets in on the act:
My God, this is a weird time we’re living in.