Tension, fear, and unrest have been burgeoning across the world. Prepper meetup events have seen an attendance spike in the past few years, and the survivalist movement has been gaining traction. There is a developing zeitgeist of fear of a world-altering event. While many fears are unsubstantiated, other threats are potentially brewing that are backed by science.
This infographic explores 15 ticking time bombs that could impact the future of humanity, the health of the planet, and the fabric of society in various ways. While not all are guaranteed to occur, it is important to be mindful of the threats so preventative and protective actions can be taken.
15 Ticking Time Bomb Threats
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Mass Destruction Through Nuclear Power
Weapons of mass destruction are the top risk with have the biggest impact in the next 10 years 2019 Global Risks Report from the World Economic Forum, according to the.
With world leaders claiming that they have a “nuclear button” they could press at any moment, it is no wonder that fears of a nuclear apocalypse gnaw at people’s minds around the world. Eight countries have declared possession of nuclear weapons, according to a report from the StockHolm International Peace Research Institute, but only five are part of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Ninety percent of nuclear warheads belong to the U.S. (6,550) and Russia (6,850), says a fact sheet from the Arms Control Association. If nuclear weapons were to be unleashed, the death toll and devastation would be colossal. However, not all threats are so obvious and catastrophic. Some could result in a slow but steady death of the planet.
Loss of Biodiversity Threatens Food and Water Supply
Naturally, extinction should occur at a rate of about one to five species per year, according to an article from the Center for Biological Diversity. In reality, dozens of species go extinct every day. This causes irreparable damage to the biodiversity of the planet, which leaves food supplies and fresh water vulnerable to pests and disease.