There's not a snowball's chance in magma that we'll escape global cataclysm. Most of us don't bother thinking about it, but the fact remains: we are experiencing a surge in potential extinction-level events all over the world.
Don't believe me? Maybe the media has you convinced otherwise and that's fine, because there's a possibility the rising activity is only a phase and it will subside--but what if it doesn't?
I'm not even going to discuss man-made catastrophes such as war, pollution, nuclear holocaust, and other maladies. Let's examine a couple key events happening right now that may pose a potential extinction for mankind.
POLE SHIFT (GEOMAGNETIC REVERSAL)
Of growing concern is a geomagnetic reversal: Earth's magnetic field flips, inverting north to south, and screwing up everything from navigational instruments to animal migrations, tides, fault lines, and who knows what else.
Why is this catastrophic?
1. It's happened regularly throughout the Earth's history, and it will continue to happen due to natural forces--there's nothing we can do to slow or stop it.
2. Potential for increased earthquake activity world-wide. As magnetic forces tug on the lithosphere (the rocky skin) of our planet, tectonic plates grind, snap, and crush, unleashing tremendous energy in the form of earthquakes.
3. Coinciding with #2 is a rise in volcanic activity, though vulcanism isn't necessarily dependent on earthquakes, seismicity is an indication of increased ground swell, lava flows, and so forth.
4. Animal migrations go wrong. I think of all of us have seen the images of marine animals beaching themselves in droves, birds falling from the sky or flying into objects, and flocks moving in circles until the die of exhaustion.
5. Weakening magnetic fields around Earth, resulting in more solar radiation striking the surface and us, causing higher incidents of cancer, increased temperatures, and surface soil sterilization (if severe enough).
For additional information, check out this article by Smithsonian magazine detailing the potential effects of a pole shift.
Evidence for a looming pole shift?
A cursory web search will provide hundreds of articles on evidence collected from all over the world indicating that a pole shift is underway. While no one is certain when such an event might occur, there is little doubt that the process is underway.
The Weather channel ran this article detailing Earth's weakening magnetic field. Our energy defense shield is fading more rapidly than expected and may be contributing to global warming as much, if not more, than human activity.
I know, that's heresy, right? Throw in the recent discovery of methane being released from the Earth's crust, and suddenly the whole man-made climate change idiocy starts to lose strength. Methane is a more dangerous greenhouse gas than CO2, despite the latter being the poster-child for energy revolutions.
Back on topic: the Earth's magnetic pole has been moving faster each year and now shifts upwards of 40+ km per year! In the past, this rate was much slower, somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 km per year. Some research has suggested that the geomagnetic field can flip suddenly when magnetic forces reach a breaking point.
Increased seismic and volcanic activity is another indication of shifting poles. Earth always experiences quakes and eruptions regularly, but a sudden uptick certainly indicates a change in the pattern and potentially shows forces at work on our planet beyond the normal.
Here's a graph displaying earthquake activity through the decades. Make up your own mind.
How about volcanic activity? Here's a graph showing known active, erupting volcanoes.
ASTEROID AND METEOR IMPACTS
None of us have a clue how many asteroids are hurtling through space with Earth in the crosshairs. Truth be told, asteroids have accounted for extinction events in the past and impacts remain common, despite our luck in avoiding one large enough to wipe us out.
Earth's early history shows plenty of evidence for large-scale impacts, as does the lunar surface or any other terrestrial planet which we can view. We've observed objects impacting other planets in our solar system, as well.
Our trip around the Milky Way takes a LONG time and we have no idea what Earth will pass through during that trip. There is likely a big asteroid field, comets, and more waiting for us somewhere in the near future.
Our most advanced technology in the hands of NASA has admittedly only found about 10% of the objects in our neighborhood, never mind the galaxy. We are not equipped to track such objects, let alone dream of trying to stop them.
The effects of catastrophic impact are unimaginable; some estimates talk about a million nuclear bombs worth of energy going off on impact. How can we possibly understand? World War 2 saw a pair of atomic explosions devastate cities. What would a million atomic bombs do to the world?
Based on observed meteors and impacts, there's an increased likelihood we will experience a significant impact in the near future.
The following chart displays reported meteors entering Earth's atmosphere. The huge increase could indicate that Earth is encountering a debris field in its journey around the galaxy.
I'm not suggesting mankind is going extinct tomorrow, but something is clearly changing the Earth, affecting our environment, and it has NOTHING to do with our industrial activity. There are forces at work beyond our comprehension.
All of these things may subside, returning us to a state of relative calm, but the surge in catastrophic indicators is alarming at the very least.