Such films grip the public imagination. They were a long helicopter flight away. When I think about nuclear war leading to human extinction, the first thing that comes to mind isn't any of those 3 mechanisms, but rather economic damage. Students explore drivers of extinction, human and environmental, found within specific ecosystems of Earth’s major biomes by investigating habitat destruction caused by forces like climate change, parasites, greenhouse gases, and natural disasters. 05/23/2012 08:36 am ET Updated Jul 22, 2012 Doomsayers come, and they go. "That gives me a sense of hope, that if we could actually get on top [of it], that risk balance could go in our favor." NY 10036. Published Thu, Mar 15 2018 9:14 AM EDT Updated Thu, Mar 15 2018 9:14 AM EDT. Key Points. By Despite the tremendous progress of human technology so far, there are still many natural events that we cannot control or endure. There are many possible means for human extinction on earth so I wonder what is the most plausible cause for human extinction in the future. Our recently acquired abilities to destroy each other with nuclear weapons and lethal synthetic biology. There is one near-extinction event that is fairly well-known, although it remains controversial. What do you believe is the probability that various events will cause the extinction of humans? This one is where they're trying to start a "special reactor" in space and the Earth disappears. Short-term thinking, unrealistic optimism and the search for a panacea — the Greek goddess of universal remedies — won’t ensure a thriving future. 8 Ways Humans Could Cause Our Own Extinction. Over Hunting – The ivory of elephants, the fur and organs of tigers, the deliciousness of tuna and the supposedly medicinal effect of shark’s fin are some examples of why we have over hunted these animals to the point of extinction. While about half of all air pollution-related deaths from fine particulate matter result from burning fossil fuels, the remaining are largely from animal agriculture, dust from construction and roads, and burning wood for heating and cooking. As an example, CRISPR, a gene-editing technology, could be a force for good used to help eradicate disease or it could potentially be used to cause harm, such as by genetically modifying bird flu to become airborne. He likens our civilization to a line of dominos, where the risk isn't so much the nudge that starts the cascade — it's vulnerability to that threat. Emma Bryce - Live Science Contributor God save our planet if most/all world leaders have to arrogance and narcissism of Trump. However, extinction by humans today is becoming much more rapid. In the end, Luby comes down firmly on the side of yes, we can. You will receive a verification email shortly. Humans use thousands of the world’s species in their daily lives for food, shelter, and medicine. One prominent risk that fits into this category is artificial intelligence: researchers philosophize that intelligent robots, unintentionally unleashed on the world, might impose widespread surveillance on humans, or outpace us physically and mentally. Some suggested events: 1. Some also suggests that just like the dinosaurs, humans will be extinct, because of some natural or man-made phenomenon such as nuclear radiation breakout, meteors falling down on earth, or maybe a particle accelerator explosion (but not the one that made the Flash and the “metahumans” possible). Related: Could cockroaches really survive a nuclear winter? A new analysis highlights ways of overcoming those barriers, offering solutions for wildfire-ravaged landscapes. !! They were not particularly special except for the fact a scientist had spent some government money to count them.. 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