Asteroids, gamma rays, supervolcanoes: how nature could wipe out humanity | Vox


An asteroid killed the dinosaurs. Could that happen to us?

What about a supervolcanic eruption blocking out the sun?

Or a solar flare or nearby supernova event?

Anders Sandberg is a researcher at Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute, where he writes about existential risks — dangers that threaten the continued survival of our species. Existential risks can be either man-made (like nuclear war, artificial intelligence, or bioengineering) or naturally occurring, like the asteroid that took down the dinosaurs.

In a 2018 paper, “Human Extinction From Natural Hazard Events,” Sandberg takes a look at the latter category.

So how likely are we to die of natural hazards, if we manage not to destroy ourselves with man-made ones?

Source: Asteroids, gamma rays, supervolcanoes: how nature could wipe out humanity – Vox

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