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..... Instead, they tend to see it in the context of a relatively smaller episode that is amplified by human frailty, and so becomes cataclysmic. The reason: Today's seven billion humans live in a complex and mainly urban society, dependent on long supply chains for food, power and water. One big shock, and this fragile structure starts to crack.
"A lot of things in this world are very interconnected, and it does make us vulnerable," says Jocelyn Bell Burnell, a top British astrophysicist at Oxford University. "For example, one thing many people may not have appreciated is that if there is a bad solar storm that knocks out several communications satellites, things like the GPS (the Global Positioning System) will go down." In the worst scenarios, many millions could die, economies collapse and civilisations could retreat or die, even if the planet -- and humans as a species -- survived.
Originally posted by darknewt
I've always wondered whats going to happen with these nuclear power plants too
When I was little I used to think how lucky I was to be born at a time when lots of nasty diseases could be cured, that I lived in a warm house, that I was somehow 'safe'! And that those nice men who run the country were very intelligent and new exactly what they were doing, with our best interests at heart of course.