reply to post by snowspirit
or our children's, or our children's children ...
reply to post by pandersway
well, more like fragile humans; earth itself will survive just about anything outside a planetoid crashing into it; humans, however are quite fragile
and would have a hard time surviving even a minor scratch to the planet.
I take a George Carlin overview to the Earth. Humans are worried about keeping things nice for themselves, 'save the planet' means more like save
the things we like about the planet. The planet has been around for billions of years ... some suppose the moon was formed by a major, large impact.
That it has survived several large meteors ... and related to supervolcanos; it has survived many, many of their explosions over the years to still
come out as quite lush, vibrant, and life supporting; as I can assume it would again after anything devastating to our existence were to happen.
I think the chance of humanity surviving is extremely high to some extent in all but the most extreme extinction level events. Maybe slightly less so
now that many of the billions of people have lost most of the skills required to live off the land, without even considering a land in a state of
emergency. Tribal nations will fare the best, especially any that their location gives them the advantage of being the least affected.
Now, stop and think for a second. What would be known about our superior society if something brought it to an end? What stories would be told by
the tribes and leftover survivors? We wouldn't have the people to support the infrastructure. The 'advanced' sections of society would fall to
decay. If only a billion were left spread across the planet, there is no guarantee they'd have the knowledge to run any technology; so communication
might be gone, as well as usage of anything once it broke down. Humanity would return to the stone age; carving crude drawing on caves. There is no
guarantee artists survive, so things might look rough. In a few thousands years from then, everything would have crumbled or rusted away. A future
society would see these crazy drawings and wonder what superstitious myths we had about magical beings visiting from space and large cities on the
coast that were the centers of technology and socialization. If water levels also rose in that time, as it can rise up to 250 ft from today; NYC,
Tokyo, Miami, LA, San Fran ... pretty much all our coastal cities will be GONE, no evidence at all. Pure myth. Between decay and ash, nearly
everything that proves we were here would be gone, especially the coastal mega structures of our society. No one of that age would remotely believe
the stories passed down about our technological and intellectual advances. We would be the gods and/or Atlantis myths of the future. If the damage
was severe enough, that is.
But no sense anyone worrying about it. They could try to vent it, nothing wrong with taking actions to protect humanity where you can ... but worry
and stress? Nope. No reason to. You can't change it by worry. It may not even happen for thousands of years. You can't stress about every
possibility or you will not be able to move because nearly anything is possible at any moment.
This is just another of those interesting tidbits of information that media sensationalizes for shock value for ratings/to get noticed. A
mega-eruption would strain humanity, no doubt. But wiping out North America? well, it has not done that before, safe to assume there is a high
chance that wouldn't happen the next time either. If it did? Well, that size of destruction would affect the entire world, not just North America,
not just the northern hemisphere ... the entire world would feel the effects for a very long time. Even after the 'dust' settles, missing a large
chunk of a continent would affect everything that deals with the normal (as we know it) planet operation. Weather and water patterns. Temperature
distributions. It would be a 'new earth' basically.
Don't worry, be happy. Life is short, enjoy it