The rise of robots and deadly viruses are among the threats that could wipe out swathes of humanity - but governments are failing to prepare properly for them, a new report warns
Catastrophic climate change, nuclear war and natural disasters such as super volcanoes and asteroids could also pose a deadly risk to mankind, researchers said.
It may sound like the stuff of sci-fi films, but experts said these apocalyptic threats are more likely than many realise.
The report Global Catastrophic Risks, compiled by a team from Oxford University, the Global Challenges Foundation and the Global Priorities Project, ranks dangers that could wipe out 10% or more of the human population.
It warns that while most generations never experience a catastrophe, they are far from fanciful, as the bouts of plague and the 1918 Spanish flu that wiped out millions illustrated.
I guess it is in some people’s nature to always looking for some thing catastrophic which will doom the planet. Through out the history of mankind people have been told that the end is near unless something is done.
In my life time I have gone through prediction after prediction of the world’s end or major event that will kill most of the people. So now we are faced with yet another end scenario besides those who embrace the globul warming religion.