Several scientists predict the apocalypse will occur uncomfortably soon

May 2, 2017 by  
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Are humans an endangered species ? Some scientists think so. Author Phil Torres wrote a piece for Salon detailing evidence from various sources – from climate change data to a recent article by theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking – showing the possibility of an apocalypse that could occur in some of our lifetimes. Torres said, “We are in a unique moment of human history, one marked by an exceptionally high probability of disaster.” Climate change isn’t the only issue humanity must contend with today. Overpopulation , ocean acidification, antibiotic resistance , and the potential of a global pandemic threaten us. In a December 2016 article for The Guardian , Hawking said, “Now, more than at any time in our history, our species needs to work together…we are at the most dangerous moment in the development of humanity. We now have the technology to destroy the planet on which we live, but have not yet developed the ability to escape it.” And all of this while an anti-intellectual president sits in the White House. Related: Scientists say we have 10 years to save Earth Donald Trump’s election prompted The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists to move the Doomsday Clock’s minute hand 30 seconds closer to midnight – the closest it’s been since 1953. In a New York Times article , scientists Lawrence Krauss and David Titley wrote their organization made the move because Trump had pledged to impede progress on climate change action and nuclear proliferation. They aren’t the only scientists predicting disaster. Microbiologist Frank Fenner, whose work helped defeat smallpox, said in 2010 “humans will probably be extinct within 100 years, because of overpopulation, environmental destruction , and climate change.” Biologist Neil Dawe said it wouldn’t surprise him if the generation following him saw the end of humanity. Ecologist Guy McPherson went so far as to say humanity could be extinct by 2026 . But we don’t have to go the way of the dinosaurs just yet. Hawking said humanity must break down barriers inside and outside nations, and help equip people for a changing economy with training and financial support. He said he is an optimist for our species, but elites must learn lessons from 2016 – and “above all a measure of humility.” Via Salon Images via David Blackwell. on Flickr and Lwp Kommunikáció on Flickr

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Volkswagen previews I.D. Crozz, its 2020 electric SUV

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Volkswagen is on a roll lately with its electric car ambitions. Last fall the automaker unveiled the I.D. hatchback concept and earlier this year it followed it up with the Microbus-inspired I.D. Buzz concept. Now Volkswagen has unveiled its third model from the electric I.D. family – the I.D. Crozz. As its name suggests, the I.D. Crozz concept is a sleek electric crossover that previews an all-electric crossover that will be introduced in 2020. The concept is based on the same MEB platform as the original two concepts, which means that it can also travel over 300 miles on the European Cycle. But under the skin, the I.D. Crozz features two electric motors to give it all-wheel drive capability. Related: VW’s new electric car goes further and costs less than the Tesla 3 or Chevy Bolt The system features a 101-hp electric motor at the front and a 201-hp electric motor at the rear. Under normal driving conditions, the rear electric motor is the main power source, but if the conditions worsen and all-wheel drive is needed, the front motor is powered up instantaneously. Drivers also have the ability to lock it into all-wheel drive if needed. With a total 302 horsepower and an estimated driving range of 311 miles, the I.D. Crozz concept will easily be one of the most efficient SUVs you can buy. VW also estimates that it can be recharged using a 150 kW charger up to 80 percent in a mere 30 minutes. By 2020 autonomous driving technology will be available in many models and VW expects to have its own technology ready by 2025. The I.D. Crozz previews VW’s new I.D. Pilot autonomous driving technology , in which the steering wheel retracts into the dashboard and fuses with the digital instruments. In both automatic and manual modes the driver also receives speed and navigation information via a new head-up display. “By 2025, we want to have sales of pure electric vehicles up to one million units a year,” stated Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management, Volkswagen Brand. “The I.D. Crozz will play a key role in that. Production will start in 2020.” + Volkswagen Images @Volkswagen

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IKEA’s Better Shelter is being redesigned due to safety concerns

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IKEA ’s groundbreaking flat-pack refugee shelter may have won acclaim and industry awards, but project’s deployment has now been temporarily delayed due to safety concerns. Better Shelter, the social enterprise that produces the shelter, told Dezeen that the existing design has accessibility issues and potential fire risks that need to be addressed. The new model will hopefully be completed and ready to deliver to the people who need it later this year. The improvements will include better ventilation and lighting, as well as a stronger frame and wall panels. Not only will these components be lighter and tougher, but a new process will also reduce production costs. The shelter’s lamp and solar panel will be updated, and additional ventilation inlets will be installed. Hopefully, the redesign will also address the raised sill and narrow doorway that make the shelters inaccessible to wheelchair users as well. Concerns have also been raised that the shelter could constitute a fire hazard to residents. Though the Swiss city of Zurich purchased 62 of the shelters , in the end, they ended up not being used when inspections showed they did not meet national fire protection requirements. Related: IKEA unveils plan to lift 200,000 people out of poverty Better Shelter is addressing these worries by issuing new guidelines on how to improve the safety distance between units so that fires can’t easily spread through potential camps. Though deployment of new shelters has been put on hold, existing homes aren’t being pulled off the ground, so refugees won’t suddenly find themselves homeless. Instead, they’re being redeployed with an eye toward greater fire safety. Hopefully, the new and improved version will be available to replace those existing units soon. Via Dezeen Images via Better Shelter

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Zero Skyscraper: A Survival Structure for Post-Apocalyptic Life On Earth

March 18, 2013 by  
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