When someone mentions the end of the world, it’s usually not a cheery topic. Still, scientists, religious leaders, and world experts pour gas on the fire with their dark predictions. From asteroids annihilating the planet to a devastating flu pandemic wiping out the human race, there’s unfortunately plenty of terrifying ways the world can end. You might even find a few that you had no idea were possible. While some of these scenarios could be imminent, others aren’t going to happen for some time. Either way, it doesn’t stop the existential dread from taking over your thoughts. You might even become a doomsday prepper after this. Here are 25 Terrifying Dark Predictions About The End Of The World.
1 WR 104 Explosion
Scientists have warned that if the star WR 104 exploded into a Supernova, which it’s expected to do, it would release a powerful and deadly Gamma Ray Burst toward the Earth, destroying the ozone and killing all life as we know it.
The Geological Society estimates that within a million years, the Earth will have undergone an eruption of a super-volcano. It would be large enough to spew 3,200 km3 in hot magma. This would be comparable to an event that happened 75,000 years ago, causing a volcanic winter of six to ten years.
3 Isaac Newton's Prediction
Famed mathematician, physicist, and philosopher Isaac Newton believed, after extensive study of the Bible, that catastrophic wars would eventually destroy the Earth in 2060. However, he also believed the world would be made anew by God, ushering in a new divine era.
While science fiction authors have been saying robots will take over the world for years, physicist Stephen Hawking claims it’s no laughing matter and is based in reality. He said if artificial intelligence replicates itself, it’ll eventually overpower humanity and wipe us out.
5 MIT Prediction
MIT developed a computer program called “World One” in 1973 to help predict the end of the world. It used data like pollution levels, population growth, the amount of natural resources, and quality of life. It predicted that civilization will end by 2040 with 2020 being the critical point when things start to go downhill.
6 The Sun's Brightness
Scientists predict that the Sun’s increasing brightness will weather the Earth’s crust and drop the carbon dioxide levels enough to wipe out all vegetation. As a by product, humans and animals will also go extinct if they haven’t already. But, keep in mind, this isn’t said to happen for another 500 million years.
Bill Gates has warned that the next flu pandemic is right around the corner, and we’re not prepared for it. With the human population rising and the ability to create weaponized diseases more prevalent, he predicted that if we don’t do something, 30 million people will die within the first 6 months and that’s just the start.
8 UN Prediction
Recently, the UN released a report by scientists that the world has roughly twelve years to work together and reduce CO2 emissions before irreversible and cataclysmic events take place due to climate change. They predict if nothing is done, overwhelming heat, floods, and famine will spread more disease, destabilize markets, and cause overwhelming poverty across the world.
According to Oxford University professor Nick Bostrom, an asteroid colliding with Earth only needs to be about 1 km in diameter to render all human life extinct. He estimates an asteroid of that kind hits Earth once every 500,000 years.
10 Solar Flares
Massive solar flares have the ability to shut down power grids, creating longstanding blackouts that could potentially cost America alone $41.5 billion a day. With the electrical grid down, the economy would be greatly destabilized.