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"Last Days on Earth (20/20)"

2-hour special, aired on ABC TV, August 30, 2006

This interesting show described various ways that might destroy life as we know it.

Some risks are the same as identified by Sir Martin Res and summarized in a previous Tip.

I seem to recall the show saying that their list had seven catastrophes.  I counted eight:

It seemed that the everything in the show was just building up to the last. I suspect the show's real agenda was to highlight the global warming issue. Perhaps this is because this is a) more certain to occur, b) more actionable and c) will have effects felt within a few generations.

I'm always disappointed when the global warming remedies fail to include population reduction.

—John Schuyler, August 2006.

Copyright 2006 by John R. Schuyler. All rights reserved. Permission to copy with reproduction of this notice.