Have you ever watched the news and felt like the end of the world was near? Well, you’re not alone. It’s eerie how many things in the news potentially point to the apocalypse. While many have tried and failed to predict the end of the world in the past, it seems like today might actually bring about the real thing. From advancing artificial intelligence and genetic engineering to rising political upheaval and tensions between global superpowers, humanity adds more potentially disastrous things to the list every day, and it’s pretty terrifying. By the end of this list, you’ll likely have a real desire to build a bunker and stockpile rations. Here are 25 Frightening Signs The End Of The World Is Near.
Every year, a team of scientists makes a report on how close the world is to destruction. It’s called the Doomsday Clock. Their most recent report in 2018 indicated we’re two minutes to midnight due to the failure of world leadership to quell nuclear tensions. In comparison, in 1991, the report indicated they were 17 minutes to midnight.
For a long time, newspapers, nightly news on television, and academic experts were a trusted source for information. However, since the 2016 election and the rise of “fake news,” politicians have created a “Post Trust” world where facts and verified information no longer matter. Without facts, anything can be true in anyone’s mind, causing liberal democracies to fall apart and people’s civil rights to crumble, leading to more tyranny.
The super-rich have more money than they know what to do with. In this case, they’re spending billions on preparing for the end of the world, building high-tech bunkers under houses and buying up tons of land in New Zealand. For instance, Peter Theil bought property and even citizenship there and Reddit CEO Steve Huffman got Lasik so that he wouldn’t have to worry about glasses in the apocalypse.
Christians believe mass religious persecution will be a sign of the end times. According to a Yale study, 50 million people from the Middle East and Asia have been displaced largely due to religious persecution back in their home countries. Also, a Pew Research Center study indicated that in 2015, Christians were harassed by governments and social groups in more than 128 countries, more than any other religious group.
The Arctic and Antarctic polar regions are paramount to a healthy world climate, but the ice is melting at dramatic and surprising rates which could cause a catastrophe if it reaches too low of levels. Scientists have used satellites to monitor the ice for 20 years and have seen a five-fold rate of ice loss since 1990. The thickness of the Arctic ice has also decreased by 40% since 1960. Scientists predict the Arctic could be without ice by 2040.