10 Terrifying Ways Scientists Say The World Could End

Antibiotic Resistance

Modern medicine is hugely dependent on antibiotics, drugs that can fight off infections and allow millions of people to live healthily. However, our reliance on the drugs and the fact that they are often prescribed unnecessarily to humans and animals is leading to certain strains of bacteria becoming resistant to the drugs. This could lead to a catastrophic turn of events as if these strains spread, antibiotics would cease to be of any use, leading to millions dying from infections that would normally be harmless and could easily be treated in just a few days. It would also mean that almost all types of surgery and other invasive treatments, such as chemotherapy, would be at serious risk.

Clathrate Gun Hypothesis

The clathrate gun hypothesis states that increasing sea temperatures, possibly from climate change, can lead to a sudden release of methane from the ocean floor. The amount of gas released would be colossal and cause a huge amount of change in the environment. Scientists believe this scenario has happened twice before on the planet, each time killing millions of animals and in the first instance it is believed to have wiped out 96% of all sea life.