• Question: Will human life become extinct on the planet and if so when?

    Asked by saph to Josh, Serena, Simone, Stuart on 27 Jun 2013.
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      Stuart Archer answered on 27 Jun 2013:

      That’s a really good question! It’s also pretty difficult to answer, I’ll do my best though…

      Humans are pretty adaptable as a species, we tend to deal really well with change (in the long term at least…) I can’t imagine there will be too many things that could happen to the planet that we can’t overcome in one way or another. Humans survived the last ice age, after all! I think it would take something like a giant asteroid hitting the planet, or (more depressingly) something like total nuclear war. In terms of the Sun, we have about 500 million years or so before that becomes too large for us to live on Earth. If we’re still around by then I’d imagine we’d be so technologically advanced that it wouldn’t be a problem!