Archive for March 2012
It is quite a sobering thought to think that all Humanity has invented or achieved over the last century – from electricity and automobiles, to computers, the Internet etc etc. – could be wiped out by something so natural as a solar flare. We all worry about cyber attacks taking down websites, or other electronic warfare, when the biggest threat to all we know currently is the star at the centre of our solar system, which we rely on for light and heat etc. One large solar flare can, and (probably) will destroy all electronics, mechanics and everything Humanity relies on at some stage. Some may think about how such an event may ‘cripple the internet’ and the likes, but this proves how dependant Humanity is on electronic items nowadays. But, what these people fail to think about, is the much larger scale at which a solar flare could affect us. If you think about it and consider what electronic services etc we need to function, the wider picture becomes quite scary. Things like Life-Support Systems would go down, vehicles would be made unusable, so therefore emergency services couldn’t work (firefighters, paramedics etc couldn’t get to the site of emergency, but then again, as there is no electricity, you wouldn’t be able to call them out either; Nuclear Power Stations’ Security Measures that keep the Nuclear Plant going into Meltdown wouldn’t function.
If a large solar flare does occur, then life as we know it could cease to exist. Humanity would have to go back to how it was a few centuries ago. People will have to plant their own seeds and grow their own produce, and possibly sell it at local markets for the population that cannot do so themselves. Horses will have to pull ploughs in farms, because modern tractors etc. will have been rendered useless.
All we have to hope is that our Governments have the measures in place so that, in case something like this does happen, we have ways of living to the degree that humans have become accustomed to.
I hope this hasn’t depressed you at all, and that you are aware of what could, and may, happen.
Thanks for reading, and I hope my next blogpost will be on a more cheerful note.