The end may be nigh

According to a YouGov survey almost 40% of British people think nuclear warfare will be the most likely cause of human extinction. 31% of the 1,581 people surveyed think that climate change will do us all in.

An alien invasion, or extermination by zombies, are regarded as the least likely cause of our demise; they both got 2%.

On the other hand The End may be a while coming; only 2% of people think that humanity will die out in the next 100 years, 8% think it will happen in the next 500 years, and 30% think that humanity will live forever,

It’s the youngest who are the most pessimistic.

Only 9% of those aged 18-24 believe humanity will last forever, compared to nearly 42% of those aged 65 and above.


Picture source: National Nuclear Security Administration via Wikimedia