Yeah, well... you have to admit, the guy is quite a salesman. And his impending apocalypse videos are basically weekly infomercials for all the doomsday prepper stuff he sells. I first saw one of this guy's videos about 8 years ago, and the intensity hasn't diminished. THE TITLES ARE ALWAYS IN ALL CAPS! WITH LOTS OF EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!
A documentary on the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption in Washington state, that is the origin of the "nuclear winter theory", based on how the eruption pushed large amounts of ash into the upper atmosphere that resulted in a colling of the earth and sever winters throughout most of the 1980's after the eruption. The theory is that nuclear explosions would push so much ash into the upper atmosphere that it would darken the earth and kill all plant life, or at least enough to starve most or all of the world's population. Even a limited exchange between smaller nuclear powers like India and Pakistan could create this effect and kill off the world's population.
On the plus side, this video is filled with beautiful mountain and forest landscapes, presumably filmed mostly from a helicopter. This is the most beautiful disaster area I've ever seen! And has recovered at a remarkable pace. Similar "super-volcano" explosions millions of years ago have released enough toxic chemicals in the air to kill off all animal life on the continent, and others similarly elsewhere in the world. On a smaller scale, Pompei in Italy during Roman times. But this video makes me want to visit there, rather than fear it.
An even better documentary on the geological evidence that led to discovery of the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. From evidence found all over the world, that finally led to the Yucatan peninsula.
Whether volcanoes, large meteor impacts, or the potential effects of nuclear war that would achieve the same result less naturally, all make clear just how fragile our civilization is, and how easily it could be wiped away.
Another documentary, on supervolcanoes. At the end they say a continent-wide volcanic extinction event happens about every 700,000 years somewhere in the world. And Yellowstone is the center of such events in the U.S. It could result in diminishing sun and killing farm crops, and thus starving millions to death. If large enough an event, most or all of human civilization.
"Naked science" sounds like some kind of weird porn for nerds.
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This is one of the grimmest I've seen, but it at least gives a realistic projection of what would occur in an EMP or other mass disaster situation, and how to prepare for it (if survival is even possible).