A recent report from the White House lays out the stark reality of a future affected by climate change: coastal flooding, heat waves and droughts, ocean acidification, hurricanes and food security fears.
So while science fiction movies show some unlikely ways Earth could be destroyed in the future -- aliens or artificial intelligence, for instance -- the biggest threat to our planet comes instead from natural disasters.
Designing for Disaster, a new exhibit at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., demonstrates construction innovations designed to protect communities from the devastating affects of natural disasters; for instance, is the U.S. prepared for a massive earthquake like the tremblors that leveled parts of Haiti and Chile in 2010?
On May 25, two Science Channel programs address this issue head-on.
At 9/8c, Swallowed by a Sinkhole looks into the science of sinkholes and why Florida's unique geology makes it the sinkhole capital of the world.
Then at 10/9c, Megastorm: World’s Biggest Typhoon examines super-typhoon Haiyan, which destroyed much of Tacloban in the Philippines in November 2013, leaving more than 7,300 people dead or missing.
The future threats from natural disasters are very real. By bringing attention to this issue, and each doing our part, Science Channel and the National Building Museum aim to spotlight efforts keeping people around the world more safe and secure.
Designing for Disaster opens May 11, 2014 and runs through August 2, 2015.
Swallowed by a Sinkhole and Megastorm: World's Biggest Typhoon air Sunday, May 25, starting at 9 p.m. E/P on Science Channel.
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