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Title: A Singular Chain of Events

Abstract

This paper presents a scenario, a written narrative that describes a series of events that could lead to the extinction of humans as a species. The scenario is built upon three blocks of events. The first contains events that could severely and rapidly reduce human population in a relatively few years. The second block of events describes the regression of human civilization and technological base and the further loss of human population. The third block encompasses global environmental events that the remaining humans are subsequently unprepared to handle. The scenario posits the death by asphyxiation of the last human being by the year 3000.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. ORNL
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
OSTI Identifier:
989140
DOE Contract Number:  
DE-AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Futures
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 41; Journal Issue: 10; Journal ID: ISSN 0016-3287
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; DEATH; HUMAN POPULATIONS; FORECASTING

Citation Formats

Tonn, Bruce Edward. A Singular Chain of Events. United States: N. p., 2009. Web. doi:10.1016/j.futures.2009.07.009.
Tonn, Bruce Edward. A Singular Chain of Events. United States. doi:10.1016/j.futures.2009.07.009.
Tonn, Bruce Edward. Sun . "A Singular Chain of Events". United States. doi:10.1016/j.futures.2009.07.009.
@article{osti_989140,
title = {A Singular Chain of Events},
author = {Tonn, Bruce Edward},
abstractNote = {This paper presents a scenario, a written narrative that describes a series of events that could lead to the extinction of humans as a species. The scenario is built upon three blocks of events. The first contains events that could severely and rapidly reduce human population in a relatively few years. The second block of events describes the regression of human civilization and technological base and the further loss of human population. The third block encompasses global environmental events that the remaining humans are subsequently unprepared to handle. The scenario posits the death by asphyxiation of the last human being by the year 3000.},
doi = {10.1016/j.futures.2009.07.009},
journal = {Futures},
issn = {0016-3287},
number = 10,
volume = 41,
place = {United States},
year = {2009},
month = {11}
}