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Are We Racing Toward Our Final Mass Extinction? New NASA Pics, Science Fiction Author, Say Yes!
By: Howard Brian Edgar
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly has been seeing the evidence for the past 500 days. Kelly has been collecting photographic proof from the International Space Station (ISS). Kelly’s photographs reveal large parts of Asia and Central America that cannot be seen from space thanks to an ominous dark gray haze of pollution hanging over them.
His warning message for the rest of us. The damage we have caused to Earth's atmosphere is now visible from space. And it’s killing 5.5 million humans each year, according to the World Health Organization, making air pollution our planet’s fourth leading cause of death.
“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that Earth looks sick. Kelly’s photos reveal that our galactic home is no longer the cheery, blue-green marble we saw from space just a few decades ago,” says writer, Howard Brian Edgar, author of RUNAWAY MOON. His post-apocalyptic science fiction novel depicts Earth's final mass extinction in chilling detail after a rogue dwarf planet slams into the moon at 50,000 miles per hour, leading to massive destruction here on Earth from the crash debris.
“RUNAWAY MOON follows the plight of a small band of human survivors, possibly the last on Earth, learning how to live in Stone Age conditions amid dramatic geologic and climatic upheavals caused by the moon collision and rock storm,” says Edgar. His gripping scenario plays out over several months at breakneck speed as the survivors deal with lost relatives and resources, dramatic weather changes, a cracked Pacific tectonic plate, enormous sea level rise and a super volcano eruption.
The story takes place just 13 years from now in 2029, when the Earth is already showing obvious signs of its impending death. Half the world’s population, four billion people, are dying of thirst caused by drought. Ten million more are dying each year from polluted air. These conditions are consistent with Kelly's images showing vast landscapes already transformed by drought, the urban sprawl of overpopulation and worsening pollution in 2016.
“It’s hard to look at Kelly’s pictures without feeling a sense of deep concern for our fragile home planet. It’s apparent that we need to stop arguing and start taking better care of Earth today. We won’t need a RUNAWAY MOON style rogue planet strike to end humanity. We’re already doing it to ourselves,” adds Edgar.
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