Over billions of years, our planet has developed into an intricate ecosystem, capable of sustaining life. But what would the outcome be if we were confronted by scenarios of apocalyptic proportions? Aftermath examines how we would cope in the event of various natural and man-made happenings on an epic scale. Imagining extreme scenarios, this four-part series looks at how the entire world would prepare for the end of time.
When The Earth Stops Spinning
If the Earth was to suddenly stop our seas and the atmosphere would change so drastically that it would no longer be able to support human life. Looking to a future where one side of the planet is dark and cold for six months at a time, and the other is bathed in deadly solar radiation, this episode explores how long human and animal life might survive in a cruel new, stationary world.
World Without Oil
The lifeblood of modern civilisation, oil, shapes our world and fuels travel, industry and agriculture. But, one day this valuable resource will run out completely. As food disappears, power fails and chaos ensues, World Without Oil visualises what will happen following the drying up of the planet's oil reserves. Would we cope by developing new sources of energy, or return to a more sustainable way of life?
Betrayed By The Sun
Having made life possible, one day billions of years in the future the Sun will expand into a red giant and destroy the planet. The chances of humans being around to witness this fiery end to the world are remote, but what would happen if the Sun's ageing process were sped up to take place on a human scale? Earth would soon become a chokingly hot planet, where the oceans boil and life is extinguished. Find out what will happen when our star turns against us.
At a colossal 6.8 billion people, the number of humans has doubled globally in the past 45 years. Imagine what would happen if that population were to double again overnight? We explore the consequences of a massive baby boom and enter into a nightmarish world of cities with populations of 35 million, where water, food and power are in desperately short supply and mass migrations destroy nations.
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