Survival Threats–What Are Some of the Biggest?


Matthew Stein
Matthew Stein


Matthew Stein was my guest on DestinySurvival Radio, and we talked about some serious threats to our very survival. I mean threats that will end our world as we know it.

It’s the sort of stuff most people try to ignore because such things can be too big to comprehend. Or they believe they’re too far fetched. Besides, it’s more fun to plug into sports or the latest TV reality show.

Matthew Stein is the author of When Technology Fails and When Disaster Strikes. He’s a design engineer and a green builder who graduated from MIT where he majored inMechanical Engineering. Therefore, he looks at things scientifically.

He’s also been a guest on several big name radio and TV shows, including Fox News and Coast to Coast AM. So I’m pleased he was a guest on DestinySurvival Radio.

After a brief discussion of his two books, we tackled the subject of six trends he believes are converging and heading us toward collapse. He’s looking at the big picture.

Those downward trends are:

  • The peak in world oil production
  • Climate change (“Global weirding” as he calls it.)
  • Collapse of the world’s oceans.
  • Deforestation
  • Food crisis (We could face food and water shortages.)
  • Population growth
Each one of those is a hot buttom topic. He went into further detail in an article called “The Perfect Storm: Six Trends Converging on Collapse.”

I don’t believe in being a crusader who tries to save the world. But the fact is, our environment is changing for any number of reasons. And we should be aware of it. Stein points out that, if we keep doing what we’re doing now, we’re headed downward.

He also wrote an article called “400 Chernobyls” which discusses the dangers we face from nuclear power plants after a giant solar flare or manmade EMP.

Nuclear plants will be double trouble. If there’s no fuel to cool down the reactors, each one could create an event like Chernobyl or Fukushima.

In other words, not only might we be without electricity after a solar event or EMP, but we’ll be immersed in radiation pollution from the water and air.

This may not be as unlikely as it sounds at first. Every 75-100 years we have a solar event that causes a massive geomagnetic disturbance. The biggest ones in the past couple hundred years happened in 1921 and 1859.

If that happens today, hundreds of power transformers could be fried, and we don’t have the capability to replace them. We’ll be in the proverbial grid down situation.

Add to that the threat from nuclear plants spewing radiation if their reactor cores can’t be cooled. When you consider that more than one out of every three Americans live within 50 miles of a nuclear reactor…You get the picture. It won’t be pretty.

Stein says that for the price of a stealth bomber measures can be taken to prevent such a catastrophe. I don’t know about you, but I’m not holding my breath waiting for it to happen.

If all of this makes you afraid, it should. Are you scared enough to prepare? Every little bit you do is better than nothing.

On the other hand, if you die in the midst of the kind of calamity suggested here, are you ready to meet your Maker? I don’t mean to be cliche. It’s a matter of real concern.

I encourage you to hear my whole interview with Matthew Stein by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for February 16, 2012. He’s very informative. Find the articles mentioned above–and much more–at his Web site, wich is

You can buy Matthew Stein’s books by clicking on their titles above in this post. They’ll help you get on the path to preparedness when technology fails or when disaster strikes, as their titles suggest.


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Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.