George Knapp welcomed researcher Brent Miller, of The Horizon Project, who warned of mounting evidence that Earth is due for a polar shift which will end civilization as we know it. "It could happen tomorrow, it could happen 50 years from now, but all the evidence that we've been able to collect indicates that the next one is about to happen," Miller cautioned of the global catastrophe that he sees as imminent.
Describing the cataclysmic changes which would befall the planet during such an event, Miller said that as the poles move, the equator will be upended as well. According to him, this will result in widespread geographical changes due to wild gravitational shifts. Noting the preponderance of water on the planet, he said that "during this sloshing about, as Earth wobbles and reorients itself, what happens is that the waters literally decimate all the coastal areas around the planet." Painting a grim picture of a post-shift world, Miller estimated that the event would "wipe out four billion people within six months and then a 'Mad Max' scenario."
Miller explained that the Horizon Project based their forecast for a polar shift on a growing number of anomalies around the world. He cited weather oddities, such as snowfall in Baghdad for the first time in over 100 years and the increase in earthquakes in unlikely locations. According to him, off-planet clues, like the increase in solar activity, also lend credence to a polar shift scenario occurring in the future. While he suspected that the worlds' governments knew of this impending disaster, he was doubtful of any official announcement, saying "I think we are given all the warning we're going to be given. We're seeing all the signs."
Once feared extinct, the Hispaniolan solenodon has been captured and filmed by scientists in the Dominican Republic. The amazing beast is one of only two mammal species capable of poisoning their prey via a venomous bite. BBC News has more on the story including video.
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