I have a hypothetical question which I call the Noah dilemma. Suppose that some scientist and high level government officials know with 95% predictability that the earth will experience a near earth kill disaster of the magnitude of the the k-pg event. They know that this event will occur in 10-20 years from present and there is no way to stop it. Suppose that they know that the side of the earth where this event directly impacts will be nearly wiped out while the other half of the planet will have severe earthquakes and tidal waves and events that wipe out the planets electric grid followed by a Nuclear winter scenario about the earth causing ice age cooling on the higher latitudes and blocking the Sun wiping out much of the vegetation about the planet. Billions of people will be instantly killed by this event. This event will make life on much of the surface of the planet uninhabitable for decades and will make life unsustainable for the population of billions that currently we have on the planet. (This event is way worse than the worst climate change nightmare) There will be remnant survivors on the lands about the earth that will be knocked back into the Stone Age with no technology.
The question that I have is what should and would the leaders of the planet do in this situation?
- Would /should they tell everyone that this is about to occur? What would be people’s response to this worldwide?
- How would the world leaders prepare for this event knowing that they would need to go underground/ water to survive the event for many years for humanity to persist on the planet