How to Destroy the Planet

By Eric Roston - 2012-04-20T12:50:43Z

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Destroy the Earth Day

Earth Day, celebrated by planet lovers every April 22 since 1970, is loved and derided for its simple aspiration: Save the planet.

If you really want to save the Earth, first you must identify the best ways to destroy it. Many existential threats to the globe, real and imagined, haven't exactly been the end of the world. To help the planet thwart its next spot of trouble, we present this primer on planetary destruction -- past, present and future.

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