Are the earthquakes in San Francisco another sign that the world is going to end?

I normally don't buy into any of the "the world is going to end!" crazes. I'm a born and bred New Yorker so cynicism and sarcasm run pretty freely though my veins. But that being said, I have to admit there have been a lot of weird incidents lately that have me feeling kind of paranoid about the whole 2012-will-be-the-end-of-the-universe thing.

For instance, there's this year's barely there winter in the Northeast (seriously, why is it just getting cold NOW?) and this summer's earthquake in Virginia, which sent tremors through the Carolinas, Massachusetts, Ohio, Tennessee, and New York. And just yesterday, there were the quakes in the San Francisco Bay Area--which, OK, are not that unusual for California but are pretty freaking scary nonetheless!

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So are all these strange occurrences signs of the apocalypse? Well, probably not, but they're definitely not good.  In fact, according to the AP, the economic cost of disasters in 2011 was the highest in history, with a price tag of more than $350 billion mainly due to the earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand. 

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"The main message is that this is an increasing--very rapidly increasing trend with increasing economic losses," said Margareta Wahlstrom, the secretary-general's special representative for disaster risk reduction. She also said that by 2050 the world will need 50 percent more food, 45 percent more energy and 30 percent more water for a growing population, and these resources are already under threat! So basically, it's good news all around, right? I'm obviously kidding here.

Great,  I just went from kind of paranoid to officially paranoid. But actually, all of this is a good wake-up call. It should remind everyone of the importance of conserving and protecting the environment. After all, there are real consequences that will happen if we don't. And really, there's no reason it should take these extremes for the public to start taking action. I mean, come on people, didn't you learn anything from The Lorax?

Do you think the earthquakes in San Fran mean anything?

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