SciFriday: Global Catastrophic Risk Management

A NEW BILL being considered by the U.S. Senate would create an interdepartmental committee to plan for a global catastrophe—the kind that could mean the end of humanity.

The U.S. has had continuity of government plans in effect for decades, but those are intended to preserve the government through a nuclear attack. Why expand the scope to surviving a potentially world-ending event? Why now?

More to the point, is this in any way connected to the arrival of asteroid Apophis in 2029?

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