November 7, 2017
Professor Stephen Hawking has warned mankind will destroy the Earth, turning it into a blazing fireball, within the next 600 years.
The renowned physicist believes soaring population sizes and increasing demands for energy will lead to the catastrophe.
Humanity should begin looking to the stars to avoid this fate, he argues, with our nearest neighbour Alpha Centauri the best candidate for our escape.
Hawking urged potential financial backers to get behind a project that could one day lead to manned flights to the system.
Hawking made the comments while speaking via video link at the Tencent Web Summit, held in Beijing.
The British cosmologist, who was diagnosed with motor neuron disease aged 21, is backing the Breakthrough Starshot project.
This article was posted: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 8:58 am