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Belle Taylor: Survivalist strategies in a worrying world

RECENTLY, at the doctors I was asked if I had been experiencing any signs of depression.

“Nope,” I assured her. “Happy as a clam!”

The doc asked me to fill out a form. I had to rate my emotional response to a range of questions. I was feeling pretty upbeat until reaching the end of the questionnaire: “Do you ever feel sad and anxious about things that are outside your control?”

“Well, climate change is a worry,” I thought. “Trump is President. Islamic extremism is a concern. Assad gasses his own people, can’t feel too great about that, you’d be a psychopath if you did.”

Maybe I should be a little depressed.

It’s hard not to despair at the state of the world. If this seemingly endless August rain isn’t downbeat enough, there are plenty of headlines that make you suspect the human race might not make it past brunch.

Order the smashed avo with abandon, you spendthrift millennials, there won’t be houses to buy soon anyway and bunkers are a lot cheaper.

This week, a confidential US intelligence report leaked to The Washington Post, revealed North Korea has developed a nuke that can fit on to a missile.

In response, US President Trump held a press conference from (I kid you not) his golf resort in New Jersey to warn that “fire and fury like the world has never seen” will rain down should the hermit kingdom go too far.

The growing tensions between North Korea and the US may have grabbed international headlines, but there is more than one sign we’re heading towards an apocalyptic future.

media_cameraThe growing tensions between North Korea and the US may have grabbed international headlines, but there is more than one sign we’re heading towards an apocalyptic future. Picture: Kcna/Xinhua/Zuma Press/TNS

Last month, the results of a study by Israeli researchers was released that showed sperm concentrations in Western men have declined 52 per cent over the past 38 years.

“The results are quite shocking,” the study’s lead author Hagai Levine…

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