Lise Johnson and Eric Chudler have had a brilliant idea and turned it into an equally good book. In 58 chapters, they take 58 things we worry about and assess scientifically exactly how dangerous they are... The 58 chapters are organised into sections including Food, Medicine, Environment and Animals — but my absolute favourite is the Miscellaneous section at the end, which is made up of Pirates, Toys Made In China and, best of all, Asteroid Strike.
Obviously, should we be hit by an asteroid, almost all life on Earth will immediately cease. Fortunately, ‘no asteroids of any significance have been detected that are on a collision course with Earth within the next 100 years’.
One less thing to worry about.