What happens when the earth's magnetic pole suddenly undergoes a dramatic shift? That seems to be everyone's question in response to recent data about the movement of the North Pole which has been making headlines around the world. In asking that questions we must remember that the human experiment is moss on a rock and that one day of funky space weather could have "catastrophic" results.
In the case of the pole shift, one imagines that it might be a bit of rough (definitely strange) ride--though nobody can know for sure. It may be instinctual within the human animal to respond in a way that cries out, "Stop it!" Yet the debate would be should it be stopped? Like the fires out in New Mexico, supposedly such "disasters" curb overgrowth. Similarly, imagine we possessed the technology to resist this tilt--would that intervention end up being a far worse development for the planet? This takes us to the vista of the unknowable. For it's unfortunate that we are not yet organized and morally reasonable enough to uplift ourselves to a so-called "Type 1" or "Type 2 Civilization" which would basically use stars and planets as we use wood-burning logs and mud huts. Such a civilization would be able to foresee most galactic weather and prevent it or prepare for it. Yet as we all know, we are not quite there. At this point in history humanity we are still very much in the position of a cosmic juvenile groping in the dark towards something like civilization.
Watch a video explaining recent findings about the pole shift here: