Two of the most dangerous things in the universe are asteroids and radiation. At the moment, the UN has just saved us from one, and has been asked to save from the other in the not too distant future. I present you with two items of news:
It appears that on 04/13/2036, a hunk of space rock, named Apophis, has a 1 in 45,000 chance of making a big mess of our lovely planet. Of course, I don’t care as the end of the world is in 2012. Still, if that prediction happens to be wrong, the Big A is worth doing something about. Even though it’s pretty good odds in favor of a miss, looking into ways of rigging the game for our side seems reasonable. However, as the other story tells, it took the UN 5 years to do this:
This leads me to believe that, while the United Nations might be able to handle a severe case of hemorrhoids in 29 years, stopping an asteroid in that time frame may be a bit beyond their capabilities.