NATURALIST DAVID ATTENBOROUGH has warned that climate change could lead to a “collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world.”

Critics of the global warming movement say it would cost trillions of dollars to alter the climate change environment and they wonder who would pay for it.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts that 40% of America’s population, about 126 million, are at risk of rising sea levels. The NOAA is a part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

If nothing is started now to stop the causes of climate change, potential property damage in 30 years will be a staggering $106 billion in coastal areas. Coastal property including 386,000 existing homes will be below sea level.

The NOAA said the top 10 coastal cities in the most danger are New York City, N.Y.; Miami Beach, Fla.; Boston, Mass.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Miami, Fla.; Newport Beach, Calif.; San Mateo, Calif.; Hilton Head Island, S.C.; and Huntington Beach, Calif.

Some midwestern and southern counties could see a decline in crop yields of more than 10% in the next five to 25 years. It’s no wonder millennials and Generation Z folks are calling for governments to act now. The longer we wait, the harder it will be to respond.

With that in mind, what monumental changes are coming in the near future that will revolutionize the way we live? There are thousands of innovations on the drawing boards of companies. Some will become reality and be disruptive; others will fall by the wayside.

Following are some predictions that are making the rounds on the internet. I thought you would find them educational and entertaining. You may be in an industry that is targeted for disruption. You might be wise to begin learning a new trade.

Some futurists are saying auto repair shops will cease to exist. A gasoline engine has hundreds of parts. An electrical motor has just 20 parts. Electric cars are sold with lifetime guarantees and are only repaired by authorized dealers. It only takes 10 minutes to remove and replace an electric motor.

Faulty electric motors are pulled out and sent to a regional repair shop that repairs them with robots. When your electric motor malfunction light goes on, you drive up to what looks like a Jiffy auto wash. While you wait, your motor is replaced with a new electric motor.

Gas stations will disappear. In their place will be recharging meters. These recharging stations already exist. You can travel coast-to-coast now driving an electric car. A Google GPS app maps your route.

Most major auto manufacturers have already begun building new plants that only build electric cars. Coal industries, gasoline and oil companies disappear. Say goodbye to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. Oil tankers and pipe lines won’t be needed. This will reduce carbon emissions.

Homes will produce and store more electrical energy than they use. They will sell that excess energy back to the grid. This conversion to solar energy will sweep the country and help reduce climate change fears.

Combustion engine vehicles will be relegated to museums. Think about it, children today don’t know a life without smartphones, tablets, social media and other personal devices. The future is approaching faster than most people can handle.

Just 21 years ago, in 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide. In just a few years, their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt. What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next five to 10 years.

Digital cameras swept the world, film was obsolete. Then came today’s smartphones with cameras far superior to the competition.

Radical changes come faster and faster, often in only a few years. It will come from artificial intelligence, health care, autonomous vehicles, education, 3-D printing, agriculture and the way jobs are performed.

Uber is just a software tool. They don’t own any cars, but they are now the biggest taxi company in the world. Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world although they don’t own any properties. Did those industries see that coming?

In the United States of America, young lawyers can’t find jobs because IBM’s Watson can get legal advice within seconds with 90% accuracy. Watson already helps doctors and nurses diagnose cancer, and it’s four times more accurate than humans.

Autonomous cars are already being road tested. There are millions of details to be worked out and it may be years before they are everywhere, but in the not too distant future, autonomous vehicles will pick you up and take you to your destination. Many people will never own a car. Auto accidents will be drastically reduced, say experts.

There will be fewer cars on the road. There will be less pollution as electric vehicles replace the internal combustion engine vehicles. With fewer accidents on the highways, insurance companies will lose business.

Real estate will change. Workers will move farther away from their offices and live in a more beautiful or affordable neighborhood. Cities will be less noisy. Electricity will become cheaper. Solar power is just getting ramped up.

Of course, with all of these changes comes new challenges. There are always consequences. If new technology eliminates tens of millions of entry level jobs, where will those people work? If they don’t work, how will they afford all of the new gadgets?