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B.C. fruit farms prepared for devastating crop yields this summer

  2024-03-12 by in Canada's National Observer

One of the first indicators of how bountiful a fruit harvest will be in British Columbia comes months before any peaches, apricots or nectarines start fattening on trees.

  Tagged under: Collapse | Agriculture | Canada | Trees


Further wet weather raises fears of harvest catastrophe - Farmers Weekly

  2024-03-12 in Farmers Weekly

Further heavy rainfall over the last fortnight is increasing farmers’ concerns of an impending harvest catastrophe. Following relentless rain since

  Tagged under: Food Production and Consumption | Collapse | UK | Agriculture


Amazon rainforest at a critical threshold: Loss of forest worsens climate change

  2024-02-14 in Phys.org - News and Articles on Science and Technology

The Amazon rainforest could approach a tipping point, which could lead to a large-scale collapse with serious implications for the global climate system. A new Nature study by an international research team including scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact research (PIK) reveals that up to 47% of the Amazonian forest is threatened and identifies climatic and land-use thresholds that should not be breached to keep the Amazon resilient.

  Tagged under: Amazon Rainforest | Collapse | Trees | Tipping Points


Climate tipping points are nearer than you think – our new report warns of catastrophic risk

  2023-12-06 by in The Conversation

Coral reefs are already being lost, and four other vital climate systems may tip soon.

  Tagged under: Collapse | Coral Reefs | Tipping Points


Dr Andrew Forrest at Boao Forum for Asia Perth 2023

  2023-09-11 (or before) in fortescue.com

  Tagged under: Climate Change Mitigation | Collapse | Climate Change Impacts | Climate Change


The collapse of insects

  2023-05-28 (or before) in Reuters

The most diverse group of organisms on the planet are in trouble and the consequences could be dire.

  Tagged under: Insects | Collapse


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B.C. fruit farms prepared for devastating crop yields this summer

  2024-03-12 by in Canada's National Observer

One of the first indicators of how bountiful a fruit harvest will be in British Columbia comes months before any peaches, apricots or nectarines start fattening on trees.

  Tagged under: Collapse | Agriculture | Canada | Trees


Further wet weather raises fears of harvest catastrophe - Farmers Weekly

  2024-03-12 in Farmers Weekly

Further heavy rainfall over the last fortnight is increasing farmers’ concerns of an impending harvest catastrophe. Following relentless rain since

  Tagged under: Food Production and Consumption | Collapse | UK | Agriculture


From luxury bunkers to tactical vehicles, the ultra-rich are preparing for the Big One | CBC News

  2024-03-11 (or before) in CBC.ca - Canada's Public Broadcaster

Companies that build multimillion-dollar fortified homes and bomb shelters say that while work has been steady for a while, they have seen a significant uptick in recent years. And when the ultra-rich invest in a bunker, they inevitably do it in style.

  Tagged under: Collapse | Prepping


Earth Is on the Cusp of the Sixth Mass Extinction. Here’s What Paleontologists Want You to Know

  2024-03-10 (or before) in discovermagazine.com

Discover satisfies everyday curiosity with relevant and approachable science news, feature articles, photos and more.

  Tagged under: Science | Extinction | Collapse


Rampant Wildfires Are Threatening a Collapse of the Amazon Rainforest

  2024-03-09 in WIRED Magazine

Rainforests in South America are burning this year faster than ever before, setting the course for a collapse of the Amazon in the coming decades.

  Tagged under: Collapse | Amazon Rainforest | Wildfires


We need to talk about water – and the fact that the world is running out of it | George Monbiot

  2024-03-04 in The Guardian

On a planet becoming hotter and drier by the year, governments are wilfully ignoring a looming crisis, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot

  Tagged under: Collapse | Water Resources


A day in the life of a failing state - Liverpool Echo

  2024-03-03 (or before) by Liam Thorp in The Liverpool Echo

  Tagged under: Collapse


How do civilisations collapse? Ask Lee Anderson | Stewart Lee

  2024-03-03 in The Guardian

The shameless smears against Sadiq Khan and the Conservatives’ mealy-mouthed refusal to reject them feel a lot like the start of the end of things

  Tagged under: Collapse


Haiti violence: Haiti gangs demand PM resign after mass jailbreak

  2024-03-03 in The BBC

A state of emergency is declared after armed gangs stormed a major prison, freeing thousands of inmates.

  Tagged under: Collapse | Caribbean


Defeated

  2024-03-01 in Collapse 2050

Let's collectively wind down what we all know is a waste of our lives. After all, 10 years of real living beats 30 years of pointless monotony.

  Tagged under: Collapse | Economics


The disaster you could see from space: how a podcast went inside an eco catastrophe

  2024-03-01 in The Guardian

Nineteen dead, hundreds homeless and 700,000 taking legal action. Eco true-crime podcast Dead River delves into a Brazilian dam’s collapse – and how it’s led to the UK’s biggest ever class-action lawsuit

  Tagged under: Brazil | Collapse | Rivers


Short Takes — 13. I realize I’m asking a LOT of you, my… | by Richard Crim | Mar, 2024 | Medium

  2024-03-01 in smokingtyger.medium.com

I’m telling you “Climate Science” is BROKEN and the Climate Apocalypse has started. I’m telling you to ignore the mainstream voices and narratives you will hear on television, social media, and the news.

  Tagged under: Collapse


The Collapse Will Be Normalized

  2024-02-29 in Collapse Musings

As civilization collapses, the media will attempt to normalize things like war, famine, and genocide. Don't let them.

  Tagged under: Collapse


Mandatory Viewing

  2024-02-26 in Collapse 2050

A collection of the best documentaries on climate change, civilizational collapse, nuclear war, peak oil and more.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Collapse | Media


Oregon Dismantling Environmental Reviews in the Name of Renewables?

  2024-02-24 by in Collapse Curriculum

The Erosion of NEPA and the Illusion of Green Progress

  Tagged under: Oregon | Renewable Energy | Collapse


Insurgent Civilians: The Only Known Victors Against Neoliberalism and Authoritarianism

  2024-02-21 by in Collapse Curriculum

A Case Study of the Zapatistas

  Tagged under: Collapse


‘Like the flip of a switch, it’s gone’: has the ecosystem of the UK’s largest lake collapsed?

  2024-02-19 in The Guardian

Lough Neagh’s flies were seen as a nuisance. Now their sudden disappearance is a startling omen for a lake that supplies 40% of Northern Ireland’s water

  Tagged under: Wildlife | Collapse


A precautionary approach required to avoid large-scale collapse of the Amazon forest

  2024-02-15 in Official blog of the Met Office news team

The Amazon is a complex dynamical system with extraordinarily diverse terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems which are home to more than 10% of Earth’s biodiversity, as well as 40 million people. It is one of the most critical elements of the Earth’s climate system, with the forest acting as a giant “air-conditioner”, lowering land-surface temperatures and…

  Tagged under: Climate Change Mitigation | Collapse | Amazon Rainforest | Trees


The Amazon has survived changes in the climate for 65 million years. Now it’s heading for collapse, a study says | CNN

  2024-02-14 by in CNN

The Amazon rainforest is on course to reach a crucial tipping point as soon as 2050, with devastating consequences the world’s ability to tackle climate change, a study shows.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Collapse | Tipping Points


Critical transitions in the Amazon forest system - Nature

  2024-02-14 in Nature

Analyses of drivers of water stress are used to predict likely trajectories of the Amazon forest system and suggests potential actions that could prevent system collapse.

  Tagged under: Amazon Rainforest | Collapse | Trees


Amazon rainforest at a critical threshold: Loss of forest worsens climate change

  2024-02-14 in Phys.org - News and Articles on Science and Technology

The Amazon rainforest could approach a tipping point, which could lead to a large-scale collapse with serious implications for the global climate system. A new Nature study by an international research team including scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact research (PIK) reveals that up to 47% of the Amazonian forest is threatened and identifies climatic and land-use thresholds that should not be breached to keep the Amazon resilient.

  Tagged under: Amazon Rainforest | Collapse | Trees | Tipping Points


Billionaires’ Survivalist Bunkers Go Absolutely Bonkers With Fiery Moats and Water Cannons

  2024-02-12 by in The Hollywood Reporter - Movie news, TV news, awards news, lifestyle news, business news and more from The Hollywood Reporter.

Amid 'World War III' fears, apocalypse-fearing moguls are investing millions in survival strategies including rotating fireplaces out of 'Indiana Jones' and heightened tactical systems.

  Tagged under: Survivalism | Climate Change Adaption | Collapse | Prepping


🌊The Truth About Atlantic Ocean Circulation Collapse

  2024-02-12 in Roger Hallam

As I write, an article on the Atlantic Ocean Circulation nearing its tipping point is the top viewed on the Guardian website. This is what they miss out

  Tagged under: Collapse | Gulf Stream (AMOC) | Tipping Points


Atlantic Ocean circulation nearing ‘devastating’ tipping point, study finds

  2024-02-09 in The Guardian

Collapse in system of currents that helps regulate global climate would be at such speed that adaptation would be impossible

  Tagged under: Oceans | Collapse | Tipping Points


Extreme Climate Impacts From Collapse of a Key Atlantic Ocean Current Could be Worse Than Expected, a New Study Warns - Inside Climate News

  2024-02-09 by in Inside Climate News

Disruption of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Current could freeze Europe, scorch the tropics and increase sea level rise in the North Atlantic. The tipping point may be closer than predicted in the IPCC’s latest assessment.

  Tagged under: Oceans | Sea Level | Collapse | Tipping Points


Stubborn optimism in an era of collapse

  2024-02-09 in Professor Jem Bendell - Deep Adaptation to societal breakdown

The weak but well-funded arguments for techno-optimism in the face of climate chaos have kept on coming. In response to such deluded, misleading and anti-radical ‘hopes’, I decided to l…

  Tagged under: Collapse


Scientists drilled an ice core from Antarctica and were alarmed by what they found | CNN

  2024-02-08 by in CNN International

Evidence from a 2,000-foot-long ice core shows rapid past melting — a stark warning for potential sea level rise as temperatures soar

  Tagged under: Ice Melting | Sea Level | Collapse


Clouds of suffering can have silver linings – reflections on childhood.

  2024-02-04 in Professor Jem Bendell - Deep Adaptation to societal breakdown

I know that when I’m anxious I’m not the wisest or kindest version of myself. Because that is the same for most of us, collapse-anticipators fear how people might make difficult situations a …

  Tagged under: Collapse


Collapse Will Look Nothing Like in the Movies | by B | Jan, 2024 | Medium

  2024-01-29 in The Honest Sorcerer

Modern — overdeveloped — societies in the West are already in a severe crisis. Something, which will eventually turn into a long global…

  Tagged under: Collapse


Marshall Brain: How overheating in the Arctic Circle will cause the collapse of civilization | WRAL TechWire

  2024-01-26 in WRAL TechWire - The Triangle's Source for Tech & Startup News

Editor’s note: Marshall Brain – futurist, inventor, NCSU professor, writer and creator of “How Stuff Works” is a contributor to WRAL TechWire. Brain takes a serious as well as entertaining look at a world of possibilities for Earth and the human race. He’s also author of “The Doomsday Book: The Science Behind Humanity’s Greatest Threats.” If we were to

  Tagged under: Global Warming | Collapse


The Rooftop Solar Industry Could Be On the Verge of Collapse | TIME

  2024-01-25 in TIME Magazine

Complicated financial products helped the U.S. rooftop-solar-power industry grow, but now put it at risk of implosion.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Collapse


Racing to Extinction

  2024-01-19 (or before) in Racing to Extinction: Thoughts and (soon!) a book

With BLM, USFS, and USFWS for 30+ years, Lyle Lewis analyzes humanity through the lens of an endangered species biologist.

  Tagged under: Collapse | Extinction


The Collapse of Modern Civilization | Richard Grannon

  2024-01-17 in Collapse 2050

"The Collapse of Modern Civilization" by Richard Grannon argues modern society has lost its way due to consumer capitalism and technological advancements.

  Tagged under: Collapse | Capitalism


Greenland losing 30m tonnes of ice an hour, study reveals

  2024-01-17 in The Guardian

Total is 20% higher than thought and may have implications for collapse of globally important north Atlantic ocean currents

  Tagged under: Oceans | Collapse


The #1 Reason I Became A Doomer

  2024-01-16 in Collapse Musings

We're not doomed because of climate change, resource depletion, or biodiversity loss. We're doomed because human nature made those things inevitable.

  Tagged under: Collapse


Birds of prey in Africa experiencing population collapse, study finds

  2024-01-04 in The Guardian

Several species have vanished across swathes of the continent – and scientists say their disappearance holds unknown risks for humans

  Tagged under: Collapse | Birds | Africa | Wildlife


African savanna raptors show evidence of widespread population collapse and a growing dependence on protected areas - Nature Ecology & Evolution

  2024-01-04 in Nature

A compilation of survey data from pre- and post-2000 for 42 raptor species across parts of West, Central, East and southern Africa shows 88% of species in population decline and reveals trends across regions, protected areas and species size.

  Tagged under: Collapse | Africa


Inside the bunkers where billionaires will ride out the apocalypse

  2023-12-22 in Metro.co.uk

Prepping is big among the 1%.

  Tagged under: Prepping | Collapse


Antarctic octopus DNA reveals ice sheet collapse closer than thought

  2023-12-21 in Phys.org - News and Articles on Science and Technology

Scientists investigating how Antarctica's ice sheets retreated in the deep past have turned to an innovative approach: studying the genes of octopuses that live in its chilly waters.

  Tagged under: Collapse


Evidence lacking for a pending collapse of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation - Nature Climate Change

  2023-12-20 (or before) in Nature

  Tagged under: Collapse


El Nino appears to be on verge of rapid collapse

  2023-12-13 in FOX Weather

A climate pattern that began in June will not complete a full year. A significant pending cooldown of waters in the central and eastern Pacific will ensure that the world is heading toward a neutral status.

  Tagged under: Collapse | El Niño


At the beginning of every disaster movie they ignore people like this... | STROMBO

  2023-12-07 (or before) in YouTube

There’s no question that climate change is affecting our world. Visit Greenland with me to put it in a first-hand perspective. Right now, the Greenland ice s...

  Tagged under: Collapse | Climate Change Impacts | Greenland


Climate tipping points are nearer than you think – our new report warns of catastrophic risk

  2023-12-06 by in The Conversation

Coral reefs are already being lost, and four other vital climate systems may tip soon.

  Tagged under: Collapse | Coral Reefs | Tipping Points


End Times: Why reports that Western civilisation will soon collapse are premature | New Scientist

  2023-12-05 (or before) in New Scientist

A scientific analysis of history reveals that societies are becoming more resilient to collapse – and shows how to successfully navigate crises, says complexity scientist Peter Turchin

  Tagged under: Collapse


I Asked Gardeners How Climate Change Hits Them

  2023-12-05 in Collapse 2050

I connected with gardeners from across North America and Europe to understand how climate change is affecting their ability to grow our most valuable resource: food.

  Tagged under: Collapse


‘Climate collapse in real time’: UN head António Guterres urges Cop28 to act

  2023-11-30 in The Guardian

World Meteorological Organization says 2023 will be hottest year on record, leaving ‘trail of devastation and despair’

  Tagged under: COP28 | Collapse | Wildfires


What Do I Do With Collapse Awareness? | by Climate Survivor | Nov, 2023 | Medium

  2023-11-25 (or before) in Medium

Collapse awareness is “great”, but what do I actually do with that awareness?

  Tagged under: Collapse


The World Has Already Ended.docx

  2023-11-21 (or before) in Google Docs

  Tagged under: Collapse


UK forests face 'catastrophic ecosystem collapse'

  2023-11-09 (or before) in The BBC

A mass die-off of trees could happen in the next 50 years unless action is taken, warn experts.

  Tagged under: Collapse | Trees


Deep ocean currents around Antarctica headed for collapse, study finds

  2023-11-01 (or before) in newsroom.unsw.edu.au

  Tagged under: Oceans | Collapse


Hurricane Otis smashes into Mexico coast

  2023-10-25 in BBC

A man says windows collapsed in his hotel as people sheltered from the storm's path.

  Tagged under: Mexico | Collapse


The collapse of eastern Bering Sea snow crab | Science

  2023-10-20 in Science | AAAS

A marine heatwave precipitated the collapse of the eastern Bering Sea snow crab population.

  Tagged under: Collapse


South Africa’s penguins heading toward extinction; will no-fishing zones help?

  2023-10-17 in Mongabay

CAPE TOWN — The endangered African penguin (Spheniscus demersus) could be extinct in the wild in just over a decade. To protect the bird’s food supply and slow its population collapse, South Africa is throwing a protective no-fishing cordon around its main breeding colonies. But the devil is in the details, and conservationists say time […]

  Tagged under: Fish | Collapse | Africa


10 Reasons Our Civilization Will Soon Collapse

  2023-10-15 in OK Doomer

A deep dive into the problems world leaders have let spiral out of control.

  Tagged under: Health | Collapse


Testing for thresholds of ecosystem collapse in seagrass meadows

  2023-10-12 (or before) in Society for Conservation Biology Journal

  Tagged under: Collapse


Climate-driven extreme heat may make parts of Earth too hot for humans

  2023-10-10 (or before) in EurekAlert! Science News Releases

  Tagged under: Collapse | Extreme Heat | Climate Change Impacts


Should We Tell People It’s Too Late To Save Civilization?

  2023-10-09 in Collapse Musings

Civilization is definitely going to collapse in the near future, but will telling people only make the problem worse?

  Tagged under: Collapse


Collapse Club

  2023-10-05 (or before) in Collapse Club

  Tagged under: Collapse


Doomsday author’s analysis: We have destroyed our ecosystem – now we await the collapse of civilization | WRAL TechWire

  2023-09-22 in WRAL TechWire - The Triangle's Source for Tech & Startup News

Editor’s note: Marshall Brain – futurist, inventor, NCSU professor, writer and creator of “How Stuff Works” – is a contributor to WRAL TechWire. He’s also author of “The Doomsday Book: The Science Behind Humanity’s Greatest Threats.” Brain has written several posts recently about the threat of climate change. His exclusive columns written for TechWire are published on Fridays. Note to

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Collapse


Is Earth Close to “The Great Dying”?

  2023-09-18 by in Deep Green Resistance News Service

Earth study “Warning of a Forthcoming Collapse of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation” could shut down as early as 2025.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Collapse


Dams Worldwide Are at Risk of Catastrophic Failure

  2023-09-17 (or before) by in Scientific American

Here’s why disasters like Libya’s dam collapses happen and how to prevent them

  Tagged under: Libya | Collapse


Collapse is the word on the street (just not online)

  2023-09-14 in Professor Jem Bendell - Deep Adaptation to societal breakdown

Every 4 months or so, the Deep Adaptation Review is released as a free summary of recent and relevant information on collapse risk, readiness and response. 12,000 people receive it. In my editorial…

  Tagged under: Collapse


The World Has Already Ended

  2023-09-11 in OK Doomer

If you've ever seen the movie Soylent Green, you know it's not about cannibalism. It's about the banality of social collapse. It's not quick. It's a slow burn. Nobody shows any sense of urgency about anything. Everyone still watches talk shows, even if they have to pedal a bike to

  Tagged under: Collapse


Dr Andrew Forrest at Boao Forum for Asia Perth 2023

  2023-09-11 (or before) in fortescue.com

  Tagged under: Climate Change Mitigation | Collapse | Climate Change Impacts | Climate Change


A 1972 Report About Global Collapse Is Proving To Be Surprisingly Accurate

  2023-09-07 (or before) in IFL Science

The Limits To Growth was highly controversial when it was first published over 50 years ago.

  Tagged under: Collapse


The Profound Loneliness of Being Collapse Aware | by Alan Urban | Medium

  2023-09-07 (or before) by in Medium

Knowing that civilization is going to collapse can be a profoundly lonely experience. Let’s find one other and enjoy the time we have left.

  Tagged under: Collapse


Betting against worst-case climate scenarios is risky business

  2023-09-04 by in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

How much change can human systems tolerate before society collapses?

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Collapse


New Housing Plans Could Cause 'Total Ecological Collapse' Of UK Rivers, Warn Campaigners

  2023-08-29 in Huffington Post UK

Levelling up secretary Michael Gove is set to announce plans to make it easier to build houses near rivers, according to reports.

  Tagged under: Rishi Sunak | Housing | Rivers | Collapse


We Are Living in a Slow-Moving Explosion

  2023-08-25 in Collapse Musings

What's happened in the world since humans harnessed the power of fossil fuels looks a lot like an explosion.

  Tagged under: Fossil Fuels | Collapse


Stumbling towards collapse: coming to terms with the climate crisis

  2023-08-25 (or before) in Taylor & Francis Online: Peer-reviewed Journals

Leading sociologists have approached the climate crisis by emphasising a way forward and identifying hopeful directions. What sense is to be made of suggestions that we are instead on the brink of ...

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Capitalism | Collapse


We Are Witnessing the First Stages of Civilization’s Collapse

  2023-08-22 in The Nation

Will our own elites perform any better than the rulers of Chaco Canyon, the Mayan heartland, and Viking Greenland?

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Collapse


Collapse, environment, and society

  2023-08-19 (or before) in PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Science

  Tagged under: Collapse


Insect apocalypse

  2023-08-15 (or before) in Princeton University Press

Insects underpin almost all terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems. But in the last few decades, populations all over the world have collapsed with terrifying speed.

  Tagged under: Insects | Insect Populations | Collapse


The Collapse of Civilization in Southern Mesopotamia - Cliometrica

  2023-08-15 (or before) in Springer Verlag

In the late ninth century, rural settlement, agriculture, and urbanization all collapsed in southern Mesopotamia. We first document this collapse using newly digitized archaeological data. We then present a model of hydraulic society that highlights the collapse of state capacity as a proximate cause of the collapse of the economy and a shortened horizon of the ruler as a potential driver of the timing of the collapse. Using cross sections of tax collection data for 27 districts in southern Mesopotamia in 812, 846, and 918, we verify that the proximate cause of the crisis was the collapse in state capacity, which meant that the ...

  Tagged under: Collapse


What comes after Extinction Rebellion? The future depends on the emergence of a climate majority - ABC Religion & Ethics

  2023-08-14 (or before) in ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Over the last five years, Extinction Rebellion functioned as a “radical flank” to the environmental movement — but its strategy of public disruption alienated the very people who would otherwise be concerned about climate collapse.

  Tagged under: Collapse


A Hot Mess: The Collapse of Civilisation - An Unprecedented Opportunity for Renewal

  2023-08-14 (or before) by in Bylines Supplement

Nafeez Ahmed explores the adaptive cycle of growth, conservation, release and reorganisation

  Tagged under: Collapse


Scientists detect sign that a crucial ocean current is near collapse - The Washington Post

  2023-07-25 in The Washington Post

A new analysis suggests climate change could shut down the circulation of Atlantic Ocean currents by 2050. But outside researchers say more data is needed.

  Tagged under: Oceans | Gulf Stream (AMOC) | Collapse


Warning of a forthcoming collapse of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation - Nature Communications

  2023-07-25 (or before) in Nature

The Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC) is a major tipping element in the climate system. Here, data-driven estimators for the time of tipping predict a potential AMOC collapse mid-century under the current emission scenario.

  Tagged under: Predictions | Collapse | Tipping Points


Gulf Stream could collapse as early as 2025, study suggests

  2023-07-25 in The Guardian

A collapse would bring catastrophic climate impacts but scientists disagree over the new analysis

  Tagged under: Oceans | Collapse


The Eco Collapse We Were Warned About Has Begun

  2023-07-25 by in resilience

In 2023, different climatic anomalies have been recorded that set new historical records in the tragic progression of climate change at the global level.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Collapse


With our food systems on the verge of collapse, it’s the plutocrats v life on Earth | George Monbiot

  2023-07-15 in The Guardian

Climate breakdown and crop losses threaten our survival, but the ultra-rich find ever more creative ways to maintain the status quo, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot

  Tagged under: Collapse


Recent and future declines of a historically widespread pollinator linked to climate, land cover, and pesticides | Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

  2023-07-14 (or before) in PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Science

The acute decline in global biodiversity includes not only the loss of rare species, but also the rapid collapse of common species across many diff...

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Bees | Insects | Collapse


If you’re not terrified, ‘you’re not paying attention’: Politicians, activist urge action amid record-breaking temperatures

  2023-07-06 by in Canada's National Observer

This week, average global temperatures are smashing records left and right, which “should fill everyone with anxiety,” says Green Party deputy leader Jonathan Pedneault. 

  Tagged under: Activism | Collapse | Climate Anxiety and Grief


How the Future Breaks Down. Three Ways the Next Few Decades Unfold… | by umair haque | Eudaimonia and Co

  2023-07-01 (or before) in Eudaimonia and Co

Three Ways the Next Few Decades Unfold, And Why They Matter

  Tagged under: Collapse


Ecological doom-loops: Why ecosystem collapses may occur much sooner than expected

  2023-06-25 (or before) in Phys.org - News and Articles on Science and Technology

Around the world, rainforests are becoming savanna or farmland, savanna is drying out and turning into desert, and icy tundra is thawing. Indeed, scientific studies have now recorded "regime shifts" like these in more than 20 different types of ecosystem where tipping points have been passed. Around the world, more than 20% of ecosystems are in danger of shifting or collapsing into something different.

  Tagged under: Collapse | Tipping Points


Why Ecosystem Collapse May Happen Much Sooner Than Expected. A new research – Against

  2023-06-23 in euro.dayfr.com

By John Dearing, Gregory Cooper, Simon Willcock All over the world, tropical rainforests are turning into savanna or farmland; the savanna dries up and turns into desert; and the freezing tundra thaws. Indeed, scientific studies have now recorded such “regime shifts” in more than 20 different types of ecosystems, where tipping points have been crossed.… Continue reading Why Ecosystem Collapse...

  Tagged under: Farming | Russia | Collapse | Tipping Points


Earlier collapse of Anthropocene ecosystems driven by multiple faster and noisier drivers - Nature Sustainability

  2023-06-22 (or before) in Nature

Current models, based on incremental changes in a single stress, have limited ability to anticipate abrupt ecosystem changes due to climate and human activities. Experiments on four models simulating ecosystems with a range of anthropogenic interactions show how much earlier abrupt change can happen.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Collapse | Sustainability


Why biofuels can not scale up to replace petroleum | Peak Everything, Overshoot, & Collapse

  2023-06-22 (or before) in Peak Everything, Overshoot, & Collapse | Preservation of Knowlege

Preservation of Knowedge, peak oil, ecology -

  Tagged under: Collapse


Ecological tipping points could occur much sooner than expected, study finds

  2023-06-22 in The Guardian

Amazon rainforest and other ecosystems could collapse ‘very soon’, researchers warn

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Oceans | Rivers | Wildlife | Collapse | Trees | Tipping Points


The Age of the Idiot Versus the Age of Extinction | by umair haque | Eudaimonia and Co

  2023-06-20 (or before) in Eudaimonia and Co

Hello, This Is the End of the World Calling, Would You Like To Survive? Press One for “Yes”

  Tagged under: Collapse


Earth Is On The Brink Of Total Chaos, Here's Why

  2023-06-19 by in giantfreakinrobot.com

A new report shows just how close Earth is to reaching total chaos, and unfortunately, it isn't that surprising.

  Tagged under: Collapse


Earth Could Feasibly Descend Into Chaos, Physicists Warn

  2023-06-19 by in ScienceAlert

The impact of human activity on the Earth system could result in unpredictable chaos from which there is no return, physicists have calculated.

  Tagged under: Collapse


Why Doesn’t the 1% Care About Extinction? Because the Road To Collapse Is Paved With Gold | by umair haque | Eudaimonia and Co

  2023-06-18 (or before) in Eudaimonia and Co

When I Say “Age of Extinction,” It Means History Starts Rewinding -a Fast

  Tagged under: Collapse


Polycrisis, Unraveling, Simplification, or Collapse: Coming Soon to a Planet Near You?

  2023-06-15 by in resilience

A new report seeks to build a coherent narrative about the roots of the 'polycrisis,' the signs of its arrival and evolution, and why we should be thinking differently about the future.

  Tagged under: Collapse


How Warming Ruined a Crab Fishery and Hurt an Alaskan Town

  2023-06-11 (or before) in Yale E360

As the world warms, extended spikes in ocean temperatures are triggering the collapse of key marine populations. For the Aleut community of St. Paul, Alaska, the loss of the snow crab fishery is having a profound economic impact and raising questions about the future.

  Tagged under: Oceans | Climate Change | Fish | Collapse | Alaska


The Saga of America and Britain’s Eerily Similar Self-Inflicted Collapse | by umair haque | Eudaimonia and Co

  2023-06-11 (or before) in Eudaimonia and Co

Why Are Two of the World’s Richest and Most Powerful Countries in Such Deep Trouble?

  Tagged under: Collapse


“Current Climate Path Will Lead to Collapse of Life on Earth”

  2023-06-05 in Kevin Hester

Narrative Control at the Edge of Extinction.As we circle the drain of collapse and extinction, the corporate media pretend to cover the poly-crises we face but report on the great unravelling as if…

  Tagged under: Collapse


The collapse of insects

  2023-05-28 (or before) in Reuters

The most diverse group of organisms on the planet are in trouble and the consequences could be dire.

  Tagged under: Insects | Collapse


Breaking Together - a freedom-loving response to collapse by Jem Bendell - Brave New Europe

  2023-05-11 by in Brave New Europe

Book Review by Andrew Medhurst “This book provides…the basis for freeing ourselves from old compromises, and exploring what we might do with the rest of our lives.” Jem Bendell It’s no exaggeration to claim that [...]

  Tagged under: Collapse


Planet: Critical | Rachel Donald | Substack

  2023-05-01 (or before) by in Planet Critical

Investigating why the world is in crisis—and what to do about it. Click to read Planet: Critical, by Rachel Donald, a Substack publication with thousands of subscribers.

  Tagged under: Collapse


"We Are Going To Run Out Of Food" - 7 Reasons There's Going To Be A Global Famine

  2023-04-25 in Collapse Musings

It is now a certainty that there is going to be a global famine in the near future. Here's why.

  Tagged under: Famine | Insects | Collapse


New Research Sparks Concerns That Ocean Circulation Will Collapse

  2023-04-23 (or before) in Yale E360

Scientists have long feared that warming could cause a breakdown of ocean circulation in the North Atlantic. But new research finds the real risk lies in Antarctica’s waters, where melting could disrupt currents in the next few decades, with profound impacts on global climate.

  Tagged under: Oceans | Climate Change | Antarctic | Collapse | Climate Change Impacts


Figure 2. Trends in Atmospheric CO 2 vs Global Temperature Change

  2023-04-20 (or before) in ResearchGate

Download scientific diagram | Trends in Atmospheric CO 2 vs Global Temperature Change from publication: Only Radical is Realistic Now International Carbon Rationing in a Climate Emergency | Climate disruption and biodiversity collapse are but two symptoms of the environmental crisis caused by ever-growing resource consumption. Multiple overshoots of Earth's planetary boundaries have pushed our natural systems close to or even beyond critical tipping points.... | Emergency, Climate and Carbon | ResearchGate, the professional network for scientists.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Collapse | Tipping Points


Colorado River snaking through Grand Canyon most endangered US waterway – report

  2023-04-18 in The Guardian

Unique ecosystem on the brink of collapse due to climate crisis and mismanagement, says conservation group American Rivers

  Tagged under: Rivers | Colorado River | California | Collapse


I was wrong to conclude collapse is inevitable…

  2023-04-17 in Professor Jem Bendell - Deep Adaptation to societal breakdown

I was wrong to conclude collapse is inevitable… because when I was concluding that, it had already begun. That is the conclusion from 2 years of interdisciplinary analysis. An audio version o…

  Tagged under: Collapse


REDcycle scandal: Operators of the REDcycle program charged over soft plastics storage investigation

  2023-04-16 (or before) by in Australian Breaking News Headlines & World News Online | SMH.com.au

The environmental watchdog investigating the collapse of Australia’s largest plastic bag recycling program has charged the operators of the REDcycle program for failing to provide information.

  Tagged under: Collapse


"The Seneca Effect" Published

  2023-04-09 (or before) by in Cassandra's Legacy

A blog about collapse as caused by depletion of mineral resources and climate change

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Minerals | Climate Change | Collapse


BREAKING TOGETHER – a freedom-loving response to collapse

  2023-04-08 in Professor Jem Bendell - Deep Adaptation to societal breakdown

I hope you are having, or had, a good Easter weekend. I’m here to tell you that my magnum opus is available for pre-order! “Breaking Together – a freedom-loving response to collapse” is out a…

  Tagged under: Collapse


Ice sheets can collapse at 600 metres a day, far faster than feared, study finds

  2023-04-05 in The Guardian

Sediments from the last ice age provide a ‘warning from the past’ for Antarctica and sea level rise today, say scientists

  Tagged under: Oceans | Antarctic | Sea Level | Collapse


Monster storm system leaves at least 26 dead through US south and midwest

  2023-04-02 in The Guardian

Tornadoes leave devastation across Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa and Oklahoma, including theatre roof that collapsed during concert

  Tagged under: Collapse


Deep ocean currents around Antarctica headed for collapse, study finds

  2023-03-30 (or before) in Phys.org - News and Articles on Science and Technology

The deep ocean circulation that forms around Antarctica could be headed for collapse, say scientists.

  Tagged under: Oceans | Antarctic | Collapse


Antarctic ocean currents heading for collapse - report - BBC News

  2023-03-30 (or before) in The BBC

Melting ice could trigger a disastrous chain reaction, a new Australian study warns

  Tagged under: Oceans | Antarctic | Ice Melting | Collapse


Torrents of Antarctic meltwater are slowing the currents that drive our vital ocean 'overturning' – and threaten its collapse

  2023-03-29 by in The Conversation

In a plot reminiscent of the 2004 movie The Day After Tomorrow?, Australian scientists are warning that the Southern Ocean’s deep “overturning” circulation is slowing and headed for collapse.

  Tagged under: Oceans | Antarctic | Collapse


America’s Fossil Fuel Economy is Heading for Collapse – It Signals the End of the Oil Age

  2023-03-24 in Age of Transformation

US oil production is about to peak, but the world is unprepared for the tremendous economic and political consequences. The only path through is energy and economic transformation.

  Tagged under: Economics | Fossil Fuels | Collapse


Credit Suisse Collapse Throws Climate Debt Market Into Turmoil - Bloomberg

  2023-03-21 (or before) in Bloomberg

The failure of the Swiss bank leaves a hole in the debt-for-nature market that analysts said could one day exceed $800 billion.

  Tagged under: Caribbean | Collapse | Finance


Co-extinctions annihilate planetary life during extreme environmental change - Scientific Reports

  2023-03-13 (or before) in Nature

Climate change and human activity are dooming species at an unprecedented rate via a plethora of direct and indirect, often synergic, mechanisms. Among these, primary extinctions driven by environmental change could be just the tip of an enormous extinction iceberg. As our understanding of the importance of ecological interactions in shaping ecosystem identity advances, it is becoming clearer how the disappearance of consumers following the depletion of their resources — a process known as ‘co-extinction’ — is more likely the major driver of biodiversity loss. Although the general relevance of co-extincti...

  Tagged under: Extreme Weather | Climate Change | Collapse


Scientists Acquitted: Examining the Role of Consent in Climate Activism 

  2023-03-03 in Social Metwork - Dept of Meteorology, University of Reading

James Fallon – j.fallon@pgr.reading.ac.uk  Ecosystem collapse and climate change threaten all of our futures. What power do scientists have to avoid this looming catastrophe?  Last …

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Activism | Collapse


Beyond fed up: six hard trends that lead to food system breakdown

  2023-03-01 by in Insight, the University of Cumbria's institutional repository

This paper is a preprint of a chapter in the forthcoming book Breaking Together (Bendell, 2023). It analyses six hard trends that are already happening, and lead to food system breakdown. First, the biophysical limits of food production are being reached. Second, current food production systems are actively destroying the very resource base upon which they rely. Third, the majority of food production and all its storage and distribution is critically dependent upon fossil fuels, not only making the food supply vulnerable to price and supply instability, but also presenting an impossible choice between food security and reducing ...

  Tagged under: Climate Change Impacts | Food Production and Consumption | Agriculture | Collapse


Ecosystem collapse ‘inevitable’ unless wildlife losses reversed

  2023-02-24 in The Guardian

Scientists studying the Permian-Triassic mass extinction find ecosystems can suddenly tip over

  Tagged under: Wildlife | Collapse


Are we on the road to civilisation collapse?

  2023-02-17 (or before) in BBC

Studying the demise of historic civilisations can tell us about the risk we face today, says collapse expert Luke Kemp. Worryingly, the signs are worsening.

  Tagged under: Collapse


Snowy Hydro: drilling confirmed halted on part of multibillion-dollar project after tunnel collapse

  2023-02-11 in The Guardian

Labor says the latest setback in the pumped hydro scheme, which had already been delayed to 2027, was inherited from the previous government

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Collapse


Overshoot: Why It's Already Too Late To Save Civilization

  2023-02-09 by in collapsesurvivalsite.com

Overshoot is the reason civilization is going to collapse. Climate change, biodiversity loss, and resource depletion are merely symptoms.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Collapse


Pursuing economic growth will kill us all in the end | Letter

  2023-02-02 in The Guardian

Letters: I risked prison to stand up against an system that will lead to ecological and societal collapse – we must look for alternative economic models, writes Zoe Cohen

  Tagged under: Activism | GDP | Economics | Economic Growth | Collapse


UK could face ‘banking crisis worse than 2008’ if City fails to prepare for fossil fuel collapse

  2023-01-12 in The Guardian

Report from climate activist groups says City is unprepared for potential collapse in value of fossil fuel assets

  Tagged under: Fossil Fuels | Collapse | Activism


‘Last nail in the coffin’: Utah’s Great Salt Lake on verge of collapse

  2023-01-10 in The Guardian

It’s lost 73% of its water and is unable to sustain some wildlife – and could soon negatively affect human health

  Tagged under: Wildlife | Health | Collapse


10C warming locked-in

  2022-12-16 in Just Collapse

New research from eminent climate scientist Prof James Hansen and colleagues suggests a planet killing event. This is based on current CO2 levels in the atmosphere, not on future emissions. ‘Eventual global warming due to today's GHG forcing alone – after slow feedbacks operate – is about 10°C.’ Collapse is inevitable. Justice isn’t. Plan now…

  Tagged under: Collapse | Climate Justice


The Beginning of the End of the World | by umair haque | Eudaimonia and Co

  2022-12-11 (or before) in Eudaimonia and Co

Why We Have to Take the Idea of Civilizational Collapse Seriously, and What it Really Looks Like

  Tagged under: Collapse


The US is a rogue state leading the world towards ecological collapse | George Monbiot

  2022-12-09 in The Guardian

It’s not just indifference. It’s an active, and deadly, cavalier attitude towards the lives of others: an example other nations follow, says the Guardian columnist George Monbiot

  Tagged under: Collapse


The collapse of insects

  2022-12-07 (or before) in Reuters

The most diverse group of organisms on the planet are in trouble and the consequences could be dire.

  Tagged under: Insects | Collapse


Scientific model supported by UK Government Taskforce flags risk of civilisation’s collapse by 2040 | by Nafeez Ahmed | INSURGE intelligence | Medium

  2022-11-20 (or before) in Medium

by Nafeez Ahmed

  Tagged under: Collapse


If we keep abusing nature it will collapse, taking us with it. We need a new mindset | Christina Figueres

  2022-11-02 in The Guardian

Humanity is faced with two doors. Door one leads to untold misery. We have no choice but to take door two, says UN diplomat Christiana Figueres

  Tagged under: COP27 | Collapse


Professors call for more research into climate-change related threats to civilization

  2022-10-08 (or before) in Phys.org - News and Articles on Science and Technology

An opinion piece published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences urgently calls for more research into the specific pathways by which civilization could potentially collapse due to climate change.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Collapse


Climate change and the threat to civilization | Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

  2022-10-6 in PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Science

Climate change and the threat to civilization

  Tagged under: Collapse


Arctic System Collapse? Devastating new research.

  2022-09-19 (or before) in YouTube

The arctic region is a key driver of global climate patterns. In the summer of 2022, three peer reviewed research papers were published, all of which showed ...

  Tagged under: Arctic | Climate Change | Ice Melting | Sea Level | Collapse


Climate Tipping Points May Be Triggered Even If Warming Peaks at 1.5C

  2022-09-09 (or before) in Bloomberg

Ice-sheet collapse, abrupt permafrost thaw and the loss of coral reefs are possible even if the world meets Paris Agreement targets, scientists warn. 

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Coral Reefs | Collapse | Tipping Points


The super-rich ‘preppers’ planning to save themselves from the apocalypse

  2022-09-04 in The Guardian

Tech billionaires are buying up luxurious bunkers to survive a societal collapse they helped create, but like everything they do, it has unintended consequences

  Tagged under: Prepping | Health | Collapse


Environmental collapse is not in the future: Culture must respond

  2022-08-20 in Climate Museum UK - Experimental museum for the Earth crisis

I’m more than ever committed to work towards a groundswell of action towards a Culture that is restorative of the planet’s systems and that is justice-driven and rugged in the face of collapse. The…

  Tagged under: Collapse | Climate Justice


State of the environment: shocking report shows how Australia’s land and wildlife are being destroyed

  2022-07-18 in The Guardian

List of threatened species grows as ecosystems show signs of collapse due to climate crisis and habitat loss

  Tagged under: Coal | Wildlife | Great Barrier Reef | Collapse


Chronicling Ecosystem Collapse from the Tropics to the Antarctic

  2022-07-05 in Kevin Hester

“We assessed evidence of collapse in 19 ecosystems (both terrestrial and marine) along a 58° latitudinal gradient for which major signals of change have been reported.” Combating ecosys…

  Tagged under: Antarctic | Collapse


UN Warns of ‘Total Societal Collapse’ Due to Breaching of Planetary Boundaries – Byline Times

  2022-05-26 by in Byline Times

A landmark report by the United Nations concludes that ‘global collapse’ is becoming more likely. But was it watered-down before being published?

  Tagged under: Collapse


The banks collapsed in 2008 – and our food system is about to do the same | George Monbiot

  2022-05-19 in The Guardian

Massive food producers hold too much power – and the regulators scarcely understand what is happening. Sound familiar, asks Guardian columnist George Monbiot

  Tagged under: Collapse


Collapse is Coming. An Unsustainable Society Will Not Last.

  2022-05-16 by in Deep Green Resistance News Service

Predictions of societal collapse have been made for decades. The general trends are undeniable. Collapse is coming. In fact, it's here.

  Tagged under: Predictions | Collapse


Deforestation and world population sustainability: a quantitative analysis - Scientific Reports

  2022-05-15 (or before) in Nature

In this paper we afford a quantitative analysis of the sustainability of current world population growth in relation to the parallel deforestation process adopting a statistical point of view. We consider a simplified model based on a stochastic growth process driven by a continuous time random walk, which depicts the technological evolution of human kind, in conjunction with a deterministic generalised logistic model for humans-forest interaction and we evaluate the probability of avoiding the self-destruction of our civilisation. Based on the current resource consumption rates and best estimate of technological rate growth our...

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Collapse | Trees | Sustainability


[PDF] Re-framing the threat of global warming: an empirical causal loop diagram of climate change, food insecurity and societal collapse | Semantic Scholar

  2022-05-15 (or before) in Semantic Scholar | AI-Powered Research Tool

There is increasing concern that climate change poses an existential risk to humanity. Understanding these worst-case scenarios is essential for good risk management. However, our knowledge of the causal pathways through which climate change could cause societal collapse is underdeveloped. This paper aims to identify and structure an empirical evidence base of the climate change, food insecurity and societal collapse pathway. We first review the societal collapse and existential risk literature and define a set of determinants of societal collapse. We develop an original methodology, using these determinants as societal collapse...

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Collapse


Environment tipping points fast approaching in UK, says watchdog

  2022-05-12 in The Guardian

From fisheries collapse to dead rivers, official body urges government to urgently turn ambition into action

  Tagged under: Fish | Rivers | Wildlife | Collapse | Tipping Points


‘The Limits to Growth’ (1972) – A Book in Five Minutes, No.1

  2022-05-08 (or before) in YouTube

Ramblinactivist 2021/14, 1st September 2021The idea of these of blog posts is to introduce people to some ‘historic’ books and reports, which I think should ...

  Tagged under: Collapse


We cling to our memory of the perfect summer – before flood, fire and plague. But the past is gone and we have to wake up | Brigid Delaney

  2022-03-03 in The Guardian

Signs of collapse are everywhere, and if we think it’s possible to return to ‘normal’, then we are deluded

  Tagged under: Bushfires | Extreme Weather | IPCC | Climate Change | Flooding | Collapse


Carbon offsetting is not warding off environmental collapse – it’s accelerating it | George Monbiot

  2022-01-26 in The Guardian

Wealthy companies are using the facade of ‘nature-based solutions’ to enact a great carbon land grab, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot

  Tagged under: Shell | Greenhouse Gases | Wildlife | Collapse


Met Office forecasts a Britain of militia war, bartering and child labour

  2022-01-20 (or before) by in The Times & The Sunday Times

It is 2070 and Britain as we once knew it has vanished. The government has collapsed, the police and justice system no longer exists. Militias control feudal mi

  Tagged under: Collapse


2021 Was the Beginning of the Age of Collapse | by umair haque | Eudaimonia and Co

  2022-01-02 (or before) in Eudaimonia and Co

The Year Everything Began to Fall Apart

  Tagged under: Collapse


View of Psychological insights on discussing societal disruption and collapse

  2022-01-02 (or before) in Auckland University of Technology Ezproxy

  Tagged under: Collapse


'The Fuse Has Been Blown,' and the Doomsday Glacier Is Coming for Us All

  2021-12-29 by in Rolling Stone - Music, Film, TV and Political News Coverage

New data suggests a massive collapse of the ice shelf in as little as five years. “We are dealing with an event that no human has ever witnessed,” says one scientist. “We have no analog…

  Tagged under: Antarctic | Collapse


Why the collapse of Biden’s Build Back Better would be a major blow to the climate fight

  2021-12-22 in The Guardian

It would be almost impossible for the US to comply with its greenhouse gas reduction pledges without the $1.75tn package that Manchin refuses to support

  Tagged under: US Politics | Joe Biden | Greenhouse Gases | Collapse


Farmers fined after 'catastrophic failure' of slurry store polluted river

  2021-12-19 (or before) in FarmingUK

Two farmers have pleaded guilty to polluting a river following the collapse of a slurry store releasing approximately 75,000 gallons of slurry into the water.

  Tagged under: Farming | Rivers | Collapse


Eyewitnesses to disaster: Commercial fishermen implore action on the collapse of Alaska ecosystems

  2021-10-30 (or before) in The Seattle Times

The North Pacific ecosystem is asking us to re-calibrate. Fish and crab stocks are crashing. As professional commercial fishermen, we need regulatory rules nimble enough to deal with new, rapidly-changing realities.

  Tagged under: Pacific Ocean | Fish | Collapse | Alaska | Washington State


Collapse, environment, and society

  2021-09-28 (or before) in PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Science

Historical collapse of ancient states poses intriguing social-ecological questions, as well as potential applications to global change and contemporary strategies for sustainability. Five Old World case studies are developed to identify interactive inputs, triggers, and feedbacks in devolution. Collapse is multicausal and rarely abrupt. Political simplification undermines traditional structures of authority to favor militarization, whereas disintegration is preconditioned or triggered by acute stress (insecurity, environmental or economic crises, famine), with breakdown accompanied or followed by demographic decline. Undue atten...

  Tagged under: Famine | Collapse | Sustainability


Campaign - Talk Collapse

  2021-09-18 in Just Collapse

The #TalkCollapse Campaign was launched by Just Collapse in late 2021. It builds on the work of pioneers who have been warning about collapse for decades and have been vilified and marginalised for speaking up. Momentum is now building. In recognition of our predicament, the #TalkCollapse campaign asks those who understand the inevitability of collapse,…

  Tagged under: Collapse


‘The Limits to Growth’ (1972) – A Book in Five Minutes, No.1

  2021-09-03 (or before) in YouTube

Ramblinactivist 2021/14, 1st September 2021The idea of these of blog posts is to introduce people to some ‘historic’ books and reports, which I think should ...

  Tagged under: Collapse


Without help for oil-producing countries, net zero by 2050 is a distant dream | Ali Allawi and Fatih Birol

  2021-09-01 in The Guardian

To meet climate targets and avoid economic collapse, countries such as Iraq need international support in the transition to clean energy, say Iraq’s deputy PM Ali Allawi and IEA executive director Fatih Birol

  Tagged under: Greenhouse Gases | Africa | Fossil Fuels | Net Zero | Middle East | Collapse


Up to half of world’s wild tree species could be at risk of extinction

  2021-08-31 in The Guardian

Global study calls for urgent action to prevent ecosystem collapse, with farming the biggest cause of die-off

  Tagged under: Farming | Collapse | Trees


Economists' erroneous estimates of damages from climate change

  2021-08-22 (or before) in arXiv.org e-Print archive

Economists have predicted that damages from global warming will be as low as 2.1% of global economic production for a 3$^\circ$C rise in global average surface temperature, and 7.9% for a 6$^\circ$C rise. Such relatively trivial estimates of economic damages -- when these economists otherwise assume that human economic productivity will be an order of magnitude higher than today -- contrast strongly with predictions made by scientists of significantly reduced human habitability from climate change. Nonetheless, the coupled economic and climate models used to make such predictions have been influential in the international climat...

  Tagged under: Tipping Points | Predictions | Climate Change | Collapse


Climate crisis: Scientists spot warning signs of Gulf Stream collapse

  2021-08-05 in The Guardian

A shutdown would have devastating global impacts and must not be allowed to happen, researchers say

  Tagged under: Oceans | Collapse


An Analysis of the Potential for the Formation of ‘Nodes of Persisting Complexity’

  2021-07-29 (or before) in MDPI - Publisher of Open Access Journals

Human civilisation has undergone a continuous trajectory of rising sociopolitical complexity since its inception; a trend which has undergone a dramatic recent acceleration. This phenomenon has resulted in increasingly severe perturbation of the Earth System, manifesting recently as global-scale effects such as climate change. These effects create an increased risk of a global ‘de-complexification’ (collapse) event in which complexity could undergo widespread reversal. ‘Nodes of persisting complexity’ are geographical locations which may experience lesser effects from ‘de-complexification’ due...

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Collapse


New Zealand rated best place to survive global societal collapse

  2021-07-28 in The Guardian

Study citing ‘perilous state’ of industrial civilisation ranks temperate islands top for resilience

  Tagged under: Climate Change Adaption | New Zealand | Climate Change | Collapse | Economics


MIT Predicted in 1972 That Society Will Collapse This Century. New Research Shows We’re on Schedule.

  2021-07-19 (or before) in VICE

A 1972 MIT study predicted that rapid economic growth would lead to societal collapse in the mid 21st century. A new paper shows we’re unfortunately right on schedule.

  Tagged under: Predictions | Economic Growth | Collapse


Amazon rainforest ‘will collapse if Bolsonaro remains president’

  2021-07-14 in The Guardian

Brazilian academics and activists issue warning amid fresh assault on environmental protections

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Bolsonaro | Amazon Rainforest | Activism | Rainforests | Brazil | Collapse


B.C. town destroyed, Canada Day reflections, Alberta reopens | The National for July 1, 2021

  2021-07-03 (or before) in YouTube

Officials say the town of Lytton, B.C., was essentially destroyed by a wildfire overnight Wednesday as blistering heat sparks more fires throughout the provi...

  Tagged under: Joe Biden | Wildfires | Climate Change | Collapse


Miami condo collapse prompts questions over role of climate change

  2021-06-29 in The Guardian

Experts suggest vulnerability of south Florida to rising seas could lead to destabilization of further buildings

  Tagged under: Florida | Climate Change | Collapse


The collapse of Northern California kelp forests will be hard to reverse

  2021-03-11 (or before) in Phys.org - News and Articles on Science and Technology

Satellite imagery shows that the area covered by kelp forests off the coast of Northern California has dropped by more than 95 percent, with just a few small, isolated patches of bull kelp remaining. Species-rich kelp forests have been replaced by "urchin barrens," where purple sea urchins cover a seafloor devoid of kelp and other algae.

  Tagged under: California | Collapse | Trees


Combating ecosystem collapse from the tropics to the Antarctic

  2021-03-05 (or before) in Wiley Online Library

  Tagged under: Antarctic | Collapse


Re-framing the threat of global warming: an empirical causal loop diagram of climate change, food insecurity and societal collapse - Climatic Change

  2021-02-25 (or before) in Springer Verlag

There is increasing concern that climate change poses an existential risk to humanity. Understanding these worst-case scenarios is essential for good risk management. However, our knowledge of the causal pathways through which climate change could cause societal collapse is underdeveloped. This paper aims to identify and structure an empirical evidence base of the climate change, food insecurity and societal collapse pathway. We first review the societal collapse and existential risk literature and define a set of determinants of societal collapse. We develop an original methodology, using these determinants as societal collapse...

  Tagged under: Conflict | Climate Change | Collapse


World risks ‘collapse of everything’ without strong climate action, Attenborough warns Security Council

  2021-02-23 in UN News | Global perspective Human stories

More collective action is needed to address the risks climate change poses to global peace and security, the UN Secretary-General told a high-level Security Council debate on Tuesday, as renowned natural historian David Attenborough warned countries that the planet faces total ‘collapse’. 

  Tagged under: Climate Change | David Attenborough | Collapse


Severe climate-driven loss of native molluscs reported off Israel’s coast

  2021-01-06 in The Guardian

Mediterranean study finds subtidal populations of cockles, whelks and other species have collapsed by 90%

  Tagged under: Israel | Collapse


As high Arctic ecosystems collapse, scientists call for increased protection | Nunatsiaq News

  2020-12-01 by in Nunatsiaq News | Newspaper of record for Nunavut, and the Nunavik territory of Quebec.

When Warwick Vincent, a Laval University biology professor and a Canada research chair in aquatic ecosystem studies, first visited northern Ellesmere

  Tagged under: Arctic | Collapse


If guys with guns are talking about collapse, why can’t we?

  2020-11-11 in Professor Jem Bendell - Deep Adaptation to societal breakdown

Thanks to Hollywood, we have all seen stories of near apocalyptic futures, where people descend into violence and depravity. We have also seen sensationalist, even racist, TV news reporting on loot…

  Tagged under: Collapse


Fifth of countries at risk of ecosystem collapse, analysis finds

  2020-10-12 in The Guardian

Trillions of dollars of GDP depend on biodiversity, according to Swiss Re report

  Tagged under: GDP | Insurance | Wildlife | Economic Growth | Collapse


Sucking Up to Business Leads Directly to Ecological Collapse | The Sustainability X® Magazine

  2020-10-10 (or before) in Medium

Playtime is over — either we’re fighting for the climate in a meaningful way or we’re not.

  Tagged under: Collapse | Sustainability


Unless we change course, the US agricultural system could collapse | Tom Philpott

  2020-08-26 in The Guardian

Our food supply comes from an environmentally unsustainable system that is going to unravel

  Tagged under: Farming | Climate Change | Collapse


How Individualist Economics Are Causing Planetary Eco-Collapse

  2020-08-19 (or before) by Richard Smith in Truthout - Fearless Independent Journalism

While capitalism has brought unprecedented development, this same motor of development is now driving towards ecological collapse, threatening to doom us all.

  Tagged under: Economics | Capitalism | Collapse


Canadian ice shelf area bigger than Manhattan collapses due to rising temperatures

  2020-08-07 in The Guardian

Last fully intact ice shelf in the Canadian Arctic lost more than 40% of its areas in two days at the end of July

  Tagged under: Arctic | Collapse


Canada's Last Fully Intact Arctic Ice Shelf Collapses

  2020-08-07 in HuffPost - Breaking News, U.S. and World News | HuffPost

The Arctic has been warming at twice the global rate for the past 30 years.

  Tagged under: Arctic | Climate Change | Collapse


Physicists: 90% Chance of Human Society Collapsing Within Decades - EcoWatch

  2020-08-03 in EcoWatch - For a Healthier Planet and Life

Deforestation coupled with the rampant destruction of natural resources will soon have devastating effects on the future of society as we know it, according to two theoretical physicists who study complex systems and have concluded that greed has put us on a path to irreversible collapse within the next two to four decades.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Collapse


Our power comes from acting without escape from our pain

  2020-07-30 in resilience

People involved in discussing their own Deep Adaptation to anticipated societal collapse are not defeatist. They are creatively exploring how to prepare

  Tagged under: Collapse


The faulty science, doomism, and flawed conclusions of 'Deep Adaptation'

  2020-07-21 (or before) in openDemocracy

The claim that runaway climate change has made societal collapse inevitable is not only wrong – it undermines the cause of the climate movement.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Collapse


Oroville Dam Spillway Overflow February 2017

  2020-05-22 (or before) in Climate Signals

A series of weather systems has delivered record-breaking heavy precipitation to California since early January 2017. On top of heavy precipitation, warm weather systems dropped rainfall in mountain regions where snow pack was forced to melt back to higher elevations and the resulting melt water joined the mountain run-off from the passing storms. Climate change contributes to both heavy precipitation as well as warmer temperatures that prematurely melt snow pack. The combination of heavy precipitation and snow-pack melt has driven the state from drought to flood. Natural climate variability in California is extremely ...

  Tagged under: Extreme Weather | Extreme Rainfall | Drought | Climate Change | California | Collapse


Conservation in crisis: ecotourism collapse threatens communities and wildlife

  2020-05-05 in The Guardian

From Kenya to the Seychelles, coronavirus has dealt a devastating blow to efforts to protect endangered wildlife

  Tagged under: Wildlife | Collapse


Unchecked Global Warming Could Collapse Whole Ecosystems, Maybe Within 10 Years - Inside Climate News

  2020-04-08 in Inside Climate News

Global warming is about to tear big holes into Earth’s delicate web of life, pushing temperatures beyond the tolerance of thousands of animals at the same time. As some key species go extinct, entire ecosystems like coral reefs and forests will crumble, and some will collapse abruptly, starting as soon as this decade, a new […]

  Tagged under: Coral Reefs | Collapse | Trees


Antarctica : What happens if the 'Doomsday' Glacier collapses?

  2020-03-19 (or before) in YouTube

Antarctica is home to some of the world's largest ice sheets and glaciers. They existed in a stable equilibrium of ebb and flow for millions of years until g...

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Antarctic | Collapse | El Niño


Regime shifts occur disproportionately faster in larger ecosystems - Nature Communications

  2020-03-10 (or before) in Nature

Little is known about how the speed of ecosystem collapse depends on ecosystem size. Here, Cooper, Willcock et al. analyse empirical data and models finding that although regime shift duration increases with ecosystem size, this relationship saturates and even large ecosystems can collapse in a few decades.

  Tagged under: Collapse


The Collapse of Civilization May Have Already Begun

  2019-11-23 (or before) in VICE

Scientists disagree on the timeline of collapse and whether it's imminent. But can we afford to be wrong? And what comes after?

  Tagged under: Collapse


Our Burning Planet: Op-Ed: End-of-life anxiety and finding meaning in a collapsing climate

  2019-11-19 by in Daily Maverick - South African news, opinion and investigations

Staring the reality of climate collapse square in the eye means confronting the shattering truth that many of us might not die of old age or natural causes – and will witness untold suffering we feel powerless to stop. Everyday psychotherapy may not be enough to contain the emotional crushing that comes with accepting that we – as individuals and as a species – are in a hospice situation. End-of-life healthcare may gain a new role.

  Tagged under: Health | Collapse | Climate Anxiety and Grief


Revisiting the climate collapse: The view from Nuuk in the year 2070

  2019-10-31 by in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

How poorly-mitigated fossil fuel use over the next 50 years would cause massive disruption of human societies.

  Tagged under: Collapse


The US city preparing itself for the collapse of capitalism

  2019-10-31 in The Guardian

From a festival that helps artists trade work for healthcare to a regional micro-currency, Kingston is trying to build an inclusive and self-sufficient local ecosystem

  Tagged under: Capitalism | Health | Collapse


Fishery collapse ‘confirms Silent Spring pesticide prophecy'

  2019-10-31 in The Guardian

Common pesticides found to starve fish ‘astoundingly fast’ by killing aquatic insects

  Tagged under: Farming | Insect Populations | Fish | Pesticides | Wildlife | Insects | Collapse


Firms ignoring climate crisis will go bankrupt, says Mark Carney

  2019-10-13 in The Guardian

Bank of England governor warns of financial collapse linked to climate emergency

  Tagged under: Greenhouse Gases | Coal | Economics | Fossil Fuels | Collapse


Climate change is about how we treat each other

  2019-09-30 by in The Correspondent

Our weather has changed so rapidly that we now stand on the brink of collapse. But simply speaking about the impending apocalypse will do nothing to change it. We need to reimagine human relationships.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Collapse


Sustainability expert Michael Mobbs: I’m leaving the city to prep for the apocalypse

  2019-09-28 in The Guardian

The man who wrote the book on living off-grid in the city plans to retreat to a rural bolthole, saying eco-friendly progress has not kept pace with the speed of climate collapse

  Tagged under: Extreme Weather | Drought | Collapse | Electricity Grid | Sustainability


Mont Blanc glacier in danger of collapse, experts warn

  2019-09-25 in The Guardian

Italian mayor orders roads closed and homes evacuated over fears ice will break away

  Tagged under: Collapse


UK needs sustainability act to avert economic collapse, says IPPR

  2019-08-01 in The Guardian

Thinktank says country must focus on building abundance to avoid 2008-style financial crisis

  Tagged under: Greenhouse Gases | Fish | Wildlife | Collapse | Sustainability


UK energy-saving efforts collapse after government subsidy cuts

  2019-07-18 in The Guardian

Only 10,000 upgrades such as loft insulation happen each month compared with 65,000 in 2014, report shows

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Insulation | Collapse


Manmade Antarctic snowstorm 'could save coastal cities from rising seas'

  2019-07-17 in The Guardian

Blowing trillions of tonnes of snow on to ice sheet could halt its collapse, researchers say

  Tagged under: Oceans | Antarctic | Geoengineering | Sea Level | Collapse


In Just One Decade, Corporations Destroyed 50 Million Hectares of Forest—An Area the Size of Spain

  2019-06-11 (or before) in Common Dreams

"These companies are destroying our children's future by driving us towards climate and ecological collapse."

  Tagged under: Collapse | Women and Children | Trees


Robots, war, climate: is apocalyptic rhetoric dangerous for Democratic candidates?

  2019-05-02 in The Guardian

Critics say that warnings of impacts of automation, nuclear catastrophe and environmental collapse outlined by several candidates are not politically helpful, and even dangerous

  Tagged under: Nuclear Power | Collapse


Eco-fascism is undergoing a revival in the fetid culture of the extreme right | Jason Wilson

  2019-03-19 in The Guardian

Some see looming ecological collapse as an opportunity to re-order society along their preferred, frankly genocidal, lines

  Tagged under: Collapse


Europe’s forests threatened by biodiversity collapse, warn campaigners

  2019-03-04 in The Guardian

Logging in Poland’s Vistula lagoon described by experts as part of a ‘war on nature’ across the continent’s ancient forests

  Tagged under: Collapse | Trees


Buy organic food to help curb global insect collapse, say scientists

  2019-02-13 in The Guardian

Urging political action on pesticide use is another way to help stem ‘collapse of nature’

  Tagged under: Farming | Wildlife | Insects | Collapse


Climate and economic risks 'threaten 2008-style systemic collapse'

  2019-02-12 in The Guardian

Environmental and social problems could interact in global breakdown, report says

  Tagged under: Economics | Collapse


Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature'

  2019-02-10 in The Guardian

Exclusive: Insects could vanish within a century at current rate of decline, says global review

  Tagged under: Wildlife | Insects | Collapse


Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature'

  2019-02-10 in The Guardian

Exclusive: Insects could vanish within a century at current rate of decline, says global review

  Tagged under: Wildlife | Insects | Collapse


Insect collapse: ‘We are destroying our life support systems’ | Insects | The Guardian

  2019-01-15 (or before) in The Guardian

Scientist Brad Lister returned to Puerto Rican rainforest after 35 years to find 98% of ground insects had vanished

  Tagged under: Rainforests | Insects | Collapse


What Really Happens After Societal Collapse: Dog Eat Dog, or Lions and Lambs Lying Together?

  2017-06-21 by in Slate Magazine

Pop culture tells us that societal collapse will lead to every man fighting for himself, but some research suggests that it’s human nature to work together.

  Tagged under: Collapse


Pioneering Review of 632 Ocean Studies Says Marine Food Chain Will Collapse

  2015-10-15 by in ScienceAlert

A world-first review of hundreds of studies on ecological change in the world’s oceans suggests a global alteration of the marine ecosystem due to increasing CO2 emissions will result in the collapse of the food chain as we know it.

  Tagged under: Oceans | Collapse


Scientists vindicate 1972 'Limits to Growth' – urge investment in 'circular economy' | Nafeez Ahmed

  2014-06-04 in The Guardian

Nafeez Ahmed: Early warning of civilisational collapse by early to mid 21st century startlingly prescient - but opportunity for transition open

  Tagged under: Economic Growth | Collapse


Collapse of the Grand Banks Cod Fishery | British Sea Fishing

  2012-07-18 in Welcome to British Sea Fishing

In the 1950s the Grand Banks fisheries were subjected to their most intensive fishing ever.

  Tagged under: Fish | Collapse


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