Sunday, March 16, 2014

NASA-Funded Study:  Industrial Civilization Headed for 'Irreversible Collapse'?

This NASA Earth Observatory image shows a storm system circling around an area of extreme low pressure in 2010, which many scientists attribute to climate change. (Credit: AFP/Getty Images) Click to enlarge.
study sponsored by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilization could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.

Noting that warnings of 'collapse' are often seen to be fringe or controversial, the study attempts to make sense of compelling historical data showing that "the process of rise-and-collapse is actually a recurrent cycle found throughout history."  Cases of severe civilizational disruption due to "precipitous collapse - often lasting centuries - have been quite common."

NASA-Funded Study:  Industrial Civilization Headed for 'Irreversible Collapse'?

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