26 May '13, 11am

#peakoil Can a collapse of global civilization be avoided?: Virtually every past civilization has eventually u...

Can a collapse of global civilization be avoided? Virtually every past civilization has eventually undergone collapse, a loss of socio-political-economic complexity usually accompanied by a dramatic decline in population size [1]. Some, such as those of Egypt and China, have recovered from collapses at various stages; others, such as that of Easter Island or the Classic Maya, were apparently permanent [1,2]. All those previous collapses were local or regional; elsewhere, other societies and civilizations persisted unaffected. Sometimes, as in the Tigris and Euphrates valleys, new civiliza- tions rose in succession. In many, if not most, cases, overexploitation of the environment was one proximate or an ultimate cause [3]. But today, for the first time, humanity’s global civilization—the worldwide, increasingly interconnected, highly technological society in which we all ar...

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