May 222014
 May 22, 2014  Posted by at 10:49 am Earth Tagged with: , , ,  14 Responses »
Physical Limits to Food Security: Water and Climate

Dorothea Lange Sons of Negro tenant farmer, Granville County, North Carolina July 1939 This is the second installment of Nicole’s series on food security. Nicole Foss: In part one of this series, we looked at finance as a major causal factor in the development of food insecurity. The boom and bust cycles that result from over-financialization are, however, only one aspect of a food crisis already present for many, and looming for many more in the years to come. Finance

Apr 162014
 April 16, 2014  Posted by at 2:55 pm Earth Tagged with:  17 Responses »
Debt Rattle Apr 16 2014: Overpopulation Is Not A Problem For Us

Esther Bubley Room at war duration residence halls, Arlington Farms June 1943 On a day like this, when Bloomberg runs the hilarious and preposterous headline “Euro Periphery Emerges as Haven as Bonds Rise”, and markets are up because the Chinese government announces a 7.4% GDP growth number, which might as well be 4.7% for all we know given the opaqueness and rosy bubbly with which Beijing is known to “calculate” these numbers, let’s talk about something entirely different. And what

Apr 012014
 April 1, 2014  Posted by at 7:07 pm Earth 14 Responses »
Debt Rattle Apr 1 2014: What Kills The Economy Kills The Planet Kills Us

NYWT & Sun Newspaper Fire in oil storage tanks, Texas City, Texas April 17, 1947 The latest IPCC report is out, and as predictable as clockwork the reactions are the same old same old lip service, and only that. ‘There is no time to lose’, ‘if we don’t act now, we’re too late’, yada yada. Go do some digging and look for quotes from 10, 20, 40 years ago and you won’t be able to tell the difference. And just

Mar 262014
 March 26, 2014  Posted by at 7:40 pm Earth Tagged with: , , ,  9 Responses »
Debt Rattle Mar 26 2014: This Is Why We Are Doomed

Detroit Publishing Co Galveston Flood disaster cyclorama, Coney Island 1904 If there’s one thing that defines why we, and the world we live in, are doomed, it can be found – once more – in a recent spat of (leaked) reactions to the upcoming new IPCC report. We’ve come a long way since skeptics started budging in the way creationists demand equal time on the new Cosmos series – only more successful – and now we’re way past mere skepticism.

Jan 192014
 January 19, 2014  Posted by at 3:05 pm Earth, Finance Tagged with: , , ,  8 Responses »
The Devil And The Deep Blue River

William Henry Jackson Washington Bridge and High Bridge over the Harlem River 1890 There are choices forced upon us by mankind’s “progress” and “development” that closely resemble such metaphorical conundrums as Scylla and Charybdis, Morton’s fork, Sophie’s choice, or in this case pretty much literally the devil and the deep blue river. We, people of the era of progress, tend to deny the existence of such choices and conundrums, because we like to think that if only we put our

Jan 012013
 January 1, 2013  Posted by at 11:00 pm Earth Comments Off on Quote Of The Year. And The Next.
Quote Of The Year. And The Next.

I came upon this quote a few weeks ago in an interview that Der Spiegel had with Dennis Meadows, co-author of the Limits to Growth report published by the Club of Rome 40 years ago. Yes, the report that has been much maligned and later largely rehabilitated. But that's not my topic here, and neither is Meadows himself. It's the quote, and it pretty much hasn’t left me alone since I read it. Here's the short version: [..] … we

Sep 142012
 September 14, 2012  Posted by at 7:35 pm Earth Comments Off on Spiritual Musings on Collapse
Spiritual Musings on Collapse

Noah’s Ark – A Picture of Christ As many of you already know, I have written about economic, financial and industrial/environmental collapse on The Automatic Earth for a few years now. For all human beings who are still fortunate [or unfortunate] enough to exist on this Earth, these are issues of prime and imminent importance. We are now at least four years running into the start of the sub-prime mortgage meltdown, which then morphed into generalized private and public debt

Sep 042012
 September 4, 2012  Posted by at 6:47 pm Earth Comments Off on Everything Won't Be Alright
Everything Won't Be Alright

Looking around at those… around me – family, friends, acquaintances and random faces in the crowd of apathy – the level of complacency is so concentrated I can taste it, yet I can’t even describe how bad it tastes. I’m not really talking about the understanding people lack about the numerous predicaments we face as a species – that’s definitely there too… but what I’m talking about is even worse. It’s the assumption that we can just go about our

Aug 082012
 August 8, 2012  Posted by at 1:29 pm Earth Comments Off on Collapse Is Humanity Adapting To Its Own Presence
Collapse Is Humanity Adapting To Its Own Presence

Ilargi: What follows is an elaborate contemplation by Alexander Aston, from whom we earlier published From Crisis to Crisis: Zimbabwe to Greece to Montana, on past, present and future of mankind and civilization, on collapse and rebirth. Alexander writes: "Civilization is the adaptation of humanity to its own presence". I took the liberty to strenghten that a little, and "slightly" change it into "Collapse Is Humanity Adapting To Its Own Presence". If we can agree that all civilizations MUST collapse,

Aug 062012
 August 6, 2012  Posted by at 4:42 pm Earth Comments Off on Terrifying Study of Planetary Collapse
Terrifying Study of Planetary Collapse

A few days ago, I posted an article on how the Brazilian government has sacrificed the lush Amazon Rainforest for short-term economic profits over the course of a few years. Today, I’d like to share more “good news” about the global environment that probably went unnoticed by many people (h/t Jaded Prole). About two months ago, Nature published a report by a group of 21 scientists who arrived at a very startling conclusion – Earth’s ecosystems are heading for an