the End is Near

One small step for man, one giant stumble for industrialized society?  A new study sponsored by NASA‘s Goddard Space Flight Center claims that the world’s industrial societies are set to collapse in the coming decades under the weight of their own unsustainable appetites for resources and growing economic inequality.

The study assesses compelling historical data and states that “The fall of the Roman Empire, and the equally (if not more) advanced Han, Mauryan, and Gupta Empires, as well as so many advanced Mesopotamian Empires, are all testimony to the fact that advanced, sophisticated, complex, and creative civilizations can be both fragile and impermanent.”  There is hope, however, that if we reduce resource consumption and population growth, as well as ensure a more equal distribution of resources, we might be able to avoid a collapse.

More information is available at theguardian.