project 365

78. Civilization.

Our civilization may be done for within the next few decades, according to a new study.

I first spotted the story on Policy Mic and then read the original on the Guardian. The study — partially funded by a NASA grant and led by a mathematician — apparently* paints a bleak picture of the end of the world because we, like the Romans and Mayans before us, have stretched our resources too thin and have become divided between the haves and the have nots. And not even science can save us, because that would take up more resources.

In summary: we are destroying the earth and karma’s a bitch.

There is a saving grace, the study says:

The two key solutions are to reduce economic inequality so as to ensure fairer distribution of resources, and to dramatically reduce resource consumption by relying on less intensive renewable resources and reducing population growth.

I’m still processing the concept, but as both a natural resources reporter and an avid reader of many a dystopian novel (which usually take place in a vague future after the world as we know it came to an end), I find it fascinating.¬†Reporter’s note: Simply because I find something interesting doesn’t mean I endorse it. Etc., etc.

*I say apparently because I haven’t been able to find a copy of the study to read myself.


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