Brace for Impact

By Tom Lewis | Chronicling the collapse of the industrial age.

Staving Off the Coming Global Collapse

‘Overshoot’ is when a species uses resources faster than can be replenished. We’re already there. And show no signs of changing.

To My Fellow Plutocrats: You Can Cure Trumpism

The Friday Cover<p>The Friday Cover is POLITICO Magazine's email of the week's best, delivered to your inbox every Friday morning.<p>Pay your workers a decent wage and maybe you can stave off the pitchforks that are still coming for us.<p>Since Election Day, I’ve been overwhelmed by anguished calls, emails …

Equality

The Mighty U.S. Shale Oil Industry To Lose Another $20 Billion In 2017

Well, it looks like the U.S. shale oil industry is going to chalk up another lousy year of financial losses in 2017. This shouldn’t be a surprise as …

Oil

Blowing bubbles: The new world economic order

First, it was a gaggle of billionaires. Now, the global financial puppeteers are getting queasy.Late last year, Chinese property tycoon Wang Jianlin …

Janet Yellen

World’s food supplies at risk as climate change threatens international trade, experts warn

The world’s food supplies are in danger as climate change and the increasing reliance on global trade threaten to create shortages and sudden, …

Climate Change

:Re: Transportation decline

In reply to The Looming Energy Shock:Yes, individuals would benefit economically from spending far less on transportation. A few, perhaps not an …

Transportation

No country on Earth is taking the 2 degree climate target seriously

If we mean what we say, no more new fossil fuels, anywhere.<p>One of the morbidly fascinating aspects of climate change is how much cognitive dissonance it generates, in individuals and nations alike.<p>The more you understand the brutal logic of climate change — what it could mean, the effort necessary …

Climate

American Special Ops Forces Have Deployed to 70 Percent of the World’s Countries in 2017

Nick TurseAnd we’re only halfway through the year.The post American Special Ops Forces Have Deployed to 70 Percent of the World’s Countries in 2017 …

War

Trump, Qatar and the Danger of Total Confusion

Photo by Mike Maguire | CC BY 2.0The isolation of Qatar appears to be a major step in the Saudi plan, directed by the newly pronounced crown prince, …

Middle East

A Combination of Historical Ignorance and Disastrous Blundering

The US army, through a combination of historical ignorance and disastrous blundering, failed to populate Afghanistan’s post-invasion government with …

Afghanistan

The Doomsday Glacier

In the farthest reaches of Antarctica, a nightmare scenario of crumbling ice – and rapidly rising seas – could spell disaster for a warming</b> …

The Lights Are Going Out in the Middle East

Six months ago, I was in the National Museum in Beirut, marvelling at two Phoenician sarcophagi among the treasures from ancient Middle Eastern civilizations, when the lights suddenly went out. A few days later, I was in the Bekaa Valley, whose towns hadn’t had power for half the day, as on many …

Middle East

What Donald Trump Needs to Know About Bob Mueller and Jim Comey

The Friday Cover<p>The Friday Cover is POLITICO Magazine's email of the week's best, delivered to your inbox every Friday morning.<p>The two men who could bring down the president have been preparing their entire lives for this moment.<p>When Jim Comey first learned that Andrew Card and Alberto Gonzales …

Government

Concrete, or beaches? World's sand running out as global construction booms

Skyscrape of Dubai, seen from the beach. Photo: ZeNahla via Flickr (CC BY-NC).<p>More articles about<p>Related Articles<p>Sand Beach in Acadia National Park, …

Trump's threat to the 2020 Census

Says one expert: ‘We could be heading for a train wreck.’<p>It’s three years away and still a year from its scheduled dress rehearsal, but nervous observers are already asking: What happens to the 2020 U.S. census under President Donald Trump?<p>The first day of this month marked three years until Census …

Human Geography

The Renewable Fuels Con - EPautos - Libertarian Car Talk

You can’t just sell <i>gas</i> anymore.<p>Most people don’t realize it, but what they’re pumping into their car’s tank isn’t actually gasoline, properly …

High Ground Is Becoming Hot Property as Sea Level Rises

MIAMI — One of the first sea-level rise maps Broadway Harewood saw was a few years back, when climate activists gathered in his neighborhood to talk …

US Dropping Bombs Quicker Than They Can Be Replaced

Massive air wars in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan are just the beginning of the story for the United States military, with regular strikes in places …

Future World Economic Growth In Big Trouble As Oil Discoveries Fall To Historic Lows

Future global economic growth is in serious trouble as oil discoveries fell to historic lows last year. The International Energy Agency (IEA) …

Gas production falling off despite increase in drilling

The number of U.S. rigs drilling for gas has almost doubled since August, but output continues to fall.<p>Even accounting for a lag between the start of …

11 Facts That Prove That The U.S. Economy In 2017 Is In Far Worse Shape Than It Was In 2016

There is much debate about where the U.S. economy is ultimately heading, but what everybody should be able to agree on is that economic conditions …

Plastic-eating bugs? It’s a great story – but there’s a sting in the tail

Breeding wax moth caterpillars to devour our waste sounds good. But they would attack bee colonies too, and ultimately put crops at risk<p>Caterpillars that can munch up plastic bags have just been identified, fuelling excited speculation that this could one day eliminate global pollution from plastic …

Recycling

Troubling Signs At Bakken As Oil Production Growth Stalls

The euphoria of rising U.S. oil production continues in the Mainstream media while troubling signs are now taking place at the Bakken. Even though …

"The Retail Bubble Has Now Burst": A Record 8,640 Stores Are Closing In 2017

<i>“Thousands of new doors opened and rents soared. This created a bubble, and like housing, that bubble has now burst.”</i><p>- Richard Hayne, Urban …

The trees that make Southern California shady and green are dying. Fast

The trees that shade, cool and feed people from Ventura County to the Mexican border are dying so fast that within a few years it’s possible the region will look, feel, sound and smell much less pleasant than it does now.<p>“We’re witnessing a transition to a post-oasis landscape in Southern …

California

Louisiana's Governor Declares State Of Emergency Over Disappearing Coastline

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency over the state's rapidly eroding coastline.<p>It's an effort to bring nationwide attention to the issue and speed up the federal permitting process for coastal restoration projects.<p>"Decades of saltwater intrusion, subsidence and rising …

Environment

The world economic order is collapsing and this time there seems no way out

The refugee crisis is paralleled by the savage fallout from a global financial system running out of control<p>Europe has seen nothing like this for 70 years – the visible expression of a world where order is collapsing. The millions of refugees fleeing from ceaseless Middle Eastern war and barbarism …

Economics

How a Warming Planet Drives Human Migration

Climate change is not equally felt across the globe, and neither are its longer term consequences. This map overlays human turmoil — represented here by United Nations data on nearly 64 million “persons of concern,” whose numbers have tripled since 2005 — with climate turmoil, represented by data …

Climate Change

The Nightmare Scenario for Florida’s Coastal Homeowners - Bloomberg

On a predictably gorgeous South Florida afternoon, Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason sat in his office overlooking the white-linen restaurants of this …