Brace for Impact

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

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> …

Climate Change

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 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 were on their way to the George Washington Hospital room of John Ashcroft, his first call for help was to Bob Mueller. Comey knew …

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, …

Beaches

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 …

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 …

Energy

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 …

Climate Change

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) …

Oil

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 …

Oil

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 …

Government Shutdown

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 …

Oil

"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 …

eCommerce

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 …

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 …

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 …

Real Estate

Home delivery firms strain under e-commerce load

Amanda used to work part-time for major delivery firm Yamato Transport Co., helping out during Japan’s busy traditional gift-sending seasons in …

Japan

Prepare for Impact – This is the Beginning of the End for U.S. Empire

<i>Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad.</i><p>Before I get into the meat of this post, I want to revisit something I wrote back in</i> …

Foreign Policy

Another Dangerous Rush to Judgment in Syria

<b>Exclusive:</b> The U.S. government and the mainstream media rushed to judgment again, blaming the Syrian government for a new poison-gas attack and …

Syria

NYT Retreats on 2013 Syria-Sarin Claims

<b>Exclusive</b>: Even as The New York Times leads the charge against the Syrian government for this week’s alleged chemical attack, it is quietly …

Syria

U.S. Car Demand Collapses in Threat to Trump's Factory Push - Bloomberg

Ford Fusion: down 37 percent. Chevrolet Malibu: down 36 percent. Toyota Prius: down 29 percent.<p>As those grim numbers suggest, the U.S. auto industry …

United States

Sears and its hedge fund owner, in slow decline together

Hedge funds have been failing over the past year at the fastest rate since the financial crisis in 2008. Some crashed and burned after sudden …

MEDIA DELUDES AMERICANS: Shale Oil Production Suffers Massive Decline Rates

The Mainstream media continues to delude the public into believing cheap shale oil production will make the United States energy independent. We now …

Brexit, Pursued by Despair

The United Kingdom is getting out of the European Union. / Tyler Merbler<p>The referendum was the flame; Article 50 is the fuse. Today, after months of …

The Overlapping Crises Are Coming, Regardless of Who's in Power

<i>No leader can reverse the dynamics of mutually reinforcing crises.</i><p><b>Commentators seem split into three camps:</b> those who see Trump as a manifestation of …

Trump’s War on Terror Has Quickly Become as Barbaric and Savage as He Promised

The clarity of Trump’s intentions regarding the war on terror was often obfuscated by anti-Trump pundits due to a combination of confusion about and …