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Episode 136 - Longtermism

Upon first hearing the supposed tenets of the Longtermism movement, you may think it sounds wonderfully thought-out and worthy of support. Think again. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/14/202454 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 135 - AI Job Loss

Amongst the plethora of worries (or opportunities?) that AI presents, perhaps one of the most talked about recently is: Will AI take all our jobs? Kellan and Kory take the time to discuss different sides of the idea. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/14/20241 hour, 13 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 134 - Collapse in 2023

Climate change consequences, conflict, political turmoil - you name it, 2023 had it. It was a wild year, and we just couldn't let it pass by without a recap! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/10/20241 hour, 23 minutes, 19 seconds
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Building Up: Resilience - Episode 2 "Why We Need Resilience"

Kory and Kellan try to summarize all 133 episodes of Breaking Down: Collapse in just 80 minutes as an explanation of "Why We Need Resilience". Check out the new podcast Building Up: Resilience here on YouTube or search for the show wherever you listen to podcasts. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/25/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 51 seconds
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Building Up: Resilience - Trailer!

The time is finally here! Please join us on our new podcast called "Building Up: Resilience". You can find it wherever you listen to podcasts. See you there!Building Up: Resilience | Podcast on SpotifyBuilding Up: Resilience | Podcast on Apple Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/23/20237 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 133 - The "Rap" Up

Join us on Patreon here.  Breaking Down: Collapse is finally coming to an end. Kory and Kellan share what that actually means and what they’re preparing to roll out next. They then listen to and discuss each of Kellan’s three rap songs about collapse! The character limit in the episode description won't allow us to include the song lyrics. Send us an email at [email protected] to request them.Support the show
4/5/202353 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 132 - Lobbying

It's pay to play! Apparently it's legal to pay the government to pass (or not pass) desired legislation. This episode focuses on how the wealthy corporations and individuals control the system.Learn More:Is Lobbying Good or Bad? | RepresentUsAmerica’s lobbying addiction (brookings.edu)Lobbying: How the Wealthy and Business Get Their Way | Second Rate DemocracyCorruption is Legal in America - YouTubeSupport the show
3/29/202345 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 131 - The Problem with Fast Fashion

I bet you didn't know that 10% of all emissions come from the fashion industry. Or that 75 million people are employed in manufacturing plants for the fashion industry, with only 2% of them being paid a living wage.This episode highlights these and many other global issues with fast fashion.Learn More:What Is Fast Fashion—and Why Is It a Problem? (treehugger.com)The 10 Essential Fast Fashion Statistics | Earth.OrgThe Fashion Industry Waste Is Drastically Contributing To Climate Change (pirg.org)10 Concerning Fast Fashion Waste Statistics | Earth.OrgHow Much Do Our Wardrobes Cost to the Environment? (worldbank.org)Fast Fashion Getting Faster: A Look at the Unethical Labor Practices Sustaining a Growing Industry | International Law and Policy Brief (gwu.edu)Support the show
3/22/202343 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 130 - The Outlook of Youth

Today's youth are tomorrow's leaders. How do young adults feel about the future, and how does it compare to their elders? What do they feel their role is in the future of our world? Let's break it down!Learn More:Young People's Voices on Climate Anxiety, Government Betrayal and Moral Injury: A Global Phenomenon by Elizabeth Marks, Caroline Hickman, Panu Pihkala, Susan Clayton, Eric R. Lewandowski, Elouise E. Mayall, Britt Wray, Catriona Mellor, Lise van Susteren :: SSRNTrust in government by generation U.S. 2021 | StatistaWorld’s Youth Are Surprisingly Optimistic, UN Study Finds – Mother JonesAxios|Momentive Poll: Capitalism and Socialism (surveymonkey.com)America's continued move toward socialism (axios.com)Support the show
3/15/202350 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 129 - El Niño

The impacts of climate change dramatically influence and are influenced by cyclical weather patterns.  Future El Niño cycles have major implications on society at large.Learn More:Stronger El Niño events may speed up irreversible melting of Antarctic ice, research finds | El Niño southern oscillation | The GuardianWhat does the return of El Nino mean for the planet – and you? | The Straits TimesThe Global Impacts of El Niño | Water Resources Research Center | The University of ArizonaUnited States El Niño Impacts | NOAA Climate.govEl Niño (nationalgeographic.org)Four possible consequences of El Niño returning in 2023 (phys.org)Arctic sea ice loss to increase strong El Niño events linked to extreme weather: Study (mongabay.com)El Niño and La Niña Years and Intensities (ggweather.com) Support the show
3/8/202327 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 128 - Zoonotics and H5N1

There's been much talk lately about the threat of H5N1 (Avian Influenza). In this episode we talk about what there is (and isn't) to fear about the virus, as well as we take a look at David Quammen's book "Spillover".Learn More: An Expert Says Why H5N1 Bird Flu Is Here to Stay (insider.com)7 Reasons Diseases Are Spreading Faster These Days (insider.com)Emergence and Evolution of H5N1 Bird Flu | Avian Influenza (Flu) (cdc.gov)Airborne Transmission of Influenza A/H5N1 Virus Between Ferrets - PMC (nih.gov)Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic: Quammen, David: 9780393066807: Amazon.com: BooksSupport the show
3/1/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 127 - Heat Pumps

Can technology save us? Nah. Can it help us, though? Sure! Here's an example of a great technology with a lot of potential... but we don't think it answers all of life's problems. Learn More:Heat Pumps Can Lower Home Emissions, but Not Everywhere - EosHeat Pumps Will Change Everything About Climate Change—and Not Enough (foreignpolicy.com)How Do Heat Pumps Work to Be the Ultimate Climate Techno-Fix? - BloombergNarendra Modi: India poised for five-fold rise in gas consumption | Upstream OnlineThe Inflation Reduction Act offers subsidies for heat pumps — will US homeowners warm to them? (yahoo.com)Support the show
2/22/202343 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 126 - Eastern Philosophies (Part 1)

How we cope with the knowledge of the future is deeply personal. In this episode we touch on 2 ancient Eastern philosophies that many use as a source of maintaining a healthy mental attitude. Learn More:Understanding Wuwei: The Daoist Art of Going With the Flow - YouTubeTao of Yoda: Based Upon the Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tzu: Kreger, D. W., Patacsil, Jamielly: 9780983309925: Amazon.com: BooksDaoism: The Basics - YouTubeTaoist philosophyWhat is Daoism? - YouTubehttps://education.nationalgeographic.org/resource/buddhismhttps://www.history.com/topics/religion/buddhismhttps://tricycle.org/magazine/noble-eightfold-path/Support the show
2/15/202351 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 125 - Homelessness

It's no secret that capitalism doesn't take kindly to those caught in the feedback loop of homelessness. How will collapse affect homelessness, and how will homelessness affect collapse?Learn More:How a hard-working, middle-class family spiraled into homelessness - The Boston Globe (archive.ph)State of Homelessness: 2022 Edition - National Alliance to End HomelessnessList of sovereign states by homeless population - WikipediaThe Homeless-Poor and the COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Policy of Government: Rethinking the Plight of Homelessness in Nigeria - Cletus O. Obasi, Christopher M. Anierobi, 2021 (sagepub.com)https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/15/briefing/homelessness-america-housing-crisis.htmlhttps://www.security.org/resources/homeless-statistics/https://finance.yahoo.com/photos/10-countries-with-maximum-homeless-people-how-many-homeless-in-india-131259042/20-may-2020-berlin-homeless-123811016.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAE8DpQStyhQ1N60vQOQC4L98ojUCWB-MxV0yyeA---J-YD1oeCBOzMYXibuEEtcbjGk_b2G2OTq7NnWEOScsBmSXHOV7PQKUSYmIj-fC7Vksk8S5SG6HfBD-S5KLgM1pm67QUuKYj_H1u9F8Y1jha4J3bjcgX0U7pDdM4NxjCjHihttps://therealdeal.com/2022/12/04/housing-affordability-is-worst-on-record-data-shows/Support the show
2/8/202345 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 124 - Book Review: Chris Hedges "America, The Farewell Tour"

This week we discuss journalist and author Chris Hedges and his book "America, The Farewell Tour.Learn More: America: The Farewell Tour | Book by Chris Hedges | Official Publisher Page | Simon & Schuster (simonandschuster.com)Support the show
2/1/202341 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 123 - Debt

Consumer and national debts are growing exponentially.  The unsustainable nature in which we borrow money in order to maintain our economic system is the perfect definition of a bubble. But when will it burst and what will it look like?Learn More: Americans’ household debt surpasses $16T for first time | The HillAverage American Debt: An Overview | First Republic BankHousehold debt soars at fastest pace in 15 years as credit card use surges, Fed report says (cnbc.com)17 Canadian Household Debt Statistics [Updated in 2022] (reviewlution.ca)Canada Households Credit Market Debt to Disposable Income - 2022 Data - 2023 Forecast (tradingeconomics.com)Debt owned by U.S. households by type 2022 | StatistaCar Owners Strain as More Loan Payments Soar to $1,000 - BloombergThe U.S. Consumer Debt CrisisWhat is Behind America's Credit Card Debt Crisis? - InvestorsObserverConsumer Debt Isn’t Stressing Banks — Yet - The Washington PostUS Economic Collapse: What Would Happen? (thebalancemoney.com)Recession could be U.S. banks’ guilty pleasure | ReutersWill the Banks Collapse? - The AtlanticConsumer debt is at an all-time high. Should banks be worried? | American Bankerhttps://www.truthinaccounting.org/about/our_national_debt?gclid=Cj0KCQiA_P6dBhD1ARIsAAGI7HAGTpK7ZXOnvyAnoyAAysPmvwcwk9qjEl5kA3VyHGzkFfaDwu_67ekaAs4wEALw_wcBhttps://www.usdebtclock.org/https://fiscaldata.treasury.gov/americas-finance-guide/national-debt/https://fiscaldata.treasury.gov/americas-finance-guide/national-debt/https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/11/us/politics/debt-ceiling-economy-congress.htmlSupport the show
1/25/202352 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 122 - The Future of Ownership

What is the future of ownership? Is it "The Great Reset" or "Feudalism 2.0"? In this episode we look into the direction we're headed, and the existing theories commonly shared around. Learn More:8 predictions for the world in 2030 - YouTubeThe Great Reset | World Economic Forum (weforum.org)Fact check: The World Economic Forum does not have a stated goal to have people own nothing by 2030 | ReutersWho does the World Economic Forum really represent? | Transnational Institute (tni.org)U.S. Wage Growth Fails To Keep Up With Rising Prices For 17 Consecutive Months (forbes.com)America is Becoming a Nation of Renters | 37th Parallel (37parallel.com)Housing affordability collapses at fastest clip on record (axios.com)Household debt soars at fastest pace in 15 years as credit card use surges, Fed report says (cnbc.com)https://www.worldhistory.org/Feudalism/https://www.firstthings.com/article/2022/01/our-neo-feudal-futureSupport the show
1/18/202345 minutes, 57 seconds
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Bonus Episode - 80

Here is a sample of our weekly bonus episodes. You can access all 80 of our bonus episodes by joining us on Patreon ($5/month).Kellan runs through several news stories of the week and their relation to collapse.Learn More:Déjà coup: How election lies sparked the violent attack on Brazil's government | CNN BusinessSeattle Schools Sue Big Tech Over Youth Mental Health Crisis - BloombergCheddar News on LinkedIn: #poopElon Musk Has Officially Lost More Of His Own Money Than Anyone In History (buzzfeednews.com)Climate-fueled disasters cost U.S. $165 billion in 2022 : NPRIndia set to overtake China as world's most populous country in next 3 months: UN report | Fox NewsNisha Mehta, MD on LinkedIn: The Coming Collapse of the U.S. Health Care System‘Terrifying prospect’: Utah’s Great Salt Lake could disappear in 5 years without drastic water conservation – ICMGLTSupport the show
1/13/202330 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 121 - Artificial Intelligence (Part 2): Dark Potential

This week we talk about the potentially dark future of AI and what is known as the "singularity", were it able to break the constraints that currently hold it back. Learn More:The Artificial Intelligence Revolution: Part 1 - Wait But WhyThe Artificial Intelligence Revolution: Part 2 - Wait But WhyWorld’s most powerful AI chatbot ChatGPT will soon ‘look like a boring toy’ says OpenAI boss | The IndependentA new experiment: Does AI really know cats or dogs -- or anything? | ZDNET1.1 quintillion operations per second: US has world’s fastest supercomputer | Ars TechnicaWhen will singularity happen? 1700 expert opinions of AGI [2023] (aimultiple.com)Support the show
1/11/20231 hour, 36 seconds
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Episode 120: Artificial Intelligence (Part 1): Current Reality

There is a lot of hype, especially recently, around the future of AI. The fact is that AI is present now in our world, for both positive and negative. In this episode we talk about the current reality and near-term expectations of AI, and how it relates to collapse. From surveillance and policing to job and culture loss to deepfakes, AI is helping drive us towards a dystopian future.Learn More:COVID restrictions in India are being enforced by artificial intelligence and facial recognition | FortuneSan Francisco’s Board of Supervisors Grants Police More Surveillance Powers | Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org)SFPD’s killer robots are off the table for now (sfbayview.com)Actor Goes Viral With Deepfake Star Impressions—How Many Can You Name? (newsweek.com)How ChatGPT actually works (assemblyai.com)https://www.searchenginejournal.com/what-is-chatgpt/473664/https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/21/technology/personaltech/how-to-use-chatgpt-ethically.htmlhttps://builtin.com/artificial-intelligence/ai-replacing-jobs-creating-jobshttps://www.forbes.com/sites/ashleystahl/2022/05/03/the-rise-of-artificial-intelligence-will-robots-actually-replace-people/?sh=5a88c4403299https://www.saviom.com/blog/12-jobs-that-robots-ai-will-replace-in-the-future-and-12-that-wont/https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/02/technology/ai-artificial-intelligence-artists.htmlhttps://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2022/12/artstation-artists-stage-mass-protest-against-ai-generated-artwork/Support the show
1/4/202354 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 119 - Collapse in 2022

Our second annual installment, discussing the happenings of the previous year and how they relate to collapse. We often forget everything that's happened over the course of just 365 days and stepping back to take it all in can be eye-opening!Learn more:2022 CPI and Inflation Rate for the United States | CPI Inflation Calculator (2022 Updated Monthly)How Africa Can Escape Chronic Food Insecurity Amid Climate Change (imf.org)Putting Africans at the Heart of Food Security and Climate Resilience (worldbank.org)The top 10 crises the world can't ignore in 2022 | International Rescue Committee (IRC)Fed’s Interest Rate Hikes in 2022 - What the December Raise Means for You (moneycrashers.com)Compare Current Mortgage Rates – Forbes AdvisorWHO Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard | WHO Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard With Vaccination DataWeekly confirmed COVID-19 deaths, Dec 20, 2022 (ourworldindata.org)What can explain the excess mortality in the U.S. and Europe in 2022? - Health Feedback'Tripledemic' Data Shows Cold and Flu Season Is Already Among the Worst on Record - The New York Times (nytimes.com)Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters | National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) (noaa.gov)U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and AnalysisMass shootings in the US: 2022 could be the second-highest year | CNNSupport the show
12/28/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 118 - Narcissism in Leadership

In dire times, such as these, it is more important than ever to have empathetic leaders who strive to do the right thing for their people. So why do we keep electing narcissists?Learn More:Narcissism: 5 Signs to Help You Spot Narcissistic Behavior (webmd.com)Narcissistic personality disorder - Symptoms and causes - Mayo ClinicThe Rich Have Higher Level of Narcissism, Study Shows | TIME.comPsychology study indicates that narcissists are more involved in politics than the rest of us (psypost.org)Narcissism: Why It's So Rampant in Politics | Psychology TodayThe Narcissism Of Politicians - Mental Health Matters Cofe (mentalhealthmatters-cofe.org)The Narcissists Are Running Amok: Many Politicians Are Narcissists -- And Many of Their Followers Are, Too - Alternet.orgProfessions With the Most Psychopaths (businessinsider.com)https://www.helpguide.org/articles/mental-disorders/narcissistic-personality-disorder.htmhttps://www.gsb.stanford.edu/insights/how-narcissistic-leaders-destroy-withinhttps://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00773/fullhttps://bigthink.com/neuropsych/narcissistic-traits-leadership/https://www.psypost.org/2021/02/narcissists-make-their-way-to-ceo-positions-faster-than-their-counterparts-study-finds-59517#:~:text=A%20main%20finding%20that%20has,a%20propensity%20for%20manipulative%20behavior.Support the show
12/21/202247 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 117 - A History of the Railroad and its Strikes in the US

Relevant in the news recently have been the multiple attempts at railroad strikes by unions. What is the cause of these strikes, what impact would they have, and will they continue?Learn More:The Averted National Rail Strike Is a Parable of Contemporary American Capitalism | The New YorkerHouse passes bills to stop railroad strike, give rail workers more paid sick leave - YouTubeRail Strike Ahead? Why These Workers Rejected The Contract Deal - YouTubeRail Strike: Why The Railroads Won’t Give In on Paid Leave (nymag.com)https://www.up.com/customers/track-record/tr120120-freight-rail-how-much-ships-by-rail.htmhttps://www.aar.org/topic/industries-we-support/https://www.aar.org/facts-figureshttps://www.fb.org/market-intel/farmers-and-ranchers-feel-crunch-of-railway-supply-chain-shortfallshttps://rosap.ntl.bts.gov/view/dot/9745Support the show
12/14/202235 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 116 - Infrastructure Deep Dive: Roads and Public Transport

Infrastructure is the glue that holds our supply chain and economy together. The Army Corps of Engineers rates our roads at a grade of D, and our Public Transport at a D-. 43% of US roads are considered to be in poor or mediocre condition.With a growing backlog ($786 million) of repairs and upgrades needed, it's no mystery that our infrastructure is in a freefall of decay.  This episode helps make the case for why a feedback loop of decaying infrastructure leads to collapse.Learn More:Transportation Infrastructure | ASCE's 2021 Infrastructure Report CardRoad Infrastructure | ASCE's 2021 Infrastructure Report CardThe State of America’s Roads | Busbud bloghttps://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-12-08/why-building-roads-and-transit-costs-more-in-the-u-shttps://transportgeography.org/contents/chapter3/transportation-and-economic-development/https://transportgeography.org/contents/chapter3/transportation-and-economic-development/https://transportationtodaynews.com/news/21079-failure-to-address-infrastructure-could-cost-the-10-trillion-in-gdp-report-says/https://www.motortrend.com/features/american-roads-bridges-need-repairs-now/https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/interactive/2021/commute-calculator-pandemic/https://www.history.com/news/8-ways-roads-helped-rome-rule-the-ancient-worldhttps://www.valuepenguin.com/highway-spending-studySupport the show
12/7/202234 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 115 - The Adaptation and Relocation of Fiji and Tuvalu

We know that sea level rise is a real and accelerating threat - but what are nations doing to respond to it? In this episode, we talk about adaptation plans for two different Pacific Island nations: Fiji and Tuvalu.Learn More:https://amp.theguardian.com/environment/2022/nov/08/how-to-move-a-country-fiji-radical-plan-escape-rising-seas-climate-crisishttps://www.greenbiz.com/article/what-world-can-learn-fijis-national-climate-strategyhttps://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/24/travel/fiji-global-warming.amp.htmlTuvalu unveils Long-Term Adaptation Plan at COP27, a vision for a safe, climate-resilient future — Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project (tcap.tv)COP 27: Tuvalu announces stronger climate targets for 2050 | The Pacific Community (spc.int)Tuvalu Turns to the Metaverse as Rising Seas Threaten Existence (usnews.com)Support the show
11/30/202236 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 114 - Interview with Shaun Chamberlin

Shaun Chamberlin is an author and activist who has been exploring collapse and possible responses for over twenty years.  He is the editor of 'Surviving the Future: Culture, Carnival and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy' and his late mentor David Fleming’s 'Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It', as well as executive producer of 2020 film 'The Sequel: What Will Follow Our Troubled Civilisation?'He puts the theory into practice as one of the custodians of Ireland’s legendary free pub ‘The Happy Pig’ and was involved with the Transition Towns movement since its inception, co-founding Transition Town Kingston and authoring the movement’s second book, 'The Transition Timeline', back in 2009.  He was also one of the first Extinction Rebellion arrestees, in 2018, and now leads Sterling College’s online program ‘Surviving the Future: Conversations for Our Time’.Shaun’s website: http://darkoptimism.org‘Surviving the Future: Conversations for Our Times’ courses/community: http://ce.sterlingcollege.edu/surviving-the-future…David Fleming’s books: http://flemingpolicycentre.org.uk/books/Free access to David Fleming’s Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It: http://leanlogic.onlineSupport the show
11/23/202256 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 113 - The Impact of Greenland and Antarctica on Sea Level Rise

Greenland and Antarctica combine to hold a potential 225 feet of sea level rise. How much of that will be unlocked, and over what time frame? We discuss the knowns, the unknowns, and the newest research coming out.Learn More:https://sealevel.nasa.gov/faq/11/how-much-rise-should-we-expect-from-greenland-and-antarctica/https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2021/04/study-says-antarctic-ice-sheet-melt-to-lift-sea-level-higher-than-thought/https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/14/world/antarctica-larsen-c-ice-shelf-atmospheric-rivers-climate-intl/index.htmlhttps://www.wired.com/story/scientists-are-uncovering-ominous-waters-under-antarctic-ice/https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/81214/arctic-amplificationhttps://insideclimatenews.org/news/15082020/greenland-ice-sheet-melt-climate-change/?gclid=CjwKCAiAvK2bBhB8EiwAZUbP1AepBilfkaUmc3dx0kRyr6MPerYpZQDXKpCkrb7flaWN4xpENIzUPhoC9u4QAvD_BwEhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/melting-greenland-ice-sheet-will-cause-at-least-ten-inches-of-sea-level-rise-study-finds-180980675/https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/rain-fell-for-first-time-greenland-s-summit-here-s-why-it-mattershttps://www.cnn.com/2021/08/19/weather/greenland-summit-rain-climate-changeSupport the show
11/16/202241 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 112 - Stoicism

The ancient philosophy of stoicism offers a great model for coping with collapse. In this episode we discuss its merits, along with its pitfalls.Learn More:The Practicing Stoic: A Philosophical User'... - Kindle (amazon.com)How To Practice Stoicism: An Introduction & 12 Stoic Practices - The Mindful StoicSupport the show
11/9/202251 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 111 - The Rise of Fascism

Fascist ideologies are on the rise around the United States and the Western world. What is fascism, why is it threatening us now, and how does it relate to collapse? Learn More: Eco-fascism: What It Is, Why It’s Wrong, and How to Fight It | Teen VogueWhat Is Eco-Fascism, the Ideology Behind Attacks in El Paso and Christchurch? | GQEco-fascism: The greenwashing of the far right – DW Where in the world do people emit the most CO2? - Our World in DataSupport the show
11/1/202249 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 110 - The Collapse of the Overseer Class

The maintenance cost of capital continues to rise, and the US (along with many places in the world) have tied up so much into their overseer classes, especially law enforcement. This episode explores the reasons for degradation of law enforcement as well as the potential outcomes.Support the show
10/26/202244 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 109 - Raising Children in a Time of Collapse

It's an ugly truth that those with children today will raise their children through extremely difficult times. This episode aims to help give some ideas and direction to parents looking to help their children the most possible. Learn More: How to talk to your children about conflict and war | UNICEF ParentingHow to Talk to Kids About Difficult Subjects | Common Sense MediaResilience guide for parents and teachers (apa.org)The First Seven Years Are Key to a Successful Life (worldbank.org)Building resilience in children 3-8 years | Raising Children NetworkSupport the show
10/19/202242 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 108 - Interview with "Alone" Season 9 Winner

In this episode we speak with the winner of season 9 of the popular History Channel series "Alone". If you're a fan of the show but haven't seen the newest season yet, skip this one (and don't read the bottom of this description) as it will obviously contain spoilers! Our guest speaks with us about the physical and mental challenges of surviving in isolation, and why community is a much better option.To learn more about the winner, or to buy his book, please visit www.jpquinonez.comSupport the show
10/12/202238 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 107 - Peak Phosphorus

Phosphorus is an essential element to sustain life on earth, from plants to humans. Like oil, it is finite and we're using it an exponentially increasing rate. How much is left, and at what point will we hit peak supply?Learn More:http://web.mit.edu/12.000/www/m2016/finalwebsite/solutions/phosphorus.htmlhttp://phosphorusfutures.net/the-phosphorus-challenge/the-story-of-phosphorus-8-reasons-why-we-need-to-rethink-the-management-of-phosphorus-resources-in-the-global-food-system/https://www.globenewswire.com/en/news-release/2022/07/08/2476573/0/en/Phosphate-Fertilizer-Market-to-Register-a-CAGR-of-over-5-5-from-2022-2032-Future-Market-Insights-Inc.html#:~:text=filingsmedia%20partners-,Phosphate%20Fertilizer%20Market%20to%20Register%20a%20CAGR%20of%20over%205.5,%7C%20Future%20Market%20Insights%2C%20Inc.https://theconversation.com/how-the-great-phosphorus-shortage-could-leave-us-all-hungry-54432Support the show
10/5/202236 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 106 - Nihilism

The way individuals view the world shapes the way they cope with the reality of collapse and respond to each crisis that presents itself.  What exactly is the philosophy known as "nihilism"? Why is it such a commonly held view in the collapse community? Why do people adopt it and what are the pros and cons?Support the show
9/28/202239 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 105 - Vertical Farming

By 2050, 1/3rd of the world population is expected to live in urban areas. This is just one of the many issues facing humanity regarding food supply. What is vertical farming, and will it solve our food problems?Support the show
9/21/202235 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 104 - The Broken US Healthcare System (Part 2)

While last week we spoke about the inefficiencies in the US healthcare system that have existed for decades, this week we discuss the current state of the healthcare system, as recent developments continue to exacerbate the existing vulnerabilities.Support the show
9/14/202241 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 103 - The Broken US Healthcare System

There is too much to say about why the US healthcare system is awful. This episode discusses broadly some of those reasons, with follow-ups to come on the current state and potential collapse of the healthcare system. Learn More:https://educationdata.org/average-cost-of-medical-schoolhttps://www.forbes.com/advisor/student-loans/cost-of-medical-school/https://www.savvypremed.com/blog/why-has-the-cost-of-medical-school-skyrocketed#:~:text=Unlike%20undergraduate%20college%2C%20the%20cost,years%2C%20the%20cost%20is%20%24385%2C029.https://www.propublica.org/article/doctors-prescribe-more-of-a-drug-if-they-receive-money-from-a-pharma-company-tied-to-itSupport the show
9/7/202237 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 102 - Combatting the Urban Heat Island Effect

Some bold claims are made about many technologies and their potential abilities to combat or adapt to climate change. This week we discuss one that claims to reduce the urban heat island effect. Does it hold up?Support the show
8/31/202238 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 101 - The Role of Property Insurance

As risks from climate change and other collapse factors rise, many people are left wondering: "what will happen to insurance?" We've got your answers here, and for many it may not be what they think.https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2020-11-10/wildfires-are-torching-california-s-insurance-industry-amid-climate-changehttps://www.iii.org/publications/insurance-handbook/regulatory-and-financial-environment/reinsurancehttps://www.swissre.com/dam/jcr:e73ee7c3-7f83-4c17-a2b8-8ef23a8d3312/swiss-re-institute-expertise-publication-economics-of-climate-change.pdfhttps://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/08/reinsurance.asphttps://www.zippia.com/advice/insurance-industry-statistics/https://www.vox.com/22686124/climate-change-insurance-flood-wildfire-hurricane-riskhttps://www.scor.com/en/expert-views/modelling-climate-change-reinsurance-industryhttps://www.bcg.com/publications/2020/insurers-take-up-the-climate-fighthttps://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/can-i-lose-my-home-to-foreclosure-if-i-don-t-pay-for-homeowners-insurance.htmlhttps://www.reuters.com/business/cop/risky-business-climate-change-turns-up-heat-insurers-policyholders-2021-11-11/https://www.insurance.wa.gov/how-climate-change-affects-your-insurancehttps://www.vox.com/22686124/climate-change-insurance-flood-wildfire-hurricane-riskhttps://www.islandernews.com/news/florida/sixteenth-homeowners-insurance-company-leaves-florida-market-cancels-all-policies-citing-business-risk/article_47c130ca-0c5b-11ed-904b-67e2f67fd2be.htmlhttps://inlandempire.us/california-loses-more-insurance-companies-as-risk-increases-and-profit-is-at-risk/https://www.lohud.com/story/news/health/2022/08/18/ny-health-insurance-rates-rising-2023-officials-blame-inflation-covid/65408223007/https://www.eenews.net/articles/hundreds-of-thousands-drop-flood-insurance-as-rates-rise/Support the show
8/24/202243 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 100 - The Cooling Paradox

As the planet heats up, air conditioning is becoming more and more necessary for maintaining quality of life and in some cases life itself. All this cooling comes at a high cost - much of which is another dreaded feedback loop.Learn More:https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/09/01/1007762/air-conditioning-grid-blackouts-california-climate-change/https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/29/the-air-conditioning-trap-how-cold-air-is-heating-the-worldhttps://www.vox.com/science-and-health/23067049/heat-wave-air-conditioning-cooling-india-climate-changehttps://www.vox.com/22638093/air-conditioning-worsens-climate-change-achttps://www.carrier.com/residential/en/us/products/air-conditioners/how-do-air-conditioners-work/#Support the show
8/17/202246 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 99 - How Collapse Effects the Most Vulnerable

It's no secret that collapse effects the poor and minorities first. This episode explains that idea along with some specific examples.Support the show
8/10/202240 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 98 - The Efforts of Activist Groups

All over the world you can find groups of people banding together to try and change the system in order to prevent the worst of collapse. In this episode we discuss a few of them.https://www.sunrisemovement.org/about/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunrise_Movementhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJiiMz0CC5Uhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=an5GbckznRQhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupy_Wall_Streethttps://rebellion.global/https://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/7-pictures-from-extinction-rebellion-die-in-protest-on-buchanan-street-3779571https://juststopoil.org/https://ocula.com/magazine/art-news/just-stop-oil-painting/Support the show
8/3/202257 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 97 - Human Behavior During Disasters

There is a common myth that, generally, people behave savagely towards each other in times of disaster. According to disaster social studies, this couldn't be farther from the truthLearn More:https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2496928/https://healthland.time.com/2012/10/31/how-disasters-bring-out-our-kindness/https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-the-stress-of-disaster-brings-people-together/https://hbr.org/2020/03/how-bad-times-bring-out-the-best-in-peoplehttps://bjgp.org/content/66/648/e525Support the show
7/27/202250 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 96: Psychological Barriers to Confronting Collapse

Perhaps the primary reason we continue barreling down the path to collapse is the natural resistance humans have to understanding, accepting, and confronting it. In this episode, Kory and Kellan discuss the psychological barriers that stand in the way.https://cbreilly.com/blog/well-informed-futility-syndrome?format=amphttps://commonsensecanadian.ca/shades-of-green-well-informed-futility-syndrome/https://www.britannica.com/science/confirmation-bias#:~:text=confirmation%20bias%2C%20the%20tendency%20to,results%20in%20ignoring%20inconsistent%20information.https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20190304-human-evolution-means-we-can-tackle-climate-changehttps://cbtprofessionals.com.au/climate-change-cognitive-biases/Support the show
7/20/202258 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 95 - Collapse Happening Today (Part 2)

As a follow up to last week's episode on the same topic, this week we talk about Myanmar, Ukraine, South Africa, and Syria. Last week the countries we talked about were suffering specifically economic issues. This week, our countries are facing particularly violent or military conflicts as well.Support the show
7/13/202255 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 94 - Collapse Happening Today (Part 1)

In past episodes we have focused on how societies collapsed historically, but what about countries that are collapsing today? This episode focuses on 3 countries (Sri Lanka, Venezuela, and Lebanon)  who are currently experiencing economic collapse and widespread humanitarian crises.https://www.cnbc.com/2022/06/27/sri-lanka-stops-fuel-supply-to-non-essential-services-as-crisis-worsens.htmlhttps://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/5/11/how-sri-lanka-spiralled-into-crisis-and-what-happens-nexthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLleZNNOa9shttps://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/4/13/timeline-of-sri-lankas-worst-economic-crisis-since-independencehttps://www.dhakatribune.com/business/2022/06/28/debt-crisis-looms-for-developing-countries-amid-perfect-stormhttps://foreignpolicy.com/2022/04/28/sri-lanka-rajapaksa-protests-economy-corruption/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5zxYDHwf-Yhttps://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/why-is-lebanon-such-mess-2021-10-14/https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/05/timeline-lebanon-economic-political-dire-straitshttps://apnews.com/article/middle-east-religion-elections-lebanon-692e870338fc2030e877e24f36326f56https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1gUR8wM5vAhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUltZmKqfmMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUltZmKqfmMhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crisis_in_Venezuela#:~:text=On%202%20June%202010%2C%20Ch%C3%A1vez,lack%20of%20maintenance%20and%20investment.https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2022/country-chapters/venezuelahttps://www.reuters.com/markets/rates-bonds/lebanons-financial-crisis-how-it-happened-2022-01-23/Support the show
7/6/202247 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 93 - Inflation

Inflation is here and *surprise* - it's not transitory. What causes inflation? What kinds of inflation are there and what comes next?Support the show
6/29/202248 minutes, 46 seconds
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Bonus Episode - 52

Every so often we publish one of our Bonus Episodes here on the main podcast. This week we discussed an article claiming that "Melting Ice means Greener Shipping" - wow.Anyway, enjoy this episode, and if you'd like to listen to our other bonus content, please join us on Patreon (link below)!Support the show
6/24/202221 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 92 - The Environmental Impact of Big Data

Data is a lesser-talked-about element of collapse, but an important one! "The Cloud" is, indeed, not a magical floating database in the sky where data can be stored for free. Rather, it's a vast number of energy-consuming, environment-destroying servers all over the world. As the internet grows and big data with it, how long is it sustainable, and what would take to break it?  https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11948-019-00171-7https://techjury.net/blog/big-data-statistics/#grefhttps://starry.com/blog/inside-the-internet/how-big-is-the-internethttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GX8sOrz_-Fghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73IiCG51_VIhttps://www.statista.com/statistics/871513/worldwide-data-created/#:~:text=The%20total%20amount%20of%20data,replicated%20reached%20a%20new%20high.https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/abfba1Support the show
6/22/202237 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 91 - Drought

Entire societies have collapsed due to insufficient access to water - as a matter of fact, drought is perhaps the #1 reason for civilizational collapse in the past. Many parts of the  world are currently experiencing the worst drought conditions since records began - and it's only going to get worse with climate change. This episode explores the dangers of drought, why it will continue to get worse, and what we can expect for the future.https://www.ppic.org/publication/what-if-californias-drought-continues/#:~:text=Consequences%20include%20sinking%20lands%2C%20higher,these%20symptoms%20of%20chronic%20overdraft.https://drought.unl.edu/Education/DroughtforKids/DroughtEffects.aspxhttps://www.cdc.gov/nceh/drought/implications.htm#:~:text=Drought%20can%20also%20cause%20long,mosquitoes%20breeding%20in%20stagnant%20waterhttps://www.newsweek.com/arsenic-laced-dust-drought-ridden-great-salt-lake-risk-water-level-drops-1613165https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2021-07-16/drought-water-use-strategieshttps://spei.csic.es/map/maps.html#months=5#month=4#year=2022https://www.drought.gov/internationalhttps://www.c2es.org/content/drought-and-climate-change/#:~:text=How%20climate%20change%20contributes%20to,the%20timing%20of%20water%20availability.https://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/ten-civilizations-or-nations-that-collapsed-from-drought.htmlhttps://youtu.be/NUiXzDkK5mshttps://youtu.be/vEAFzgsRQs8https://youtu.be/PJRDlVnWeHwhttps://youtu.be/qvf5zL8trjASupport the show
6/15/202249 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 90 - The Electrical Grid

The US electrical grid is known as "the largest machine in the world". It's complex, it's vital, and it's vulernable.  In this episode we discuss how the grid works, the threats that it faces, and the consequences of its failure.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zcrsgdl_hP0https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08mwXICY4JMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KciAzYfXNwUhttps://www.nbcdfw.com/news/nbc-5-responds/one-year-after-power-crisis-what-happened-to-those-big-electric-bills/2891039/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGan5NwJ-LM&t=620shttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlGI643vUIg&t=637shttps://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2022-01-26/what-happens-when-russian-hackers-cyberattack-the-u-s-electric-power-gridhttps://www.wired.com/story/power-grid-cyberattack-facebook-phone-numbers-security-news/https://www.govtech.com/security/russians-hacked-into-americas-electric-grid-heres-why-securing-it-is-hard.htmlhttps://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-05-24/california-summer-blackouts-threaten-newsom-political-powerhttps://justenergy.com/blog/power-grid-what-is-it-and-how-does-it-work/https://www.e-education.psu.edu/ebf483/node/643https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LD6hWnnsCBEhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlGI643vUIghttps://www.apmresearchlab.org/10x-power-climateSupport the show
6/8/202259 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 89 - Why We're Wrong (or so they say) - Conflict

In this episode of the subseries, we talk about the reasons why some believe we won't see conflict in the future. While we don't make any specific claims regarding what types or what levels of conflict we will experience, we do believe that conflict is inevitable as collapse continues.https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/politics/article/world-war-threehttps://www.vice.com/en/article/jgmke8/nuclear-war-anxiety-is-back-heres-how-to-manage-ithttps://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/REPS-10-2018-010/full/html#:~:text=Liberals%20argue%20that%20economic%20interdependence%20lowers%20the%20likelihood%20of%20war,would%20rather%20trade%20than%20invadeSupport the show
6/1/202249 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 88 - "The Changing World Order" by Ray Dalio (Part 2)

In this second episode on Ray Dalio's book "The Changing World Order" Kellan details what Dalio thinks the world will look like in the future, by examining cycles of the past.Support the show
5/25/202234 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 87 - "The Changing World Order" by Ray Dalio (Part 1)

In this episode we discuss Ray Dalio's Book titled "The Changing World Order"Support the show
5/18/202237 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 86 - Anti-Technology and the Unabomber with David Skrbina

This week we interview David Skrbina, an author and professor who writes about his anti-technology philosphy. David has written a book with Ted Kazynski (the Unabomber) who holds a similar philosophy.In the interview, we discuss David's philosophy, his vision for the future, as well as his book with Ted Kazynski.You can find his books here: Confronting Technology, Metaphysics of Technology, Technological Slavery. If you'd like to join David's "Anti-Tech Collective", you can do so here.David Skrbina (sker-BEE-na), PhD, was a senior lecturer in philosophy at the University of Michigan, Dearborn from 2003 to 2018.  He taught a graduate course in Technology and Sustainability at the University of Helsinki in fall, 2020.  His areas of interest include philosophy of mind, eco-philosophy, philosophy of technology, and environmental ethics. Support the show
5/11/202259 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 85 - Paleoclimatology

Climate change deniers often ask "How can you possibly know what happened 10,000 years ago?". Paleoclimatology is a fascinating field of study that gives us insights into the past, in order to help us model the future.https://serc.carleton.edu/microbelife/topics/proxies/paleoclimate.html#:~:text=Paleoclimatology%20is%20the%20study%20of,serve%20as%20useful%20climate%20proxies.https://www.giss.nasa.gov/research/briefs/1999_schmidt_01/https://web.archive.org/web/20171204232348/http://www.whoi.edu/instruments/viewInstrument.do?id=8087http://www.worldviewofglobalwarming.org/pages/paleoclimate.phphttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dC_2WXyORGASupport the show
5/4/202235 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 84 - The Collapse of Education

"The collapse of education is the collapse of the nation" - maybe Nelson Mandela, maybe not. Either way, it's true, and we'll explain it here!Learn more:https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/global-education-at-risk-save-the-children-report/https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/sep/06/lost-generation-education-in-quarter-of-countries-at-risk-of-collapse-study-warnshttps://www.thedailystar.net/lifestyle/perspective/why-collapse-education-the-collapse-nation-1549213https://www.axios.com/teachers-substitutes-principals-ae3caedb-96b2-4a1b-aff3-ffb8c8edc429.htmlhttps://www.educationworld.in/higher-education-system-has-collapsed/https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3927583,00.htmlhttps://www.edweek.org/leadership/how-bad-are-school-staffing-shortages-what-we-learned-by-asking-administrators/2021/10https://www.reddit.com/r/Teachers/https://www.forbes.com/sites/markcperna/2022/01/04/why-education-is-about-to-reach-a-crisis-of-epic-proportions/?ss=careers&sh=30f5d28878c7&fbclid=IwAR3CF3IaVrsflGZLIjfM0IHxOvdZSP3XC1_1YmTJXJa3UslI3142JHK57tU\https://www.k12dive.com/news/survey-teachers-more-likely-to-report-burnout-than-other-government-employ/607413/Support the show
4/27/202242 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 83 - Infectious Diseases (Part 2)

In this second episode on infectious diseases, we discuss the increasing trend in zoonotic diseases, as well as the potential dangers of prion diseases.Learn More:https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/07/06/888077232/u-n-predicts-rise-in-diseases-that-jump-from-animals-to-humanshttps://www.unep.org/news-and-stories/statements/preventing-next-pandemic-zoonotic-diseases-and-how-break-chain?_ga=2.94500693.897601755.1649284753-1612452407.1649284753https://www.cdc.gov/prions/index.htmlhttps://thewalrus.ca/new-brunswicks-medical-mystery/#https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1971008068001https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74Fz2OUVi_Ahttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2848070/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45Ke07JzdxYhttps://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/fatal-familial-insomnia/https://www.cdc.gov/prions/cjd/occurrence-transmission.htmlhttps://www.nature.com/articles/s41582-021-00488-7https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091231164747.htmhttps://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2019/02/21/zombie-deer-disease-what-happened-people-ate-cwd-meat/2926840002/https://www.cbpp.org/research/poverty-and-inequality/tracking-the-covid-19-economys-effects-on-food-housing-and#:~:text=The%20COVID%2D19%20pandemic%20and,unemployment%20remained%20high%20throughout%202020.https://www.forbes.com/sites/williampesek/2021/02/26/covid-19s-24-trillion-cost-so-far-means-economics-will-never-be-the-same/?sh=333bef544844Support the show
4/20/202241 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 82 - Technology Can't Save Us - Recycling

You've probably heard a considerable amount of conflicting information when it comes to recycling? What's the truth and what's fiction? Is recycling THE answer, is it all bogus, or is it somewhere in between?  In this episode we try and take a nuanced view of the good and bad when it comes to recycling. Support the show
4/13/202240 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 81 - Resolving Differences during Collapse

Communication is key to building relationships and resilient communities. The world is full of differing opinions, lifestyles, choices, etc. These differences are had within the collapse-aware community as much as outside of it. This episode focuses on ways to communicate effectively with those who have opinions that differ from our own.Support the show
4/6/202240 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 80 - Interview with Richard Heinberg

This week we got to speak with Richard Heinberg about his new book "Power".  Richard Heinberg is Senior Fellow of Post Carbon Institute and author of 14 books on energy and the environment, including Power: Limits and Prospects for Human Survival, The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality, and, with David Fridley, Our Renewable Future. He’s won an award for excellence in energy education and has been published in Nature, Wall Street Journal, and Literary Review. Heinberg’s work is cited as one of the inspirations for the international Transition Towns movement, which seeks to build community resilience ahead of climate change. He and his wife, Janet Barocco, live in an energy-efficient Permaculture home in Santa Rosa, California.You can find the book "Power" here.Support the show
3/30/202256 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 79 - Interview with Chase

An interview with one of our listeners, who has a unique perspective as someone with multiple degrees and experience in permaculture and horticulture, building sustainable communities, "teaching hippies how to shoot guns", and is currently using his combat medic experience on  the frontlines in Ukraine.Support the show
3/23/202248 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 78 - The Global Dimming Paradox

Everyone knows that we should be making efforts to slow and stop fossil fuel emissions, but not as many are aware of the paradox of global dimming, which is that as we stop emitting fossil fuels temperatures may actually rise as a direct result.Support the show
3/16/202230 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 77 - Two Types of Collapse (Voluntary vs Forced)

We've spent 76 episodes discussing the fact that industrialized society will collapse. Most of these episodes have focused on the idea that collapse will be forced upon us. This episode is meant as a very introductory look into the idea that society could hypothetically choose a less painful collapse through voluntary degrowth. Learn More:https://youtu.be/1-fuJYvJ7Skhttps://www.kateraworth.com/animations/https://illuminem.com/energyvoices/664976fb-8b91-49d2-be49-8202597b157bSupport the show
3/9/202246 minutes, 9 seconds
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Bonus Episode (35)

Every week we release a bonus episode for our Patrons, and every so often we release one on the main podcast. In this episode we discuss the newest info from the IPCC report, and catch up on the Ukraine/Russia war.You can receive these weekly bonus episodes and help support the podcast here.Support the show
3/4/202220 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 76 - Facing a Fear of Collapse

Continuing our sub-series on coping with collapse, in this episode we talk about a few strategies for confronting fear and anxiety about the future.Support the show
3/2/202247 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 75 - Mental Health Crisis

In this episode we discuss the ongoing and worsening mental health crisis taking place globally.Learn More:https://www.mhanational.org/issues/state-mental-health-americahttps://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/12/16/well/mental-health-crisis-america-covid.htmlhttps://www.psychiatrictimes.com/view/mental-health-america-crisishttps://www.projecthope.org/the-global-mental-health-crisis-10-numbers-to-note/10/2020/Support the show
2/23/202249 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 74 - Preparation with Margaret Killjoy

Margaret Killjoy joins us on the podcast to dicsuss community and individual preparedness.  Margaret is a transfeminine author, musician, and podcaster living in the Appalachian mountains. She is the author of A Country of Ghosts as well as Danielle Cain series of novellas and is the host of the community and individual preparedness podcast Live Like the World is Dying.Support the show
2/16/202244 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 73 - Technology Won't Save Us (Carbon Capture)

There are two technologies that techno-optimists love to tout as our saviors, that which will save us in the future: Carbon Capture and Geoengineering. While Geoengineering has been covered previously in this podcast, this episode focuses on the current state of carbon capture and why it's not the answer to all our problems. Learn More:https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/02/book-excerpt-the-uninhabitable-earth-david-wallace-wells.htmlhttps://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/31/carbon-capture-technology.htmlhttps://www.nationalgrid.com/stories/energy-explained/what-is-ccs-how-does-it-workhttps://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-02184-xhttps://scitechdaily.com/cheaper-carbon-capture-is-on-the-way-marathon-research-effort-drives-down-cost/https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/20/a-shocking-failure-chevron-criticised-for-missing-carbon-capture-target-at-wa-gas-projecthttps://www.vice.com/en/article/7kb43x/shell-quest-carbon-capture-plant-alberta?utm_source=reddit.comSupport the show
2/9/202250 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 72 - Interview with Dr. Joseph Tainter (Complex Societies)

Kellan and I were pleased to interview Dr. Joseph Tainter. The conversation revolved around his widely known book "The Collapse of Complex Societies".Support the show
2/2/202249 minutes, 50 seconds
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Updates on the Podcast

Kellan and I discuss some forthcoming updates to the podcast as well as our ambitions for the podcast in the future.Note: We accidentally uploaded the unedited version of this episode briefly. I (Kory) am a doofus for not noticing that and apologize if you witnessed the long silences or awkward rephrasing , etc from that.Support the show
1/29/202215 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 71 - Mass Migration

One of the most concerning consequences of the future is mass migration. Mass migration is both a cause and consequence of collapse, creating a positive feedback loop of escalating problems.Support the show
1/26/202250 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 70 - Pop Culture & Collapse (Interview with The Pop Mythologist)

This week we had the opportunity to speak with Daniel J Kim, AKA The Pop Mythologist, about the role that pop culture and works of fiction play when it comes to learning about, coping with, and educting on collapse. The Pop Mythologist is the founder and editor of the pop culture blog, PopMythology.com. In his "Hero Wisdom" column he uses pop culture to discuss important real-life issues such as climate change, racial justice, political activism, surviving adversity, and the psychology of post-traumatic growth. He is co-author of a chapter in the book Black Panther Psychology and regularly appears on pop culture podcasts and discussion panels at comic conventions as both a panelist and a moderator. He also enjoys combining the activity of cosplay with various political and charitable causes such as the Spider Army Project, inspired by Spider-Man, and the Real-Life Cleric Project, inspired by Dungeons & Dragons. Currently, he is host of the podcast This is the End: Pop Culture & Collapse, where he uses pop culture to help raise collapse awareness among those who might otherwise avoid the topic. He can be found on Twitter and Facebook by searching "Pop Mythology" or "This is the End Podcast." Support the show
1/19/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 69 - Why We're Wrong (or so they say) - Climate Change Part 2

In this second installment of our new Why We're Wrong (or so they say) subseries, we're exploring why they say we're wrong about Climate Change. the conversation is lengthy, so we made it a two-parter! This is part 2, which covers the remainder of the arguments made against climate change. Please forgive the audio issues with this week (and last week's episode), we had a mic mishap that wasn't discovered until after we had recorded!Support the show
1/12/202250 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 68 - Why We're Wrong (or so they say) - Climate Change Part 1

In this second installment of our new Why We're Wrong (or so they say) subseries, we're exploring why they say we're wrong about Climate Change. the conversation is lengthy, so we made it a two-parter! We also discuss at length the new movie "Don't Look Up", and it's relevancy to this conversation!Please forgive the audio issues with this week (and next week's episode), we had a mic mishap that wasn't discovered until after we had recorded!https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jul/24/scientific-consensus-on-humans-causing-global-warming-passes-99https://www.earthday.org/6-arguments-to-refute-your-climate-denying-relatives/https://theconversation.com/another-link-between-co2-and-mass-extinctions-of-species-12906https://climatechange.procon.org/https://www.climaterealityproject.org/sites/climaterealityproject.org/files/the12questionseveryclimateactivisthears_theclimaterealityproject.pdfhttps://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2014/may/06/top-ten-global-warming-skeptic-arguments-debunkedhttps://opr.ca.gov/facts/common-denier-arguments.htmlhttps://www.livescience.com/mass-extinction-events-that-shaped-Earth.htmlhttps://earth.org/data_visualization/a-brief-history-of-co2/https://www.thedailybeast.com/stella-immanuel-trumps-new-covid-doctor-believes-in-alien-dna-demon-sperm-and-hydroxychloroquinehttps://ourworldindata.org/fossil-fuelshttps://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2019/07/20/so-you-think-were-reducing-fossil-fuel-think-again/?sh=406aef2952fbhttps://www.climate.gov/news-features/climate-qa/what%E2%80%99s-hottest-earth-has-been-%E2%80%9Clately%E2%80%9Dhttps://www.factcheck.org/2009/12/climategate/Support the show
1/5/202253 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 67 - Collapse in 2021

This year we start an annual tradition of discussing how collapse has played out during the year, as well as discussing predictions for the next year. Sources:https://www.reuters.com/business/cop/siberia-us-wildfires-broke-emissions-records-this-year-2021-12-06/https://www.space.com/2021-record-wildfire-season-from-spacehttps://www.cbsnews.com/news/arctic-record-siberia-100-degree-heat-climate-change-alarm-bells-un/https://www.axios.com/weather-climate-disasters-billion-54a2a7f9-e492-47f9-a804-6eb7abe798aa.htmlhttps://www.businessinsider.com/us-tornadoes-highlight-rising-risk-climate-change-supply-chains-2021-12Support the show
12/29/202157 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 66 - Death of Democracy with Haven Scott McVarish

This week we were pleased to interview Haven Scott McVarish, who is the founder and director of the non-profit organizations Common Sense Democracy and 5Journeys. He has been a community organizer, a strategist for local political campaigns, a union leader, and the founder of one of the most successful immigration law firms in Los Angeles. He is a former congressional candidate, a frequent progressive political commentator for Real America’s Voice, and now a regenerative farmer. His second book, Last Chance to Save American Democracy, was published weeks before the 2020 election. In the conversation we discuss the crucial role democracy plays in global stability, and the immediate threats it faces. We also speak about Haven's non-profit organization, 5Journeys and how he aims to help people build resiliency in their lives.Haven's book, 'Last Chance to Save American Democracy' is available on Amazon in Kindle, paperback, hardcover, and audiobook. It's also available on Bookshop.org and Barnes & Noble. Support the show
12/22/20211 hour, 36 seconds
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Episode 65 - Methane

When it comes to greenhouse gasses, C02 typically takes center stage. In this episode we take on the 2nd most prolific greenhouse gas, methane, which is comparatively a much more powerful gas when it comes to global warming. There are many theories that exist regarding the future of methane, and we try to take a balanced look at those here. Learn More:https://www.carbonbrief.org/guest-post-a-new-way-to-assess-global-warming-potential-of-short-lived-pollutantshttps://www.science.org/content/article/only-humans-can-create-climate-altering-methane-burns-new-studies-suggesthttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clathrate_gun_hypothesishttps://www.iea.org/reports/methane-tracker-2020http://earthguide.ucsd.edu/virtualmuseum/climatechange2/11_3.shtmlhttps://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210805-the-search-for-the-worlds-largest-methane-sourcesSupport the show
12/15/202136 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 64 - Infrastructure Deep Dive (Bridges and Dams)

Previously (episode 45), we talked about the weaknesses in global infrastructure from a very high level, with the promise to touch deeper on different aspects of infrastructure later on. In this episode we focus on dams and bridges, two very critical aspects of our physical infrastructure, and each with their own unique battles to fight now and in the coming decades. Learn more: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41597-020-0362-5https://infrastructurereportcard.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Dams-2021.pdfhttps://www.bridgemi.com/michigan-environment-watch/should-taxpayers-foot-bill-restoring-midland-damshttps://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/thousands-fled-their-lives-when-two-michigan-dams-collapsed-more-n1230841https://e360.yale.edu/features/water-warning-the-looming-threat-of-the-worlds-aging-damshttps://infrastructurereportcard.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/2021-logotype.pnghttps://www.researchgate.net/publication/320216532_Method_for_Rapidly_Assessing_the_Overtopping_Risk_of_Bridges_Due_to_Flooding_over_a_Large_Geographic_Regionhttps://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_bridge_failuresSupport the show
12/8/202147 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 63 - Why We're Wrong (or so they say): Resource Scarcity

This podcast, and the exploration of collapse itself, can be a bit of an echo chamber. In this sub-series we want to take an honest look at the counter-arguments that exist which try to explain why collapse won't happen. In this episode, we take a look at the arguments against resource scarcity. Learn More:https://interstem.us/2021/07/10/will-the-earth-ever-run-out-of-resourceshttps://www.jstor.org/stable/23596679https://mindmatters.ai/2020/08/business-prof-stop-it-the-world-is-not-running-out-of-stuff/Support the show
12/1/202152 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 62: Historical Precedent of Collapse

History is full of examples of collapse of all sorts. This week we take a high level look at some of those collapses and attempt to find the parallels with our situation today. Learn More:https://www.mvorganizing.org/what-are-some-common-reasons-why-empires-fall/https://www.theguardian.com/education/higher/humanities/partner/story/0,9885,678228,00.htmlhttps://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Societal_collapsehttps://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/world-history/ancient-medieval/classical-states-and-empires/a/rise-and-fall-of-empireshttps://youtu.be/Okph9wt8I0Ahttps://youtu.be/K_Lj84_gLiAhttps://youtu.be/Hnxmh_NxPcsSupport the show
11/24/202143 minutes, 6 seconds
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Bonus Episode 20 - Catastrophes in British Columbia

This is an example of the bonus episodes we release weekly every Friday to our Patreon subscribers. Use the link below to join!Support the show
11/19/202118 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 61 - Interview with Michael Rezl (U/LetsTalkUFOs) | Ladder of Collapse Awareness

We were pleased to interview Michael Rezl, one of the senior moderators on r/collapse, on his perspective on Reddit, moderating, and getting his insights on Paul Chefurkas "Ladder of Collapse Awareness".Learn More:Ladder of AwarenessSupport the show
11/17/202157 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 60 - Sea Level Rise

It is one of the most talked about aspects of climate change in the mainstream, and yet one of the most misunderstood.  Sea level rise is more than just cities under water and is not something we have until 2100 to start seeing the effects of. It's happening now, and the problem is growing exponentially. Learn More:https://climate-adapt.eea.europa.eu/metadata/publications/ranking-of-the-worlds-cities-to-coastal-flooding/11240357https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-12808-z.pdfhttps://www.statista.com/chart/19884/number-of-people-affected-by-rising-sea-levels-per-country/https://climate-adapt.eea.europa.eu/metadata/publications/ranking-of-the-worlds-cities-to-coastal-flooding/11240357https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/01/the-world-s-coastal-cities-are-going-under-here-is-how-some-are-fighting-back/http://cosee.umaine.edu/cfuser/resources/tr_sea_level.pdfhttps://www.climate.gov/news-features/featured-images/2017-state-climate-mountain-glaciershttps://www.usgs.gov/mission-areas/water-resources/science/saltwater-intrusion?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objectshttps://www.climate.gov/news-features/understanding-climate/climate-change-global-sea-levelSupport the show
11/10/202140 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 59 - ARkStorm

When it comes to natural disasters, California doesn't have it easy. Droughts, wildfires, mudslides, The Big One, (and last but certainly not least), ARkStorm. ARkStorm is more than just an ominous-sounding name. It is a storm that has happened in a  historically consistent pattern, and one that would decimate the California economy as well as potentially that of the US and even the world. It would leave behind destruction, death, famine and cause mass migration from the US' most populous state.  And, of course, it's being made more and more likely by anthropogenic climate change. Learn More:https://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2010/1312/https://www.usgs.gov/media/videos/arkstormhttps://www.usgs.gov/natural-hazards/science-application-risk-reduction/science/arkstorm-scenario?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objectshttps://www.popsci.com/ARkStorm-megastorm-california/https://www.popsci.com/california-wet-dry-season/https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/Nearly-1-Trillion-California-Flood-Likely-Occur-Within-40-Yearshttps://www.mercurynews.com/2017/07/27/california-farms-produce-a-lot-of-food-but-what-and-how-much-might-surprise-you/Support the show
11/3/202140 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 58 - Can Technology Save Us? (Part 5 - Electric Vehicles)

In the "Can Technology Save Us?" series up to this point we've taken a look at renewable electricity, nuclear fission, geoengineering, and nuclear fusion. In this episode, we take a look at electric vehicles and the hopes that have been put in them to help power a sustainable future. Can electric cars save us? I think you already know the answer (not a chance), and this episodes shows us why.Learn More:https://www.iea.org/reports/global-ev-outlook-2021/policies-to-promote-electric-vehicle-deploymenthttps://ww2.arb.ca.gov/our-work/programs/zero-emission-vehicle-program/abouthttps://www.eei.org/resourcesandmedia/newsroom/Pages/Press%20Releases/EEI%20Celebrates%201%20Million%20Electric%20Vehicles%20on%20U-S-%20Roads.aspxhttps://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/26/lifetime-emissions-of-evs-are-lower-than-gasoline-cars-experts-say.htmlhttps://www.iea.org/reports/global-ev-outlook-2021/trends-and-developments-in-electric-vehicle-marketshttps://usa.streetsblog.org/2021/06/18/electric-vehicles-wont-save-us/https://earth.stanford.edu/news/roadmap-reducing-greenhouse-gas-emissions-50-percent-2030#gs.dfxaqyhttps://www.energy.gov/articles/history-electric-carhttps://www.wsj.com/graphics/are-electric-cars-really-better-for-the-environment/Support the show
10/27/202136 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 57 - The True Cost of the US Military

The US defence budget is enormous - as big as the next 10 countries combined! In this episode we discuss the true cost of the US military, beyond just dollars.Learn more:https://sipri.org/media/press-release/2021/world-military-spending-rises-almost-2-trillion-2020https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/its-time-to-rein-in-inflated-military-budgets/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_budget_of_the_United_Stateshttps://www.newsweek.com/2014/07/25/us-department-defence-one-worlds-biggest-polluters-259456.htmlhttps://www.pgpf.org/budget-basics/budget-explainer-national-defensehttps://www.thebalance.com/u-s-federal-budget-breakdown-3305789https://www.statista.com/statistics/217577/outlays-for-defense-and-forecast-in-the-us/https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BUDGET-2010-TAB/pdf/BUDGET-2010-TAB.pdfSupport the show
10/20/202140 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 56 - The Elite Cycle and Limited Upward Mobility

A recent model predicts civil conflict and even civil war in the United states. A prerequisite for this to happen is that there has to be restrictions on upward socioeconomic mobility. In this episode we explore how that has taken place, and what the final result will be for the ruling elite if the working class is pushed too far.Support the show
10/13/202146 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 55 - Kessler Syndrome

With increases in technology come increases in complexity. Over the years we've continually added important infrastructure to Earth's orbit, infrastructure which is now imperilled by ever-increasing chances for a cascading failure that could jeopardize our financial systems, communication, and supply chains.Support the show
10/6/202131 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 54 - Supply Chain Strain (Semiconductors)

In this episode we take an up-close look at one example of our currently strained supply chains, semiconductors. Why are we running short? What implications does it have? How is it an example of overall supply chain disruption?Support the show
9/29/202141 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 53 - Tropical Cyclones

Many parts of the world live in areas heavily impacted by tropical cyclones. Costing 10's and even 100's of billions of dollars per year in damages, these storms have the potential to cause real harm to supply chaines, infrastructure, and economy. Thanks to climate change, they're getting worse.Learn More:Projected Increases in Hurricane Damage in the United States: The Role of Climate Change and Coastal Development - ScienceDirecthttps://yaleclimateconnections.org/2019/07/how-climate-change-is-making-hurricanes-more-dangerous/https://www.directrelief.org/2019/06/how-hurricanes-cause-disease-outbreaks/amp/https://wildlifeflorida.org/the-impact-of-hurricanes-on-the-environment/https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/billions/dcmi.pdfhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_Atlantic_hurricane_seasonhttps://www.katc.com/news/covering-louisiana/entergy-ida-was-most-destructive-hurricane-everhttps://www.history.com/news/hurricane-katrina-facts-legacyhttps://www.washingtonpost.com/local/on-mississippis-gulf-coast-what-was-lost-and-gained-from-katrinas-fury/2015/08/26/2c00956a-4313-11e5-846d-02792f854297_story.htmlhttps://www.lamar.edu/_files/documents/resilience-recovery/grant/recovery-and-resiliency/hurric2.pdfhttps://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/rebuilding-after-hurricane-ida-will-be-costly-experts-blame-pandemic-n1278621https://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/articles/deadliest-tropical-cycloneshttps://theconversation.com/bangladesh-has-saved-thousands-of-lives-from-a-devastating-cyclone-heres-how-139903https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/tropical-cyclone-hits-by-country-typhoon-hurricaneSupport the show
9/22/202138 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 52 - Mental Resilience during Collapse

Mental health and resilience is one of the lesser-spoken-about topics of collapse, but one that is so important as the world around us continually changes at an accelerated pace. In this episode, we check in on eachother's mental health and Kellan gives some specific examples and ideas for building mental resiliency. Support the show
9/15/202149 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 51 - A Conversation with Professor Tom Murphy

We sat down with Professor Tom Murphy to discuss his views on collapse. Tom is a professor in the physics department at UCSD, and recently released a free textbook online called Energy and Human Ambitions on a Finite Planet, which you can find here. Enjoy the interview!Support the show
9/8/202150 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 50 - Losing the Amazon

We often hear about the importance of the Amazon and that it's in danger. What does that really mean? In this episode we dive into what the future looks like for the world's biggest rainforest.Support the show
9/1/202140 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 49 - How to Speak to Others about Collapse

Collapse is a heavy topic, and many people struggle with how to bring it up to others.  While the situation may not always warrant teaching someone about collapse, sometimes it is and it's worth being prepared for those conversations. In this episode we discuss the dos and don'ts of talking about collapse, with some specific approaches that can be used.Support the show
8/25/202149 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 48 - Waste

Much of the focus of collapse conversation seems to be growing consumption and the energy resources required to make it possible. Less spoken of, however, is the waste byproduct of all that production and consumption. From trash, to spilled chemicals, to air pollution and more, waste is a growing issue with more problems than solutions.Learn More: https://blog.idrenvironmental.com/what-is-industrial-wastehttps://publicintegrity.org/environment/industrial-waste-pollutes-americas-drinking-water/https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/earth-and-planetary-sciences/industrial-wastehttps://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/toxic-wastehttps://www.conserve-energy-future.com/causes-effects-of-industrial-pollution.phphttps://www.forbes.com/sites/davidcarlin/2020/05/24/americas-air-is-getting-worse-heres-why/?sh=b48f1944d4f3https://biologicaldiversity.org/w/news/press-releases/gov-desantis-urged-to-declare-state-of-emergency-due-to-red-tide-2021-07-19/https://www.ecowatch.com/red-tide-fish-dead-tampa-bay-2653844544.htmlhttps://www.earthday.org/how-our-trash-impacts-the-environment/https://www.latimes.com/world/global-development/la-fg-global-trash-20160422-20160421-snap-htmlstory.htmlhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2021/01/10/china-quits-recycling-us-trash-as-sustainable-start-up-makes-strides/?sh=750571b45a56Support the show
8/18/202157 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 47 - Heatwaves and Wet Bulb

Some of climate change's most deadly consequences will come from an increase in deadly heatwaves. In this episode, Kory and Kellan discuss what the wet bulb temperature is and how we can expect it to affect us in the future.Learn More:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wet-bulb_temperaturehttps://phys.libretexts.org/Bookshelves/Conceptual_Physics/Book%3A_Body_Physics_-_Motion_to_Metabolism_(Davis)/10%3A_Powering_the_Body/10.09%3A_Efficiency_of_the_Human_Bodyhttps://www.engineersedge.com/heat_transfer/thermal_energy_created_13777.htmhttps://www.climatesignals.org/climate-signals/atmospheric-moisture-increasehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermoregulationhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HyperthermiaSupport the show
8/11/202135 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 46: Can Technology Save Us? (Part 4 - Nuclear Fusion)

In this episode of the "Can Technology Save Us?" mini-series Kory and Kellan discuss nuclear fusion - its potential for providing vast amounts of energy, as well as the serious roadblocks to its actualization. Support the show
8/4/202141 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 45 - Infrastructure

A functioning civilized society requires an ever-increasingly complex network of infrastructure. As that infrastructure ages, and necessary maintenance is not done to ensure it remains whole, it can have severe and lasting impacts on society. Support the show
7/28/202147 minutes, 14 seconds
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Bonus Episode - Leaked IPCC Report

This is a bonus episode, which reflects the weekly bonus episodes we release as a "ThankYou" to our Patreon supporters. This week's topic is the leaked IPCC report and how it differs from their past reports. To receive these bonus episodes, join us here!Support the show
7/23/202127 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 44 - Censorship

As governments around the world feel the stress of collapse, they will likely attempt to increase control of their people. One of the ways this is done is through censorship - silencing voices and diminishing free speech. In this episode, Kory and Kellan take a look at the the ways that censorship can accelarate collapse, and the ways that collapse can increase censorship.Support the show
7/21/202138 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 43 - Insect Collapse

Insects are at the bottom of the food chain, and entire ecoystems rely on them. As human activity continues to fill the corners of the earth and cause unrelenting climate change, insect populations are being affected. What do we know about the scale of the problem, and what it means for us?Support the show
7/14/202134 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 42 - Declining Birth Rates

Birth rates decline for many reasons - both voluntary and involuntary. What are those reasonds, and what does this mean for society and for collapse?Support the show
7/7/202143 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 41 - Peak Sand

Many of our scarce resources are known, somewhat mainstream, and fairly obvious. Others, however, are not as apparent. This episode is about the surprisingly urgent need for ethically sourced sand. Peak sand may be reached in the next few decades.Learn More:https://www.unep.org/news-and-stories/press-release/rising-demand-sand-calls-resource-governancehttps://www.ecomagazine.com/in-depth/featured-stories/slipping-through-our-fingers-are-we-running-out-of-sandhttps://www.theguardian.com/global/2018/jul/01/riddle-of-the-sands-the-truth-behind-stolen-beaches-and-dredged-islands?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other#comment-117685215https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/05/sand-shortage-the-world-is-running-out-of-a-crucial-commodity.htmlhttps://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/feb/27/sand-mining-global-environmental-crisis-never-heardhttps://www.bbc.com/future/article/20191108-why-the-world-is-running-out-of-sandSupport the show
6/30/202134 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 40 - AMOC and Jet Streams

Kory and Kellan describe the reasons for, and potential outcomes of, a slowing AMOC (Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation).  And no, it's nothing like The Day After Tomorrow tries to make you believe.They also briefly discuss jet streams and the effect climate change has on weather patterns.Learn more:https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/25/atlantic-ocean-circulation-at-weakest-in-a-millennium-say-scientistshttps://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-blogs/climatechange/impacts-of-a-weakening-amoc/675136https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/02/25/atlantic-ocean-currents-weakening-amoc-gulf-stream/https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/10/29/climate-change-is-doing-some-strange-things-to-the-waters-off-new-england/https://rapid.ac.uk/background.phphttps://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2019JC015152https://www.whoi.edu/press-room/news-release/study-finds-no-direct-link-between-north-atlantic-ocean-currents-sea-level-along-new-england-coast/https://www.weather.gov/jetstream/jethttps://spectrumnews1.com/ca/la-west/weather/2021/02/27/climate-change--not-just-global-warming--but-global--weirding-Support the show
6/23/202134 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 39 - Updates to Limits to Growth

Referring back to episode 4, Kory and Kellan give an update on the scenarios presented in the book "Limits to Growth", with information from updated models, as well as empirical data gained since the original publishing in 1972. Learn More:Branderhorst Document Turner Paper (2012)The original Limits to Growth (1972)Support the show
6/16/202140 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 38 - Religion

Religion can be a touchy subject, especially in reference to collapse. Given that 85% of the world claims some sort of religion, Kory and Kellan felt that it's important to discuss the countless positives and negatives associated with people's beliefs around the world, and how those beliefs relate to collapse.Support the show
6/9/202147 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 37 - Can Technology Save Us (Part 3 - Geoengineering)

Kory and Kellan take a look at geoengineering, and whether or not it can stave off the effects of climate change.Support the show
6/2/202148 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 36 - A Deeper Look at Catabolic Collapse

In a follow up to episode 5 ("Catabolic Collapse"), Kory and Kellan take a deeper look at the concept, specifically by analzying the paper written by John Michael Greer titled "How Civilizations Fall: A Theory of Catabolic Collapse".Learn more:"How Civilizations Fall: A Theory of Catabolic Collapse" (PDF)Support the show
5/26/202140 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 35 - Microplastics

Kory and Kellan discuss the rapid increase in plastic pollution and it's potential affects on biodiversity and human health.Support the show
5/19/202134 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 34: Disease (Part 1)

Kellan and Kory break down two important factors of disease: antibiotic resistance and ancient microbes being released from permafrost. Learn More:https://www.mintpressnews.com/coming-antibiotic-resistance-pandemic-could-make-covid-look-like-flu/276526/https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/new-report-by-world-animal-protection-documents-antibiotic-resistance-in-the-environment-near-us-factory-farms-1030319190About Antibiotic Resistancehttps://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/about.html#:~:text=Antibiotic%20resistance%20happens%20when%20germs,killed%20and%20continue%20to%20grow.Antibiotic Resistance Threatens Modern Medicinehttps://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/pdf/threats-report/Threat-Modern-Medicine-508.pdfAntibiotic Resistant Bacteriahttps://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/antibiotic-resistant-bacteriaBiggest Threats and Datahttps://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/biggest-threats.htmlWHO Article: “New Report Calls for Urgent Action to Avert Antimicrobial Resistance Crisis”https://www.who.int/news/item/29-04-2019-new-report-calls-for-urgent-action-to-avert-antimicrobial-resistance-crisisSupport the show
5/12/202141 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 33 - Peak Soil

Kellan and Kory discuss the ways in which our soil is being degraded and the potential consequences of reaching a peak in soil availability.Learn More:“Why Soil Is Disappearing from Farms”https://www.bbc.com/future/bespoke/follow-the-food/why-soil-is-disappearing-from-farms/Soil loss in Midwest farmshttps://www.npr.org/2021/02/24/967376880/new-evidence-shows-fertile-soil-gone-from-midwestern-farmsPhosphorus crisishttps://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/farmers-are-facing-a-phosphorus-crisis-the-solution-starts-with-soilFarm Tillinghttps://www.sterlinglandcompany.com/farm-tilling-till-versus-no-till/#:~:text=Historically%2C%20farmers%20have%20tilled%20their,easier%20to%20plant%20new%20seeds.&text=Tilling%20breaks%20apart%20the%20established,much%20easier%20to%20control%20them.Haber-Bosch Process https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haber_processPeak Phosphorushttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peak_phosphorus#:~:text=According%20to%20some%20researchers%2C%20Earth's,for%20several%20hundreds%20of%20years.Soil Salinityhttps://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-96190-3_2Erosion and Global Warminghttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-unep-soil/soil-erosion-increasing-global-warming-threat-unep-idUSTRE81C13J20120213Support the show
5/5/202132 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 32 - Overpopulation vs Overconsumption

Kellan and Kory discuss the oft-disputed question of what's to blame for collapse: are there too many people, or are we simply consuming too much?Support the show
4/28/202137 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 31 - Can Technology Save Us - Part 2 (Nuclear Fission)

Kory and Kellan discuss the role of nuclear fission in our energy production and consumption, and whether or not fission provides an answer to our future energy shortages.Learn More:What is nuclear fission?https://www.britannica.com/science/nuclear-fission/Fission-theoryNuclear fission explainerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pY5HeZpNr8Nuclear power in Francehttps://world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Macron-stresses-importance-of-nuclear-energy-for-F#:~:text=According%20to%20World%20Nuclear%20Association,billion%20per%20year%20from%20this.Pros and Cons of nuclearhttps://www.power-technology.com/features/nuclear-power-pros-cons/Power Plant Construction Costshttps://proest.com/construction/cost-estimates/power-plants/#:~:text=Natural%20gas%20power%20plant%20construction,on%20the%20total%20construction%20costs.Why nuclear is not the answerhttps://www.leonardodicaprio.org/the-7-reasons-why-nuclear-energy-is-not-the-answer-to-solve-climate-change/#:~:text=In%20addition%2C%20it%20creates%20risk,need%20natural%20gas%20for%20backup.Support the show
4/21/202137 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 30 - The Firearm Factor

Kory and Kellan discuss the increasingly important role that firearms play as civil unrest, political tensions, and the delegitimacy of governments increase worldwide.Learn More:Mass Shootings 2020https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mass_shootings_in_the_United_States_in_2020#:~:text=There%20were%20614%20mass%20shootings,there%20were%20180%20more%20incidents.Mass Shootings 2021https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mass_shootings_in_the_United_States_in_2021Gun Violence Over Timehttps://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/03/23/2020-shootings/Deaths by Car Accidents 2020https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2021/03/05/pandemic-travel-traffic-deaths-up-8-2020-despite-driving-less/4590942001/#:~:text=The%20nonprofit%20National%20Safety%20Council,first%20jump%20in%20four%20years.Gun Purchases 2020https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2021/02/10/this-is-how-many-guns-were-sold-in-all-50-states/43371461/Guns in the US https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41488081https://news.gallup.com/poll/264932/percentage-americans-own-guns.aspxhttps://www.statista.com/statistics/186935/deaths-by-firearm-related-injuries-in-the-us-since-1970/https://www.statista.com/statistics/249740/percentage-of-households-in-the-united-states-owning-a-firearm/https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/pictures/gun-ownership-rates-by-state/Gun Lawshttps://youtu.be/pXnycRj1KWsMapping Police Violencehttps://mappingpoliceviolence.org/Support the show
4/14/202134 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 29: Our Dying Oceans

Perhaps one of the least talked about (but one of the most important) aspects of ecological and environmental collapse: our oceans. From ocean acidification and dead zones to rising temperatures and overfishing, there are multiple threats to marine life. The delicate ocean ecosystems are dissolving before our eyes, with unprecedented consequences to our societies.Dead Zoneshttps://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/deadzone.htmlhttps://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/01/dead-zones-in-our-oceans-have-increased-dramatically-since-1950-and-we-re-to-blame/Ocean Acidificationhttps://www.noaa.gov/education/resource-collections/ocean-coasts/ocean-acidification#:~:text=The%20ocean%20absorbs%20about%2030,by%20the%20ocean%20also%20increaseshttps://www.epa.gov/ocean-acidification/understanding-science-ocean-and-coastal-acidification#:~:text=Today%2C%20average%20ocean%20pH%20is,ten%2Dfold%20increase%20in%20acidityPteropod Shell Dissolutionhttps://www.nature.com/articles/ngeo1635Threats to Phytoplanktonhttps://psmag.com/environment/global-warming-is-putting-phytoplankton-in-dangerOceanic c02 Absorptionhttps://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/03/oceans-do-us-a-huge-service-by-absorbing-nearly-a-third-of-global-co2-emissions-but-at-what-cost#:~:text=So%20far%2C%20the%20researchers%20found,as%20atmospheric%20levels%20have%20increased.&text=%22At%20some%20point%20the%20ability,scientist%20Jeremy%20Mathis%20told%20MashableSupport the show
4/7/202136 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 28 - The Upside of Collapse

Not every aspect of collapse has to be negative.  In this episode Kory and Kellan discuss the potential positives to collapse, as a way to see the best in the worst of situations.Links:How Trauma can Change you for the Better:https://time.com/3967885/how-trauma-can-change-you-for-the-better/The positive Legacy of Trauma:https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8827649/What Good can Come of Trauma?https://www.research.va.gov/currents/1215-4.cfmTribe - Sebastian Jungerhttp://www.sebastianjunger.com/tribe-by-sebastian-jungerSupport the show
3/31/202131 minutes
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Episode 27: 18 Months of Collapse

In this episode, Kellan and Kory discuss the impact and the implications of the events of the last 18 months. From record wildfires and hurricanes to civil unrest, and economic volatility to global pandemics, it's clear that we are witnessing collapse all around us.Support the show
3/24/202147 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 26: Bill Gates and "How to Avoid a Climate Disaster"

In this episode Kory and Kellan review the new book by Bill Gates "How to Avoid a Climate Disaster" through an in-depth discussion of the validity of the points made and the credibility of the author.Support the show
3/17/202135 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 25: A Conversation with Desh Amila

Desh Amila gives a fascinating perspective on what it's like growing up in a country torn by civil war, as well as the dangers of our hyperpolarized political environment. You can check out his new documentary, "Better Left Unsaid", at www.betterleftunsaidfilm.comSupport the show
3/10/202153 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 24: Water Crisis and Conflict

In this episode we discuss water shortages, water infrastructure, and the current and potential conflicts arising from inadequate access.Learn More:https://www.watercalculator.org/footprint/foods-big-water-footprint/https://www.nationalgeographic.org/article/freshwater-resources/https://ourworldindata.org/water-use-stress#:~:text=Globally%2C%20approximately%2019%20percent%20of,%2C%20industrial%20and%20domestic%20uses).https://www.usbr.gov/mp/arwec/water-facts-ww-water-sup.htmlhttps://www.amazon.com/Rivers-Fully-Revised-Updated-Water/dp/0807054895https://www.worldwater.org/conflict/list/Support the show
3/3/202134 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 23: Supply Chain Failure

Kellan and Kory discuss the vulnerabilities of the global supply chain, and the potential results of supply chain failure.Support the show
2/24/202135 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 22: Interview with John Michael Greer

We're honored to have JMG join us on this episode to discuss his views on collapse. For more on John Michael Greer:His main blog is here: https://www.ecosophia.net/His Dreamwidth journal is here: https://ecosophia.dreamwidth.org/You can buy his books directly from Bookshop here: https://bookshop.org/shop/jmgSupport the show
2/17/202154 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 21: Can Technology Save Us? (Part 1- Electricity)

In this episode we discuss renewable electricity and whether or not it can save us from falling off the energy cliff.https://www.businessinsider.com/this-is-the-potential-of-solar-power-2015-9#:~:text=Each%20hour%20430%20quintillion%20Joules,Joules%20of%20electricity%20in%202013.https://www.energy.gov/eere/solar/solar-performance-and-efficiencyhttps://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/electricity/electricity-in-the-us.phpSupport the show
2/10/202135 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 20: Post-Collapse Possibilites

We discuss some of the most prevalent ideas of what life will look like after collapse. "How to Enjoy the End of the World" - Sid SmithSupport the show
2/3/202132 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 19: Moral Decay

Most major factors influencing collapse can be tied back, directly or indirectly, to the moral decline of society. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/10/collapsing-levels-trust-are-devastating-america/616581/Support the show
1/27/202131 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 18: Wealth Disparity

Historically, an increasing wealth gap has always been a sign of empires in decline. Will this time be any different? Kory and Kellan dive into what our growing wealth disparity means for the US and the world.Video on wealth disparity (referenced in this episode)Support the show
1/20/202135 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 17: Life During Climate Change

In this episode we discuss the possible consequences of climate change and how they will affect daily life.Support the show
1/13/202145 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 16: Echo Chambers

In this episode Kory and Kellan discuss the consequences of echo chambers in today's political environment.Support the show
1/6/202143 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 15: Coping

Accepting collapse and take a toll on mental health. Kellan introduces some ways to cope with the reaility of collapse and making the best of our situations.Support the show
12/30/202044 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 14: The Problems with Modern Agriculture

Kellan and Kory discuss the role that modern agriculture plays in eventual societal collapseSupport the show
12/23/202035 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 13: Preparation (Part 2) - Practical Steps

In this episode Kellan and I discuss some thoughts on how to get started preparing for collapse. Support the show
12/16/202047 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 12: Preparation (Part 1): "Resilience"

Kellan and Kory discuss the proper expectations and philosophy around preparing for collapse, and how they may differ from mainstream ideas of "prepping".Support the show
12/9/202047 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 11: Trading Independence for Convenience

This week Kellan takes the wheel and talks about specific trends in consumerism that have caused the modern western world to give up our independence in exchange for convenience.Support the show
12/2/202038 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 10: Feedback Loops and BOE

In this episode Kellan and I discuss feedback loops related to climate change, what a BOE is, and how it will affect us.Support the show
11/25/202044 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 9: Questions from a Skeptic

In this episode Kellan asks the questions he's had on his mind throughout our conversations. Support the show
11/18/202045 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 8: Climate Change

In this episode we discuss the major impacts of climate change and its role in collapse.Learn More:On Ice Free Arctic 2035On “Faster Than Expected” Permafrost Melt“Faster Than Expected” ExamplesWhy 1.5 isn’t going to happenWhen could we see a 2 degree warmer world?The Difference Between 1.5 and 2 DegreeesAir Pollution Deaths at 2 Degrees vs 1.5 DegreesHow many die annually from air polution?What could 2050 look like? (1)What could 2050 look like? (2)California Wildfires - 2020Support the show
11/11/202042 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 7: Political Turmoil

Politicians have power because we have given it to them. What happens when the people decide that power is no longer legitimate?Learn More:On CorruptionOn VotingBreaking the Two Party SystemIncome Inequality"The Collapse of Complex Societies" - Joseph Tainter The French Revolution“Dark Age America" - John Michael GreerOn Essential WorkersWhat Causes Revolutions?"Medellin, a city caught between love and hatred for Pablo Escobar"Systemic Police Brutality and its Costs in the United StatesOn Poverty in the USACan Netflix’s Stock Double in 2020?On Bread and CircusesHow to Understand Power“It Could Happen Here" - Robert Evans“How the Arab Spring Started and How it Affected the World”Support the show
11/4/202042 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 6: The Financial System

The massive social experiment that is our financial system is truly understood by few. This episode details how we are practically victims of history's largest Ponzi scheme. How long will the con last?Learn More:The Crash Course (Full Course)The Crash Course (Short Version)Fractional Reserve BankingHow does the Federal Reserve create money?Money in CirculationUS Debt ClockZimbabwe HyperinflationSupport the show
10/28/202051 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 5: Catabolic Collapse

In this episode we discuss one of the mechanisms by which societal collapse happens over time, and what it looks like for every-day people.Sources:How Civilizations Fall: A Theory of Catabolic Collapse - John Michael GreerDark Age America - John Michael GreerGDP GrowthInfrastructure Report CardSupport the show
10/21/202041 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 4: Overshoot & Limits to Growth

In this episode we discuss the concept of overshoot, and the consequences it has on society and our ecosystem. We also discuss the book Limits to Growth, which is based around computer modeling done at MIT to discover the fate of our society in the next 50 years. Learn More:Limits to Growth PDFSupport the show
10/14/202058 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 3: The Energy Crisis

Energy fuels our lives. So why have we risked so much by devouring energy that can't be replaced and is unsustainable? Every wildfire hits a peak where it burns at maximum heat and covers the largest area, before it dies down due to insufficient fuel sources. Our society, also at its peak, must eventually face the same decline.Learn More:Energy Slave - Comic Energy SlavesA Short History of EnergyEnergy and Human EvolutionWhat is Oil Used For?Jevon's ParadoxWhy Renewables Can't Save the PlanetEROEIPeak OilSupport the show
10/8/202038 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 2: Complex Society

The complex state of our society makes us especially vulnerable to collapse. As a result of building this system, we each rely on it to keep us alive and have therefore lost our independence.In this episode we answer the question of what it means to be complex, and why it is so dangerous.Timeline of Human Technological AdvancementWhat Makes a Society Complex?Diminishing Returns of Technological AdvancementEMP Report (EMP Commission)Coronavirus and the Supply ChainSupport the show
10/8/202034 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 1: Introducing Collapse

What is collapse? This episode introduces the topic of the podcast, establishing a foundation for the conversation moving forward. Is it a conspiracy? Is it a certainity, or are we talking about a one-off chance? Will it happen during our life time? These questions and more answered in this episode.Support the show
10/8/202032 minutes, 19 seconds