Donald J. Patterson

What if Sustainability Doesn’t Work Out?

What if Sustainability Doesn't Work Out?

This article in Interactions was intended to be an introduction to the idea of Collapse Informatics that was elaborated in other publications in more depth.

In a recent NSF-funded National Academies symposium on Science, Innovation, and Partnerships for Sustainability Solutions, there was a great deal of discussion about global
change. To offer a few concrete examples of the kind of problems that may result from global change:
Sea-level rise could displace tens or even hundreds of millions of people by the end of this century; similar numbers of people could be subjected to increased water stress; and shifting climatic zones could cause many farms to cease to be viable with current crop choices and farming techniques. As we write this, the U.S. is experiencing the worst drought and warmest 12-month average temperatures
since record keeping began in 1895. (permanent copy, local copy)

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