Looking for some hard data to back up the wild claims and sweeping statements that we throw around willy-nilly? You’ve come to the right place. This is a semi-exhaustive list of links and sources that covers most of the Collaps-O-Sphere and touches on all the main topics we discuss.
Please note that inclusion here does not mean that we agree with or endorse all the statements, opinions, beliefs or actions of each site or its authors. This is simply a round-up of useful background information, scientific data and widely-known figures writing about collapse-related topics. You’ll have to judge for yourself how much credence to give any individual source.
Overviews and Summaries
Global Warming, Our Future
“A degree by degree explanation of what will happen when the earth warms.” This is one of the best general summaries of climate change out there. No nonsense, plain language, highly recommended.
The Uninhabitable Earth (David Wallace-Wells in New York Magazine, 2017)
“Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak — sooner than you think.” This article stirred up a lot of controversy by coming right out and addressing what’s happening instead of sugar-coating the situation, but it is well-sourced and scientifically accurate in its predictions.
Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math (Bill McKibben in Rolling Stone, 2012)
“Three simple numbers that add up to global catastrophe – and that make clear who the real enemy is.” This is an oldie but a goodie. Reading McKibben’s clear, logical argument and seeing the numbers laid bare really brings home how fucked we are.
The Climate Explorer
Explore maps and graphs of historical and projected climate trends for any county in the contiguous United States. View data by topics to see how climate change will impact things you care about.
Nature Bats Last
This climate change summary compiled by controversial figure Guy McPherson includes an exhaustive list of feedback loops that have been found in the data but are not included in official planning documents like the IPCC reports used to broker international agreements. McPherson interprets these sources to mean that runaway climate change has been triggered and will cause near-term human extinction (NTHE) by around 2030 (give or take five years). We take no position on possible timelines or specific predictions, but we suggest reading the summary so you can determine what’s likely to happen for yourself.
Arctic / Antarctic Ice
The Arctic Ice Crisis (Bill McKibben in Rolling Stone, 2012)
“There’s no place on Earth that’s changing faster – and no place where that change matters more – than Greenland. Late last month, NASA reported that ice all across the vast glacial interior of the world’s largest island was melting – a “freak event” that hadn’t occurred for at least 150 years. The alarming discovery briefly focused the media’s attention on a place that rarely makes headlines.”
Oceans in Crisis
The World Economic Forum describes the ongoing crisis in the oceans with commentary from Sir David Attenborough.
The Pacific Garbage Patch is 16 times larger than previously thought, and that studies suggest there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050. (The Guardian, 2018)
The Great Barrier Reef is dying, with half the coral destroyed since 2016 due to warming and acidifying oceans.
Oil, Energy and Economics
There’s No Tomorrow (Incubate Pictures on Youtube, 2012)
This is a high-quality animated explanation of what’s happening in the world of oil, energy and economics. 35 minutes.
When Trucks Stop, America Stops
This fascinating document describes a wide range of impacts that occur when there is a disruption to the just-in-time delivery network made possible by cheap oil. Most stores keep only a few days of supplies on hand, and shortages can develop almost instantly when disasters strike. Read this to understand just how fragile and tenuous our transportation system has become.
End of the “Oilocene” (Tim Clarke at Resilience.org)
“The Demise of the Global Oil Industry and of the Global Economic System as we know it.”
Brace for the oil, food and financial crash (Nafeez Ahmed for Medium, 2017)
“New scientific research suggests that the world faces an imminent oil crunch, which will trigger another financial crisis. A report by HSBC shows that contrary to the commonplace narrative in the industry, even amidst the glut of unconventional oil and gas, the vast bulk of the world’s oil production has already peaked and is now in decline; while European government scientists show that the value of energy produced by oil has declined by half within just the first 15 years of the 21st century.”
Quantum Mechanics, Panpsychism and the Holographic Universe (Coping Mechanisms)
Animals are conscious and should be treated as such (Marc Bekoff for NewScientist, 2012)
“Now that scientists have belatedly declared that mammals, birds and many other animals are conscious, it is time for society to act.”
A Physicist Explains Why Parallel Universes May Exist (Fresh Air on NPR, 2011)
“Our universe might be really, really big — but finite. Or it might be infinitely big. Both cases, says physicist Brian Greene, are possibilities, but if the latter is true, so is another posit: There are only so many ways matter can arrange itself within that infinite universe. Eventually, matter has to repeat itself and arrange itself in similar ways. So if the universe is infinitely large, it is also home to infinite parallel universes.”
Are There Multiple Universes? (Andrew Zimmerman Jones for ThoughtCo, 2017)
“The sciences of physics and astrophysics explore a great many interesting ideas about the universe. One of the most intriguing is the concept of multiple universes. … Far from being an imaginary idea, multiple universes can exist, according to modern physics.”
Is Consciousness Universal? (Christof Koch for Scientific American, 2014)
“Panpsychism, the ancient doctrine that consciousness is universal, offers some lessons in how to think about subjective experience today.”
“In philosophy, panpsychism is the view that consciousness, mind, or soul (psyche) is a universal and primordial feature of all things.”
Study reveals substantial evidence for a holographic universe (Phys.org, 2017)
“A UK, Canadian and Italian study has provided what researchers believe is the first observational evidence that our universe could be a vast and complex hologram. Theoretical physicists and astrophysicists, investigating irregularities in the cosmic microwave background (the ‘afterglow’ of the Big Bang), have found there is substantial evidence supporting a holographic explanation of the universe—in fact, as much as there is for the traditional explanation of these irregularities using the theory of cosmic inflation.”
Who ya callin’ bird brain? (Kiona Smith-Strickland for The Washington Post, 2015)
“Are crows the smartest animals of all? Many scientists think that corvids — the family of birds that includes crows, ravens, rooks and jays — may be among the most intelligent animals on Earth, based on their ability to solve problems, make tools and apparently consider both possible future events and other individuals’ states of mind.”
Other Collapse Blogs (Alphabetical)
Bibliography of Collapse
“We keep track of the scientific literature revolving around ecological collapse, limits to growth and existential risks. The idea behind this bibliography of collapse is to provide students, scholars, artists, transitioners, collapsniks, preppers, survivalists, aquoibonnistes …with a tool to help you weave your own thread of inquiries into the most pressing philosophical and material issue of our time.”
Ugo Bardi’s blog “deals with the decline of the availability of natural resources, climate change, ecosystem disruption and why all that is happening. The future may not look bright, but it is still possible to face it if we don’t discount the alerts of the modern Cassandras.”
Collapse of Industrial Civilization
Xraymike79 is “a social critic, political/cultural commentator and artist. The modern industrial world is on the cusp of monumental changes due to our current unsustainable way of life. Most are oblivious to the paradigm shift that will occur, but some are starting to awaken to the fact that the future will not resemble the halcyon days of the last half century in America. My objective is to highlight important news stories and essays to find the truth that is hidden behind what Joe Bageant called the American Hologram.”
“Blogging the end of the world” with lots of links to other “doomy” sites included as well.
Faster Than Expected
This site catalogs articles that demonstrate climate change is occurring much faster than expected, with links to source material and occasional analysis of the processes involved.
“Tad Patzek is Professor of Petroleum and Chemical Engineering at the Earth Sciences Division and Director of the Upstream Petroleum Engineering Center in KAUST, Saudi Arabia. … He is working on the thermodynamics and ecology of human survival, and food and energy supply for humanity.”
Our Finite World
“The author of Our Finite World is Gail Tverberg. She is a researcher focused on figuring out how energy limits and the economy are really interconnected, and what this means for our future.” Feature exhaustive, in-depth analysis of global energy production and projections for near-term impacts.
Peak Oil Barrel
“Peak oil is the point in time when the maximum rate of crude oil extraction is reached, after which the rate of extraction is expected to begin to decline… forever.”
“Scribbling for environmental, social and economic justice.” Lots of well-researched posts documenting ecological problems and connecting dots to show what’s likely to happen in the next few decades.