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The Dyamincs of Collapsing Cities
By Candace
Feb 22, 2008 - 9:26:00 AM

This is a list taken from http://edro.wordpress.com/collapsing-cities/  This Edro.wordpress.com site seems to be a fancy blog site, based on wordpress software or something to that effect. Please do a bunch of exploring, of this site. The basic site is http://edro.wordpress.com/ and there is a long list of very interesting topics to consider, lots of blog type posts with a great many links to important resouce information. This world has so many problems in its existence, and coming to roost, its time to become familier with them.-Candace

 

The Dynamics of Collapse (of Cities).

The following exhibit lists the most probable [leading] causes that would drive the first wave of the world cities to collapse. [Note: The data is listed in random order]

  • Mass suicide as a result of neurological disorder caused by mercury [or other heavy metal] poisoning.
  • Tourism [euphemistically, eco-tourism]
  • Accumulation of toxic pollution in the environment
  • Overwhelmed by mounting waste: agricultural, municipal (garbage and sewage) and industrial
  • Poor global harvest/Food scarcity [Humans are one harvest away from starvation!]
  • Running Dry (Running out of freshwater)
  • Human-induced climate change
  • Increased UV radiation
  • Foodborne, waterborne, airborne and insectborne infectious diseases (viral, bacterial, parasitic, fungal, prion)
  • Droughts
  • Sinking into the ground (large-scale subsidence caused by overuse of groundwater supplies)
  • Global collapse of pollinators
  • Extreme climatic events (including extreme rain events, floods)
  • Famine
  • Collapse of natural pest regulation systems
  • Failing ecosystems
  • Societal collapse
  • Moral decline (unethical behavior, unsustainable lifestyles, overconsumption)
  • Fuel shortage
  • Spread of pandemic diseases
  • Industrial accidents (including radionuclide, chemical and oil spills)
  • Deforestation
  • Epidemics of plant and animal diseases
  • Desertification; Soil degradation (salination, erosion, loss of topsoil and fertility)
  • Economic collapse
  • Land use change
  • Habitat destruction
  • War (conventional and nuclear)
  • Collapse of fisheries/fish species
  • Civil conflict
  • Poverty
  • Overshoot of Carrying Capacity; Increased ecological footprint; Overpopulation (esp. DCs*)
  • Inordinate prevalence of psychopathology caused by exponential growth economy: money fetishism, industrialism, militarism, atomic lifestyles, consumerism, throwaway culture, dysfunctional societies …
  • Human-enhanced natural catastrophes including earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, hurricanes, tropical storms, cyclones, extreme rainfall events, landslides, volcanic eruptions, droughts and wildfires

*DCs: Developed Countries


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