This Civilisation is Finished. Rupert Read, Paul Ehrlich and Jem Bendell.

“A research paper concluding that climate-induced collapse is now inevitable, was recently rejected by anonymous reviewers of an academic journal.”

“It has been released directly by the Professor who wrote it, to promote discussion of the necessary deep adaptation to climate chaos.”

“I am releasing this paper immediately, directly, because I can’t wait any longer in exploring how to learn the implications of the social collapse we now face,” explained the author Dr Bendell, a full Professor of Sustainability Leadership.
One piece of feedback from the 2nd reviewer is worth quoting verbatim:”

“The authors stress repeatedly that “climate-induced societal collapse is now inevitable” as if that was a factual statement… I was left wondering about the social implications of presenting a scenario for the future as inevitable reality, and about the responsibility of research in communicating climate change scenarios and strategies for adaptation. As the authors pointed out, denial is a common emotional response to situations that are perceived as threatening and inescapable, leading to a sense of helplessness, inadequacy, and hopelessness and ultimately disengagement from the issue…” The full article is embedded below;
The Study on Collapse they thought you should not read;

In the presentation below Rupert Read talks about the meltdown of the worlds nuclear power plants and their attendant spent fuel pool fires after industrial civilisation has collapsed;

“A shattering collapse of civilisation is a “near certainty” in the next few decades due to humanity’s continuing destruction of the natural world that sustains all life on Earth, according to biologist Prof Paul Ehrlich.” I believe that Paul Ehrlich is being over cautious with his timeline due to his being proven wrong  on some of his predictions in his and Anne Ehrlich’s seminal book “The Population Bomb”. Paul was a former guest on Nature Bats Last, the show is embedded here;
aul Ehrlich: ‘Collapse of civilisation is a near certainty within decades’


The 7.6 billion sapien question is how quickly can industrial civilisation collapse and the answer is almost over night.
Check out Joseph Tainter’s work on the Collapse of Complex Societies.

A little discussed aspect of the collapse of industrial civilisation is the loss of ‘Global Dimming’ or ‘The Aerosol Masking Effect’ as it is referred to in the referee journal literature. When Ind.Civ collapses we loose the masking effect of our pollution and within about 6 weeks of collapse we will see the particulates fall from the sky and the 1.2C to 1.4C of masked warming manifest in the climate system.
We covered this terminal reality previously on this blog here; Global Dimming Keeping the Planet Habitable

Professor Guy McPherson and I will continue chronicling the unraveling of the biosphere  and collapse on our radio show Nature Bats Last on PRN.FM

“How do we live with the fact that we are destroying our world? What do we make of the loss of glaciers, the melting Arctic, island nations swamped by the sea, widening deserts, and drying farmlands?”

“Because of social taboos, despair at the state of our world and fear for our future are rarely acknowledged. The suppression of despair, like that of any deep recurring response, contributes to the numbing of the psyche. Expressions of anguish or outrage are muted, deadened as if a nerve had been cut. This refusal to feel impoverishes our emotional and sensory life. Flowers are dimmer and less fragrant, our loves less ecstatic. We create diversions for ourselves as individuals and as nations, in the fights we pick, the aims we pursue, and the stuff we buy.” From the essay “The Greatest Danger” by Joanna Macey


I'm an anti-imperialist, environmental activist and blue ocean sailor, who is passionate about the earth and all it's inhabitants without favour. Brace for imminent impact as we bare witness to the non-linear unraveling of the biosphere and habitability disappearing for most if not all complex life on the only habitable planet we know of. To quote President Niinistö in North Russia: ‘If We Lose the Arctic, We Lose the World’. Folks we have lost the Arctic.

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37 comments on “This Civilisation is Finished. Rupert Read, Paul Ehrlich and Jem Bendell.
  1. Kevin Hester says:

    “DHS is warning that the electric grid is now the “prime target” of terrorists, and says Americans need to be prepared for a power outage of up to six months.”
    Imagine a USA without power for 6 months, 110 nuclear power plant meltdowns and all those lunatics with guns running out of their anti-depressants.
    Good luck everyone.

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  2. I think civilization will collapse in about 5 years because of crop failure. There were large scale crop failures this year, 2018, through out the northern hemisphere. A doubling of food prices will cause social unrest and state repression.

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    • Lin says:

      You are suggesting 5 years; I suggest it will be longer than that given the resilience of agriculture in the west. Third world farmers might take the hit first, though, so there will be riots,strikes and civil commotion in the poorer countries, especially if china continues to plunder them.

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  3. Kevin Hester says:

    Great interview with Joseph Tainter on the collapse of complex societies;

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  4. aine says:

    Notice anything here? Almost all men. Perhaps female view is slightly different? I don’t know, just throwing it out there

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  5. Kevin Hester says:

    Ruppert Reid on Collapse Chronicles;

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    • Lin says:

      I don’t know why Rupert Read is smiling so happily, given the subject of this talk. Maybe he has some secret sauce or a ‘bug out’ place?

      Liked by 1 person

      • Lou Pel says:

        Or simply he acknowledges the conundrum we are in and decided to live happy for the few years we have left, and this with compassion and attention for his loved ones

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  6. Kevin Hester says:

    Post-Civilisation – IFLAS Occasional Paper 3
    IFLAS is pleased that philosopher, Chair of Green House thinktank, and leading member of Extinction Rebellion, Dr Rupert Read has contributed our 3rd Occasional Paper.


    • Lin says:

      You can see by the absolute packed room that there is standing room only because so many are clamouring for this information and wanting to hear this message !!!
      Labour under Corbyn would only prolong the pain; it would screw the economy and divide the populace even more.

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  7. Kevin Hester says:

    A really brilliant analysis from The Saker with incisive comments from Orlov with one glaring ommission with regards to the unfolding collapse.
    No mention of the ecological armageddon already unfolding.
    It’s the perfect storm.


  8. Kevin Hester says:

    The courageous Jem Bendell discusses his landmark paper on the concept of Deep Adaptation and states his belief in the inevitability of climate-induced societal collapse within the next 10 years which is exactly what my former guest on Nature Bats Last Professor Paul Ehrlich has hypothisised. “Within” means between now and 10 years, I believe we are a day to day, week to week, month to month proposition. I’ve covered the collapse of complex societies previously on my blog.
    Interestingly he mentions his former silence on his conclusions was due to his fear of losing his earning ability and his social status as a professor.
    No one likes being “Cassandra” believe me, I’ve had 6 yrs of it!
    Jem mentions that we only have 4 months of global grain production reserves, so we are already facing mass starvation very soon, including in the West and he comments on us feeding grain to stock !!!!!!!
    He believes that the collapse is already upon us, who does that remind you of?
    His honesty when discussing the emotional journey is refreshing and inspiring. “Getting busy with action can be a distraction of full acceptance of our predicament”. A laser guided observation that the Extinction Rebellion movement needs to consider. Interestingly he doesn’t mention the fact that 450 abandoned nuclear plants will melt down, I suspect he’s still ‘connecting the dots’ on the totality of collapse. It can only be worse than we know.
    Remain calm, nothing is under control.
    We are only one major climate and/or economic crisis away from total collapse.
    No one is coming to the rescue. One day soon those of you on reticulated water and electricity will experience an ‘outage’ that will never come back on!
    Good luck everyone, we’re gonna need it.

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  9. dushkob says:

    Astonishing clarity, conviction and counsel.

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  10. Kevin Hester says:

    I recently posted the excellent “Scientists Warning” interview with Jem Bendell which is embedded in Robert Hunziker’s article, I embedded it in the comments section of my blog post about Jem and Ruppert Read’s recent work on the coming collapse and uninhabitability of the planet.
    I suppose the point I’d like to make is that any of us following the great unraveling closely knows we are in dire straits today and the situation can only be worse than we know.
    All we can realistically do know is concentrate on adaption and mental preperation to make the last few weeks or months less horrifying than they will be.

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  11. Kevin Hester says:

    “Many people are expecting some degree of approaching collapse — be it economic, environmental and/or societal — thinking that they’ll recognize the danger signs in time.

    As if it will be completely obvious, like a Hollywood blockbuster. Complete with clear warnings from scientists, politicians and the media. And everyone can then get busy either panicking or becoming the plucky heroes.

    That’s not how collapse works.

    Collapse is a process, not an event.

    And it’s already underway, all around us.

    Collapse is already here.”


  12. […] Additionally I mentioned the seminal work recently released by both Jem Bendell and Rupert Read which I have covered previously on this blog here; […]


  13. Judith L Macdonald says:

    Thank you! for posting Jem’s thoughts and pertinent questions! His questions have certainly reached deep inside of me and will help me sort out extinction and move beyond denial.
    I have known about the collapse for 3 yrs and it was always in the future when i might be dead from old age. Now, it isright in front of my face!.
    i am a survivalist and I think about very practical day to day living stuff. Additionally i see the collapse going on all over the world and i am trying to stay sane and enjoy my daily life in spite of the world horrors.
    Every summer there are Robin parents who raise their young under my deck roof, last summer ~about 21 chicks were raised and flew away erratically but safely. My acre of grass is full of worms and grubs and i feel connected to the natural world watching the parents fed their young. I live in the VT woods and am lucky to be a part of nature…no hunting, pesticides on my 10 acres.
    I have tried to picture my own death from methane poisoning…where will i be and where do i take my last breath and what do i do about my pets and should i buy a gun and keep some bottles of oxygen around so i can go to the place i have picked to die and…
    What i find very difficult to see/feel and hear about is the catastrophe that i see online via the news. How much can i take of this? Should i stop watching the news and you tube?
    Once the general population gets a whiff of what is coming i think there will be PANIC/RIOTS in the streets and food shortages that will surely add to this pandemonium.
    There will be uneven rates of warming/methane some scientists have said spreading all over the world. So, where do i move to extend my duration?
    So, i am looking for a safety pocket where i can extend my life even a little bit.
    Besides Jem i listen to Guy M., Paul E., Paul B., Peter W., Stuart S and others and look at the charts/papers on the Arctic Sea ice and Antarctica.

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    • Kevin Hester says:

      After reading your well enunciated words Judith, I see you understand the severity of our predicament. All I can say is enjoy every peaceful, safe moment, they are numbered now. Good ‘Luck’


    • Lin says:

      Well Judith, the mega-rich are acquiring ‘bu-out’? places in ‘Niew Zeeland’ as we speak! Do you want to follow them? Do you have many riches? If not, then you will need utter commitment to make such a big shift ! Your ten acres in Vermont sounds nice; why would you move?

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  14. […] Both presentations and the “Deep Adaption paper are embedded here; This Civilisation is finished. […]

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  15. Kevin Hester says:

    In this latest presentation from Jem Bendell he discusses his July 2018 paper “Deep Adaptation” in the face of collapse. He doesn’t just speak about the unfolding collapse but also the emotional responses to the knowledge and anticipatory grief.
    He mentions how he was deceived by the conservative position of the consensus driven IPCC and the predicament is much worse than they have been prepared to admit. He gives great examples of their refusal to accept ‘Tipping Points’ and Feedback Loops.
    Jem considers that the worst feedback of all is the loss of albedo from the diminishing sea ice.
    “We are on the edge of something dramatic”.
    Importantly he makes the point with a survey of his audience, that talking about the severity of the crisis does not create paralysis but motivation and that by not accepting the severity of the crises we face we are losing time to prepare.
    This is an issue I have repeatedly brought up with James Shaw M.P. the co-leader of the Green Party of Aotearoa who to this day refuses to accept that we are in a climate emergency.
    I believe our governments should be stockpiling grains and our education system should be totally altered to recognise that this set of living arrangements is going away and much of the education curriculum is now irrelevant. “We must prepare for collapse and Extinction Rebellion should advocate for adaption”.

    Jem will be our guest on Nature Bats Last in the May episode, it will be uploaded to the extensive archive at PRN.FM directly after broadcast. Next months episode will feature Professor Paul Ehrlich, author of “The Population Bomb”.


  16. Kevin Hester says:

    A veritable ‘Piece de resistance’ of collapse.
    One point I would take issue with is the contention that we are only at 1.2C above baseline where as Sam Carana from the Arctic News Blog has us at 1.73C above the 1750 baseline but let’s not split hairs on the unfolding collapse, we don’t have time to argue about small details.


  17. Kevin Hester says:

    “If people are feeling paralysed right now, I think it is probably because they are stuck between false hopes. On the one hand, there is the delusive lure of optimism, the hope that there will be a techno-fix that will defuse the climate emergency while life more or less goes on as usual. This is, I believe, in a desperately-dangerous way keeping us from facing up to climate reality.”


  18. Kevin Hester says:

    Another fascinating analysis of the coming collapse.


  19. Kevin Hester says:

    “Funding dried up after inconvenient truths”.
    One of the reasons why so few scientists are prepared to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth is access to research funding. Recent guests on Nature Bats Last including Professors Paul Ehrlich and Dr Andrew Glikson from the ANU are near the end of their careers and have the courage to call it as my co-host Professor Guy McPherson and Sam Carana from the Arctic News Blog do.
    Another reason is no scientists wants to get tarred with the ‘Doomer’ label as we discussed with our most recent guest on the show Professor Corey Bradshaw.
    Scientific reticence has ensured that the dominant culture has been able to kick the can and the biosphere off the cliff.
    “Schellnhuber said in a recent interview that the IPCC report stating we could stay below 1.5°C of warming was “slightly dishonest” because it relies on immense negative emissions (pulling CO2 out of the air) which was not viable at global scale. He said 1.5°C was no longer achievable but it was still possible to stay under 2°C with massive changes to society.”
    Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber in this article is playing ‘fast and loose’ with the actual level of warming we have already experienced. If you go back to 1750 as a baseline we are already past 2C.
    At the edge of extinction only a handful of courageous scientists and researchers like me are willing to tell you the truth.
    I’ll be surprised if this set of living arrangements survives 2 more melt seasons in the Arctic, that equates to about 18 months.


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Kevin Hester is currently living on Rakino Island, a small island in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland, New Zealand, monitoring the unravelling of the biosphere and volunteering at the Rakino Island Nursery is currently developing a proposal to create a marine reserve near by. The Island has no grid tied electricity or reticulated water.  I catch my own water from the roof and generate my electricity from the ample solar radiation on the island.

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