Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Jared Diamond - Collapse
The book deals with specific examples of complex human societies that failed when placed under external stress such as drought, climate change, or changes in the weather pattern.
The DVD program examines early 21st century life, the challenges we face, and our response to external stresses, or lack of response. A large segment of the documentary is devoted to the drought situation in America. It goes into the mechanics of drought and of the water supply in great detail. Although the program was produced before the politicians had acknowledged the degree of danger involved, it remains relevant to our situation today.
The program is available either on DVD through Amazon, or you can watch rather blurry but free versions on the internet. It's worth the time involved.
A link to a related article in New Scientist Magazine.