In the winter of 1845, Charles Darwin witnessed “tremendous destruction” on his otherwise idyllic estate in the hamlet of Downe. Severe drought and extreme cold had killed 80 percent of the birds nesting in his gardens, meadows and woodlands. It was a harbinger of greater destruction to come. Across Europe, suffering and bloodshed followed. A [...] Read more – ‘The Coming Winter of Disconnect: Drought, Hunger and Global Unrest’.
A lightning strike in a mature pine forest sparks a wildfire of cataclysmic proportions. A young Tunisian street merchant, disaffected by corrupt, arbitrary authorities, sets himself afire which provokes mass protests culminating in the Arab Spring. A New York investment bank overextends itself on toxic subprime mortgages, bringing about bankruptcy and setting off a panic [...] Read more – ‘Collapsing, Fast and Slow’.