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The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future

Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway


The year is 2393, and the world is almost unrecognizable. Clear warnings of climate catastrophe went ignored for decades, leading to soaring temperatures, rising sea levels, widespread drought and—finally—the disaster now known as the Great Collapse of 2093, when the disintegration of the West Antarctica Ice Sheet led to mass migration and a complete reshuffling of the global order. Writing from the Second People's Republic of China on the 300th anniversary of the Great Collapse, a senior scholar presents a gripping and deeply disturbing account of how the children of the Enlightenment—the pol ... More

Keywords: climate change, mass migration, West Antarctica Ice Sheet, global order, Western civilization, science-based fiction, scientists, carbon combustion complex

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231169547
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231169547.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Naomi Oreskes, author

Erik Conway, author