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WATCH: Collapse

Sometimes, things go wrong. Empires fall, societies collapse. In this short video, Jared Diamond, the author of Collapse, covers a lot of ground. From the Pacific islands and Mesoamerica to East Africa and Afghanistan, Diamond explains the causes and consequences of collapse. But collapse isn’t just about the past. Are we approaching a collapse today, and what will be the role of climate change in our future? This video attempts to answer these important questions about our past and future.

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