Ecological collapse  

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"The 20th century saw the large-scale exploitation of fossil fuel resources (especially petroleum), which offered large amounts of energy in an easily portable form, earning this era the nickname the Age of Oil. This development also caused widespread global pollution and long-term impact on the biophysical environment bordering on an ecocalypse." --Sholem Stein

"Ecological economists such as Herman Daly and Tim Jackson recognize the inherent conflict between consumer-driven consumption and planet-wide ecological degradation." --Sholem Stein

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Ecological collapse refers to a situation where an ecosystem suffers a drastic, possibly permanent, reduction in carrying capacity for all organisms, often resulting in mass extinction. Usually, an ecological collapse is precipitated by a disastrous event occurring on a short time scale. Ecological collapse can be considered as a consequence of ecosystem collapse on the biotic elements that depended on the original ecosystem.


Ecocalypse is a neologism to denote the end of the world. The term was coined in 1995:

"The awareness and the fear of the imminently threatening 'ecocalypse' spurred self-sacrificing dedication to the saving of the planet and the struggle against those who were deliberately and consciously ruining it." --The Green Agenda: Environmental Politics and Policy in Germany (1995) by Ingolfur Blühdorn, ‎Frank Krause, ‎Thomas Scharf

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