Johanna Faust, a mixed race Jew, prefers to publish pseudonymously. She is committed: to preventing war, ecological disaster, and nuclear apocalypse; to keeping information available and free; and to not only fighting for personal privacy, but, by representing herself as a soldier in that fight, to exhorting others to do the same. All these efforts find representation on her blog "ah, Mephistophelis," so named after the last line of Chirstopher Marlowe's in his famous Dr. Faustus, which, as some would have it, successfully flouted the censor for a time. A female Faust, she is a poet, always.

Viral PDF Detailing Near-term Catastrophe Supposedly So Scary That Some People Immediately Quit Their Jobs To Start Prepping

You decide.

I learned about it via word of mouth – from someone reading aloud “The Climate Change Paper So Depressing It's Sending People to Therapy” over at Vice.

"Deep Adaptation" is quite unlike any other academic paper. There's the language ("we are about to play Russian Roulette with the entire human race with already two bullets loaded"). There's the flashes of dark humour ("I was only partly joking earlier when I questioned why I was even writing this paper"). But most of all, there's the stark conclusions that it draws about the future. Chiefly, that it's too late to stop climate change from devastating our world – and that "climate-induced societal collapse is now inevitable in the near term". 

How near? About a decade.

Read or download Zing Tsjeng's full review or the full text of the original paper (DOWNLOAD, permalink).

Be seeing you. 

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