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Using Diamond's Five point framework for how societies have collapsed in the past allow us in the present to recognize these signs in modern societies. We have the gift of hindsight in which we now know that factors such as climate change, impact on the environment, decline on friendly contact, increase in hostile contact, and a conservative outlook have all contributed to past societies' collapse. We now recognize these issues in modern societies such as China, Australia, Rwanda, and Haiti. This allows these societies to reevaluate their current environmental standards on whether they are compatible with their survival or collapse. These changes have been implemented in Australia, in which farmers are changing their irrigation systems to be compatible with the current nutrient levels of their soils and changing their grazing animal populations to be compatible with this soil degradation as well.

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Collapse: The History of How We Fail, and What We Can Do To Save Ourselves



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