Slow Motion Apocalypse

by William P. Meyers

I can't say exactly when I started using the term Slow Motion Apocalypse. Most people think the Apocalypse comes suddenly, as it does on video, perhaps with a disease or zombie attack or internet failure. But, like other old people, I have watched the natural world fall apart over decades. When that continued deterioration could cause civilization to collapse or at least contract severely is hard to predict. In any case, turns out I did not invent the term Slow Motion Apocalypse, as the music band Grotus used that as a title to an album. So I will include a link to the band links to other writings by myself and sources of information. Also, the term was used in a back cover promo blurb, in 2014, for the novel The Peripheral by William Gibson, but not, apparently, in the novel itself.

Pakistan Faces Food Crisis New York Times, 9/11/2022.

Australia Official Report on the State of the Environment

Darwin Predicted a Slow Motion Apocalypse [March 20, 2022]

Triage Plans for the Slow Motion Apocalypse [March 20, 2022]

NASA Says Famine Is Ahead [November 2, 2021]

Green New Deal v. Slow Motion Apocalypse [May 20, 2021]

Crappy Thanksgiving in the Slow Motion Apocalypse [November 20, 2020]

Smoke, Seattle, Apocalypse [September 11, 2020]

Just Another Day in the Slow-Motion Apocalypse [August 25, 2020]

At Ground Zero of the Slow Apocalypse [March 28, 2020]

Computation as Cancer [November 27, 2019]

Great Salt Lake Drying Up [New York Times, 6/7/0222]

Older articles can be found below the Resources section


U.S. Drought Monitor

Hurricane Tracking

Global CO2 level graph (NOAA)

U.S. National Debt Clock

Arctic Sea Ice Graph (NSIDC)

Demographics of the United States

Global Demographics

Energy Consumption per person by nation

Price of Wheat

Limits to Growth Study, 2020 Update

Adaptive Strategies in a Slow-Motion Apocalypse by Allana Ross

What the U.S. Intelligence (Spy) Agencies think: Global Trends, A More Contested World

Slow Motion Apocalypse (album) by Grotus

More of my thoughts:

Wonderful World of One Billion [December 10, 2018]

Getting to the Wonderful World of One Billion [December 16, 2018]

United States in Wonderful World [December 28, 2018]

Global Warming: Attacking Supply Does Not Cut Demand [March 12, 2018]

Coal Slap in the Face [February 5, 2018]

Why Global Warming is Helping Coal [June 26, 2017]

Global Warming, China, and Fairness [May 29, 2017]

Would Socialism Prevent Global Warming? [June 18, 2016]

Judge nations by per capital carbon [December 13, 2015]

Denial, Weather, Food, and People [September 12, 2015]

Minimum Wage v. Global Warming [July 18, 2015]

Cap and Trade Children [August 26, 2014]

A crowded new year [January 1, 2014]

The Air Conditioned Nighmare [June 8, 2009]
Charles Darwin Was God's Prophet [June 17, 2008]
Polar Bears, Wheat Futures, and Nuclear Reactors [October 2, 2007]
Duck and Cover Environmentalism Part 1: Carbon Credits [March 23, 2007]
Food and Population [January 31, 2007]
Population and Global Warming [January 25, 2007]
Population Incentives
[January 6, 2007]
Population, Population, Population [December 13, 2006]
China's Population Issues [link to People's Daily Online]


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