The text comes in from my Radio 4 FutureProofing producer: “I’ve got an idea for next season. How about we do a show on the apocalypse?” Apocalypse? I think to myself – Trump, Bolsonaro, the melting of the West Antarctic ice sheet, weaponised nanobots, electromagnetic pulse detonations. We can do this! Then it hits me. The whole point about the apocalypse is it’s a sudden catastrophic revelation. It’s the lifting of the veil. It’s like the Spanish Inquisition – you never know it’s coming. So here’s a challenge to futurologist readers of Resurgence & Ecologist: what’s the real apocalypse, not the ...


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