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Progress will lead to our downfall

A COMMON response to the disruption following the recent storms has been to say: "This should not be happening in the 21st century." The reality is that this is happening precisely because it is the 21st century.

Sophisticated technologies have enabled ever more complex societies to push survival strategies to the limit, while their environmental impact ensures our climate will become ever more precarious and extreme.

As global civilisation teeters on the brink, we need to temper our expectations to the realisation that, as we blunder our way to oblivion, all this is happening because it is the 21st century.

DOMINIC KIRKHAM

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