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Why do societies collapse? Jared Diamond on TED.com

Why do societies fail? Taking lessons from the Norse of Iron Age Greenland, deforested Easter Island and present-day Montana, Jared Diamond talks about the signs that collapse is near, and how — if we see it in time — we can prevent it. (Recorded February 2003 in Monterey, California. Duration: 18:21.)

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