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A collapse of western 21st century civilization to a hunter-gatherer system means massive die-off of humans. There's never been enough natural food to support our population booms.

A hunter-gatherer-based system presumes a healthy ecosystem that will support the production of edible animals and plants. With accelerating climate change, all bets on the future are off.

I do not think climate change will reach the level of say Venusian climate, mostly from co2 having been really high with plant life and everything here on Earth.

Assuming die-off to hunter-gatherer level of population I would predict that those who survives are predominantly those already living as hunter-gatherers, in particular those that live in (oil-free) deserts and other very inhospitable climates.

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by A swedish kind of death on Tue Jun 29th, 2010 at 03:51:55 PM EST
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My bet would be that the 0.01% of the populations that would survive in such a massive die-off would be local. I don't think existing hunter-gatherer would spread so fast as to reach other parts of the world before the survivors would adapt - which is not that slow either, at least for a basic "survive and hold" form of occupation.

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by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Wed Jun 30th, 2010 at 12:40:52 AM EST
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