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By Jared Diamond

From groundbreaking author and philosopher, Jared Diamond comes an epic, visionary new publication at the mysterious cave in of earlier civilizations - and what this suggests for our destiny. Why do a little societies flourish, whereas others founder? What occurred to the folks who made the forlorn long-abandoned statues of Easter Island or to the architects of the crumbling Maya pyramids? do we move an analogous approach, our skyscrapers in the future status derelict and overgrown just like the temples at Angkor Wat? Bringing jointly new facts from a startling variety of assets and piecing jointly the myriad affects, from weather to tradition, that make societies self-destruct, "Collapse" additionally exhibits how in contrast to our ancestors we will be able to reap the benefits of our wisdom of the earlier and learn how to be survivors.

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H. 24 Although these opinions on cod abundance reflected deep concern and experiential knowledge of fish and fishing, they did not produce the type of knowledge that governments could effectively use to solve urgent economic and political problems associated with landing fluctuations and market instabilities. As early as the 1860s, governments began to fund scientists to study the problem of fisheries fluctuations; to test the wide variety of contradictory explanations that had been developing among scientists, fishermen, and citizens; and to deliver practical advice to help maintain productivity and profitability in fisheries.

3 Codfish from Newfoundland fed the coffers, slaves, and subjects of the British Empire. Cod abundance in the waters off Newfoundland and Labrador supported the largest ground fishery in the world, leading to an international “cod rush” that attracted over twenty fishing nations in the second half of the twentieth century. 4 On 2 July 1992, the cod fishery that had been pursued for over 500 years came to a sudden end when Canada’s fisheries minister – a Newfoundlander named John Crosbie, who had recently returned from the Rio Earth Summit in Brazil – made the staggering announcement that the northern cod fishery had to be immediately shut down.

Indd 13 08/03/2010 5:25:38 PM 14 Managed Annihilation from populations exposed to industrial fishing. The subsistence-mercantile order that once depended on the seasonal coming and going of codfish was targeted for development into a modern market order where fish biomass was to be rationally harvested at the maximum sustainable rate. The Need to Control Fluctuations in Cod Landings Although cod and other fish landings in Newfoundland and around the world had fluctuated for centuries, by the latter part of the nineteenth century the attention of British and other European governments became focused on controlling these fluctuations.

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