Collapse Catch-Up: August, 2023

Alan Urban
20 min readSep 1, 2023
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Welcome to the 22nd edition of Collapse Catch-Up, a weekly newsletter that catches you up on the latest signs that we are living through the collapse of global industrial civilization. You can find the 21st edition here.

This month I have all sorts of bad news, from record-breaking heat and wildfires to record-breaking floods and crop failures. Despite these disasters, world leaders are ignoring the climate crisis and doubling down on fossil fuels and economic growth.

Meanwhile, pollution and biodiversity loss are also getting worse at an accelerating rate, and all of this is taking a toll on the world economy, which looks like it’s about to head into a deep recession — or worse.

If you haven’t started preparing for the collapse of civilization, now is the time to start stockpiling supplies, learning basic skills, and making friends in your local community. If this news makes you anxious, please visit ​this page​ for a list of resources that can help.

Okay, let’s dive in…


Following the hottest month in recorded history, August started out with a series of heatwaves all around the world. In the first 10 days of the month, about 1/3 of all countries broke heat records.

In the United States, the month began with about 65 million Americans under heat alerts, mostly in Texas and the Southeast, where multiple records were broken. The relentless heat continued through the month, affecting 1/3 of U.S. residents.

Later in the month, yet another massive heat dome settled over most of the United States, bringing record-breaking temperatures to cities all across the country. Houston tied its all-time high temperature, New Orleans had its hottest day ever, and South Mississippi had its two hottest days on record.

In Tucson, Arizona, temperatures reached at least 100°F 53 days in a row, breaking the old record by two weeks. Even places like Portland, Oregon reached over 100°F, which is about 25°F above normal for the month of August.

Austin, Texas had 40 days in a row of triple-digit heat. It also set a record for the most 105°F days in a row for the second time this year. Early in the month, Texas power prices surged 800% amid a searing heat wave…



Alan Urban

Preparing for the collapse of global industrial civilization.