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5th Feb '17 1:45:21 PM Mr.Bubbles
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** A book found in Paul's apartment also reveals that India and Pakistan, after a series of escalating conflicts and political upheaval, collapsed into [[NukeEm a nuclear exchange.]]
25th Jan '17 9:13:25 PM wolftickets1969
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* Synthpop group Austra have a song on this subject, aptly titled "Gaia".
19th Jan '17 5:00:47 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* Even worse than Athas is the hellish realm of Maladomini in standard ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. According to ancient lore of the most recent edition, the campaign setting's version of Hell was once part of Heaven, and Maladomini was the most beautiful and ideal part of it and indeed, all of Heaven. When Asmodeus fell, he and the whole place was corrupted, and Maladomini fared worst. The insane archdevil who now rules it has made it one giant industrial wasteland full of smog, sludge, poisoned rivers, and continually decaying ruins. (As in, he keeps building upon the ruins with a concrete goal in mind, but is never satisfied with them, orders it torn down, and starts again.) Gaia no longer laments here, as she was murdered, and her body burned, spit on, and ''defecated'' on. But then, it ''is'' Hell.
2nd Jan '17 2:24:05 PM nombretomado
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*** Ironically, both VideoGame/{{Portal}} games seem to subvert this. The first game takes place completely inside [[spoiler: except the brief ending where the Aperture grounds look relatively verdant and Combine-free]]. The previews for VideoGame/{{Portal 2}} show GLaDOS's chamber entangled by plants and in the end [[spoiler: Chell emerges from the facility into a lush wheat field.]]

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*** Ironically, both VideoGame/{{Portal}} games seem to subvert this. The first game takes place completely inside [[spoiler: except the brief ending where the Aperture grounds look relatively verdant and Combine-free]]. The previews for VideoGame/{{Portal 2}} show GLaDOS's [=GLaDOS=]'s chamber entangled by plants and in the end [[spoiler: Chell emerges from the facility into a lush wheat field.]]
11th Dec '16 1:43:55 PM Theriocephalus
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* ''Literature/TheRoad'' Much like the movie, the unnamed disaster has reduced the Earth to a lifeless rock, populated only by what is left of humanity. [[spoiler: This trope leads to InferredHolocaust as well. Even though the boy is in presumably good hands at the end of the book, unless there is some part of the world that still contains life, the human survivors will be dead pretty soon.]]
* In ''Literature/TheSupernaturalist'' by EoinColfer, the world drinks sim-coffee, the smog is always heavy, and the sky is never blue unless you fly out of the atmosphere (it is instead colored according to the chemicals in the smog). Also, there are no whales.

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* ''Literature/TheRoad'' ''Literature/TheRoad'': Much like the movie, the unnamed disaster has reduced the Earth to a lifeless rock, populated only by what is left of humanity. [[spoiler: This trope leads to InferredHolocaust as well. Even though the boy is in presumably good hands at the end of the book, unless there is some part of the world that still contains life, the human survivors will be dead pretty soon.]]
* In ''Literature/TheSupernaturalist'' ''Literature/TheSupernaturalist'', by EoinColfer, the world drinks sim-coffee, the smog is always heavy, and the sky is never blue unless you fly out of the atmosphere (it is instead colored according to the chemicals in the smog). Also, there are no whales.



* ''Literature/HouseOfTheScorpion'': Somewhat implied. The Rio Grande is so polluted, that Tam Lin berates Matt when he simply just goes near it. The Gulf of California has been drained to a small river, and Matt finds skeletons of whales within it.

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* ''Literature/HouseOfTheScorpion'': Somewhat implied. The Rio Grande is so polluted, polluted that Tam Lin berates Matt when he simply just goes near it. The Gulf of California has been drained to a small river, and Matt finds skeletons of whales within it.
4th Dec '16 2:34:39 PM Zwazo57
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*In "Literature/WhenTheWorldIsAllOnFire", global warming leads to mass flooding and crop failures.
4th Dec '16 12:30:44 PM Zwazo57
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* In "Film/TheSixthWorld", Humans must colonize Mars because Earth is unusable.
9th Oct '16 9:26:38 AM Mullon
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* Nightmarishly {{inverted|trope}} in [[http://1d4chan.org/images/4/49/Terra_Is_Alive.png this]] thread by (who else?) the madmen on [[ImageBoards 4chan's /tg/ board]]. Long story short? HumansAreBastards, and far from suffering from it, Terra ''[[TheHeartless thrives]]'' on it. And now, both are casting their hungry, jealous gaze towards other, more peaceful and harmonious worlds...

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* Nightmarishly {{inverted|trope}} in [[http://1d4chan.org/images/4/49/Terra_Is_Alive.png this]] thread by (who else?) the madmen on [[ImageBoards 4chan's Website/FourChan's /tg/ board]].board. Long story short? HumansAreBastards, and far from suffering from it, Terra ''[[TheHeartless thrives]]'' on it. And now, both are casting their hungry, jealous gaze towards other, more peaceful and harmonious worlds...
5th Oct '16 12:29:32 PM Mr.Bubbles
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* The AlternateUniverse in ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' was suffering from a bad case of this due to the breakdown of the laws of physics. There's a blight devastating vegetation, Sheep and Wallabies are extinct, along with presumably other species, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking changes in atmospheric conditions have altered the way light refracts through water droplets. There hasn't been a rainbow in over twenty years]].
3rd Oct '16 12:28:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''[[{{Risk}} Risk 2210]]'': Players place down "devastation zones" on the map, which are nuclear fallout markers and are impassable. Other features included the Amazon Desert. Going by that, 23rd century Earth isn't doing so hot.

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* ''[[{{Risk}} ''[[TabletopGame/{{Risk}} Risk 2210]]'': Players place down "devastation zones" on the map, which are nuclear fallout markers and are impassable. Other features included the Amazon Desert. Going by that, 23rd century Earth isn't doing so hot.



* Can be invoked by the player in ''{{Spore}}'' with a hostile use of terraforming tools. Depending on the strength of the player during the attack, can be an effective way to easily conquer or destroy an enemy colony in lieu of powerful weapons, or just [[CoolButInefficient flashy, but fun]] as reducing the T score to 0 will destroy all but one city.

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* Can be invoked by the player in ''{{Spore}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'' with a hostile use of terraforming tools. Depending on the strength of the player during the attack, can be an effective way to easily conquer or destroy an enemy colony in lieu of powerful weapons, or just [[CoolButInefficient flashy, but fun]] as reducing the T score to 0 will destroy all but one city.



* Touched upon in ''IllusionOfGaia''. When Will sees the vision of modern society, he seems to be a bit disturbed at the concept of natural environments being replaced by sprawling cities.
* ''{{Metro 2033}}'': The only place in game where you can breathe without a gas mask is in the titular Metro system (and there are even some places there where you need one!). The surface of the world is a frozen toxic wasteland, and you cannot survive up there for long without a mask. A side conversation heard between two [=NPCs=] reveals that the surface won't habitable for at least 50 more years.

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* Touched upon in ''IllusionOfGaia''.''VideoGame/IllusionOfGaia''. When Will sees the vision of modern society, he seems to be a bit disturbed at the concept of natural environments being replaced by sprawling cities.
* ''{{Metro ''VideoGame/{{Metro 2033}}'': The only place in game where you can breathe without a gas mask is in the titular Metro system (and there are even some places there where you need one!). The surface of the world is a frozen toxic wasteland, and you cannot survive up there for long without a mask. A side conversation heard between two [=NPCs=] reveals that the surface won't habitable for at least 50 more years.



* ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'': The Combine occupation of Earth has reduced much of it to a wasteland, populated by hostile alien life forms. Food has been reduced to what must be very revolting, as one NPC says to the player, "You gotta be damn hungry to wait in line for this crap."

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* ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'': ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'': The Combine occupation of Earth has reduced much of it to a wasteland, populated by hostile alien life forms. Food has been reduced to what must be very revolting, as one NPC says to the player, "You gotta be damn hungry to wait in line for this crap."
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