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5th Nov '17 12:40:33 PM MisterTambourineMan
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gHHgx8bTxc *Hello, Planet.]] The song is about an android leaving its shelter and searching for its creator. The world outside the shelter is shown to be a lifeless wasteland. Humanity, and all other animal life appears to be extinct, and the only known plant is a seed in a pot that hasn't germinated. [[spoiler: Subverted by the ending, which shows the environment recovering and implies that there may have been human survivors.]]
28th Sep '17 12:53:57 AM PaulA
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* L.E. Modesitt's ''The Forever Hero'' features this heavily. Earth is practically uninhabitable due to massive ecological disaster, and the few survivors are quickly dying off. The main character is one of the (very) surviving outside a city, and he ends up spending his life and career trying to restore the planet.

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* L.E. Modesitt's Creator/LEModesittJr's ''The Forever Hero'' features this heavily. Earth is practically uninhabitable due to massive ecological disaster, and the few survivors are quickly dying off. The main character is one of the (very) surviving outside a city, and he ends up spending his life and career trying to restore the planet.
23rd Sep '17 10:33:51 AM KillerClowns
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'', there are a number of ways the player can encounter worlds that once supported thriving ecosystems, or outright cause this:
** The Terraforming Candidate worlds are Barren worlds that once supported life, but for whatever reason, no longer do. As the name suggests, terraforming them is a possibility.
** The Mass Extinction event chain is all about surveying worlds that were rendered uninhabitable by either massive disasters or their natives' negligence, in order to ensure the surverying species does not suffer a similar fate.
** Several of the [[RecursivePrecursors various possible]] {{precursor}} event chains reveal that the species' homeworld was annihilated by the same disaster that caused their fall.
** The fate of any world taken by the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Prethyon Scourge]]; they devour the entire ecosystem, and the planet must be glassed to remove them. (The world can be terraformed back into habitability, however.)
** Tomb Worlds, the result of a nuclear war. These can be colonized, but unless a species is radiation-resistant (a rare trait found on uplifted species only), robotic, blessed by [[spoiler:[[EldritchAbomination the Worm]]]], or just incredibly resilient,
** It's possible for every planet in a system that isn't a Gas Giant to be turned into a Tomb World by [[spoiler:[[EldritchAbomination the Worm]]]]. This is a mixed affair, especially since it makes previously barren worlds technically habitable and [[spoiler:the Worm also grants Tomb World habitability to its favored species]].
** Machine Empires in ''Synthetic Dawn'' can, with an Ascension Perk, deliberately glass planets into Machine Worlds that are completely inhabitable to even the most basic of biological life but serve the needs of synthetics perfectly.
5th Sep '17 4:42:09 PM bigmouth12349
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* ''Webcomic/ReversedStar'' seems to have this, with characters in some settings being forced to wear gas masks outside.
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29th Aug '17 1:50:05 AM PaulA
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** In the ''Hainish Cycle'':

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** In the ''Hainish ''Literature/{{Hainish}} Cycle'':



*** ''The Telling''. Although the book doesn't take place on Earth, the main character is a Terran, and through her we learn that in her time, Earth was both an ecological and social mess.
*** ''The Word for World is Forest'' has humans stripping the peaceful forested planet Athshe of its valuable wood, having mined the Earth into barrenness.

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*** ''The Telling''.''Literature/TheTelling''. Although the book doesn't take place on Earth, the main character is a Terran, and through her we learn that in her time, Earth was both an ecological and social mess.
*** ''The Word for World is Forest'' ''Literature/TheWordForWorldIsForest'' has humans stripping the peaceful forested planet Athshe of its valuable wood, having mined the Earth into barrenness.
28th Aug '17 8:21:52 PM PaulA
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* Invoked in UrsulaKLeGuin's ''Hainish Cycle'' - Earth is described in ''The Dispossessed'' as having been reduced to a less-than-stellar state of existence.
** Supported by another Hainish novel, ''The Telling''. Although the book doesn't take place on Earth, the main character is a Terran, and through her we learn that in her time, Earth was both an ecological and social mess. Yet another early Hanish novella, ''The Word for World is Forest'', has humans stripping the peaceful forested planet Athshe of its valuable wood, having mined the Earth into barrenness.

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* Invoked in UrsulaKLeGuin's Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's works:
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''Hainish Cycle'' - Cycle'':
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Earth is described in ''The Dispossessed'' ''Literature/TheDispossessed'' as having been reduced to a less-than-stellar state of existence.
** Supported by another Hainish novel, *** ''The Telling''. Although the book doesn't take place on Earth, the main character is a Terran, and through her we learn that in her time, Earth was both an ecological and social mess. Yet another early Hanish novella, mess.
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''The Word for World is Forest'', Forest'' has humans stripping the peaceful forested planet Athshe of its valuable wood, having mined the Earth into barrenness.
4th Aug '17 2:50:51 AM Mr.Bubbles
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheOblongs'': The Valley portion of Hill Valley is a horribly polluted landscape thanks to runoff from [[ToxicInc Globocide]]. The air is toxic, the land befouled, there's garbage everywhere, and birth defects plague the residents.
1st Aug '17 2:47:07 PM WillKeaton
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* In "Film/TheSixthWorld", Humans must colonize Mars because Earth is unusable.

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* In "Film/TheSixthWorld", ''Film/TheSixthWorld'', Humans must colonize Mars because Earth is unusable.
28th Jul '17 7:34:55 AM Owlorange1995
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* Not matter how bright or beautiful a star is, they all end up as dull white dwarfs.
21st Jul '17 6:22:16 PM DarthNANAME
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* A big theme in the ''VideoGame/{{Oddworld}}'' series is how the Magog Cartel facilities are absolutely destroying the world, hunting many species into extinction and polluting the environment into inhospitable wastelands. Seeing Oddworld's natural splendor (via huge amounts of SceneryPorn) as it used to be is one of the factors that spur Abe into returning to Rupture Farms 1029 to shut it down in ''Abe's Oddysee''.
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