Rampant unemployment, rising food prices, a collapsed housing market, ballooning debt — to Jeremy Rifkin, the American economist and president of the Foundation on Economic Trends, these are not simply symptoms of a temporary economic malaise. Rather, they are signs that the current world order — long infused with and defined by fossil fuels — is collapsing around us. In its place, decentralized systems of advanced, clean-energy production and digital power distribution are already starting to rise, Rifkin suggests, and they will reorder not just the way we turn on our lights, but how whole economies — indeed, whole societies — operate. Why? For the full article on HuffPost Green, see here.