The permaweird

The permaweird

The Last Men at the End of History cannot sustain any sense of collective urgency for any length of time at the important scales. And mere individual or even tribal actions do nothing to alleviate the sense of collective, even universal, crisis-in-waiting. The world is now too complex for that to work.

Why the world feels so unstable right now

Why the world feels so unstable right now

For many of us, life seems to progress smoothly and predictably for much of the time. Indeed, it seems one of our biggest concerns appears to be getting stuck in a rut. But then, seemingly out of nowhere, our world is turned upside down.

Global risks report 2023

Global risks report 2023

Some of the risks described in this year’s report are close to a tipping point. This is the moment to act collectively, decisively and with a long-term lens to shape a pathway to a more positive, inclusive and stable world.

From Bing to Sydney

From Bing to Sydney

I’m not going to lie: having Bing say I am not a good person was an incredible experience (and for the record, I think this is another example of chatbot misinformation!). It also, to say the least, seems incredibly ill-suited to being a search engine.

Whose polycrisis?

Whose polycrisis?

Unless the Polycrisis seriously questions the drivers of power and finds ways of challenging them, it risks becoming yet another neoliberal policy buzzword.

Societal collapse: a literature review

Societal collapse: a literature review

The debate about societal collapse as a plausible trajectory for the world’s future has lately arisen as being especially relevant…This article offers a systematic multidisciplinary review of the existing literature.

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Jul 06 2023

Global polycrisis: The causal mechanisms of crisis entanglement

by Dr. Michael Lawrence at The Cascade Institute….. In this framework, a global crisis arises when one or more fast-moving trigger events combines with...
Jun 10 2024

Shrink the economy, save the world?

by Jennifer Szalai in The New York Times….Economic growth has been ecologically costly — and so a movement in favor of ‘degrowth’ is growing.

May 22 2024

The case for hope

by NICHOLAS KRISTOF in The New York Times…The truth is that if you had to pick a time to be alive in the past few hundred thousand years of human history, it...
May 22 2024

Indicators of Global Climate Change 2023: annual update of key indicators of the state of the climate system and human influence

by Piers M. Forster, et al. in Earth System Science Data….This paper tracks some key indicators of global warming through time, from 1850 through to the end of...
May 22 2024

Is AI lying to me? Scientists warn of growing capacity for deception

by Hannah Devlin in The Guardian….Researchers find instances of systems double-crossing opponents, bluffing, pretending to be human and modifying behaviour in...
May 22 2024

3ºC Neighbourhood

by Civic Square in Neighbourhood Public Square…..We can ultimately control how much warming the world experiences, based on our choices as a society, and as a...
May 22 2024

A review of ‘navigating the polycrisis’: A map of collapse, utopia, and the many paths in between

by Ben Shread-Hewitt in Resilience.org…The Polycrisis is the breakdown of our future.

May 22 2024

Southern Africa drought flags dilemma for loss and damage fund

by Joe Lo in Climate Change News….Scientists blame the current drought on El Niño – which could exclude those affected from receiving aid for climate-change...
May 22 2024

North America’s biggest city is running out of water

by Caroline Houck in Vox…..Mexico City is staring down a water crisis. It won’t be the last city to do so.

May 21 2024

Scorching heatwave ravages Southeast Asia’s food supplies, imperiling the poor

from Dimsum Daily-Hong Kong….And in a vicious spiral, the compounding nutritional deprivation and socio-economic dislocation unleashed by heatwave-driven price...
May 21 2024

Here’s what record-breaking temperatures looked like around the globe

by Sueellen Campbell in Yale Climate Connections…..Climate change is affecting every continent and the oceans.