The Cascade Institute is a Canadian research centre addressing the full range of humanity’s converging environmental, economic, political, and technological crises.

Its director is Thomas Homer-Dixon, an award-winning scholar and author with deep experience in using complexity science to anticipate, analyze, and respond to global threats.

The FAN initiative describes the situation: Two hundred years of economic and complexity growth have added immensely to human welfare and security. It has shaped our world-views and expectations of the future. Yet there is widening concern that the conditions that...

The mission of the Global Challenges Foundation is "to prevent, or at least reduce the likelihood, of a catastrophe that would cause the death of over 10% of humanity, or cause damage on a similar scale." Their website offers analysis and research, partnerships, and...

The Road

The Road

OK, this is Cormac McCarthy: it's dark and visually searing. If you’re up for a bleak vision of the future in the hands of an exceptional writer, give this a go. And be forewarned that you're unlikely to erase the images of the father pushing the shopping cart from...

The Dog Stars

The Dog Stars

By Peter Heller Hig’s wife is gone, his friends are dead, and he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, Jasper, and a mercurial, gun-toting misanthrope named Bangley.But when a random transmission beams through the radio of his 1956 Cessna, the...

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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...
Jul 20 2024

Outage for Microsoft users knocks out systems for airlines and hospitals in chaotic day

by Adam Satariano, et al in The New York Times…Companies across the world reported disruptions, citing technical issues from a cybersecurity software...
Jul 18 2024

Extreme wildfires have doubled in frequency and intensity in the past 20 years

by Victor Fernandez Garcia & Christina Santin in Wired.com….The doubling in extreme wildfires adds to a complex picture of fire patterns and trends. This new...
Jul 18 2024

Chartbook 297: The American migration crisis.

by Adam Tooze in Chartbook…As the World Migration Report for 2024 confirms, the Mexico-US border is by some margin the largest single corridor of...
Jul 18 2024

The new hot wars

by Jeremy Brecher in Znetwork…The most blatant marker of the polycrisis is the burgeoning of war and preparation for war.

Jul 13 2024

Is there a future in the doomsday economy?

by Alexander Nazaryan in The New York Times….With Fortitude Ranch, the entrepreneur Drew Miller is betting on franchised timeshares for people who are worried...
Jul 11 2024

Chartbook 297: The American migration crisis.

by Adam Tooze in Chartbook….As the World Migration Report for 2024 confirms, the Mexico-US border is by some margin the largest single corridor of...
Jul 11 2024

Long Covid Research Roundup: What have we learned in the first half of 2024?

by Katelyn Jetelina in Your Local Epidemiologist…What we knew: The number of people who get LC after infection has ranged dramatically from 2% to 75%. Reasons for...
Jul 08 2024

Positive Pathways report

by Michael Lawrence and Megan Shipman …..The Cascade Institute’s analysis on positive pathways through polycrisis

Jul 08 2024

NEOM is a city of the future. The land is the cost.

by K.O. in Atmos….NEOM has been hailed as the future of the climate-resilient, smart city. But, for local communities, its construction threatens displacement and...
Jul 08 2024

Denmark unveils ‘groundbreaking’ roadmap towards plant-based food

by Daniel Clark in Plant Based News…Plant-based foods are “the future,” according to the country’s Minister for Food