Navigating the polycrisis–life in turbulent times

Navigating the polycrisis–life in turbulent times

By Michael Lerner, Angle of Vision…The polycrisis has many names—cascading crises, the metacrisis, the permacrisis, the great unraveling, the great simplification, “the end of the world as we know it” [TEOTWAWKI], and more. In Latin America it’s called “eco-social collapse.” The French call it “collapsologie.” Or one can simply call it turbulent times or a rapidly changing world.

The surprising thing A.I. engineers will tell you if you let them

by Ezra Klein, The New York Times…This is an example of “alignment risk,” the danger that what we want the systems to do and what they will actually do could diverge, and perhaps do so violently. Curbing alignment risk requires curbing the systems themselves, not just the ways we permit people to use them.

This changes everything

This changes everything

In a 2022 survey, A.I. experts were asked, “What probability do you put on human inability to control future advanced A.I. systems causing human extinction or similarly permanent and severe disempowerment of the human species?”

Climate, fiction, and the future

Artists have a long history of channeling social change into their works, shaping our cultures, societies, and institutions. When informed by science, this becomes a powerful tool for action.

Let’s imagine we knew exactly how the pandemic started

In a March Guardian editorial that similarly treated the matter of origin as an arcane sideshow, the paper emphasized expanding disease surveillance, protecting natural habitats, reforming factory farming and ramping up lab safety — and concluded that all “this, rather than the blame game, is what politicians should prioritize.”

The Long View Vol 22

The Long View Vol 22

Since the Long View started as a newsletter almost 2 years ago, our aim has been to curate the highest quality polycrisis news, research, and analysis to support this growing learning community. As this polycrisis work has gone global, so has the volume of content, debate over its relevance, and evolving language. Here are this month’s top picks of polycrisis news, curated by Omega Program Director Stanley Wu. It was quite a month, worldwide. These selections were chosen to help foster thinking about these times and how we consider resilience in light of the global polycrisis.

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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.