Global Warming: Greatest Failure of Risk Management

John Abraham and Dana Nutticelli write at the Guardian that global warming is the greatest failure of human risk management, though they call it “climate change” (a mistake, since “climate change” sounds less threatening than “global warming”).

They don’t ask why humans are so bad at dealing with this particular risk. I have asked exactly that question, and my answer is (based on something Bruce Schneier said about the evolution of risk perception): Global warming is underestimated since it takes a long time to actually play out, and since it is a rather abstract concept.

And I have written my first global warming science fiction novel “Great News” as an effort to give global warming a more threatening face (an evil alien), so as to do something about this problem.

Kindly consider downloading the free PDF file here.

Published by kflenz

Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo. Author of Lenz Blog (since 2003, lenzblog.com).

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