Our world faces many perils but we will prevail | The Times
Pandemics, climate change and population growth pose existential threats but with the help of technological innovation and youthful exuberance, we will confound the doom-mongers, says Martin Rees
"Covid-19 should not have struck us so unawares. Why did the warnings of Bill Gates and others go unheeded? Why were even rich countries so unprepared? The answer is clear. Governments recognise a duty to prepare for floods, terrorist acts and other risks that are likely to occur in the short term and be restricted to their own countries. But they have little incentive to tackle longer-term threats that are likely to occur long after they’ve left office and which are global rather than local..."