Vox: Why governments are bad at facing catastrophic risks

23 August 2019
by Kelsey Piper

Kelsey Piper at Vox wrote up our new policy report:

"Do national governments have a plan to prevent global catastrophe? Do policymakers even know enough about those risks to make plans, and do they have access to the expertise they need for effective planning?

The answer is — not really. At least, that’s one takeaway from a new report by the University of Cambridge’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, which looks at how well equipped policymakers are to make policy dealing with global catastrophic risks. Those are dangers with the potential to cause mass disruption around the world: nuclear war, severe warming from climate change, a global pandemic, and other possibilities."

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