Nassim Nicholas Taleb looks at the risks threatening humanity

By Larry Kummer. From the Fabius Maximus website. Summary: How to deal with risks dominates our headlines, usually driven by single-interest groups that see only their favorite threat. Statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s latest work offers a way to identify the most serious threats facing us, and determine how much we should spend to fight each…

Climate tipping points: What do they mean for society?

From the “no tipping points observed, though many have been predicted” department and Rutgers University Rutgers and Harvard scientists lay out strategy for investigating societal consequences The phrase “tipping point” passed its own tipping point and caught fire after author Malcolm Gladwell’s so-named 2000 book. It’s now frequently used in discussions about climate change, but…

Great Barrier Reef Triage Panic

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Having failed to stir interest in the Great Barrier Reef during the recent cliffhanger Australian Federal Election, reef scientists are now demanding that the government must choose which parts of the Great Barrier Reef they want to save. Great Barrier Reef: government must choose which parts to save, says expert…