Should we be studying what a human extinction event looks like?

Sensible risk management requires consideration of bad-to-worst-case scenarios.

When it comes to climate change, researchers are calling for more research into what happens if the world passes catastrophic global warming thresholds.

Beyond that, they ask what an human extinction event — in terms of climate change — could look like.

Led by a team at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, the new paper calls looks at why ‘catastrophe’ must first be defined, and why digging into the interactions can help build our understanding of climate-related risk management.

We spoke to the paper’s lead author Dr Luke Kemp to learn why preparing for a climate catastrophe is important.


Dr Luke Kemp – Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) at the University of Cambridge.

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