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Framing Global Catastrophic Risk - Recent and Future Research
Halmstad University.
Halmstad University.
2017 (English)Student paper other, 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This article is a literature review about global catastrophic risks. Its contribution is to give an overview of the research field in general and highlight the main potential catastrophic areas linked with recent studies. In many movies and TV shows, we can see our civilization collapse in various ways: Gigantic asteroids hit the earth and obliterate all life, nuclear wars emerge, artificial intelligence evolves and starts wars with humans, pandemics spread, and other kinds of catastrophic events with mass death or extinction of all life happen. Thus, even if these are extreme events and fiction, we should raise the question how likely it is that one or more of these events can occur in the near and far future. Although calculated probabilities of impact are low for the future such as tomorrow, in 10, 100 or a million years from now, this could actually be reality. Nevertheless, why should we care about the risks of these global catastrophic events today and what could be done to prevent or reduce the risk of a global catastrophe? In this paper we will discuss core content, such as different risks and ways to reduce them internationally, as well as the scientific context of the field. In fact, there are events that can be catastrophic on a global scale and happen in the near future, even if we do not know exactly when. Hence, specific risk assessment and proper mitigation strategies are necessary in order to maintain the human population. This article states that serious research is a basis for decision makers in particular, who invest funds in countermeasures.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 16
Keywords [en]
global catastrophic risk, literature review, catastrophic climate change, nuclear war, natural pandemics, exogenous risks, emerging risks, risk assessment
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-33354OAI:, id: diva2:1077151
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Scientific method
Available from: 2017-02-25 Created: 2017-02-25 Last updated: 2017-02-25Bibliographically approved

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