"When is an emergency really an emergency?
If you’re the captain of the Titanic, approaching a giant iceberg with
the potential to sink your ship becomes an emergency only when you
realise you might not have enough time to steer a safe course.
And so it is, says Prof Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, when it comes to the
Knowing how long societies have to react to pull the brake on the
Earth’s climate and then how long it will take for the ship to slow down
is the difference between a climate emergency and a manageable problem.
Rather than being something abstract and open to interpretation,
Schellnhuber says the climate emergency is something with clear and
calculable risks that you could put into a formula. And so he wrote one."
Basic risk management. It’s bad enough when businesses go under due to
failure to adequately manage their risks, but letting the same happen to
our entire civilisation is an unimaginable tragedy.
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics