"In the past few weeks, governments around the world have enacted
dramatic measures to mitigate the threat of COVID-19.
It’s too soon to know whether these measures will prove too little to
limit mass mortality, or so extreme that they set off economic
catastrophe. But what is absolutely clear is that the pandemic response
is in stark contrast to the lack of effective action on climate change,
despite a number of similarities between the two threats.
The alarms for both COVID-19 and climate change were sounded by experts,
well in advance of visible crises. It is easy to forget, but at the time
of this writing, the total deaths from COVID-19 are less than 9,000 — it
is the terrifying computer model predictions of much larger numbers that
have alerted governments to the need for swift action, despite the
disruption this is causing to everyday life.
Yet computer models of climate change also predict a steady march of
increasing deaths, surpassing 250,000 people per year within two decades
As scientists who have studied climate change and the psychology of
decision-making, we find ourselves asking: Why do the government
responses to COVID-19 and climate change — which both require making
difficult decisions to avert future disasters — differ so dramatically?
We suggest four important reasons."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics