Crosscutting issues and solutions

Has the Collapse of Civilization already begun?

“It is now too late to stop a future collapse of our societies because of climate change.” These words are from a paper presented to the European Commission in Brussels, earlier this year. In the age of climate chaos, the collapse of civilization has moved from being a fringe, taboo issue to a mainstream concern. As the world reels under each fresh outbreak of crisis, the question of how bad things might get, and how soon, has become increasingly urgent.

Accelerating climate solutions

If we rapidly accelerate the solutions we know are possible, we may still avert climate collapse. And we can learn something from the societies that failed,writes Kevin Golden of Climate Solutions.

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Pathways past the precipice

"Humans are facing our greatest test in the million-year ascent of our kind. But this isn’t a single challenge, like a famine or disease outbreak. It is a constellation of ten huge man-made threats, which are now coming together to imperil our stability and future existence.

A Student Group Review on Existential Risk

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Emily Smith, Innie Anidita, Alexander Cox, Caitlin Buckler-Jones and Andrew Luke

An  ANU Student Project on Existential Threats

As part of a course on real world problems in Sustainability, five senor students at the ANU applied in 2017 to work together, for several weeks on a project on existential threats. Each student read and then prepared a review, which was offered for publication on bookseller websites, of the book "Surviving the 21st-Century" by Julian Cribb.

The five students- Emily Smith, Innie Anidita, Alexander Cox, Caitlin Buckler-Jones and Andrew Luke,  then worked on a joint report for presentation to the rest of their class, which addressed five questions. These questions were:

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