Special Issue: Looming Disasters
Too Big to Handle – Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Question of Why Societies Ignore Looming Disasters
Systemic risks such as climate change and pandemics, and natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and asteroids, are often too big to handle physically, but they are no longer ‘Acts of God’ and beyond human understanding and the possibility of prevention and disaster relief preparation. Indeed, in many of these areas there is much talk, less action and only paltry gains. This free to access special issue of Global Policy explores the question of when and why societies are unable to handle these looming disasters. It stems from a conference held on 9th and 10th October 2014, at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin (Institute for Advanced Study, also popularly and internationally known as the WIKO), well known for its encouragement of cross-disciplinary interactions.