23. Luke Kemp on defining, evaluating and managing catastrophic climate risk
November 15, 2022
Dr Luke Kemp is a Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, University of Cambridge. He has a PhD in international relations from the ANU and previous experience as a senior economist at Vivid Economics. In this episode, Luke sheds light on a surprisingly understudied and overlooked topic – catastrophic climate risk. This episode explores catastrophic and extinction risk, why the topic is understudied, and how we can weigh out the catastrophic risks of climate change and solar geo-engineering.
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Introduction and background
What is catastrophic risk?
Discussing Luke’s paper ‘Climate endgame’: How might catastrophic climate risk arise?
The likelihood of worst-case scenarios
Why is catastrophic climate risk understudied?
How can a better understanding of catastrophic risk inform policymaking?
Media portrayal and distortion of research findings
The catastrophic risks of solar geo-engineering: is it worth it?