Note — Jul 04, 2021

Humanity’s Tragic Fight for the Future

Very good read at WIRED, taking the Miami building collapse as a starting point to look at how people are usually very bad at intergenerational responsibility and at properly grasping hazards, probabilities, and resulting disasters.

Hazards are the risks that bad things will happen—an earthquake, a wildfire, a hurricane, a heat event; disasters are what happens when the risk comes to fruition and overwhelms whatever preparations people made in advance. […]

And 70 percent believe corporations should do more to fix it; 60 percent think Congress should. So … something should change, right? Except no. Regulatory systems remain firmly captured by carbon emitters and all the companies that depend on burning fossil fuels.