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Global Warming

  • Ian I Mitroff
  • Can M. Alpaslan
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Abstract

Nature and Society are inseparable. Technologies we create to harness Mother Nature depend on social and political arrangements, and vice versa. While we give a single name, Global Warming, to the impending crisis humankind faces, the actual crisis consists of multiple intertwined crises such as the adequacy of alternative energy sources, the strength of the political will to use alternative sources, and the efficacy of future technologies that will mitigate the effects of Global Warming. Complex systems of intertwined crises cannot be separated from one another. We must consider them jointly to deal with them properly. Humankind’s most critical assumption to date may be the following: As it has done throughout its history, humankind when faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges will rise to the challenge.

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Global Warming Alternative Source Alternative Energy Source Critical Assumption Political Arrangement 
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Notes

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© Ian I. Mitroff and Can M. Alpaslan 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian I Mitroff
    • 1
  • Can M. Alpaslan
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Catastrophic Risk Management, Haas School of BusinessUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Department of ManagementCalifornia State UniversityNorthridgeUSA

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