Too Big to Ignore: Global Risk Perception Gaps Between Scientists and Business Leaders

Seth Wynes, Jennifer Garard, Paola Fajardo, Midori Aoyagi, Melody Burkins, Kalpana Chaudhari, Terrence Forrester, Matthias Garschagen, Paul Hudson, Maria Ivanova, Edward Maibach, Anne-Sophie Stevance, Sylvia Wood, Damon Matthews

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Two major reports assessing global systemic risks have been published recently, presenting large-scale panel data on the risk perceptions of different key communities, most notably business leaders and global change scientists. While both of these global communities agree on ranking environmental risks the highest, followed by societal, geopolitical, technological, and economic risks, business leaders perceive the likelihood of most risks as lower than scientists. This gap implies vexing questions in relation to building a shared sense of urgency and facilitating collective action. These questions need to be addressed through new ways of co-creating risk assessments and strategic futures analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere2022EF002857
Number of pages6
JournalEarth's Future
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sept 2022

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