If you had apercent chance of having a fatal car accident, you d take necessary precautions If your finances had apercent chance of suffering a severe loss, you d reevaluate your assets So if we know the world is warming and there s apercent chance this might eventually lead to a catastrophe beyond anything we could imagine, why aren t we doingabout climate change right now We insure our lives against an uncertain future why not our planet In Climate Shock, Gernot Wagner and Martin Weitzman explore in lively, clear terms the likely repercussions of a hotter planet, drawing on and expanding from work previously unavailable to general audiences They show that the longer we wait to act, thelikely an extreme event will happen A city might go underwater A rogue nation might shoot particles into the Earth s atmosphere, geoengineering cooler temperatures Zeroing in on the unknown extreme risks that may yet dwarf all else, the authors look at how economic forces that make sensible climate policies difficult to enact, make radical would be fixes like geoengineering all theprobable What we know about climate change is alarming enough What we don t know about the extreme risks could be fardangerous Wagner and Weitzman help readers understand that we need to think about climate change in the same way that we think about insurance as a risk management problem, only here on a global scaleDemonstrating that climate change can and should be dealt with and what could happen if we don t do so Climate Shock tackles the defining environmental and public policy issue of our time

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