What Happens when a Cascade of Crises Collide?

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Thomas Homer-Dixon and Johan Rockström argue that global crises are accelerating in their occurrence, amplifying in their effects, and synchronizing due to largely unseen causal connections between them. The result is a polycrisis, a term that “implies that humanity is dealing with a complex knot of seemingly distinct but actually deeply entangled crises.” The authors call for international scientific collaboration to investigate the positive feedbacks that may be worsening the polycrisis.


Thomas Homer-Dixon and Johan Rockström

Publication Date

November 13, 2022


The New York Times


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Op-Ed Commentary

Uses the term polycrisis

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