Earth’s polycrisis is no mere illusion
Globe and Mail article by Thomas Homer-Dixon, Michael Lawrence, and Scott Janzwood — The backlash against the "polycrisis" neologism is well under way. But the polycrisis idea can motivate urgent scientific investigation into the architecture of global crisis interaction.
Mapping the global systemic consequences of the Ukraine-Russia War
Systems map by Michael Lawrence — A systems diagram charting the knock-on effects of the Ukraine-Russia War — and the vicious cycles that are emerging from them.
Polycrisis: Why we must turn this meme into a big idea
The Conversation article by Michael Lawrence — The debate around polycrisis is largely a question of whether we really understand the mess we’re in.
How do we turn a cascade of crises into a cascade of successes?
VIDEO — President of Royal Roads University Dr. Philip Steenkamp speaks with Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon about the global polycrisis and what we can do to turn a cascade of crises into a "virtuous cascade" of success.
Hope and Canada’s Futures: Resilience in a Polycrisis
VIDEO by Thomas Homer-Dixon — In his closing keynote at The Globe and Mail's Future of Canada Series, Thomas Homer-Dixon calls for a National Dialogue on Canada's Futures to help Canada face the emerging global polycrisis.
What Happens When a Cascade of Crises Collide?
New York Times article by Thomas Homer-Dixon and Johan Rockström — Today’s mess is best understood as a global polycrisis—a term which implies that humanity is dealing with a complex knot of seemingly distinct but actually deeply entangled crises.
Every politically feasible pathway to net-zero requires a technological breakthrough
National Observer article by Scott Janzwood — Distrust of new technology runs deep in the climate movement. But we don’t have the critical green technologies we need to get us to net-zero by 2050 — and assuming we do is wishful thinking.
Putin isn’t bluffing about using nuclear weapons in Ukraine
Globe and Mail article by Thomas Homer-Dixon — Russian President Vladimir Putin is forcing the West to play a dangerous game of chicken, and he’s about to throw his steering wheel out the window.
Instead of lurching from one catastrophe to the next, B.C. needs to understand how its crises are linked
Globe and Mail article by Thomas Homer-Dixon and Robin Cox — We need to improve how we marshal, integrate, apply and communicate the best knowledge about B.C.’s emerging risks – those known and anticipated, as well as those unexpected and even currently unimaginable.
A big bet on geothermal could help prevent a climate catastrophe
Globe and Mail article by Thomas Homer-Dixon, Ian Graham, and Ellen Quigley — A government-industry research and development partnership in ultradeep geothermal would be a “moonshot” project that Canadians could rally around.
Two things the West must do to lower the probability that Putin will pull the nuclear trigger
Ottawa Citizen article by Thomas Homer-Dixon
The American polity is cracked, and might collapse. Canada must prepare
Globe and Mail article by Thomas Homer-Dixon — By 2025, American democracy could collapse, causing extreme domestic political instability, including widespread civil violence. By 2030, if not sooner, the country could be governed by a right-wing dictatorship.
Canada’s thawing permafrost should be raising alarm bells in the battle against climate change
Globe and Mail article by Thomas Homer-Dixon and Duane Froese
Modern Monetary Theory is the new black, but we should brace for seeing red
Globe and Mail article by Michael Lawrence and Thomas Homer-Dixon — Modern monetary theory doesn’t in fact propose that governments can keep spending without consequence. The limit on government spending, though, is not government deficits but rising inflation.
Thawing permafrost is a northern crisis and a global threat
Vancouver Sun op-ed by Michael Brown and Duane Froese
However the pandemic unfolds, it’s time for oil use to peak—and society to prepare for the fallout
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists article by Yonatan Strauch, Angela Carter, and Thomas Homer-Dixon
Coronavirus will change the world. It might also lead to a better future
Globe and Mail article by Thomas Homer-Dixon