The Dead 10 Percent

Are you worried about dying in a car crash? Well, maybe you don’t have to worry so much. According to the report, Global Catastrophic Risks 2016, you are 5 times more likely to die in an extinction event, than in a car crash. A global catastrophic risk is a threat that can kill at least 10% of the global population. The top 3, in order, are catastrophic climate change, nuclear war, and natural pandemics. This report from the Global Challenges Foundation and Global Priorities Project, reviews each of these risks, and discusses the factors, interactions, and drivers behind them. Perhaps most importantly, the report asks and answers, “What can the world do to reduce global catastrophic risk?” Can we stop or lessen the impact of these risks through preparation and cooperation? Reading this report may answer some of those questions.