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Science on Tap with Dr. Mark Boslough

Oct 21, 2019 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
projectY cowork
150 Central Park Square, Los Alamos, NM
Dr. Mark Boslough
Stacy Baker
(505) 664-0244
Public Event
Mark Boslough

Event Description

A conversation with Dr. Mark Boslough about uncertainty and risk at the planetary catastrophe threshold.

What is the probability that the Earth will be wiped out, in our lifetimes, by the impact of an enormous asteroid or comet? How does it compare with the self-inflicted threat of catastrophic global warming? Should we worry more about existential planetary threats that are unlikely on a human timescale, or regional or local impact or climate hazards that are virtually certain to be both deadly and costly? The traditional tools of probabilistic risk assessment and cost-benefit analysis begin to break down at the catastrophe threshold. What should impact and climate scientists tell policy makers who must make decisions on how to allocate resources to address threats of this nature?

Join us at projectY cowork for Science on Tap on Monday, October 12, from 5:30–7:00 p.m. for a conversation with Mark about this provocative topic.