Planning for Life's Crises: Media and Writing

How Science Can Help Us to Predict and Control Our Personal and Global Futures

New Encyclopedia article: Climate change and future food supplies

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Food Issues, edited by food historian Ken Albala, has just been published ( It is loaded with interesting and useful material. My own contribution is an article in which I describe the likely ways that climate change may affect our future food supplies. Here are some of the main points. See especially the one at the end, which should give us all pause ...

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My article on “Global Warming and Future Food Supplies” from the new SAGE Encyclopedia of Food Issues

Posted on April 17, 2015

Extract from Article (Vol.2, pp. 719-723) Future Policies to Mitigate the Effects of Climate Change on Food Supplies The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Create It. Neelam Chaturvedi Many studies have shown that the largely negative effects of climate change on food supplies will be borne by those who are least fitted to cope – that is, the people and communities of the under-developed third world, especially in sub-Saharan ...

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Letter in “Nature”: More than 70 ways to show resilience

Posted on February 6, 2015

My letter "[Handling crises:] More than 70 ways to show resilience" has appeared in "Nature" (Vol. 518, p.35). Here it is, followed by the original unpublished 2013 paper on which it was based: Corres Fisher revised And here is the earlier unpublished paper: We need resilience – whatever it is. Resilience is our main hope for survival – but we need two different types, argues Len Fisher. “Resilience” has become a universal ...

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Fair enough?

Posted on July 13, 2014

Ockham's Razor, ABC Radio In Australia the topic of fairness is often discussed. For example we ask questions whether it's fair to raise the retirement age, we question whether our electoral system is fair, whether it's fair to allow racial abuse for the sake of freedom of speech etc. These and similar things involve social choices, choices we make as a group. Dr Len Fisher from the School of Physics at the University of Bristol suggests that ...

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Preparing for Future Catastrophes

International Risk Governance Council Report, February 2013 ( ) Executive Summary: Many of the serious problems that we face today follow a similar pattern, where the effects of slow, imperceptible change go unheeded until they bring us to a point of rapid, usually irreversible, and often catastrophic, change. This underlying pattern of slow-d...

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Handling Complex Situations in Real Life

Heron Island Complex Systems Summer School, 16–27 January, 2012 (Heron Island, Queensland, Australia) "Business is arguably the human enterprise that drives our use (and abuse) of natural resources more than any other activity. Business and the biosphere are therefore two complex systems intricately linked. Achieving global sustainability thus requires understanding the complex structure and dynamics of "coupled business and biological ...

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Can We See the Future? Early-Warning Signs for Critical Transitions in Nature and Society

Posted on June 28, 2011

Plenary Lecture, International Conference on Complex Systems, Boston U.S. Critical transitions occur when slow, sometimes imperceptible, changes in conditions bring a complex dynamical system to a point where runaway processes such as positive feedback take over from the negative feedback processes that have hitherto kept the system in check. Examples that have been cited include sudden shifts and collapse in ecosystems, financial market ...

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Radio Interview: The Big Question

Wisconsin Public Radio Hear selected major interviews on Crashes, Crises and Calamities: Joy Cardin Wisconsin Public Radio, “The Big Question”. Listen to podcast

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Radio Interview: Interview with Jeff Whittington

KERA Radio, with host Krys Boyd  Can ecology, biology, mathematics and physics help us avoid (or at least predict) forthcoming troubles of the worst kind? Listen to podcast  

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In which I learn how to fix a relationship breakdown Interview with Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson

Sunday Life "...And so it was that I shared a peppermint tea with Australian-born game theory writer Len Fisher, author of Rock, Paper, Scissors, who explained to me strategies for negotiating through the grimmest of relationship stalemates. So I’m never drafted again." wrote Sarah Wilson. Read more

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