We have not come to terms with the risks associated with climate change. These changes can be very sudden and altogether catastrophic. Accurately assessing risk when it comes to climate change is undeniably difficult. So it should come as no surprise that the general public is inept at assessing risk. What is truly troubling is that politicians and even scientists do not appear to do a good job evaluating risk.
Listen to this rant from Paul Beckwith professor in climatology who is working on a Ph.D. in abrupt climate change. He has an engineering and physics background with a varied experience base including product management and organization, teaching, and research (academic and corporate).
As explained by Beckwith, the result of our inability to come to terms with risk means that “society makes many stupid choices and fails to worry and deal with the most serious problems. People need to worry a lot more about abrupt climate change, which dwarfs all other risks.”