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OECD: Emerging Risks in the 21st Century
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Rapport om håndtering af nye typer globale risici i det 21. århundrede (UK, 2003)


Risk has been an inherent concern of humans since the dawn of recorded history. Not only are there more risk situations today, but modern technological development has brought a heightened awareness of risk - both of those risks that we knew about in the past, and the emerging, new risks that are associated with the march of progress. A key element in this heightened awareness is the fact that we now know a great deal more about the physical world than we did in the 19th and much of the 20th century; in addition, the mechanization of much of daily life has brought human beings into contact with new risks. At the same time, technology has provided us with the tools to measure and to manage risk, altogether avoiding it at times. Our understanding of human preferences through the study of behavioral psychology and economics has also helped us understand ways in which citizens perceive risk and manage it in their lives. Yet the increasing complexity of modern life is going to require new - and different - ways to share the burden of risk among citizens, collectivities and governments.

Emerging Risks in the 21st Century (pdf)