What is Big Think?  

We are Big Idea Hunters…

We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

Big Think Features:

12,000+ Expert Videos

1

Browse videos featuring experts across a wide range of disciplines, from personal health to business leadership to neuroscience.

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers

2

Big Think’s contributors offer expert analysis of the big ideas behind the news.

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge

3

Big Think’s Edge learning platform for career mentorship and professional development provides engaging and actionable courses delivered by the people who are shaping our future.

Find out more
Close

U.N. Climate Talks: Down and Nearly Out

December 7, 2011, 9:00 AM
Durban_ss

What's the Latest Development?

There is no expectation that a legally binding agreement to cut global carbon emissions will emerge from this year's U.N. climate change conference. Delegates in Durban, South Africa, have agreed to make an agreement on global emissions by 2015 and to make that agreement active by 2020. In the mean time, the European Union wants to extend the Kyoto protocol but Russia, Japan and Canada refuse unless the U.S. agrees to participate, which it won't. China may abandon future talks if Kyoto is not extended.

What's the Big Idea?

Since 1990, global carbon emissions have increased by 49 percent, driven by new growth in China and India and sustained high-levels of emissions in the U.S. and E.U. In lieu of a binding legal agreement, many of the world's governments have pledged to voluntarily reduce carbon emissions. But even if those commitments are kept, the world is on track to warm by 3.5 degrees Celsius by century's end, a degree and a half above what is considered an acceptable level by climate scientists.

Photo credit: shutterstock.com

 

 

U.N. Climate Talks: Down an...

Newsletter: Share: