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In The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity, Toby Ord offers several policy and research recommendations for handling risks from asteroids and comets:[1]

  • Research the deflection of 1 km+ asteroids and comets, perhaps restricted to methods that couldn’t be weaponized such as those that don’t lead to accurate changes in trajectory.
  • Bring short-period comets into the same risk framework as near-Earth asteroids.
  • Improve our understanding of the risks from long-period comets.
  • Improve our modeling of impact winter scenarios, especially for 1–10 km asteroids. Work with experts in climate modeling and nuclear winter modeling to see what modern models say.
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    Ord, Toby (2020) The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity, London: Bloomsbury Publishing, p. 277

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BibliographyFurther reading

Newberry, Toby (2021) How cost-effective are efforts to detect near-Earth-objects?, GPI technical report no. T1-2021, Global Priorities InstituteInstitute, University of Oxford.