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Climate Tops WEF Global Risks Report

Published: 13th Jan 2022 4:09 pm

Hyderabad: As the world enters the third year of the Covid pandemic, the climate crisis remains the biggest long-term threat facing humanity, according to the 2022 Global Risks Report. Read more about the report in detail…

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Respondents to the 2022 World Economic Forum Global Risks Perception Survey ranked ‘Climate action failure’ as the number one risk with potentially the most severe impact over the next decade. Extreme weather due to climate change is seen as the second most serious short-term risk, with biodiversity loss coming in third.

What is the report about?

The Global Risks Report 2022, an annual report, was released by the World Economic Forum. It tracks global risk perceptions among risk experts and world leaders in business, government, and civil society. It examines risks across five categories: economic, environmental, geopolitical, societal, and technological

Impact of Covid-19: The societal and environmental risks have worsened the most since the start of the pandemic.

“ Social cohesion erosion”, “livelihood crises” and “mental health deterioration” are three of the five risks seen as the most concerning threats to the world in the next two years.
Apart from this, it has significantly contributed to “debt crises”, “cybersecurity failures”, “digital inequality” and “backlash against science”.

Global Economic Outlook: It majorly perceived the short-term economic outlook to be volatile, fractured, or increasingly catastrophic. The most serious challenge persisting from the pandemic is economic stagnation.

Environmental Risks: “Extreme weather” and “climate action failure”—appear as top risks in the short-, medium-and long-term outlooks. Governments, businesses, and societies are facing increasing pressure to transition to net-zero economies.

 Geopolitical and Technological Risks: In the longer-term horizon, geopolitical and technological risks are of concern too—including “geoeconomic confrontations”, “geopolitical resource contestation” and “cybersecurity failure”.

 International Risks: Artificial intelligence, space exploitation, cross-border cyberattacks and misinformation and migration and refugees were rated as the top areas of international concerns.

Growing insecurity in the forms of economic hardship, worsening impacts of climate change and political persecution will force millions to leave their homes in search of a better future.
The prospect of 70,000 satellite launches in coming decades, in addition to space tourism, raises risks of collisions and increasing debris in space, amid a lack of regulation.

Worlds apart

6% vaccination rate in poorest 52 countries
97% public debt-to-GDP in 2020
51 million increase in extreme poverty projections
197 countries aligned on the Glasgow Climate Pact
84% of experts are worried or concerned about the world


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