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Biggest Risks to Humanity in 2020, Are You Prepared?

Each and every year, the World Economic Forum releases its highly-detailed report on the biggest risks the world faces. They do this in anticipation of its January conference for the world’s top political and business leaders in Davos, Switzerland.

What was the biggest risk the world was deemed to face this year? Climate change. Considering this is the first time it has appeared on this list since 2006, this isn’t exactly a good sign.

The list includes the following:

Top 5 Biggest World Risks by Impact

  1. Climate action failure
  2. Weapons of mass destruction
  3. Biodiversity loss
  4. Extreme weather
  5. Water crises

Top 5 Biggest World Risks by Likelihood

  1. Extreme weather
  2. Climate action failure
  3. Natural disaster
  4. Biodiversity loss
  5. Human-made environmental disasters

Humans Guilty for Not Adapting to Climate Change

The biggest worry identified in the report was that humans have failed to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Almost all of the top threats the world now faces are linked to climate change, with the only exception being weapons of mass destruction.

In the coming decade, biodiversity loss, water crises, and natural disasters are going to all become far more likely.

Why is This Suddenly a Worry Now?

Climate change scares have been circulating for a very long time and is hardly news–most people tend to ignore the obvious since they haven’t yet experienced the consequences. However, these issues are going to start getting harder to ignore considering the most recent world disasters that have been taking place.

For example, the fires that have been ravaging the Amazon and Australia. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that global warming needed to be limited to 1.5 °C instead of the previously agreed on cap of 2 °C. This was advised to avoid drought, floods, and extreme heat.

In order to make this happen, human-produced carbon dioxide emissions will need to be halved from the levels we’ve had from 2010, by the year 2030. Unfortunately, it seems highly unlikely that this will actually happen.

Not only that, but the world is also facing the possibility of an economic downturn, as well as a treat of domestic political polarization that could include cyberattacks on infrastructure.

In other words, if humans don’t start to take action, we will literally be in a world of trouble.

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