World Economic Forum Sees Big Risks in Water and Climate

Environmental change viewed as a leading cause of disruption.

January 17, 2018 by Brett Walton
Following a year in which Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico’s power and water grids and Cape Town stepped to the edge of a water supply disaster, the world’s business, political, and academic elite warn of social and economic upheaval from water and climate hazards.

Environmental risks have steadily grown in prominence in the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report as damage to the planet’s land, air, and water — its biological and physical support systems — has become more noticeable.

The 13th annual risks report, compiled from surveys of its members and affiliates, divides risks into two categories: those that are most likely and those that are most destructive.

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