The major global risks for the year 2015…
The World Economic Forum has released its annual report on Global Risks, and the key concerns are shifting. This tenth edition of the report takes a look at a broad range of risks categorized under economic, environmental, geopolitical, societal and technological, and in terms of their likelihood and their impact on the state of the world.
Global Risks 2015 examines the new risks that will arise from emerging technologies, interstate conflicts, extreme weather events, and other interconnected risks such as water crises. It also analyzes how these risks are interconnected and identifies the potentially cascading effects they might create.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) predicts looming water crises as the most global societal risks of concern over the next 18 months and 10 years into the future. The fragility of societies is of increasing concern, fuelled by underlying economic, societal and environmental developments. The effects associated with climate change will put further pressure on societies. Its expected impact on the ability to grow food and access water could prompt sudden and uncontrolled population migrations, putting additional pressure on receiving countries. Already in 2014, the number of refugees worldwide from environmental or conflict-related causes reached its highest level since World War II.
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