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Climate and inequality, “main risks for humanity”

11.01.2022

According to a report by the World Economic Forum, climate change and social inequalities are the main risks for human beings in the short term.

Extreme weather events, infectious diseases, deterioration of mental health and social inequalities are some of the risks that the planet faces in the coming years, according to the report published this Tuesday (11.01.2022) in Geneva by the World Economic Forum. , institution that organizes the Davos Forum.

Said report, in its seventeenth edition, ventures that climate change, social inequalities as the main risks for human beings in the short term, while in the long term it is environmental problems that take on greater importance.

Extreme weather events

Climate change has accelerated the incidence of floods, fires, droughts, and other adverse events. 31% of the experts surveyed in the report consider it a serious risk in the short term (2 years) and almost the same percentage, 32%, in the long term (10 years).

Employment and livelihood crisis

The pandemic has caused an additional 51 million people to slide into extreme poverty, a social inequality that can increase social polarization and fuel internal and external tensions. Coupled with climate change, migration has increased, with a record 34 million displaced out of their countries in 2020.

Infectious diseases

26% of the experts surveyed maintain this factor as one of the main risk factors for the world in the short term, at a time when the pandemic is already beginning its third year and with the current record numbers of daily infections, due to the rise of the omicron variant.

Impaired mental health

The pandemic has contributed to loneliness and social isolation, and this has been an important factor in increasing episodes of anxiety and depression in many countries.

Cybersecurity failures

Malicious software attacks and “hijacking programs” (ransomware) have increased by up to five times in the last year, and experts warn that cyberthreats are evolving faster than barriers to fighting them do.

Debt crisis

In the short term, 19% of experts consider that the indebtedness caused by the pandemic in governments, companies and individuals can cause risks.

rml (efe, afp)

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