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The Global Risks Report 2020

Polarization and Economic Stagnation in 2020 Will Worsen Climate Crisis


The Global Risks Report 2020 highlights that polarization and economic stagnation in 2020 will worsen the climate crisis:

  • Unprecedented confluence of climate and ecological breakdown dominate this year’s Global Risks Perception Survey, a survey which asks global experts and decision-makers to rank their top concerns for the next decade.

  • Efforts to address the climate crisis over the next 12 months will be hampered by “economic confrontations” and “domestic political polarization”, short-term risks that will rise in 2020, according to 78% of respondents.

  • Waiting for the geopolitical system to “snap back” would mean missing our last chance to address the world’s most pressing challenges. Health systems globally at risk of becoming unfit for purpose.

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The Global Risks Report 2020 (pdf)

The Global Risks Report 2020 Executive Summary (pdf)

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