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Water Crises, Climate Change and Global Risks

Posted: January 15th, 2015

 

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The World Economic Forum recently released its Global Risks 2015 report and once again water crises and climate change are in the top 5 list global risks in terms of impacts, with water crises #1 and failure of climate change adaptation #5. This is the tenth year the WEF has issued a global risk report; climate change has been in the top 5 since 2011, and water crises since 2012.

 

While the WEF is best known for its annual meeting of the global elite in Davos, Switzerland, these annual risk reports offer a fascinating retort to those that downplay the importance of climate change. The fact that water crises and climate change both show up routinely in the top 5 list of risks reflects the direct linkage between water and climate change and the centrality of both to society.

 

It’s been said that the water cycle is the medium through which climate change is conveyed, so a failure to adapt will in many cases exacerbate already existing water crises and introduce new ones. Brett Walton at Circle of Blue has a nice article on the Global Risks 2015 report.

 

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