Climate Change Tops WEF Global Risks Ranking

Posted: Jan 22 2016, 2:49pm CST | by , in News | Latest Science News


Climate Change Tops WEF Global Risks Ranking
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  • Climate Change is the Greatest Risk the World is facing at the Moment

According to the WEF, climate change is the greatest risk the world is facing at the moment. It should at the top of our agenda as far as immediate concerns are anything to go by.

The WEF (World Economic Forum) has placed climate change as the #1 issue facing the global leaders of many nations right now. It is an economic hazard just waiting to happen.

The Global Risks Report 2016 states clearly that climate change is the root cause of several other panic situations including social, economic and ethical concerns. Mass migrations are the most likely outcome of the eco-spasm situation within the next year and a half.  

The effect is cumulative and getting vicious with each passing day. Climate change is responsible for water shortages, food crises, low economic growth and the weakening bonds of society not to mention the security breakdown on a global level.

Besides these risks and the many other complications they engender, the recent chaotic weather phenomena and long list of natural disasters are proof of the urgency of this situation we find ourselves in. 

The weather has indeed gone haywire. From floods to droughts to cyclones, everything is going topsy-turvy. Furthermore, the banks will have to do a better job by funding only those business ventures that are environment-friendly and leave less of a carbon footprint in their wake.

This is a painful and difficult task. Over 750 experts sat down and discussed the issues at hand. The conclusion that they reached was that many of the risks that we face over a decade are very real and need to be addressed in a no-nonsense manner. 

A study that has been published in the journal Nature Climate Change says that since the late 90s, heat uptake by the oceans has been twice the previous numbers. And the heat is penetrating the lower depths of the oceans.

This man-made heat is disrupting marine ecosystems. It is the oceans that absorb the majority of man-made heat. Normally the overheating of the oceans may be by a few degrees here and there.

When we see the trend over the past decade and a half, it is a case of the record having been broken as far as heat re-absorption is concerned. The temperatures have simply gone sky high and left humanity at a loss as to what to do.  

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