Here's What Worries World Leaders Even More Than Weapons of Mass Destruction

Davos organizers: Trump to make final address at forum

However, experts argued the relative strength of the global economy - economic risks featured less prominently in this year's survey compared to previous years - offers world leaders a "golden opportunity" to focus on tackling the systemic and environmental risks the world faces.

Following a year in which heatwaves, wildfires and hurricanes were commonplace, "extreme weather events" has for the second year in a row been seen as the single most prominent risk for 2018.

Environmental risks top the list of risks facing the world, according to a report published ahead of the global elite, including climate-change sceptic USA president Donald Trump, gathering in Davos next week. They include natural disasters and extreme weather events that human-caused climate change may be abetting.

Extreme weather, natural disasters and the failure to mitigate and adapt to climate change were all in the top five global risks in terms of impact, according to the global survey.

The World Economic Forum has today published its Global Risks Report 2018 and revealed that amid the strong prospect of economic growth there are chances to address severe weaknesses in several key areas - ranging from the environment to worldwide relations.

Fears of an attack with weapons of mass destruction tops a list of the world's greatest concerns for 2018, a global risks survey has revealed.

"This initiative could become more significant if additional partners - such as Australia, the U.S., or even European states - were to take part". She noted that on "political and economic confrontations, 93 per cent of the respondents think they will increase somewhat or significantly ... in the coming year".

FAU's Lane Kiffin tabs Charlie Weis Jr., 24, as new OC
Monte Kiffin, a defensive assistant for eight different National Football League franchises, works as on his son's staff. Weis, 24, will take over for OC Kendal Briles, who left for the same position at Houston earlier this winter.

Both Koreas Gather Together At PyeongChang Olympics
South Korean Sports Ministry spokesman Hwang Seong Un said the two countries are planning to form a joint women's ice hockey team.

UAE's letter to United Nations lambasts Qatar plot to raise tension
The GCAA described the act as a severe violation of worldwide laws and an infringement of civil aviation safety standards. Emirati officials on Monday described the fly-bys as though the fighter jets "intercepted" their civilian aircraft.

'The risks we are trying to grapple with here require multilateral solutions but we are moving in the other direction, ' said John Drzik, president of global risk and digital at the consultancy Marsh, which helped compile the report. "Environmental risks, together with a growing vulnerability to other risks, are now seriously threatening the foundation of most of our commons".

Klaus Schwab, the World Economic Forum's founder, said the world was facing an "inflection point" and that one big issue "will certainly be the future of global cooperation related to trade, environment, the fight against terrorism, tax systems, competitiveness - and in this context it's absolutely essential to have President Trump with us".

"Unfortunately we now observe a "too-little-too-late" response by governments and organisations to key trends such as climate change. Above all, the challenge is to find the will and momentum to work together for a shared future".

"It's not yet too late to shape a more resilient tomorrow, but we need to act with a stronger sense of urgency in order to avoid potential system collapse", Zurich Insurance Group's Martin urged.

Meanwhile, economic risks slipped in their prominence this year - with some experts concerned that improvements in GDP growth rates may even lead to complacency about financial systems.

Risk experts advise global businesses and governments to invest far more in resilience efforts to prevent a growing protection gap between economic and insured losses as the world enters a critical period of intensified risks.

In addition, this year's Global Risks Report presented 10 short "what-if" scenarios.

Related News:

  • Eagles' Jay Ajayi projected for 67 total yards against Vikings Sunday

    Eagles' Jay Ajayi projected for 67 total yards against Vikings Sunday

    Holding the ball too long against the Vikings' unpredictable mix of pressure and coverage looks will spell doom for Foles. Both of the Vikings' receivers have shown that they can not be stopped one-on-one, even by the league's best secondaries.
    Haryana rapes: Dismiss government, demands Congress; don't politicise the issue, says Khattar

    Haryana rapes: Dismiss government, demands Congress; don't politicise the issue, says Khattar

    The girl was brutally assaulted, her private parts mutilated and some of the vital organs ruptured, police had said earlier. On Saturday night, a 22-year-old woman was abducted and gang-raped by four unidentified men in a sports utility vehicle.
    Trump's ex-aide Bannon strikes deal to avoid grand jury testimony

    Trump's ex-aide Bannon strikes deal to avoid grand jury testimony

    Several White House staffers have come forward voluntarily for interviews with the special counsel team. A spokeswoman for Mr Bannon did not respond to media requests for comment on Tuesday afternoon.
  • Jeff Flake destroys Trump from the Senate floor for 'battering' the truth

    Jeff Flake destroys Trump from the Senate floor for 'battering' the truth

    Citing reports from early 2017 , Flake then accused Trump of having "inspired dictators and authoritarians" around the world. Trump gave it right back to the senator, getting a crowd of Arizonans to boo and hiss Flake for being "weak on borders".
    Airbnb Will Now Let You Book With Just a Deposit

    Airbnb Will Now Let You Book With Just a Deposit

    What's not clear from Airbnb's press statement though, is whether or not paying 50 percent upfront locks in the accommodation. One stipulation of the feature is that bookings must be made 14 days ahead of check-in and must be at least $250 total.
    Windies trigger Spirit of Cricket debate

    Windies trigger Spirit of Cricket debate

    In the last under-19 World Cup, the Windies were heavily criticised for affecting a "Mankad" in a crucial encounter. On reflection, I thought our appeal wasn't in the spirit of the game.
  • Five inches of snow expected Wednesday

    Five inches of snow expected Wednesday

    Police had responded to 278 crashes as of Tuesday evening, 104 of which were major, said Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo. By Tuesday morning, the front will have cleared the ArkLaTex and everyone will have made the transition to all snow.

    What's Real Worth Of Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST), Lam Research Corporation (LRCX)

    The market capitalization (Stock Price Multiply by Total Number of Outstanding Shares) for the company is reported at $84.86B. It is positive, as 28 investors sold XPO shares while 76 reduced holdings. 54 funds opened positions while 73 raised stakes.
    Trump Sticks It To Mental Health Doubters With Perfect Head Exam

    Trump Sticks It To Mental Health Doubters With Perfect Head Exam

    Leahy (D-Vt.) asked Nielsen whether Trump had used the vulgarity to describe the countries "or a substantially similar word". Lindsey Graham of SC , one of the six senators in the meeting with Trump on Thursday, supported Durbin's account.
  • Britain appoints Tracey Crouch 'Minister for loneliness'

    Britain appoints Tracey Crouch 'Minister for loneliness'

    British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday appointed the country's first-ever Minister in charge of tackling loneliness and combating social isolation.
    Cloud AutoML - Custom Machine Learning Models

    Cloud AutoML - Custom Machine Learning Models

    In 2017, it launched Google Cloud Machine Learning Engine to help machine learning developers build scalable ML models. Cloud AutoML does this by offering users a simple graphical interface for training their own machine learning model.
    Trump's Physical Exam: What We Learned

    Trump's Physical Exam: What We Learned

    Trump has said that he has never smoked or imbibed alcohol, which Jackson said has contributed to the president's good health. Though there were things Trump could do better, he said - on the whole - the President is in "very, very good health".

Most liked

Apple Details $350 Billion Contribution to US Economy Over Next 5 Years
Over $30 billion will be invested in capital expenditures, which will result in 20,000 new jobs hired at existing Apple campuses . This doesn't include ongoing tax payments, plus tax from employee wages and Apple product sales.

Day 2 at the Australian Open: Federer, Djokovic on court
The world No.2 and title favourite went unbroken in his 6-3 6-4 6-3 win on Rod Laver Arena in just one hour and 39 minutes. I had various emotions, mostly good ones, excitement, joy, gratitude for being able to have an opportunity to compete.

Valley Doctor Sees Increase in Patient Flu Cases
With widespread flu cases appearing in Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey announced a state public health emergency on Thursday, Jan. 11. They include barring visitors showing flu symptoms and those other than immediate family or other significant persons.

Trump comments highlight racial impact of migration platform
What have those in the room said? She was married to Mr Trump from 1977 until 1992 and has said the pair have remained friends. The person believes the discrepancy may be why some Republican senators are denying having heard the president say "s-thole".

Federal Judges Deny Lawmakers Request For Stay In Gerrymandering Case
In North Carolina, U.S. judges ordered that state to redraw its maps because of unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering. Republican leaders said they will take their appeal and request for a stay to the U.S.

Trump Throws CNN's Jim Acosta "OUT" Of The Oval Office
The incident occurred on January 16 during a White House press conference, the Daily Mail reported. The president responded by saying that he wants "them to come in from everywhere, everywhere".

Wonderful, says buoyant Sitharaman after Sukhoi sortie
IAF sources said Sitharaman would visit the Jodhpur airbase, during which she would fly the sortie in the frontline fighter jet. Owing to its versatile capabilities, Su-30 MKI forms an integral and the most potent component of our nation's Air Power.

Walmart offers way to turn leftover opioids into useless gel
Walmart already was among those pharmacies that sells a product, a pouch, that is used to neutralize drugs. An estimated four million Americans are now addicted to prescription painkillers, according to the U.S.

YouTube just made it harder for small video producers to make money
YouTube's changes also provide guidelines for organizations to evaluate whether a channel has an active following or not. The company even removed Paul from its Google Preferred program, which is exclusive to top creators.

Winter Olympics 2018: Izzy Atkin stars but Lindsey Vonn struggles
The venues where the North Korean band is likely to perform are the Seoul Arts Center and the Gangneung Culture and Art Center. For spectators around the world, scenes of athletes from both North and South Korea competing together will be heartwarming.

Tony Ferguson vs Khabib Nurmagomedov set, Conor to be stripped
This backs up an early report from a Russian website stating that Khabib would be fighting for the lightweight title this April. Founder of - After writing for Ultimate MMA magazine and serving as the editor for U.S.

Apple Trying to Score JJ Abrams Sci-Fi Series for Apple Music
It will be interesting to see where this show lands and if it can replicate the success of Abrams' other shows like Fringe . While Apple and HBO are the leading contenders, Warner Bros.

Notre Dame dismisses WR Kevin Stepherson, three others
McIntosh rushed for 368 yards and five touchdowns last season, and now leaves the Irish's backfield a bit depleted. He didn't log much playing time for the team in 2017, but hadn't had any known disciplinary issues.

Zinke Pushes Two-Thirds Of Nationwide Park Service Advisory Panel To Resign
In general, though, the Trump administration doesn't seem that concerned with the status of federal advisory panels. There's no comment from the Interior Department.

Simone Biles Allegedly Abused by Doctor Larry Nassar
Antolin asked that Nassar receive the maximum sentence, which will be determined on Friday. He also worked for Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics , which trains Olympians.