The world is more at risk as persistent economic weakness saps our ability to tackle environmental challenges, according to the World Economic Forum's Global Risks 2013 report.
The report highlights wealth gaps (severe income disparity) followed by unsustainable government debt (chronic fiscal imbalances) as the top two most prevalent risks, in a survey of over 1,000 experts and industry leaders, which reflects a slightly more pessimistic outlook overall for the coming 10 years.
Following a year scarred by extreme weather, from Hurricane Sandy to flooding in China, respondents rated rising greenhouse gas emissions as the third most likely global risk overall, while the failure of climate change adaptation is seen as the environmental risk with the most knock-on effects for the next decade.
Global Risks 2013 analyses three major risk cases of concern globally:
1) Health and hubris.
2) Economy and environment under stress.
3) Digital wildfires.