February 12, 2014

Global Risk 2014 Report - 4 of the Top 10 Global Risks Are Linked to Climate Change

Climate change has been highlighted as a top threat facing the international community in 2014. President Obama in his State of the Union said, “Climate change is a fact.” The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon urged government and business leaders to pass a legally binding climate change agreement by 2015 in his recent speech at the Council on Foreign Relations, and World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim, called 2014 the year of climate action.

Businesses are also recognizing the need to adapt to climate change as indicated in the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks 2014 report. The report, based on the survey of 700 industry and business leaders, says that four of the top 10 risks facing the world are linked to climate change. The top ten “Global Risks of Highest Concern” are:

  1. fiscal crises in key economies;
  2. structurally high unemployment;
  3. water crises;
  4. severe income disparity;
  5. failure of climate change mitigation and adaption;
  6. greater incidences of extreme weather events;
  7. global governance failure;
  8. food crises;
  9. failure of a major financial institution; and
  10. profound political and social instability.

For more information about climate change, you can read recent commentaries by Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and by P. Brabeck-Letmathe, chairman of Nestle SA and chairman of the 2030 Water Resource Group.

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Archive

Live Blog - Chicago Council: Agriculture and Health Nexus Panel

“How many enemies can I make on this answer?” Dr. Shapiro boldly called for large agribusinesses like Monsanto, Syngenta, and DuPont to make all their information public and readily available. Dr. Shapiro criticized these companies for not being entirely honest about their goals and motivations.



Commentary - Addressing Food Security Beyond our Food Supply

I’ll soon be attending the Symposium on Agriculture and Food Security. It doesn’t happen often that world leaders, researchers and philanthropists have the chance to gather for two days to discuss the progress made in the past year – and the work that’s still ahead – in addressing food security challenges.






Commentary - Stretching the Food Aid Dollar by Building Strong Local Markets

Floods, typhoons and droughts. Market fluctuations and inflation. Unhealthy government transitions and local political flare-ups. Disease-ridden crops and tainted water sources. All of these shocks can devastate any country, but for nations combatting poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition, disasters often precipitate acute food security outbreaks that result in suffering and loss of life. 


Commentary - What Would Norm Say?

Given the decade-long relationship I had with him in building the World Food Prize, I am sometimes asked about what the late Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Norman E. Borlaug might say about a particular topic.







Commentary - Freezing the Footprint of Food

By the year 2050, our planet will be home to another two billion people. How and where we will we feed everyone has become one of the most pressing conservation issues of the 21st century.