2020 has not been a great year. Everyone was eagerly waiting for 2021. Though the year started with some major good news, the tables turned soon, resulting in economic, political, and natural disasters all over the world. From extreme weather to cybersecurity failure, today, we will have a look at the top 5 global risks threatening the world in 2021.
The reports have identified infectious diseases as a short term risk for human life. Scientists have already warned that the world may witness another wave of contagion unless we are fully prepared.
According to the reports, more than 2 million people have lost their lives due to Covid-19. Researchers state that the virus will have long-term health effects with destructive consequences.
The world faced a loss of almost 495 million jobs due to the Covid-19 crisis. While many industries were permanently shut, migrant workers were forced to quit their jobs.
The economic hardship due to the pandemic can also result in uneven recovery. According to reports, only 28 economies grew in 2020.
Extreme Weather Events
The first half of 2020 represented a substantial recovery in the Earth’s condition but the year also evidenced the events of hurricanes, wildfires, floods, earthquakes, cyclones, and, landslides. According to the reports of WEF, Scientists have anticipated that the world may experience more natural calamities this year.
Extreme changes in weather, melting of glaciers, depletion of the ozone layer, and increased pollution can lead to multiple severe natural calamities in 2021.
We live in the era of the digital world. From education to money, everything has come online now. Cybersecurity poses a hazardous technological risk to the world in the short-term.
The more our lives move online, the risk of cyberattacks increases. According to the reports of WEF, cyberattacks will become more devastating, triggering financial loss and social instability in the world.
Internet usage ranges from more than 87% in the developed countries to less than 17% in underdeveloped countries. Many countries are already dealing with social and economic inequality. When digital inequality will be added to the list, the world may be at the risk of experiencing undermine inclusive recovery. It may also lead to digital dependency and information suppression and manipulation.
The only way to prevent these disasters is to spread awareness. Only mankind is responsible for the destruction and only we can save the Earth from devastating effects. To save our lives, we need to take essential steps from today itself. Earth is a beautiful place to live, let’s not destroy it.