The World Economic Forum surveyed ‘750 experts from business, academia, civil society and the public sector.’ “Surveyed by the World Economic Forum for its latest Global Risks report, the respondents rank climate change as the gravest threat facing the planet over the next decade.”
This is insane. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change there will not be any impacts from climate change over the next decade. Sea level rise will be modest, temperature rises as well. Heat waves and storms, expected to increase in intensity and/or frequency starting around 2040,will not be an issue between now and 2026.
Why would they ignore the science?
“According to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, the two greatest existential threats to human civilization stem from climate change and nuclear weapons. Both pose clear and present dangers to the perpetuation of our species, and the increasingly dire climate situation and nuclear arsenal modernizations in the United States and Russia were the most significant reasons why the Bulletin decided to keep the Doomsday Clock set at three minutes before midnight earlier this year.”
Hit the snooze button, will ya? This appeared in an article claiming that another potential disaster should be ranked along with climate change and the threat of nuclear war. Biodiversity!
“The sixth extinction. The repercussions of biodiversity loss are potentially as severe as those anticipated from climate change, or even a nuclear conflict. For example, according to a 2015 study published in Science Advances, the best available evidence reveals “an exceptionally rapid loss of biodiversity over the last few centuries, indicating that a sixth mass extinction is already under way.”
Well, no. Although it is reasonable to suspect that more species are disappearing than in the recent past, (due to the invasion of alien species, habitat loss and over-hunting or over-fishing), we do not know. We are not even close to knowing.
We don’t know how many species there are. We don’t know how many species are going extinct now. We don’t know how many species existed at any period in the past for comparison. We don’t know how many species went extinct at any given point in the past. All we have are our suspicions.
Experts don’t seem… very expert.
However, the United Nations asked 7 million people across the world to list the top six things they want from life.
Here is what we want:
Climate change is the last thing on peoples’ minds.
Someone tell the experts. There’s a parade going in the other direction. There’s still time to jump in front of it so you can pretend you’re leading it–but you’ll have to act fast.