Summary of Global Risks 2015

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The World Economic Forum’s report on global risks traces the dominant threats that could cause significant worldwide disruption within the next ten years. Based on nearly 900 responses from global experts and decision makers, this comprehensive summation provides insights into a variety of global risks, the trends driving them and their possible ramifications. However, readers looking for simple, detailed solutions to the hazards facing humanity – perhaps unsurprisingly – won’t find them here. Nonetheless, getAbstract recommends this far-ranging report to executives, risk managers and policy makers grappling with the risks plaguing the world today.

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The World Economic Forum is an independent global organization that engages leaders of business, politics, academia and society to improve the state of the world.



A survey finds that – because of their likelihood and potential impact over the next decade – the five most dangerous risks confronting the world in 2015 are “interstate conflict, failure of climate-change adaptation, water crises, unemployment and underemployment,” and “cyberattacks.” Economic risk has subsided dramatically as a global concern for the first time since 2007, while geopolitical risk, which includes the rise of “nonstate actors” such as ISIS, has climbed in the rankings, and health care–related worries have risen following the Ebola outbreak. While environmental concerns...

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