Weather, climate threats top list of 2018 Global Risks Report
Weather and climate threats are among the top risks that will have the biggest global impact in the next 10 years, according to a report by the World Economic Forum.
The report is an assessment by 1,000 experts and decision-makers on the likelihood and impact of global risks over a 10-year period.
Following a devastating year for weather and natural disasters in 2017, the Global Risk Report highlighted the environment as an area of particular concern this year.
Behind weapons of mass destruction in the top spot are extreme weather events, natural disasters, failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation and water crises.
"Extreme weather events have ranked in the top two future risks since 2014. It should be alarming to the general public," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Anderson said.
Meanwhile, extreme weather events and natural disasters claimed spots one and two for risks most likely to occur in the next 10 years.