There are three biggest threats that the World is going to face in 2019. These can affect people’s lives to a great extent. The biggest threats include Loneliness, Extreme Weather and Global Economic Vulnerability.
The World To Face Three Biggest Threats in 2019
Let’s have a look.
Loneliness is as toxic as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. And it is a global epidemic. The major reason behind the loneliness could be the changes in our lifestyle. The current share of people living alone is unprecedented in history. If we look around the World, in Paris, 50% of people are living alone and 60% in Stockholm. In the UK, the share of one-person households has almost doubled since 1960, to 31%. There half of the over-75s live alone and many haven’t spoken to a friend or a relative in over a month.
In the US, the average number of close friends fell from 3 to 2 between 1085 and 2004. The number of people with no close friends tripled. Urbanization can also be one reason or we can also blame technology. People spend 24 hours per week online, on average.
There is a heavy economic cost to loneliness. In the UK, it leads to 6,000 pounds in extra costs for every old person. It increases the risk of depression and other mental disorders, which had a global economic impact of $2.5 trillion in 2010.
Extreme weather is one of the most dangerous threats to the planet. We are sleepwalking into catastrophe. 2018 saw deadly storms, from the US to the Philippines. Wildfires, from Australia to California. Floods from India to Japan. Heatwaves from Europe to the Arctic. Extreme weather has cataclysmic knock-on effects. 30 million people suffered acute food insecurity because of climate-related disasters in 2017. Disruptions to goods and services due to environmental disasters are up by 29% since 2012. Scientists say climate change makes the extreme weather more likely.
Global Economic Vulnerability:
The World economy is facing a perfect storm in 2019. trade tensions are rising between major powers and global growth is slowing. The global debt is significantly higher than before the 2008 crash. At around 225% of GDP and although global inequality has dipped since 2000. Inequality within countries has continued to rise.