Rescue team over Montecito, CA. Olive Mill Bridge and 101 Freeway destroyed and flooded by debris and mud flows, on January 9th, 2018. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care
Every year, the World Economic Forum asks some 1,000 decision-makers from the public sector, business, academia and civil society across the globe to assess the risks facing the world over the decade to come.
Since 2012, water crisis has consistently been ranked as one of the threats with the highest potential impact as well as likelihood. The top scores on both impact and likelihood are perceived to be: extreme weather events; failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation; and natural disasters.
Of the 1,000 most severe disasters that have occurred since 1990, water-related disasters accounted for 90 per cent. With extreme water and weather events increasing in both frequency and severity in the wake of climate change, floods and droughts are set to strike harder and more often in the years to come…