Showers over Windermere from Holbeck Lane near Troutbeck.

The Bad News

January 31, 2017
Threats to Humanity in 2017

According to the World Economic Forum, the greatest threats to humanity in 2017 are:

  • Donald Trump (oops – just kidding)
  1. Extreme weather – flash floods, heatwaves and drought. Global warming is real.
  2. Large scale migration.
  3. Deadly terrorist activity.
  4. A devastating natural disaster such as an earthquake or hurricane.
  5. Massive data theft.

To this I believe you can add:

  • The growing rage of the forgotten middle class and the flight to populism and protectionism (the natural precursor to fascism).
  • A deadly pandemic / virus travelling globally at lightning speed.
  • A lack of moral, purpose-driven leadership at the political level in a growing number of key economies, both developed and developing.
  • The rise and rise of Putin’s single-minded determination to destabilise the West and “recreate the Soviet Empire”.
  • The de-unification of the US as President Trump fails to bring harmony (or at least tolerance) to the Greatest Nation on Earth.

But – there’s a bunch of Good News too – read tomorrow’s blog.


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