Tipping Points

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Many new risks emerge when and where our physical and natural worlds interconnect with human society, which can lead to "risk tipping points". These points can trigger abrupt changes that can shake the foundations of our societies.

Today, we are moving close to the brink of multiple risk tipping points. Human actions are behind this rapid and fundamental change to the planet. We are introducing new risks and amplifying existing ones by indiscriminately extracting our water resources, damaging nature and biodiversity, polluting both Earth and space and destroying our tools and options to deal with disaster risk.

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A chain reaction to ecosystem collapse

Draining our water, risking our food supply

Running on thin ice

Losing our eyes in the sky

Living in the unliveable

With rising risks, insurance becomes unreachable

In previous years, the Interconnected Disaster Risks report featured disasters instead of tipping points. Click here to view the disasters from previous years.

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