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An Existential Threat to Our Lives and Our Economy

As I write this, the climate change news show a world in turmoil. We see the reoccurring wildfires in Western parts of USA, hurricane Ida that brought deadly floods to the Northeast and ravished much of the Southeast including Louisiana that had a rising death toll.  As if the state of emergency wasn't enough, a series of storms have been brewing in what will be another busy Atlantic hurricane season. 


Meanwhile in Europe, EU's Copernicus Climate Change Service recorded 1.0C whole degree higher in the summer than the 1991-2020 average surface temperatures.


In the USA, 100 million people were affected by climate events this summer alone. Climate change is happening and we are watching it unfold in real time. USA President Biden called it “an existential threat to our lives, our economy. And the threat is here; it’s not going to get any better." 

The pressing question: are we ready? As I read the IPCC report, I did not find any new revelations except the irrefutable fact that we have no time left to act. 


In my most recent piece for the World Economic Forum, I explore the technologies that can help scale efforts towards tackling climate change. We need to think beyond the quick-fixes, and really search for the ways companies and government will accelerate their strategy towards a more agile response to global disruptions. I name a number of exponential technologies and examples how they are transforming regulatory and policy arenas.

This is part of the series for the Sustainable Development Impact Summit #SDIS happening this week. You can participate in the event here. I would love to hear from you if you know of others I should be writing about. Press reply, I read every email.

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