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Mark Gilbert

The Davos Gang’s Risk List Makes for Depressing Reading

The World Economic Forum’s annual survey shows how little progress we’ve made in tackling the climate emergency.

A firefighter during the Dixie Fire near Crescent Mills, California in July 2021.

A firefighter during the Dixie Fire near Crescent Mills, California in July 2021.

Photographer: David Odisho/Bloomberg

The World Economic Forum, arranger of the annual Davos shindig, has just published its 17th annual Global Risks Report. It makes for thoroughly depressing reading — for its context as much as its content.

Male, pale and stale remains the defining characteristic of the Davos crowd. Some two-thirds of the more than 900 survey respondents were male, with almost half based in Europe and more than 40% aged 50 or over. More than 40% were business executives, with 16% working in government, 17% in academia and 10% in non-governmental organizations.