Ten threats to humanity's survival identified

Ten threats to humanity's survival identified

The Australian Commission for the Human Future has tabled the top 10 threats to the survival of the human race.

According to the report by a collection of prominent Australian researchers and public figures, governments should use the urgency of the Covid-19 pandemic to address 10 potentially catastrophic threats.

The report identifies a list of risks to life on the planet including pandemic disease, climate change, environmental decline and extinction, and overpopulation.

It argues they are interconnected and must be solved simultaneously and "in ways that make none of them worse," The Guardian reported.

The 10 threats are climate change, environmental decline and extinction, nuclear weapons, resource scarcity (including water scarcity), food insecurity, dangerous new technologies, overpopulation, chemical pollution, pandemic disease, and denial and misinformation.

It argues each problem can be addressed by societies working together and proposes a range of solutions including a ban on nuclear weapons, minimum emissions reduction targets of 50% by 2030, a ban on any new fossil fuel projects, universal laws that protect wildlife and endangered species, a shift to a renewable global food system, and efforts to tackle the influence of vested interests on governments.

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