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Humanity locked in a ‘spiral of self-destruction’ unless we change our perception of risk, UN says

A man watches a bushfire. Wildfires and other disasters will increase, a UN report predicts. (Image credit: Robert Lang Photography via Getty Images)

Humanity’s faulty perception of risk has set us on a “spiral of self-destruction,” a new United Nations report claims. The report’s authors also suggest our future will involve an onslaught of daily disasters by 2030.

The UN’s Global Assessment Report, published April 26, highlights some of the doom in store for humanity due to broken perceptions of risk stemming from a trio of thought mistakes: optimism, underestimation and invincibility. 

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