I recently had a discussion with some folks about the worst threat facing the world today. Climate change was the answer. Then there was an NPR survey on Facebook asking “what’s the biggest threat to America” … and you guessed it, climate change won the cigar. I wrote Cyberwar, but it didn’t even come up in the top ten list. People just don’t know what’s really going on.
Climate Change Still Seen as the Top Global Threat, but Cyberattacks a Rising Concern
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report last year expressing serious concerns about the possible impacts of climate change, both in the near and distant future. Broadly speaking, people around the world agree that climate change poses a severe risk to their countries, according to a 26-nation survey conducted in the spring of 2018. In 13 of these countries, people name climate change as the top international threat.
The problem of thinking climate change is the top threat, is not credible in the face of cyber war. Once an all-out, full scale cyber war launches, nobody’s safe and everybody loses. In all likelihood, cyberwar will take out the grid, and leave large chunks of the country or the world totally without power! Without power, things begin to break down very rapidly.
The whole research report (PDF File)
This is really interesting reading. But the next time someone asks what’s the worst threat to America these days, consider how long you can survive the climate, vs how long you can survive no current, no services, no communications.
… and thanks for reading