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Most Urgent Problems in the World

Monday, March 25, 2013 21:18

Global Economic Collapse

The size of the U.S. national debt.  It has grown by more than 10 trillion dollars over the past ten years. Every single day, the total amount of debt grows faster than the total amount of money until the day that it will burst – just like in 1929 when the global markets collapsed. What we witnessed back in 2008 was a “hiccup” in the system.  It caused the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, but global financial authorities were able to get things stabilized, for now. Next time it won’t be so easy.

Terrorism

Terrorism is the global problem nowadays that endanger life of every person on the earth. To solve the global issue of global terrorism, we must try to find the origins of it, to analyze the actions of countries taken against terrorism, and the social attitude to this phenomenon. Mass media leads active struggle against terrorism but very often this process isn’t connected with definite well-known terrorists. They blame whole nations without any division. The consequences of such actions are predictable: people begin to hate not terrorists as a whole but correlate terrorists with specific nationalities, such as Arabs, for example.

Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs)

The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, chemical and biological weapons) and their technology is today one of the most pressing issues and threats to the international peace and security.

Climate change

Many scholars have already agreed that climate change may be one of the greatest threats facing the planet. Recent years show increasing temperatures in various regions, and/or increasing extremities in weather patterns, such as Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 Tsunami and Earthquake in Asia.

Overpopulation

The world’s population will soon reach an unprecedented level where there will be a shortage of resources to sustain life.  Growth must be stopped or at least limited so that we can avoid this catastrophe. The earth does not contain enough resources to indefinitely sustain the current enormous population growth. For instance, there is a limited area of arable land and living space. China, home to 1.2 billion people or 1/5 the world’s population, is an excellent example of the kinds of problems that arise in an increasingly crowded society.

Water Scarcity

Another resource, and to a certain extent a world problem, because it cannot keep up with an increasing population, is water. The supply of fresh water is limited. The recent California drought exemplifies this problem.

Poverty

In this year’s poll, poverty was rated as the most serious global issue in 10 of the countries polled, including the UK, USA, Kenya, Australia, Brazil and Chile. However, in Russia, Turkey, Mexico, Indonesia and Nigeria more felt that the rising cost of food and energy was very serious.

Species Extinction extinction

Today, human activities are a cause for concern because of the massive extinction of species, the full implications of which are barely understood. Rising ocean temperatures reduce the ability of plankton to reproduce, thereby undermining the entire oceanic ecosystem.Furthermore, modern agricultural practices strip the Earth of its  topsoil through water and wind erosion, and in the process destroying this precious micro ecosystem that  has taken centuries to form and supports all life on land.

Potential meteorite impact

In February of 2013, People who headed to work in Chelyabinsk heard what sounded like an explosion and saw a bright light and then felt the shock wave in this industrial city just 1,500 km (950 miles) east of Moscow.The fireball, travelling at a speed of 30 km/second ccording to Russian space agency Roscosmos, had blazed across the horizon, leaving a long white trail that could be seen as far as 200 km (125 miles) away.Car alarms went off, thousands of windows shattered and mobile phone networks were disrupted. The Interior Ministry said the meteorite explosion, a very rare spectacle, also unleashed a sonic boom.This has raised concerns across the world…whether or not doomsday is on its way.

Oil and Gas

Oil as a fuel and as a base for many products is a problem far beyond Global Warming. Even if there were no Global Warming, oil would be a problem, because it is far too expensive and wars are fought over it.Most of what we do with oil might even be done with peanuts, according to George Washington Carver’s hundreds of developments that created products from this one plant. An Indian car runs on compressed air.

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