Top Issues for Humanity

The impermanence of the world wide web!  Increasingly I find that links I created a while ago, no longer exist.  From now on I am going to copy and paste relevant items I wish to share, or on which I would like to comment.

A while ago I found an interesting item on the top ten issues humankind will face this century.  Now the link is  404 error.  I only noted the top three, which are:

No1: Energy

No2: Climate Change

No3 Clean safe water (or lack thereof).

Increasingly I find that water is being acknowledged as a serious issue. At last>  For most of us in developed countries it has always been someone else’s problem.  I think that user charges has had a lot to do with that.  That is a Good Thing.  When we pay for something, we appreciate it more.  Developing countries still have to learn that.  Everywhere I go, especially Tonga, there is a definite message that though water is a problem, someone else must pay for it. We don’t want to.

All this carbon trading crap is another example.  How, if you agree that excessive waste is a problem,  can you ethically trade the right to produce it, to the detriment of others?  It is like me saying if you drive at 50 on the motorway,  I can drive at 150, thanks!   let me put you ate risk.  It makes no sense to me.


Ah, I found this.

In 2003, Nobel Laureate Richard E. Smalley outlined Humanity’s Top Ten Problems for the next 50 years, in a talk given for the MIT Enterprise Forum.  According to Professor Smalley, the biggest problems facing humanity are:

  1. Energy
  2. Water
  3. Food
  4. Environment
  5. Poverty
  6. Terrorism and War
  7. Disease
  8. Education
  9. Democracy
  10. Population

Interestingly, not quite as I recalled.  As for population being at number ten, I would suggest that if we gave that particular issue some concentrated effort, most of the others would be alleviated, if not solved.

They all have to go in some order I suppose, but perhaps not.  We should just list these ten things without any priority attached, in a circle perhaps, because let’s face it, they are all interactive.

Speaking of links;  nice page of interesting water facts and links here

I was going to cut and paste it all, but I am not sure if pasting the whole thing would be “fair use”.

More:   Matt Damon gets kudos from me for this. Not that kudos from me counts for much.

Lastly, being someone pessimistic, I think water wars are inevitable.

About Uisce úr

Though I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands, I will find out where she has gone, And kiss her lips and take her hands; And walk among long dappled grass, And pluck till time and times are done, The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun.
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