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:
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:
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.