Top 10 Most Urgent Problems in the World

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6.  Water Scarcity

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. Conflicts ensue between farmers, municipalities, environmentalists, and others over water rights. Recently, environmentalists battled with Los Angeles over the diversion of water from Mono lake to the LA basin. The Mono Lake incident and the aqueduct fights highlight some of the conflicts that arise over water. Creating fresh water can be expensive, especially when most of it is hidden under ice sheets in Antarctica.

 

7. Poverty

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.

 

8. 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.

 

9. Potential meteorite impact

meteorite impacrt

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.

 

 

 

10. Oil and Gas

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.