What are the most important global issues today?

The most important current issue:

  1. Terrorism

    1 vote(s)
    5.3%
  2. Over-population

    3 vote(s)
    15.8%
  3. Energy

    6 vote(s)
    31.6%
  4. Impact of Global Economy/Trade

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Environment/Global Warming

    2 vote(s)
    10.5%
  6. Nuclear Disarmament/Containment

    1 vote(s)
    5.3%
  7. Events In The Middle East

    1 vote(s)
    5.3%
  8. Pan Endemic Diseases

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. Scientific Advancement

    2 vote(s)
    10.5%
  10. Other

    3 vote(s)
    15.8%
  1. SOS2008

    SOS2008 1,553
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    I came across information, such as data published by The Pew Global Attitudes Project, however there didn't seem to be much statistics available (yet) on what is important to people around the world at this time. I thought it might be interesting to see what is important in different countries, and why--maybe even rank the top 3-5 issues of most importance...
     
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  3. loseyourname

    loseyourname 3,632
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    I voted for energy, but let me insert the caveat that I find water and energy to be the two most important global issues. Clean water and energy are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain for many people, increasingly expensive, and will likely be the source of much conflict in this century if that fact is not dealt with.
     
  4. PerennialII

    PerennialII 1,102
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    Didn't quite know whether to go with overpopulation (did in the end) or global economy, but interpreted as problems of the developing countries.
     
  5. loseyourname

    loseyourname 3,632
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    Energy/water shortages go hand in hand with the overpopulation. Even here in California, you can see it, with signs out in the Central Valley calling for Los Angeles to quit stealing the water needed by farmers to grow their crops. Arid regions with little resources just aren't meant to be inhabited by so many people.
     
  6. russ_watters

    Staff: Mentor

    I'm glad to see so many people did. But then, this is a science site...
     
  7. BobG

    BobG 2,346
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    Voting for energy has to do with most of the members of the forum being from industrialized countries. Energy is the most important global issue for them. (In fact, in industrial countries, not having a population growth rate high enough to cover the growing number of older folks is turning into a problem).

    Globally, overpopulation and its demands on all resources is the biggest global issue. You sure can't raise the standard of living of all the third world countries to that of the US and Europe or you truly would have a global disaster.
     
  8. russ_watters

    Staff: Mentor

    Energy is a bigger issue than that. I just read that China is going to build 300 coal plants over the next 10 years. That's an energy issue, an environmental/pollution issue, an overpopulation issue, a poverty issue, etc. In fact, it applies to everything on the list except nuclear disarnament.
     
  9. cronxeh

    cronxeh 1,232
    Gold Member

    I voted scientific advancement. Although energy is a good choice, if fusion was made stable and efficient tomorrow, it would disappear as an issue
     
  10. SOS2008

    SOS2008 1,553
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    Dang, you have me there. I voted for global warming, but I guess if one plays "paper, scissors, rock" a lot of the issues will come down to scientific advancement.

    Of course the number of ideas are limited to ten. There is hunger (which is a resource, overpopulation, etc. issue) education, genocide, health care, etc. For people in the U.S. (outside this forum?), I guess I should have put social/family values? One that I've been interested in lately is the importance of the UN/International Organizations...
     
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  11. I voted "other", by that I mean man's inability to reflect and discipline and revise himself.
     
  12. SOS2008

    SOS2008 1,553
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    Good point--I hadn't thought about water. I voted global warming because even a slight change in the climate could effect our water resources, whether for better or worse, I don't know. Both water and climate will effect crops, and food production will effect hunger...

    I meant to mention that here in Arizona we have been in a drought, which by historical data was projected to last as much as 30 years more. Due to all the moisture in recent months, a friend who is an engineer for Central Arizona Project has been working overtime to divert/conserve the water. I'll have to remember to ask him if this is considered the norm...
     
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  13. SOS2008

    SOS2008 1,553
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    True -- that's the cause of most everything, such as impact on the environment and resources in general.
     
  14. I voted for the envirnmental/global warming. Basically because I was torn between all the issues (except for terrorism and I'm not saying it isn't important). Many of these issues are all liked together. Solve one and it becomes easier to deal with the others. I suppose they are all linked to scientific advancement.
     
  15. brewnog

    brewnog 2,793
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    I'd suggest that clean water would become much less of an issue if the energy issue was addressed.

    Too many of these issues go hand in hand, especially scientific advances/pan endemic disease/environment/energy.


    We've currently got 2 votes for "Other". Whoever voted this way, did you mean water?
     
  16. Hey, that's cheating. Just kiddin' :smile: I voted for scientific advancement, as this would address clean water, energy, the ozone, diseases, etc.

    I almost went for "other" to put the biggest crisis, Social Security. :rofl: But seriously, it's interesting that there aren't many votes for terrorism, though I realize this is a science forum (and this is a small population). Still, as stated above about social/family values, maybe Bush's reasons to be are too U.S. specific.
     
  17. I'm not overly surpirsed that not too many people voted for terrorism. Part ofmy reasoning is I feel as though we have a prety good handle on combating it. Why waste time thinking and worrying on something that we already have a handle on. I agree that these choices are closely related. However, I don't think they are too U.S. specific. Mainly for the reason that many other contries have the same concerns. Therefore they can be openly applied to just about everyone. If there are countries that haven't faced these issues yet, they may in the not so distant future.
     
  18. I guess what I said was confusing. I was trying to say Bush's "agenda" of war on terror, social/family values, Social Security, etc. are not the issues most important to the world at large. However, since my original post, Bush spoke about the importance of energy. Okay, what PF member is on his staff? :rofl:
     
  19. Lol. :rofl: I don't know. Maybe now we might get his attention away from terror and more on the energy problem now. :biggrin:

    I'll agree with your comment about Bush's agenda. It definitely isn't the world's biggest concern right now. It shouldn't be treated like it either.
     
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