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Priority of global problems – Global warming

The world can never be problem free, but it does not mean people will fail to survive because of these problems. When a number of problems arise at the same time, take for example two problems for a hostel warden;

1 – A student has fallen ill and wants to be taken to the hospital for medical help.

2 – There is a water leakage in one of the hostels.

The warden in this case has to make a decision as to which problem to tackle first. This is better known as the prioritization if problems. This is exactly the same scenario with the world’s biggest problems nowadays. They have to be solved in such a way that the ones that affect people or even the environment the most are attended to first. This is basically prioritization and it is exactly the same with the biggest problems nowadays for example, hunger, war etc.

During this week’s lecture we were presented with a list of some major problems and asked to decide which problems we would attend to first if we were the ones making that all important call. I personally think that global warming is the largest problem the world is facing today.

Why global warming takes priority over other problems? Many problems could result from global warming. One of the biggest problems is raising sea level, this could result in the flooding of low lying coastal areas. Some countries might even disappear completely. Another problem caused by global warming is changing weather patterns. Many areas of the world are experiencing increased hurricanes, floods and other unusual weather. A third problem associated with global warming is the effect. Fish populations could be affected while some insects which spread disease become more common.

What can be done to solve this problem? There are several things we can do to solve the problem of global warming. One solution is to stop producing carbon dioxide. This can be done by switching from oil, coal, gas to renewable energy. Another solution is to plant more trees because trees absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen which is a greenhouse gas. A third solution is to use less energy and to recycle more products. Generating electricity is one of the sources of carbon dioxide therefore if we use less electricity; we will produce less carbon dioxide.

In conclusion, if we make small world changes now in the way we live, we can avoid huge changes in the future. Scientists, government and all individuals, you name it, must work together to overcome this threat.

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