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  1. Yes, I completely agree with both of you. I guess most of the blame is on me. [..]

    Say what now? :blink:

    Those two sentences aren't connected are they? I can pretty much assure that we don't think that you are to blame.

    It's a community. If acitivity is low then it's because all of us of haven't found the time to be here. No need to be down on yourself Simon. Especially after hearing about your situation.

    We all have lives. I can't be here all the time either. But I can promise you that I'll always come back and check up on this place.

  2. Yes, there are many problems, and that's why I'm trying to list them. I don't expect us to go into full detail with all of them, but it's good to have them written down somewhere. Some of the problems I were not aware of, and some of them I sometimes forget.

    A good strategy to deal with problems is to be able prioritize. To find out out which is more important you first have know what the problems are. This thread is about finding out what problems there are. I intend to make another thread to discuss which problem is more urgent some time in the future.

  3. Wall-street bankers sabotaging the economy is indeed a problem, but they're just using loopholes that can be closed. I think legislation can take care of most of that. However I do think that the way the economy works right now is a problem. I don't think that religion is necessarily a problem, but I think all of us can agree that the economic system needs some drastic changes. It is now added as world problem in the opening post.

    Oh yeah, the huge amount of garbage that we have, the energy crisis and our depleting water resources are pretty big problems too. That reminds me of the global hunger problem. And quite unrelated to all that is the problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics. The widespread use of antibiotics - both inside and outside of medicine - has a significant role in the emergence of resistant bacteria. Looks like we have a lot of work ahead of us.

  4. Wow, thanx for bumping this up. First time seeing this. Didn't we do something about the ozone layer?

    But are these efforts to save the planet doomed? A growing band of experts are looking at figures like these and arguing that personal carbon virtue and collective environmentalism are futile as long as our economic system is built on the assumption of growth. The science tells us that if we are serious about saving Earth, we must reshape our economy.â€

    Simply put: The only way to save our planet is to change our economic system.

    That's a very good point. Every economic bubble seems to have been built on the expectation of endless growth. If stocks don't increase their value they are no good. If a company doesn't earn more the next year compared to the previous year it's no good. At least that's the impression I get.

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  5. Play computer games, watch movies or tv, read books and comics, play with my nephews and nieces, take walks, draw, write, surf the internet, watch anime, go to the library, check out news in film and game and science magazines. When it comes to other news I consider it as work.

  6. I would say that it's fundamentalism/extremism and not religion per se that is the problem. Political fundamentalism can be just as destructive. It is the lack of self-reflection, self-criticism, critical thought, and it is narrowmindedness and prejudice and will-full ignorance that is the problem. All of those things are not confined to religion, and not all religious people are guilty of all those things. If you insist on painting all religion as evil, then you are no better than all the religious who insist on painting atheism as evil, and you risk turning good people away. Religious people, but good people nonetheless.

    I hope this isn't a topic where we'll bump our heads for the rest of our lives. -_-

  7. This thread is about identifying and listing all the problems that we have heard of and can think of (realistic challenges - no crazy aliens in black suits please). I doubt that I know all of them, so do enlighten me. Any problem put forth can be debated.

    At the top of my head:

    - Global warming

    - Overpopulation

    - Overconsumption

    Some of you might think that overconsumption isn't a problem, but our consumptionrate right now is considered by many scientists to be unsustainable. We consume water and food faster than the Earth can replenish it. It sounds paradoxical with all the water in the ocean, but that's what I've heard.

    What else do we have to deal with?


    - The global economic system

    - Garbage

    - Energy crisis

    - Fresh water scarcity

    - Global hunger

    - Bacterial resistance to antibiotics

    - Noise pollution

    - Light interference

    - Desertification

    - Colony collapse disorder (CCD)

  8. But the serious problem is that the majority of food crops we grow goes to feed our cattle and meat industry instead of ourselves. For example, in Sweden around 80% of the agriculture land is used to grow crops for the meat industry. In the US 80% of the corn crops grown is used to feed the meat industry.

    That is indeed a problem, especially when seeing how much of the meat we have produced go to waste. That and a whole host of other problems with the way we farm in the west. However this is a different issue and is not directly linked to biofuel. But growing algae in the desert sounds promising. Nothing else grows there anyway, and it would add to global the oxygen production. I don't know if you've heard, but we might face another huge problem with the declining levels of oxygen in the air.

  9. Right now, natural materials such as algae, jatropha and camelina are the main source from which biofuel can be produced.

    As far as I know those 3 materials are not competing with food crops, so there should be no direct consequences for global hunger. As long as we are not using food crops then biofuel should be a viable alternative. That is until we learn more about it.

    There's still the thing about its longterm effect on the soil, and algae produce about 45% of the worlds oxygen. I don't know what the consequences are on a larger scale, but biological oil is a source of oil that is replenishable unlike mineral oil. It is certainly an alternative that is worth checking out.

    What does biofuel leave in terms of waste?