Many aspects of modern consumer-oriented society demand large amounts of energy to sustain. Many products are energy-intensive in the manufacturing process, require energy for their use, and are constructed such that they cost more to repair than to replace. The packaging used for such products also requires large amounts of energy, whether through the use of chemicals, wood or plastics, or through the cost of their subsequent disposal.
The energy consumed in producing a 12-ounce can of diet soda is 2,200 calories. The total food energy it contains is 1 calorie. The annual per capita consumption of soft drinks in the USA in 1989 was 176 litres (compared with 140 litres of tap water).
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.