The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
The number of world problems now exceeds 56,000. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 28,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the complementary Yearbook of International Organizations.
|Pattern of Deficient Spleen Qi and Deficient Kidney Yang in the body|
|Food insecurity through erosion of biodiversity|
|Prohibitive costs of farming|
|Social structure of sin|
|Unethical practices of government|
|Impaired human empathy toward animals|
|Instability of soybean trade|
|Occupational hazards of vegetable dusts|
|Pattern of Cold violating the Lung in the body|
|Environmental hazards of footwear manufacture|
|Unregulated street vending|
|Misguided restoration of works of art|
|Instability of trade in fruit|
|Pattern of Cold stagnating in the Liver Meridian in the body|