World Problems & Global Issues

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.

Problem Problem Type
Self-interested manipulation of timing F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Bone marrow disorders E: Emanations of other problems
Sleep disorders D: Detailed problems
Misuse of resources A: Abstract Fundamental Problems
Dangerous paths G: Very specific problems
False optimism about illness G: Very specific problems
Mood disorders G: Very specific problems
Aphthous stomatitis G: Very specific problems
Heat rash G: Very specific problems
Cheap manufactured products F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Overemphasis on self-sufficiency with respect to interdependence F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Paraphrenia U: Unacceptable
Moles in espionage E: Emanations of other problems
Substance abuse by physicians E: Emanations of other problems
Meningococcol meningitis G: Very specific problems
Threatened kelp beds E: Emanations of other problems
Induced abortion D: Detailed problems
Natural law thinking of marketers J: Problems Under Consideration
Inhibited self-promotion D: Detailed problems
Excessive commercial exploitation of farm animals by industrial concerns D: Detailed problems
Depressive episode G: Very specific problems
Overemphasis on economic progress in society F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Dominating people D: Detailed problems
Congenital disorders of lipid metabolism E: Emanations of other problems