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
Uncontrolled growth of debt C: Cross-sectoral problems
Vestibular disorders E: Emanations of other problems
Uncooked vegetables G: Very specific problems
Dictatorship of the majority D: Detailed problems
Scarcity of appropriate transport E: Emanations of other problems
Threatened littoral habitats of freshwater lakes E: Emanations of other problems
Property damage D: Detailed problems
Destructive camping practices E: Emanations of other problems
Government sanctioned killing D: Detailed problems
Cannabis intoxication G: Very specific problems
Diseases of gallbladder E: Emanations of other problems
Threatened freshwater spring habitats E: Emanations of other problems
Irresponsible consulting practices F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Overdependence on household appliances F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Feral reptiles E: Emanations of other problems
Disruptive behaviour in schools E: Emanations of other problems
Economically disadvantaged students D: Detailed problems
Ritual slaughter of animals F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Lack of training in construction techniques in mountainous conditions G: Very specific problems
Limited catchment facilities G: Very specific problems
Self-deception F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Stenosis E: Emanations of other problems
Soil degradation C: Cross-sectoral problems
Coronaviruses E: Emanations of other problems