Global resource consumption is unsustainable. Resources need to be used more efficiently in order to live within the Earth's carrying capacity. One suggestion is to wholly or partially replace existing taxes with taxing energy and other resources with the principle of the "user pays", or in other words the more you consume the more you pay. Taxing increasingly resource wasteful processes at progressively higher rates will provide a strong economic incentive for consumers to adopt more energy efficient technologies and patterns of consumption. Pollution is also taxed since it is a major form of resource waste. This should lead to decreased pollution and increased recycling of by-products. Other benefits in the event of becoming more resource efficient can include substantial long-term consumer savings, increased competitiveness, and more durable products.
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.
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