In many countries more than 60% of what constitutes rubbish removed to landfill sites is organic. Landfill sites can cause severe soil and water pollution while the rotting of their organic content creates methane, an explosive and powerful greenhouse gas. Strategies to reduce organic landfill content involve the recovery and recycling of organic waste through composting systems or the incineration of mixed organic materials.
In 1997 the European Commission agreed regulations to reduce the amount of organic waste sent to landfill to 75% of 1995 levels by 2006, 50% by 2009 and 25% by 2016.
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.