What's Worse: Sovereign Debt or Climate Change?
In our present money crunch, the nation's debt crisis is often presented as a risk to future generations but economist Dean Baker says the real cross-generational threat is global warming.
What's the Latest Development?
Amidst the developed world's debt crisis, funds promised to help mitigate climate change are coming up short. But given the scale of global warming, concern for our own future generations now coincides with those of other nations. Economist Dean Baker dismisses the notion that solving our budget crisis (through austerity measures) should take priority over solving climate change problems: "If the deficit has little to with the well being of our children and grandchildren, global warming has everything to do with it."
What's the Big Idea?
Baker argues that the budget deficit is not a cross-generational problem because future generations, when they pay back the debt, will essentially be paying themselves. And the large portion of our debt is that owned by other countries? Baker says those concerned about trade deficits should be focusing on making the dollar more competitive, i.e. weakening it. The main factor that will contribute to our children's well being is the economy. And that depends, says Dean, on good education, good infrastructure and the natural environment.
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Antimicrobial resistance is growing worldwide, rendering many "work horse" medicines ineffective. Without intervention, drug-resistant pathogens could lead to millions of deaths by 2050. Thankfully, companies like Pfizer are taking action.
- Antimicrobial-resistant pathogens are one of the largest threats to global health today.
- As we get older, our immune systems age, increasing our risk of life threatening infections. Without reliable antibiotics, life expectancy could decline for the first time in modern history.
- If antibiotics become ineffective, common infections could result in hospitalization or even death. Life-saving interventions like cancer treatments and organ transplantation would become more difficult, more often resulting in death. Routine procedures would become hard to perform.
- Without intervention, resistant pathogens could result in 10 million annual deaths by 2050.
- By taking a multi-faceted approach—inclusive of adherence to good stewardship, surveillance and responsible manufacturing practices, as well as an emphasis on prevention and treatment—companies like Pfizer are fighting to help curb the spread.
Are we trying to solve too many problem with technological solutions?
- Technology has given humanity the amazing ability to fix almost any problem, conditioning us to search for technological remedies to what might be social problems.
- Alleviating social inequity is a problem that technology must necessarily attempt to solve, but technology alone cannot shape how humans assemble their societies.
- Only by emphasizing the primary place of individual identity, human dignity, and universal values like empathy and emotion, can we hope to solve global issues that, so far, technology has been unable to conquer.
Radical Transformational Leadership: Strategic Action for Change Agents
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Long hidden under trees, it's utterly massive
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