The World's Worst Problems

Authors: Dodds, Walter

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  • Presents issues that are globally important to mankind
  • Provides a new quantitative framework for approaching problem severity 
  • Showcases new insights into the perception of global problems and how people go about solving and thinking about them
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This book addresses the worst problems currently facing humanity and those that may pose future threats. The problems are explained and approached through a scientific lens, and categorized based on data involving global mortality, vulnerability, and threat level. The book presents indices of problem severity to compare relative intensity of current and potential crises. The approach avoids emotional argument using mainly empirical evidence to support the classification of relative problem severity. The author discusses multiple global problems and ranks them. He also explores specific solutions to each problem, links problems to human behavior from a social science perspective, considers international cooperation, and finally pathways to solutions.
The book discusses confirmation bias and why this necessitates a scientific approach to tackle problems. The moral assumption that each person has the same rights to life and minimal suffering, and that the natural world has a right to exist, forms the basis of ranking problems based on death, suffering, and harm to the natural world.  A focus is given to potential disasters such as asteroid collisions and super-volcanic eruptions, which are then presented in chapters that address specific contemporary global issues including disease, hunger, nuclear weapons and climate change. Furthermore the author then ranks the problems based on an index of problem severity, considering what other people think the worst problems are. The relative economic costs to solve each of these problems, individual behavior in the face of these problems, how people could work together internationally to combat them, and a general pathway toward solutions form the basis of the final chapters. This work will appeal to a wide range of readers, students considering how they can help the world, and scientists and policy makers interested in global problem solving.

About the authors

Walter Dodds is a University Distinguished Professor at Kansas State University and an Edwin G. and Lillian J. Brychta Chair in Biology. He specializes in environmental aspects of freshwater ecology. He has numerous peer-reviewed publications and has authored several books including Humanity’s Footprint (on global environmental issues) and Laws, Theories, and Patterns in Ecology (a graduate overview of ecology). He is a fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science, the Society for Freshwater Science, and the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-4

    Dodds, Walter

  • Global Problems?

    Pages 5-17

    Dodds, Walter

  • Apocalypse

    Pages 19-30

    Dodds, Walter

  • Disease Now and Potential Future Pandemics

    Pages 31-44

    Dodds, Walter

  • Hunger

    Pages 45-52

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eBook $19.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-30410-2
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Softcover $27.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-30409-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The World's Worst Problems
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-30410-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-30410-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-30409-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 146
Number of Illustrations
16 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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