Friday, May 25, 2012

Water problems in Africa and around the world

Water is life and without water there is very little and in most cases no life at all. When you talk about lack of water in developing countries, most times people think about lack of water for domestic purposes besides drinking but the problem is worse in some developing countries. In some poor countries around the world, people walk several miles a day just to get a cup of water to quench their thirst and the saddest part is that, children and those who cannot walk such long distances often suffer and die from severe dehydration.

Here an interesting post I came across online while searching.
"While the global picture for water management is far from encouraging, that of Africa is much worse. 300 million Africans do not have access to safe water. The inability to be able to obtain clean water, and the illnesses that result from poor sanitation, keep people poor.

This year an outbreak of cholera in the neighboring West African countries of Cameroon, Nigeria and Niger has infected nearly 4,000 people and killed more than 260 others since May 2010. The UN health agency blames the epidemic on poor hygiene and inadequate access to clean water. Sadly, cholera is easily preventable with the proper sanitation and clean water, but these basic things are not available in many West African villages.

Creating clean & safe water supplies may be aggravated by several new threats, including climate change, the negative fallout from military conflicts and boundary disputes. An example of this last problem affects Egypt, which gets almost all of their fresh water from the Nile. The country would be a scarcely habitable desert without the Nile’s water, but recently most of the countries that occupy the Nile’s headwaters signed an agreement granting them greater control of the river and removing a colonial-era veto, held by Egypt for more than 50 years. Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda have all signed this new agreement, made necessary by their rapid population growth. Farmers in northern Egypt protested the lack of water, but their water shortages garner little sympathy from a country such as Ethiopia, where millions face drought and famine. Ethiopia has the necessary resources to build the infrastructure and dams it wants on the Nile water. The only positive way forward is to for the “Nile countries” to pursue unilateral water development projects.

Meanwhile, Africa has seemingly abundant water resources that are not being efficiently utilized. With 17 large rivers and more than 160 major lakes, Africa only uses about 4 per cent of its total annual renewable water resources for agriculture, industry and domestic purposes. The challenge lies in getting water to where it is needed most, affordably and efficiently.

While some governments hide behind the lack of money, some expert’s say how the money is being spent is not effective. Many governments deal with the provision of water and sanitation as a single, separate entity rather than part of a broad development agenda encompassing education, women's empowerment, community participation, nurturing efficient markets and building human resources. This is because government officials often do not consider water to be an engine for economic development, Sanitation is a very local, household and individual issue, yet too often solutions are being implemented from a top-down government approach, without involving people. However, communal action can not be a substitute for effective public policy. While NGOs like FAWCO can support local efforts, the commitment to creating an infrastructure for clean water and sanitation is a governmental requirement"

credits: Faoco

Global warming facts and statistics

what is global warming? how does global warming affect you? why should we worry? what are some of the facts? is global warming a hoax?  I personally believe we pay too much attention to some of these things rather than tackling the most important problems facing the world today. Some people are dying today just because they cannot get food to eat yet we worry about the year 2100. I am not saying we should ignore the dangerous effects of global warming. global warming is real and we should all do our parts to help break the cycle. What I'm trying to say is that, we must focus on the most important problems first. Lets fight the most critical problems such as poverty and hunger first.

here is an interesting post I found while searching online
"While many liberal politicians are trying to pass legislation to prevent further global warming, they are facing harsh criticisms from the conservative media. Many Fox News personalities as well as radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh and several conservative internet blogs have claimed that the recent north east snow storm is proof that global warming is a myth. Global warming is a term that many suggest was made popular by former Vice President Al Gore. In 2006 David Guggenheim directed a film titled “Inconvenient Truth” which was a informative film about Al Gore’s message of man’s responsibility for global warming. Many advocates say that the proper term would be “climate change”.
Global warming suggests that through man made pollution, we are damaging the planet’s ozone layer, increasing the sun’s affect on planet earth. Global warming has many supporters, including thousands of scientists who claim to have proven that the issue is real and should not be ignored. Recent studies have shown that the temperatures of 2009 were among the top warmest temperatures since satellites started keeping records. A similar study also suggested that the previous decade, 2000-2009, was the warmest decade in almost 2000 years. Global warming supporters believe that there are several ways to reduce the threat of climate change. These methods include transitioning our main energy sources from coal and other fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources such as solar power, wind power, hydropower, biomass energy and geothermal energy just to name a few.
There are many politicians in both houses of congress that are making global warming their top priority. However, the conservative media is making their goal very hard to achieve. This week in the north east, there was one of the worst snow storms in recent years. Washington D.C. got a majority of the snow which actually canceled scheduled hearings dealing with global warming. The talking heads of the right claimed that the record breaking snow storms in Washington D.C. disproved all of the science that supports global warming. One republican elected official had a picture taken of him with his family next to a big igloo that they made out of the snow and called it “Al Gore’s new home”. This was an obvious attack on the former vice president’s efforts to warn the public of this important issue. Another republican politician was reported saying something along the lines of it’s going to snow in Washington D.C. until Al Gore cries “uncle”. Rush Limbaugh went on an angry rant saying that the recent snow storm was another nail in the coffin on global warming. Some Americans believe that these conservatives are turning an important global threat into a political issue. Many people will suggest that a snow storm in the north east in February does not disprove global warming. If you or someone you know has ever smoked a cigarette and did not develop cancer, that does not disprove the fact that cigarettes cause cancer. Even though most birds and some insects can fly, that does not disprove the laws of gravity. Many of these conservatives should take a look at the overwhelming amount of evidence that prove global warming is a real thing.
Whether you believe that global warming is real or not, we should all agree that it is a good idea to reduce man made pollution. Making our planet a cleaner and safer place will benefit all of us. The conservatives that are trying to make this into a political issue should think about our future. It is possible that global warming can destroy our planet. If that happens it will be the global warming critics who will hold the blame for blocking progress on preventing the situation in the first place. This issue should not be political. It is a real threat that can affect every living person in this world."

credits: "whataretheywaitingfor"

Abuse and Bullying kill innocent people

Abuse and bullying kill innocent people especially school children. here is a post I found online while browsing.
Abuse and bullyism are ramplant in America and all over the world. It is my opinion that this is the single worst problem globally, because abuse not only can damage the body, but also the minds, emotions, and spirits of targets of abuse. It's no iuse telling them to "just leave", because most of them are psychologically unable to leave. Some are physically unable to do so.
In some foreign countries, there is not even any help to be had from social agencies. In America, some of the funding that supports domestic vioence treatment centers and refuges and anti-bully programming was cut during the last few years of the GW Bush adminstration.
Abuse is a slow death, day by day for decades. I have known women that were abused growing up who went on to to be abused in thier marriages for 60 more years. Thus, that is around 80 years of constant abuse. I have seen this happen to men as well. Think of how miserable a life that was - wanting to die, but not being able to do so; wanting freedom, but not beliving it exists.
Abuse occurs in all of these aspects: verbal, physical, mental/psychological, sexual, gender, financial, spiritual, medical, and others.

credits:  Patty Inglish,  MS (Hubpages)

Monday, May 14, 2012

World Poverty Facts and Stats 2012

An HIV mother and child
Here are some shocking statistics I found today while doing some research online. As you can see, very little has change especially in the developing countries around the world. Billions of people go to bed hungry. We are in the age of science and advanced technology yet many people especially poor children continue to die just because they cannot get food to eat and they have no health care at all. In this age and time, millions of people continue to die from HIV/AIDS even though there are anti-retroviral drugs available. Millions of people still go to bed hungry while the rich and the greedy continue to waste billions of dollars on luxurious mansions, private jets, etc. Some people walk miles upon miles each and everyday just to get a cup of water to quench their thirst. Some even die for the lack of drinking water. such is the world we live in today.

 *Almost half the world — over 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. 
Infact majority of these 3 billion people live in poor third world countries. Majority of poor people in the world today live in Asia especially in India. India has the largest poor population in the world today. Africa follows Asia as the second poorest continent with the second largest poor population.  Most poor people in India and Africa live on less than $1.25 a day. $1.25 cannot even buy 1 regular bottle soda in the United States.

 *The GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of the 41 Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (567 million people) is less than the wealth of the world’s 7 richest people combined.
In other worlds, just 7 people out of all these greedy rich people around the world can set the poorest 41 countries in the world free.

*Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.
Less than one per cent of what the world spent every year on weapons was needed to put every child into school by the year 2000 and yet it didn’t happen. In other words, we are busy wasting money on how to kill ourselves than how to help ourselves. such is the world we live in today. The more the poor people die, the richer the greedy people become and that is why they would anything possible to see more poor people die.

*1 billion children live in poverty (1 in 2 children in the world). 640 million live without adequate shelter, 400 million have no access to safe water, 270 million have no access to health services. 10.6 million died in 2003 before they reached the age of 5 (or roughly 29,000 children per day). In other words, almost 30,000 die each and everyday especially in Africa and India due to poverty, hunger, lack of good drinking water, poor health conditions, etc. yet our leaders waste precious time and money on weapons of mass destruction instead of helping the poor and the weak in us, the waste precious time and money planning how to kill more and more people. such is the world we live in today.