Looking back at the biggest news stories this year, the vast majority deal with tragedies and threats. Sure there were the Sochi Winter Olympics and the soccer World Cup and some economic events, but most of the headlines dealt with political events, tragedies and fears. There was the Ukraine crisis, ISIS taking control of much of Iraq, the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza (and another breakdown of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations) and the Ebola outbreak.
All of these events were newsworthy, but the biggest threat -- an existential threat to life as we know it -- has been largely ignored.
A recent meeting of The World Affairs Council of Hilton Head had a speaker, Lester R. Brown, who is an expert on agriculture and food. Brown pointed out that, "The world is in transition from an era of food abundance to one of food scarcity. While there are many factors that contribute to this problem, including population growth, the overriding problem is the loss of good arable land -- mostly due to climate change." It's too darn hot.
Global warming is the biggest problem facing us, yet it rarely gets the attention it deserves. ISIS and Ebola may be more immediate and apparent threats, but climate change is the greatest danger to life on Earth.
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