Poverty

Poverty is a real issue that must be resolved. It can result in civil unrest, starvation, and large-scale death. Expansion of the rich-poor gap is dangerous because civil wars can break out and genocide is possible. This is because when people do not have hope, they resort to violence. Newest data shows that poverty is rising and is up to 15.1% in the US. It is causing political instability and crisis. Poverty is dangerous and unfair because people become disadvantaged and suffer. Unemployment in the United States is contributing to this as this is the 4th year in a row in which poverty is expanding. Obama aims at fixing this life-threatening problem.

http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-201_162-20105376.html

http://galatiansfour.blogspot.com/2011/11/poverty-in-america-growing-worse-with.html

Cultural Misperceptions

When people misunderstand things in cultural interactions, results can be dangerous. It may cause one to make judgements about a culture or tradition that are false. For example, in our simulation — “Heelotia” — today, we made assumptions about the other group that were false and contested by the other group.

The biggest issue that can happen in the world, and what happened today in our simulation, is enforcing your ideas and culture on another group. That can cause backlash, disagreements, and your “culture” ultimately will not be accepted. Doing this resulted in some forms of small-scale violence in our simulation, violence which, when applies to the level of international relations, can have broad ramifications.

Even though languages may be different, there are ways of getting around that confusion. The first is using a translator. The second is using your actions and culture to try to understand other groups. If we cannot find a way to interact and express ideas, there is no way change is possible and relations can be formed.  Intercultural relations are important for protection and trade.

Cars

Cars are devastating for the environment. They belch 3 billion pounds of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere every year, and because of this, they degrade the ozone layer. Cars rely on oil, a reliance which can hurt our environment and contribute to climate change. The US relies on the Middle East to provide for us and fuel our engines. One way to end the problems associated with toxic car emissions would be if we transitioned away from diesel fuels into clean technology.

Some air pollutants and particulate matter from cars can be deposited on soil and surface waters where they enter the food chain; these substances can affect the reproductive, respiratory, immune and neurological systems of animals. Nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides are major contributors to acid rain, which changes the pH of waterways and soils and can harm the organisms that rely on these resources. The ozone layer helps to protect life on earth from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, but human activities have contributed to the accelerated depletion of this protective shield. Substances that contribute to ozone depletion usually have high concentrations of chlorine or bromine atoms and include chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, halons, methyl bromide, carbon tetrachloride and methyl chloroform.

Vehicle emissions contain few chlorine- or bromine-heavy substances, and therefore have little effect on ozone depletion. Even though they are not good for human health, hydrocarbons are recognized by the EPA as having no ozone depletion potential. Ozone levels remain high in that emission control systems do not always perform as designed over the full useful life of the vehicle. Routine aging and deterioration, poor state of tune, and emission control tampering can all increase vehicle emissions. In fact, a major portion of ozone-forming hydrocarbons can be attributed to a relatively small number of “super-dirty” cars whose emission control systems are not working properly. Unless we dramatically reduce the amount of pollution vehicles emit in actual use, or drastically cut back on the amount we drive, smog-free air will continue to elude many cities.