While people are 'busy' misguidedly protesting man's impact on the planet (you know, while they are busy impacting the planet), there's a much bigger problem on the horizon. Ebola.
I'm not an alarmist about the disease. I don't think Ebola is a plague about to sweep the planet, but it does seem to be a much bigger problem than health authorities have been letting on. With an expected 21,000 cases by November, the WHO sees much bigger numbers on the near horizon:
CDC scientists conclude there may be as many as 21,000 reported and unreported cases in just those two countries as soon as the end of this month, according to a draft version of the report obtained by The Associated Press. They also predict that the two countries could have a staggering 550,000 to 1.4 million cases by late January.
That's right, 1.4 million cases. At that rate of progression, Africa could be an empty continent in two years, and ebola would undoubtedly spread beyond the continent. Like I said, it's not a world-killer. And I don't think it's a crisis level problem that rises to the Ukraine, ISIS or national debt at this point but certainly it's a greater concern than our not-really-warming climate.