Rapid population growth, climate change, high demand for food, manufacturing, and the economic crisis have left the world in dire shortage of a number of critical things. Some of these, like water, soil, and antibiotics, are things we can't live out. Others, like bacon, bourbon, and coffee are things we could actually live without, but the survivors would envy the dead. Here are also the cutest animals that are endangered and foods we love that might be gone soon.
The importance of conserving resources and reusing when possible has never been higher. While the bad economy is starting to abate, we're just starting to see the effects of global climate change. And our insatiable appetite for stuff, particularly electronics, is having a profound impact on the cost of materials. Sometimes, these shortages can be reversed, such as when high demand naturally goes down, or better alternatives are introduced. But other times, they just get worse.
Be prepared to horde everything on this list. Because if it's not going away, it's getting more expensive and harder to get.
A Critical Snakebite Antidote
According to Doctors Without Borders, the world's supply of Fav-Afrique, which is the antidote for 10 different snakebites that can occur in Sub-Saharan Africa, is running critically low. Current stocks will either be depleted or expire by July, 2016 - and the product is too expensive to keep manufacturing.
2.8 billion people already live with water scarcity, including nearly 1 billion without access to clean drinking water. Climate change, increased demand, and drought are making this situation worse - and not just in the developing world. Parts of the United States are facing severe drought conditions, and no relief is in sight, other than reduction of use.
When someone tells you something is "cheaper than dirt," kindly let them know they need to find a new cliché. We're burning through quality soil much faster than alternatives can be produced. Mismanaged farming, meat-heavy diets, drought conditions, and unsustainable production are leading to loss of soil so bad that many experts believe we've got only a few decades left before current topsoil becomes useless.
The foundation of modern medicine is threatened by a shortage of antibiotics that can kill drug-resistant bacteria. Current drugs have been overused to the point of no longer being effective, and the process for developing new drugs is cumbersome, expensive, and not profitable for drug companies. The shortage has led to dozens of common drugs disappearing or no longer being useful.