We live with a constant variety of problems. What problems are you currently living with? What do people care about in modern society? Let us look at the following news headlines from around the world from late 2022 and early 2023.

European weather: Winter heat records smashed all over continent.

(BBC, January 3, 2023)

India’s farmers tap technology to boost crop production amid unpredictable weather.

(CNA, November 17, 2022)

New variant XBB.1.5 is ‘most transmissible’ yet, could fuel COVID wave.

(The Washington Post, January 8, 2023) The above issues are problems/challenges that people around the world have been interested in and have fiercely dealt with in the 21st century. The first news item dealt with the problem of unpredictable weather in European cities believed to be caused by climate change, which, of course, is not just a European problem but a global one. The second news item similarly reported on changes in weather patterns and how people in India responded to the unpredictable weather with technology. The third item described a novel coronavirus variant that was emerging and quickly spreading in the United States as the pandemic continued to wreak havoc around the world.