– [Male Narrator] The
world is our oyster. Well unfortunately, that’s
the attitude that we’ve had for far too long, and
it’s the very attitude that has put us in a rather
regrettable situation when it comes to some of
our natural resources. These are the 10 resources that we are quickly
running out of. Number 10 is tequila. You might like margaritas, but the tequila that goes in
the delicious limey beverage is not exactly easy to make. It takes 12 years
for blue agave plants to make enough sugar
to produce tequila. While this in and of itself slows down the tequila
making process, there is another factor
that has to do with the drink’s global shortage. This factor is disease. Over 20% of Mexico’s harvest
was affected in the year 2007. While there is stock to assure that we never
completely run out, the price of tequila will
continue to skyrocket until the blue agave plants can be properly
harvest once more. Number nine is natural gas. Natural gas is what we use to heat our homes,
our stove tops, and sometimes even how
we generate electricity. Unfortunately, it is
also in short supply. As of this year, our
natural gas reserves only have enough to last the
world a little over 52 years. Considering we have a number
of uses for natural gas, we need to find a
solid alternative, and we’ll need to find it soon. Number eight is coal. While it may seem like we
don’t use coal much anymore, the truth is that
we actually do. Many westernized countries
like the United States have steered away from coal use, but less regulated
countries such as China continue to use the fossil
fuel like there’s no tomorrow. Developing countries
have enough coal reserves to last for just 183 years, but fortunately, the United
States has a little longer, 256 years to be exact,
though we can only hope that the country will cease
coal use altogether before then. Number seven is
scandium and terbium. Scandium and terbium are two
of the 17 rare earth elements that the world is
quickly losing. These rare elements
have a number of uses. You can find them inside
of everyday electronics, in the magnets used to
power wind turbines, and even in
fluorescent lighting. While we do not seem to have
a shortage of smart phones, that doesn’t mean that the parts inside of
them come cheaply. 97% of these elements
come from China. The country not only
controls the market for these rare earth elements, but it also controls most
of the world’s reserves. This means that
China has the power to cut off those
supplies at any time, which is a detail that should
concern techies everywhere. Number six is phosphorous. Whether you knew it or
not, we need phosphorous. We use this chemical
to make fertilizer, meaning it is
largely responsible for how we feed
most of the planet. If we do not find
an alternative, we could run out of phosphorous and enter a food shortage
in as little as 30 years. As China continues to
hoard this resource, its price continues to rise by about 2.3% or
more every year. Just between 2007 and 2008, the price of phosphorous
went up 700%. Countries are
becoming so desperate for this important resource they are going to
extraordinary lengths. Sweden has actually
created toilets that collect phosphorous
from human urine. Now that’s desperation. You may have noticed
that the price of bacon has risen significantly
in the past few years. That is because we
are in the middle of a worldwide bacon shortage. Pork products have kept
increasing in price ever since a virus took over
the lives of millions of pigs a few years ago. Luckily for butchers, many
people will continue to purchase the delicious breakfast
food despite the high cost. Number four is oil. Also known as black gold,
oil is in short supply. In fact, the general public
could face an oil crisis as soon as the year 2035 if
we don’t make serious changes to the global
transportation industry. Considering we already
have alternative fuel such as ethanol,
there’s no reason for us to continue to avoid this
quickly approaching disaster. Number three is antibiotics. Antibiotics are pertinent to
maintaining public health, but to our misfortune, these drugs have been in a
drastic shortage since 2007. Several different factors
have led to this catastrophe, including regulations,
inability to find raw materials, and even bad business decisions. Unfortunately, this particular
public health crisis does not look like it will
be ending any time soon. In fact, some of
these pharmaceuticals have been in limited supply
for almost 2,000 days. That’s five and a half years. Number two is chocolate. Everyone loves chocolate,
but unfortunately you’re gonna have to pay
for that love eventually. Cocoa beans only grow in a very particular
region of the world. To be specific, they only
seem to thrive in latitudes within a 10 degree
radius from the Equator. Since West Africa produces
most of the world’s cocoa, the average cocoa farmer only
makes about 80 cents a day. As this region of the
world begins to develop, farmers will rightfully
demand more for their labor and the cost of chocolate
will only begin to increase. Number one is water. Currently, 2.8 billion
people are unable to find clean fresh water. Sadly, it does not look
like this situation is going to be
improving anytime soon. Safe drinking water is
becoming increasingly scarce as we stretch the planet’s
few freshwater resources. Other contributors to
this global problem include water pollution,
overdrafting of groundwater, and even war. For more top lists
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