For decades, scientists have been issuing warnings about the results of a further increase in the world’s population, the destruction of the environment and the steadily-advancing changes in the climate. If they are right, human life under any acceptable conditions will be seriously endangered in the foreseeable future 2. Scientific research can and must help to solve the problems that confront us. However, research can only make a decisive difference if two preconditions are met. Firstly, the world-wide potential for scientific research must be more evenly distributed around the globe. Secondly, scientists, the public, and political and economic powers, must work together. Read the Manual / Handbook.