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Global Poverty

As a result of widening global inequality, the cost of averting death is much lower in low-income countries, making this a promising cause area

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Rationality

Much of what happens in the world is directly or indirectly the result of human decision – improving decision-making could therefore significantly improve the world

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Cause Prioritisation

Prioritisation research is activity aimed at working out which causes, interventions, organisations, policies, etc

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Animal Welfare

Every year tens of billions of animals are raised in terrible conditions in factory farms before being killed for human consumption

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Environmentalism

Climate change could potentially have a major impact on human health and wellbeing

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Politics/Policy

Improving policy can be a very effective way to influence the world; looking for particularly important or neglected reforms can therefore be a very promising focus area

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Community-building

If engaging people in the effective altruism movement often allows them to do more good, then it follows that growing the effective altruism movement is one possible way to build capacity

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Long-Term Future

A global catastrophic risk is a hypothetical future event that has the potential to damage human well-being on a global scale

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AI

Developments in artificial intelligence (AI) have the potential to enable people around the world to flourish in hitherto unimagined ways – but such developments might also give humanity tools to address other sources of risk

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