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Climate change pushing Asia towards doom

31 July 2017

Joydeep Gupta, July 31, 2017 Food, health, energy; everything at risk as the temperature rises, but Asia also has the opportunity to lead in green technologies Children in Sindh, Pakistan, play at a water pump Much of Asia may see 50% more rainfall due to climate change, although countries like [read more]

Revealed: 91% of Karachi’s water unfit to drink

28 July 2017

Zofeen T. Ebrahim, July 28, 2017 Faced with leaky pipes, faulty treatment plants and illegal tapping, the government of Sindh is struggling to provide clean and safe water to Karachi’s galloping population Flood-affected people in Sindh, Pakistan, recipients of UK humanitarian aid in response to [read more]

The End of the Age of Oil

15 July 2017

I read an interesting article on Bloomberg – “Big Oil Just Woke Up to Threat of Rising Electric Car Demand” (14th July 2017) which made me think about the whole question of why oil is so central to our economy and how its replacement by renewables will affect carbon emissions. The article [read more]

Why the world’s rivers are losing sediment and why it matters

14 July 2017

Jim Robbins: Vast amounts of river-borne sediment are trapped behind the world’s large dams, depriving areas downstream of material that is badly needed to build up the marshes and wetlands that act as a buffer against rising seas. Klamath Mountains of Douglas County, Oregon. The dam reservoir [read more]

A Review of “Grave New World”, by Stephen D King

4 July 2017

Published: Yale University Press (2017) I was looking forward to reading this book, Stephen D King has an excellent reputation and he has a key role at HSBC, while also advising the House of Commons Treasury Committee. The advance notices were also excellent and the author is writing about an [read more]

Number of suspected cholera cases reaches 100 000 in Yemen

9 June 2017

Joint news release UNICEF/WHO 8 JUNE 2017 | SANA’A – The number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen continues to rise, reaching 101 820 with 791 deaths as of 7 June 2017. Worst affected are the country’s most vulnerable: children under the age of 15 years account for 46% of cases, and [read more]

“The World in Crisis” by Andrew Palmer, a Synopsis

10 April 2017

Paradigm Shifts and an Inflection Point   – This is a Synopsis of “The World in Crisis”, which will be published later this year (2017) The World in Crisis is an account of the fundamental and systemic problems that we face today, and the way in which these stresses will interact [read more]

The Projected Growth in Africa’s Population

24 March 2017

In much of the world populations are already stabilizing or contracting, but in Africa a population explosion is taking place, which, based on the UN’s medium fertility model, could see the population of Africa increase from 800 million in 2000 to 4.38 billion in 2100; an additional 3.576 billion [read more]
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