Yes, the Brazilians are still the centerpiece of South American economic growth, yet there are competitors arising. While Venezuala faces a period of uncertainty with the potential replacement of Hugo Chavez, Argentina offers a renewed challenge to the Falklands under Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.
Europe reminds many historians of conditions during the 1930s. Economically depressed countries are embracing extremist political parties with racial divide, riots, and anger as the symptoms. Currently, most of the population is aware of the European debt crisis. Although a serious as the economic crisis is, the side effects of lower economic output can be more serious.
To stray from the Predictions of 2013 series, I did an infographic of the gun control debate raging in the US, along with some statistics. The objectives of Obama gun control rules come plainly from the White House publication on the topic. As one can see, the proposed regulations are quite practical.
Egypt has often been the focus of news in Africa as of late. The removal of Mubarak and election of Mohammed Morsi has proven to be an interesting turn of events, but the excitement is far from over. Morsi symbolically removed ties from the Muslim Brotherhood, but that move hardly removes the influence the party has on the President.
Often, articles will be conclusions with a few supporting facts that will often sway the reader. I find this problematic for two reasons. First, the reader does not have the chance to fully understand the topic because no background is given. Secondly, the reader doesn't really have an opportunity to disagree with the writer's conclusion if the reader has little to no knowledge of the topic.
Monday, 25 June 2012
Friday, 22 June 2012
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
It is no secret that pumping oil from the ocean or open pit mining can be troublesome to the environment, but new methods such as oil (bituminous) sand extraction or fracking are raising concerns. Oil sands are defined as having a mixture of sand, clay, water and petroleum bundled together and is naturally occurring – to put it simplistically. To extract cold flow, cyclic steam stimulation, solvent extraction, THAI, CHOPS and other methods have been tried. To explain all these methods would take quite a while, so if interested please research. However, the environmental concerns boil down to destruction of land, air pollution, water management, marine life destruction, and public health problems. In August of 2011, the Albertan government initiated a study to link higher rates of cancer to the oil sands. In terms of animal life, moose have been found to have 17-33 times the acceptable level of arsenic in their system (2006) while Lake Athabasca has apparently seen a rise in deformities and tumours in fish. Water Management may be the largest concern, as (according to Greenpeace –so heavily biased) the oil sands use around 349 million cubic meters annually of water – and end up in tailings ponds.
Sunday, 17 June 2012
*A good list of GE companies can be found here: http://www.biofortified.org/resources/genetic-engineering-companies/
Tuesday, 12 June 2012