30 November 2014   Leave a comment

It’s cold in South Hadley, but the temperature outside is misleading in terms of global trends.  Climate Central has published a video of global temperatures over the last century and the trend is decidedly upward.  Indeed, all of the ten warmest years over the last century have occurred since 1998. And 2014 is on track for being the warmest year ever recorded.

 

Swiss voters overwhelmingly rejected a referendum that would have restricted immigration into the country.  The measure to restrict immigration to an annual increase of only 0.2% of total population was proposed as a way of protecting the Swiss environment.  The difference between that rate of immigration and the normal rate would mean the difference between a Swiss population of 8.5 million in 2050 and a population of 12 million in 2050.  Voters, however, considered the economic value of immigrants to weigh more in their calculations.

The Hong Kong protests continue, and the protesters and the Government are playing a cat-and-mouse game on the streets.  Apparently a suitable compromise for the nomination of candidates for public office remains unattainable.  This is the third month of protests, but the protesters show no sign of being worn down.

 

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Posted November 30, 2014 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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