14 February 2016   1 comment

Researchers at the University of Twente in the Netherlands have released a report that indicates that “4 billion people around the globe — including close to 2 billion in India and China — live in conditions of extreme water scarcity at least one month during the year. Half a billion, meanwhile, experience it throughout the entire year.”  Agricultural practices are by far the most important cause of this water scarcity; those practices are the things we should think most carefully about changing.

There is little question that income inequality is increasing throughout the world.  We suspect that that economic inequality has an effect on perceptions of political inequality, but the link between the two phenomenon is difficult to measure.  Researchers have attempted to determine that link in terms of the European Parliament and its relationship to European citizens.  There seems to be a negative link in that as economic inequality increases, trust in political institutions seems to decline.  The link makes intuitive sense, but we need to conduct more research on how strong that link is.

The world’s third largest economy showed deeper signs of weakness than analysts had expected.  Japan’s economy declined by 1.4% on an annualized rate in the fourth quarter of 2015.  The economy showed weakness across the board as consumer demand fell as well as export demand.  The Bank of Japan has already introduced negative interest rates and it is not at all clear what the next step for the government may be.  But the Japanese economy has been stagnant for nearly 20 years and there are few reasons to believe that the economy will revive any time soon.

 

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Posted February 15, 2016 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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  1. Water wars! There a good film about it can’t remember the name sorry. If we make it throught this one 🙂

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