21 March 2017   Leave a comment

The visualization of global population is extraordinary.  The map below shows an area in red which has the same population as the areas in blue.  The red area is Bangladesh and three provinces in India and the territory involved is only 160,000 sq. mi, an area smaller than the US state of California.  And the second image below shows the rate of urban population increase per hour which indicates that the population densities will only increase dramatically in the future.

An Extreme Comparison of Population Density   Fastest Growing Cities

The World Meteorological Organization has released its annual report on the global climate for 2016.  Its summary is straightforward and stark:

“Warming continued in 2016, setting a new temperature record of approximately 1.1 °C above the pre-industrial period, and 0.06 °C above the previous highest value set in 2015. Carbon dioxide (CO2) reached new highs at 400.0 ± 0.1 ppm in the atmosphere at the end of 2015. Global sea-ice extent dropped more than 4 million km2 below average – an unprecedented anomaly – in November. Global sea levels rose strongly during the 2015/2016 El Niño, with the early 2016 values making new records.”

The report suggests that the warming trend will likely continue into 2017 despite the fact that the el Niño of 2016 has dissipated.

Evolution of global temperatures

14 years ago today the US invaded Iraq.  The invasion was justified by the assertion that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and that its leader, Saddam Hussein, would give those weapons to al Qaeda, the radical group that attacked the US on 11 September 2001.  According to polls at the time, 63% of the American people approved of military action against Iraq.  By 1 May, President George W. Bush announced the end of combat operations in Iraq.  Today, American troops are still fighting in Iraq and the political situation in Iraq remains highly precarious.  The number of civilian casualties in Iraq since 2003 is unknown, but the most conservative estimate is 165,000.  US combat casualties numbered about 4,000.  And the total cost of the war for the US was about $1 trillion by the most conservative estimate.   And the US still has no idea of what it wishes to see in Iraq. 

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Posted March 21, 2017 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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