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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Clouds Over Poles To Trigger Food And Water Shocks

Clouds’ poleward shift has huge implications for agricultural production, industrial and energy output and municipal water. Photo by Roman Boed/Flickr

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As Clouds Head for the Poles, Time to Prepare for Food and Water Shocks 

A changing climate means less rain and lower water supplies in regions where many people live and much of the planet’s food is produced: the mid-latitudes of the Northern and Southern hemispheres, including the U.S. Southwest, southern Europe and parts of the Middle East, southern Africa, Australia and Chile. As WRI-Aqueduct’s future scenarios for water supply show, diminished water supplies will be apparent in these areas by 2020 – less than four years away -- and are expected to grow worse by 2030 and 2040. 

Now a new study in the journal Nature provides some of the first evidence that this widely-predicted phenomenon – the movement of clouds and rainfall from the mid-latitudes towards the North and South poles -- is already taking place. Just like the retreat of glaciers and polar sea ice, now clouds and rain are retreating poleward.

This will have huge implications for agricultural production, industrial and energy output, and municipal water provisioning. Many irrigated agricultural areas are already facing water stress. The climate-driven shift of clouds and rain – known asHadley Cell expansion – will put those areas under even greater stress in the future. Rain-fed agriculture, which many poor people depend upon, will also suffer as a result of reduced rainfall in the mid-latitude regions.

Wikileaks Emails 

Sanders charged Clinton with “looting funds meant for the state parties to skirt fundraising limits on her presidential campaign, exploiting the rules in ways that let her high-dollar donors skirt legal limits.”

West Bank Home Demolitions Hit 10-year High

The Israeli military the West Bank, destroyed 168 Palestinian homes between January 1 and June 30, 2016, displacing 740 people, including 348 children. 

Erdogan moves to close 2,340 institutions 

Including schools, charities, unions and medical centres, and extends the time a person can be detained to 30 days. Turkey has suspended 37,500 civil servants and police officers in the wake of the coup, including many from the education ministry, and also revoked the licenses of 21,000 teachers, and closed more than 600 schools.  

Political and economic uncertainty creates a rush to buy gold

Alec Van Rijk is a longtime true believer in precious metals, especially gold.
"I am putting on a daily basis a lot of my money into gold. I love gold. I like to trade in it and I have a lot of confidence in gold," said Van Rijk.
The self-described "gold bug" sits on a stockpile of gold bars and jewelry. At his jewelry store in Toronto he buys and sells gold daily.
Van Rijk says gold has an "instant" value.
"So the intrinsic value, I think, is there and I think the commodity is very stable. Much more stable than paper money," said the owner of Van Rijk Jewellers.
In fact, gold prices have long been volatile, but in an era of global political and economic uncertainty there is often a rush to buy gold.

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