“Strong and capable armed forces, which have made a very significant contribution to conflicts in our region and further afield,” he told reporters in Sydney on Friday.
“But let’s wait and see what, if any, requests come our way. We will carefully consider them. And I have to say that I do support the careful and measured response that President Obama has made to this.”
Chinese President Xi Jinping recognizes the population swell in the country’s urban locations. As more than 50 percent of China’s population live in urban areas, AFP reported that Xi believes authorities need to “strictly control the size of the population in especially large cities.” His solution? Rolling out a residential permit system, though it remains unclear how this will help quell population growth.
Homs has long been regarded by opponents of President Bashar al-Assad as “the capital of the revolution,” and as Ms. Barnard reported, life there bears little resemblance to the normal circumstances she witnessed on previous visits.
Some may hope that the boomerang generation represents an unfortunate but temporary blip — that the class of 2015 will be able to land great jobs out of college, and that they’ll reach financial independence soon after reaching the drinking age. But the latest recession was only part of the boomerang generation’s problem. In reality, it simply amplified a trend that had been growing stealthily for more than 30 years. Since 1980, the U.S. economy has been destabilized by a series of systemic changes — the growth of foreign trade, rapid advances in technology, changes to the tax code, among others — that have affected all workers but particularly those just embarking on their careers.
#17 – As underground aquifers are relentlessly drained in California, some areas of the San Joaquin Valley are sinking by 11 inches a year.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Water Usage (jdargis)
DON’T: Start planting in the middle of the summer — or water during afternoon hours. The extra heat means evaporation, and that means wasted water.
DON’T: Waste food. Tossing out edible produce or half-eaten meals is a huge source of water loss. All told, 25 percent of the water used in the U.S. every year goes to food that no one eats. Make sure, says O’Connor, to buy what “you actually use.”
Given this wide variation in the calorie density of food, it should come as no surprise that the energy input/output ratio – or perhaps more accurately the energy input/food throughput ratio – of food distribution depends not just on how food is moved and how far, but also on what type of food is being moved. An energy intensive mode of distribution that moves a very calorie dense food might yield an energy input/throughput ratio comparable or even superior to a far more efficient mode of transport that moves a less energy dense food. The devil, as they say, is in the details.
There are still a few people in the world who dispute the existence of climate change, and even more who doubt that it is down to human activity. The vast majority of nations, however, accept that CO2 emissions are a problem and have voiced concern. But, as always in human endeavor, talk is cheap. Actually doing something to control greenhouse gas emissions puts countries at a huge economic disadvantage. As long as coal and oil are the cheapest energy sources, unilaterally attempting to reduce their use could have a disastrous effect on a country’s competitiveness. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has released a report that estimates new Environmental Protection Agency regulations designed to cut U.S. emissions will cost $50 billion per year.
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