Wednesday, December 30, 2009

How much climate change is connected with the solar cycle length?

There is a big controversy in climate science regarding the magnitude of the effect of solar variations on the earth's climate. This article discusses one of those controversial theories.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Brief: Investing in the price of food

When a trader buys food products (grains etc.) on the world markets in the hopes that the price will increase they do a huge disservice to poor people in poor nations who have difficulty finding enough money to purchase basic foods such as bread.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Improving government revenues

From a US Statistical Abstract: there are about 75 million homes in America with about 48 million mortgages. At an average value of just over $100,000 the total amount of money borrowed in the form of mortgages is 5.4 trillion dollars.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Funding for fighting climate change and world hunger

Fighting climate change is thought to be important because if we don't then some regions may produce less food and water in the future and more people will die from starvation and dehydration. No one wants starvation and dehydration to get worse.

Currently we spend about 3.7 billion dollars a year trying to feed the world through the UN World Food Programme. It was recently announced that the U.S. would commit to a climate change fighting plan which involves (eventually) contributing 100 billion dollars per year to dealing with the problem.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

An inconvenient truth

The earth is filled with problems: war, terrorism, climate change, crime, starvation, etc. It can be very difficult to properly assess which problem facing the world is the most poignant and thus the most deserving of our attention and resources, however, food and malnourishment problems appear to be monumentally large.

Food waste and world hunger

I’ve heard that the world produces enough food to feed everyone. Unfortunately there are 1 billion malnourished people in the world today (according to the UN World Food Programme). The following article presents a quick rough estimate of food waste and compares it with how much food might be needed for the world’s malnourished people.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Follow up on climate change funding

The dangers climate change presents can be described as follows: if in the future the world is significantly hotter then some regions may not produce as much food or water as they currently do and this can lead to drought, starvation and dehydration. Furthermore, many scientists have pointed out that climate change is likely to cause more episodes of extreme weather conditions. Extreme weather patterns (like say a tsunami or hurricane) can appear quite quickly and can have devastating effects on the local population’s ability to feed itself. This is all the more poignant in poor countries where the local populations tend to lack adequate financial resources.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Funding to fix climate change and making sure the world doesn’t go hungry or thirsty

Today in the news it was announced by Hillary Clinton (secretary of state for the Obama administration) that 100 billion dollars per year was what the Americans were offering as part of a multinational deal to help fight climate change.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Brief: Government spending and world hunger

Many of the world's governments are willing to spend billions of dollars in the cause of fighting climate change. The world's governments are willing to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to make sure that their banking institutions and insurance companies don't go bankrupt (out of fear of causing a prolonged recession / depression). When at war nations are willing to spend obscene amounts of money waging them.