It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
About 1 billion people—one fifth of the world's population—live on less than $1 a day. Poverty
incidence has decreased from 29 percent of global population in 1990 to 18 percent in 2004.
At current trends, the poverty Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of reducing extreme poverty by
50 percent from its 1990 level by 2015 will be achieved. At the global level, 10 percent of the
population in developing countries will live on $1 a day or less in 2015.
The decline in poverty is highly uneven across regions. In East Asia and the Pacific, by 2015 the
percentage of people living on $1 a day will drop to 2 percent. However a still significant 15 percent
share will be below the $2 a day poverty line indicator. At the other extreme is Sub-Saharan Africa,
which is projected to have a $1 a day poverty rate of 31 percent in 2015. While this represents a drop
from the 41 percent level of 2004, it is still well above the target of 23 percent which is needed to
meet the poverty MDG.
Developing and developed countries need to anchor efforts to achieve the MDGs in country-led
development strategies, improve the environment for growth, scale-up human development and
infrastructure provision and increase aid and its effectiveness.
925 million hungry people in 2010
Hunger is a term which has three meanings (Oxford English Dictionary 1971)
the uneasy or painful sensation caused by want of food; craving appetite. Also the exhausted condition caused by want of food
the want or scarcity of food in a country
a strong desire or craving
World hunger refers to the second definition, aggregated to the world level. The related technical term (in this case operationalized in medicine) is malnutrition.1
Malnutrition is a general term that indicates a lack of some or all nutritional elements necessary for human health (Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia).
Arctic Expert Predicts Final Collapse Of Sea Ice Within Four Years
One of the world's leading ice experts has predicted the final collapse of Arctic sea ice in summer months within four years.
In what he calls a "global disaster" now unfolding in northern latitudes as the sea area that freezes and melts each year shrinks to its lowest extent ever recorded, Prof Peter Wadhams of Cambridge University calls for "urgent" consideration of new ideas to reduce global temperatures.
Read more: www.guardian.co.uk...##ixzz27CYsuqNn
The Arctic sea-ice big melt of 2012 “has taken us by surprise and we must adjust our understanding of the system and we must adjust our science and we must adjust our feelings for the nature around us”, according to Kim Holmen, Norwegian Polar Institute
“As a scientist, I know that this is unprecedented in at least as much as 1,500 years. It is truly amazing – it is a huge dramatic change in the system”, says the NPI’s Dr Edmond Hansen. It is “not some short-lived phenomenon – this is an ongoing trend. You lose more and more ice and it is accelerating – you can just look at the graphs, the observations, and you can see what’s happening.”
And the trend is clear. Cambridge Professor and Arctic expert Peter Wadhams predicts Arctic summer sea ice “all gone by 2015”, except perhaps for a small multi-year remnant. Other Arctic specialists are now saying we will see an ice-free Arctic in summer within a decade or so.
It's too late: Arctic veteran fears for global disaster after latest trip
DOUG ALLAN, spoke out days after Norwegian scientists released research revealing the polar ice cap is disappearing even faster than originally feared.
AN acclaimed Arctic photographer yesterday warned it is too late to stop global warming after witnessing this year’s record-breaking ice melt first hand.
Doug Allan, who helped make the BBC’s stunning Frozen Planet, spoke out days after Norwegian scientists released research revealing the polar ice cap is disappearing even faster than originally feared.
And Dunfermline-born Doug, 61, said he was frightened to the core by his most recent trip to the far north.
He said: “What I saw made me fear we’ve gone beyond what humans can do to turn back the clock.”
By 2015, Hard Commodity Prices Will Have Collapsed
For the past two years, as regular readers know, I have been bearish on hard commodities. Prices may have dropped substantially from their peaks during this time, but I don’t think the bear market is over. I think we still have a very long way to go.
Read more: www.mpettis.com...