Sunday, July 11, 2010


News Links, July 12, 2010

-- Global economic meltdown --
Chinese credit firm says US worse risk than China
The era of cheap Chinese goods may be ending
$1.65 trillion: Euro zone bank debt coming due in 2010 and 2011.
Central banks start to abandon the U.S. dollar (Fortune)

-- Energy/resources --
Can the world run on renewables, nuclear energy and geo-sequestration? The negative case
Technology's disasters share long trail of hubris (a good read)
China Circles the Rare Earth Wagons
Smugglers selling cheap Saudi fuel overseas
"Rapid fuel demand growth is a concern for top Saudi officials, who have said that if it goes unchecked, the kingdom will have less crude available for lucrative international markets."
Japan, Russia agree to build gas plant: report
14% Efficiency for Thin-Film Solar Cells, but Where Will the Indium Come From?

-- Fault lines --
Libyan ship 'will continue to Gaza'
Israel warning as aid boat eyes Gaza landing
Odd Couple: Frank And Paul Target Military Spending
"The unlikely pair want to trim the Pentagon's budget by $1 trillion over the next 10 years, significantly reducing U.S. military presence around the world, including Europe."
Gen. Casey: America may be in Iraq and Afghanistan for another decade
Seoul Must Beware of U.S.-China Naval Competition
Iran claims to have produced 20kg of 20 per cent enriched uranium
Revealed: How Strategy to Train Afghan Forces is in Deep Trouble

-- Food/water --
Corn, Soybeans Rise as Adverse Weather Reduces Global Crops
U.S. farmers can't meet booming corn demands
"Exporters, livestock feeders and ethanol makers are going through the U.S. corn stockpile faster than farmers can grow the crops."
Egypt keen to import wheat from Pakistan
Protest against water shortage turns violent (India)
"Enraged" demonstrators protest against water, power outages & wheat crisis (Pakistan)
Detroit gets growing
More than a billion go hungry, UN says

-- Environment --
Eco warrior's Pacific journey shows how 'dumb plastic' is killing our seas

-- Oil gusher --
BP Rumormill Update: Sunday Times Reports Exxon And Chevron Receive Green Light From Obama To Plot Takeover
BP reportedly in talks to sell Alaska oil field
Report: BP ponders $12B asset sale to Apache
BP oil spill: the Red Adair of relief well drilling says 'no doubt about successful outcome'
Toxicologist: Oil/Corexit mix caused heart trouble, organ damage, rectal bleeding
BP's paid less than half of claims
$20 billion may not cover oil spill claims
Cuba's New Deepwater Oil Well Uncomfortably Close

Canada: City announces $50 million in budget cuts (Montreal)
Thousands of protesters rally for G20 public inquiry

UK: Farmers feel the heat as temperatures soar

US: Heat, antiquated system blamed for power outage in downtown Detroit
Record-Low Rates Aren't Reviving Home Sales
More and more Americans preparing for social unrest
In This Article, I Show How Easy It Is For Peaceful People to Violate the Patriot Act and Face 15 Years in Jail
Debtors' prison— again (Florida)
Congress Stalled As 2 Million Lose Jobless Benefits
Debt commission leaders paint gloomy picture
"This debt is like a cancer. It is truly going to destroy the country from within."
Peak Oil And The Myth Behind Our Energy Independence
"The public is about to get blind-sided by the upcoming peak oil crunch."
Social Security money stolen by government

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