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Archives for May, 2013

Hunger in Egypt

In 2008, before the revolution, the Egyptian Government set a portion of its Army to baking bread for hungry citizens, precisely to forestall revolution.  Now, after revolution, it isn’t clear who will provide the bread for its hungry and angry populace: Around a quarter of the population lives below the poverty line, with another 20 percent…

Even in France…

Fast food sales now outnumber sit-down restaurant food sales in the home of gastronomy: More than half of all French restaurant sales now take place, sacrilegiously, at fast food chains, according to a new survey by food consultancy firm Gira Conseil. This is the first time fast food sales have surpassed sit-down restaurant sales in…

From the Guardian: New research suggests that the Arctic summer sea ice loss is linked to extreme weather. Rutgers University climate scientist Jennifer Francispoints to the phenomenon of “Arctic amplification”, where: “The loss of Arctic summer sea ice and the rapid warming of the Far North are altering the jet stream over North America, Europe, and…