A new study indicates that global water shortages are much more severe than previously thought, finding that 4 billion people suffer water scarcity during at least one month during the year, while half a billion experience it throughout the year.
A paragraph disappeared from the newspaper that cited the attack on Syria is really about showing the pro-Israel lobby group the U.S. is serious about Iran; economic scarcity melds the mind; meanwhile, the hypocrisy of the "red line" in Syria is highlighted by the fact that the Pentagon acknowledged using white phosphorus in Iraq a few years ago. These discoveries and more after the jump.
Two nightmare scenarios -- a global scarcity of vital resources and the onset of extreme climate change -- are already beginning to converge and in the coming decades are likely to produce a tidal wave of unrest, rebellion, competition and conflict.
It's been a rough year for Kyrgyzstan. There was the uprising in April that saw a new government take charge, followed by violent ethnic clashes in June, then by a mass flight of refugees. And now it culminates with food scarcity and soaring prices that affect a quarter of the population amid a broken trade and supply network.