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NEW STUDY MEASURES THE EFFECT OF DAILY CHANGES IN WEATHER ...

Erratic, extreme day-to-day weather puts climate change in new light


by Staff Writers
Princeton NJ (SPX) Nov 21, 2011


Princeton researchers found for the first time that day-to-day weather conditions have become more erratic in the past generation. Days have increasingly fluctuated between sunny and dry, and cloudy and rainy with little in-between, which can have negative consequences for ecosystems, plants, solar-energy production and other factors that depend upon consistent weather. Green areas on this map indicate an increase in day-to-day solar radiation (sunshine) variability between 1984 and 2007; pink indicates a decrease. The portion over the Indian Ocean is voided due to a lack of consistent data. Credit: David Medvigy.




The first climate study to focus on variations in daily weather conditions has found that day-to-day weather has grown increasingly erratic and extreme, with significant fluctuations in sunshine and rainfall affecting more than a third of the planet.


Princeton Un…

U.K. CONSUMER NUMBERS ARE DOWN AS DEMAND DROPS ...

Shop footfall numbers in Scotland 'nose-dive'





Footfall at Scottish stores has dropped 9% from the same quarter last year




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The number of people passing through Scotland's shopping areas has "nose-dived", according to a new study.



The Scottish Retail Consortium's quarterly "footfall" report for August to October recorded a 9% fall compared with the same time last year.


The Scottish figure compared to a UK-wide fall of 2.3%.



The study indicates the number of people going through town centres and other shopping areas, not how much they are spending.

Separate figures showed almost a tenth of Scotland's retail units were lying empty.



Scottish vacancy rates (9.6%) outperformed the north of England and the Midlands, as well as Wales and Northern Ireland, where vacancy rates reached double figures.






'Major change'

Scottish Retail Consortium dir…

CLIMATE RESEARCHERS BEGIN TO QUESTION IF CONSUMERS ARE COMMITED TO SUSTAINABILITY ISSUES ...

November 20, 2011


Dear Climate-L Readers



You may be interested in a new paper titled:




Inputs for Rio+20 Compilation Document -The conceptual problems of Green Economy and Sustainable Development
http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/content/documents/138apec.pdf
http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.php?page=view&type=510&nr=138&menu=20



Brechin, Steven R. and Bhandari, Medani P. (2011) Perceptions of climate change worldwide, WIREs Climate Change 2011, Volume 2:871–885.



http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/wcc.146/pdf




Mathiason, John and Bhandari, Medani P. (2010) 
Getting the Facts Right: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the New Climate Regime, 

Journal of International Organization Studies, Volume 1, Number 1, (September 2010) 58-71 http://www.journal-iostudies.org/sites/journal-iostudies.org/files/JIOS1014.pdf



and also some good news:


I just came to know that I am officially awarded with this year's “CLIMATE 2011 Best Paper Award” for my paper:

“Environmental Pe…

MARKETS WILL BE TESTED AS ECUADOR MANGO VOLUME BEGINS TO ARRIVE AT USA PORTS ...

By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International  Mango Organization (IMO)
Vista, California










www.mangoworldmagazine.blogspot.com












November 20, 2011














USA mango importers are watching eagerly this week as substantial volumes of Ecuadorian mangoes begin to arrive.




The reaction to volume will determine how actively these same importers persue the Peruvian mango deal that will start at the end of December 2011 and will run through February 2012.




As Ecuador has shipped it's peak volume (approx. 145 containers) this past week (46) and the following weeks before volume begins to decline, we are about to see how much FOBs will be impacted.




The Current $7.00 -8.00 FOB per (4kg) carton is about to be tested.




It is important to note that Ecuadorian shippers have consistantly packed 5 - 10%  less cartons per container as opposed to Brazil and Peru exporters. (Ecuador has been packing on average anywhere from 5,016 cartons per container on the low side to a standard 5,280 cartons per pallet on the high side)…

WHAT MANGO EXPORTERS ARE HAVING TO REALIZE IS THAT "DEMAND" HAS SHRUNK AND WILL NOT BE COMING BACK ANYTIME SOON ....

November 20, 2011 7:35 pm

We have to do better on inequality

By Lawrence Summers




The principal problem facing the US and Europe for the next few years is an output shortfall caused by a lack of demand.




Nothing would increase the incomes of all citizens – poor, middle-class and rich – as much as an increase in demand and associated increases in incomes, living standards and confidence in institutions and the future.



It would, however, be a serious mistake to suppose that our problems are only cyclical or amenable to macroeconomic solution. Just as the evolution from an agricultural to an industrial economy has far-reaching implications for almost all institutions, so too does the evolution from an industrial to a knowledge economy. 

Trends that pre-date the Great Recession will be with us long after any recovery.


The most important of these is the strong shift in the market reward for a small minority of citizens relative to the rewards available to most citizens. 

According to a recent Congre…

THE SHRINKING EUROPEAN UNION ... OPTING OUT IS THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE ...

Nouriel Roubini
November 10, 2011




Why Italy’s days in the eurozone may be numbered


With interest rates on its sovereign debt surging well above seven per cent, there is a rising risk that Italy may soon lose market access. 
Given that it is too-big-to-fail but also too-big-to-save, this could lead to a forced restructuring of its public debt of €1,900bn. 

That would partially address its “stock” problem of large and unsustainable debt but it would not resolve its “flow” problem, a large current account deficit, lack of external competitiveness and a worsening plunge in gross domestic product and economic activity.



To resolve the latter, Italy may, like other periphery countries, need to exit the monetary union and go back to a national currency, thus triggering an effective break-up of the eurozone.



Until recently the argument was being made that Italy and Spain, unlike the clearly insolvent Greece, were illiquid but solvent given austerity and reforms. 

But once a country that is illiquid lo…

THE WINNER AT "MANGOES AT THE MOANA" FROM EARLIER THIS SUMMER ...

CHAVEZ Y LAS FARC: SE DESTAPA LA OLLA ....

COLOMBIA


El Tiempo destapa relación entre Timochenko y ejército venezolano



"En la última década, en cuatro oportunidades las Fuerzas Militares han tenido información confiable sobre la ubicación de Timochenko. Y, en todas, su ruta de escape ha sido hacia Venezuela", añadió El Tiempo.




EL UNIVERSAL
domingo 20 de noviembre de 2011 04:03 PM


Bogotá.- Militares venezolanos figuran entre los "contactos internacionales" del nuevo jefe máximo de las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), Rodrigo Londoño Echeverry, alias "Timochenko", según un informe publicado este domingo por el diario El Tiempo.

El matutino señaló en el informe que en 2003 "Timochenko" reportó acuerdos entre las FARC y las fuerzas militares venezolanas para "suministro de información" sobre operaciones militares, regreso de rebeldes presos y "pequeños favores", indicó Efe.

La versión sobre los "contactos" de Timochenko aparecieron por primera vez …

THE INFORMAL (USA) MARKET FOR PAKISTANI MANGOES...A MODEL THAT DEFIES CONVENTION ...

COCA-COLA TAKES A SPECIAL INTEREST IN KENYAN MANGO PRODUCTION ...

GET YOUR INDIAN MANGO SORBET AT THE PINECREST (SOUTH FLORIDA) FARMERS MARKET ...

The Pinecrest FlFarmers Market will be open Sunday, December 6th through April of 2010 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. 


 It's new location is Pinecrest Gardens at 5855 SW 111 Street, Pinecrest Fl

 This is the farmers market that used to be at Gardner's Market on 124th Street and US 1, across the street from the park.


As always, the Pinecrest FL Farmers Market will offer locally grown and organic fruits and vegetables, baked goods, local honey, herbs, and beautiful orchids and plants. 

 The vender's there are always very helpful and informative. It's also a great place to get a bite to eat and meet up with family and friends.


Since the Pinecrest FlFarmers Market will now be at Pinecrest Gardens, take the opportunity to stroll the beautiful gardens. Pinecrest Gardens is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.



Due to popular demand, the Pinecrest Farmer’s Market is open, Sundays from 9-2.







Today is a beautiful sunny 75 degree day in Pinecrest Florida



 I decided to go to the Pinecrest F…