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¿Supertifón Haiyan es culpa de la humanidad?

Vulnerabilidad climática. Los cambios se sentirán mucho más en los trópicos. Colombia será uno de los países más afectados.

16 noviembre 2013


¿Cuál es la relación del cambio climático con este tipo de fenómenos que han azotado varios países en los últimos años?

Spertifón haiyan o Yolanda - 2013. 3.000 muertos – 660.000 desplazados – 10 millones de afectados 315 kilómetros por hora Se registraron los vientos más fuertes de la historia en tierra firme.(Filipinas)
Foto: AFP

Comer, beber, huir. En Tacloban, la ciudad filipina más devastada por el supertifón Haiyan, conocido allá como Yolanda, no se puede pensar en nada más. Una semana después del cataclismo, poco o nada de las toneladas de ayuda humanitaria prometidas ha llegado. 


el olor a descomposición, las montañas de escombros, el miedo a los saqueos, las riñas por puñados de arroz y el riesgo de una epidemia de cólera. La desgracia resonó en todo el mundo, y mientras unos culpaban de la tragedia a la sobrepoblación, la …

PEACE IN AFRICA : Thanks to the Fall of the Berlin Wall ...

Civil wars
The picture in Africa

Nov 13th 2013, 10:29 by O.A.

THE briefing in the most recent issue of The Economist’s print edition tackles the tricky subject of civil wars. As anyone familiar with Africa's cold-war history might expect, the continent features prominently. 

What is remarkable is how many African civil wars have ended since the fall of the Berlin wall. 

A map showing African conflicts two decades ago would show the continent aflame. 

Today we have Congo and Somalia, and most recently the Central African Republic, and perhaps Nigeria, though Boko Haram is still no match for Biafra, the secessionist state in south-eastern Nigeria which went to war in the 1960. Of course, civil wars can be hard to define. 

The Peace Research Insitute Oslo in Norway paints a slightly different picture to ours (see map). But their parameters too, show a marked decline in the number of African conflicts. 

Not so long ago civil wars raged in Mozambique, Angola, Sudan, Liberia, Rwanda, Sierra Leo…

Chinese can now buy real estate with Bitcoin

Asia Financial Services.

08 Nov, 2013 04:39

Bitcoin acceptance in China has now extended into real estate with a residential developer in Zhangjiang Hi-Tech park in Shanghai finding a new way to promote sales through the acceptance of Bitcoin virtual currency.

Shanda Group, one of the large IT giants in China, through its real estate development arm, opened sales of its first real estate investment project on October 25th, 2013. 300 apartments in the soon to be built buildings ranging from 42-81sqm were available for sale and sold out in a few minutes as demand far outstripped supply.

As part of the promotion, Shanda accepted Bitcoins for payment. Although the exchange rate was ‘fixed’ at 1,000 Chinese Yuan (CNY) to one Bitcoin and the developer reserved the right to adjust the rate, the deal represents one of the first times that Bitcoin could be used for such a large scale 'public' purchase. 

The exchange rate was about 1,200 CNY : 1 Bitcoin on BTCChina that day, so the developer…



This Hypnotic Animated Map Shows Where Bitcoin Is Really Taking Off

MARKETSMore: Bitcoin


NOV. 17, 2013, 8:39 AM

Bitcoin advocates say that one reason Bitcoin is talking off is burgeoning popularity in China.

They argue that the anonymous digital currency is naturally going to be popular in a country with such a repressed and archaic financial system.

So is it true? 

The site (via Sophie H who correctly calls it "hypnotic") has a really cool animated map showing Bitcoin transactions in real time. It shows both the currency denominated for the trade, as well as the country of the transaction.

It's really addicting and you can watch it here, but in the time we've watched it, it becomes clear that China really is big into Bitcoin relative to the rest of the world.

Below is a brief snapshot of what we saw in which the transactions were dominated by Chinese trading (at other times it's more even, with more US action).

Read more:

Mango peel a cheaper source for pectin production

17 Nov 2013 

Written by Ramon Efren R. Lazaro / Correspondent

LOCAL researchers have found out that the Philippine “carabao” mango peel is a rich source of pectin.

According to literature available over the Internet, pectin is a naturally occurring polysaccharide found in berries, apples and other fruits. A polysaccharide is a carbohydrate (e.g., starch, cellulose, or glycogen) which molecules consist of a number of sugar molecules bonded together.

Consumption of pectin has been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels, according to researchers Ma. Cristina B. Gragasin, Aileen R. Ligisin, Rosalinda C. Torres and Romulo R. Estrella.

As a group of carbohydrates, pectin is used mainly as a pharmaceutical ingredient in drug suspension and emulsion, wound-healing preparations, medical and denture adhesives, and even in lozenges, the researchers said in their paper.

In cosmetics, it is used as a stabilizer, as a natural texture powder for paste, ointment, oils and creams, the researchers said.



Agribusiness Seminar

Dates and Fees

January 12–15, 2014 (HBS Campus)



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Program Objectives
A Seminar Ahead of Its Time

In the agribusiness industry, every year brings new trends and challenges. 

While demand continues to grow, consumer needs shift, production challenges increase, and evolving technology impacts every part of the value chain. 

The complex network of businesses that brings food and other agricultural products to market must continually reconfigure itself in such a highly dynamic environment.

 This creates timely opportunities for those agribusiness leaders who are ready to think innovatively—and move quickly.

For more than 50 years, senior decision makers and thought leaders from around the globe have gathered at Harvard Business School (HBS) for the seminal Agribusiness Seminar.

 This January, executiv…

HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL : Who Sways the USDA on GMO Approvals?

BS Working KnowledgeA First Look at Faculty Research

09 Apr 2012
Government agencies can be "captured" by the very companies or industries they regulate. Looking at how genetically altered food products are approved, Assistant Professor Shon R. Hiattfinds unexpected influencers on the US Department of Agriculture. Key concepts include: "Regulatory capture" describes the phenomenon whereby regulatory agencies tasked with serving the public instead end up advancing the interests of the companies they regulate.Traditional theories of capture such as lobbying and campaign contributions had little effect on whether the US Department of Agriculture approved any particular genetically altered agriculture product.What did seem to affect the approval process was the influence of third-party groups such as associations and even related regulatory agencies.

by Michael Blanding

Many corporations have gotten good at pulling the levers of government to tilt the odds in their favor,…

Did the Philippines become a target of Weather Weapons?

NOVEMBER 16, 2013 


SEE ALSO: Philippines Typhoon linked to Man-Made Microwave Pulses

“Every conceivable type of weapon is being examined or explored by various individuals, if not with the support of their government.” 

- Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen (1997-2001)

Shawn Helton
21st Century Wire

Do you believe that weather weapons exist?

In a United States Department of Defense transcript from April, 28th 1997, then Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, shocked the public by admitting that weaponized weather has been created through the use of “electromagnetic waves.” The Weather Modification Association has admitted that governments have been altering the weather since at least 1950.

The aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), has been truly tragic as the situation has descended into total chaos, however, one cannot ignore the bizarre weather anomalies leading up to the “world’s biggest storm“. 

Weather Manipulation: Weather modification technology exists and could be wea…