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Here's The Ominous Demographics Chart That Shows What China Will Become In Less Than Two Decades


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China recently announced plans to loosen its infamous one-child policy.

As the country grows richer and the pace of population growth slows, the country has a new demographic concern: underpopulation. 

Specifically, it has reason to be worried about getting old before it gets rich, and a high dependency ratio (lots of old, retired people being supported by a workforce that isn't big enough).

To visualize China's challenge, Bloomberg Global Head of Economics Michael McDonough created this chart comparing Japan's demographics now to China's in 2030. 

The distribution of population by age looks very similar.

Japan is famous for its aging population, and all of the growth and societal problems that entails. 

But of course, Japan is an extremely wealthy country so it can handle that. 

China will be looking Japan-like in less than two decades, and it's got a long way to go before its as wealthy.

Also note there is one bi…

NARCO ESTATADO : México identifica pasajeros de avioneta destruida en Venezuela

Autor: Editor AJ el Vie, 22/11/2013 - 07:22.

Las siete personas que viajaban en una avioneta mexicana destruida en Venezuela -luego de ser obligada a aterriza por violar el espacio aéreo venezolano-, fueron identificadas, dijo el jueves el fiscal general mexicano, Jesús Murillo Karam. 

"Ya tenemos identificados quiénes abordaron la avioneta y tenemos identificados los nombres de los ocupantes", dijo Karam a la prensa.

 También se conoce la forma en que fue adquirida la aeronave, agregó el fiscal.

Jesús Murillo Karam se negó a responder si las personas que viajaban en la aeronave -dos tripulantes y cinco pasajeros- tienen nexos con el crimen organizado.

El pasado 4 de noviembre la avioneta con matrícula mexicana despegó del aeropuerto del estado de Querétaro, centro de México.

Sólo una persona, de las siete que viajaban en la avioneta, presentó su verdadera identificación, añadió el fiscal sin dar más detalles por tratarse de una investigación en curso.

El incidente derivó en el env…

[FOTOS] LO QUE CALLARON LOS MEDIOS EN VENEZUELA: Rotundo éxito de la marcha autoconvocada #23N

@DolarToday / Nov 23, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

Silencio y autocensura se vivió este sábado en los principales medios venezolanos que optaron por omitir la transmisión de la movilización convocada por la Mesa de la Unidad (MUD) donde miles de venezolanos colmaron las calles en rechazo a la crisis económica y las políticas ineficientes del Gobierno de Maduro.

Estas imágenes capturadas en la Plaza Venezuela de la ciudad de Caracas se repitieron a lo largo y ancho de la geografia venezolana.

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China Will Soon Rule the World (in Processed Food Consumption)

Diabetes and obesity rise in the East as China consumes more Western junk food.


A Chinese girl eats a hamburger at an American fast-food chain in Beijing, China. (Photo: Guang Niu/Getty)

September 27, 2013

 By Steve Holt

Steve Holt writes about food for Edible Boston, Boston Magazine, The Boston Globe, and elsewhere.
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China has been called “The Middle Kingdom,” and Napoleon famously referred to the country as “The Sleeping Giant.” Maybe China should be renamed “The Processed Kingdom” and its people “The Eating Giants.”

China will soon overtake the United States in a rather dubious category: It’s poised to become number one in the consumption of processed foods.

Euromonitor International estimates that in terms of volume, the Chinese market for packaged, processed foods like ready-made meals, and junk items like cookies, chips, and soda, will surpass America’s by 2015—107 million tons of packaged food in China, compared to 102 million tons in the U.S.

100 Days of Re…

BAD BUSINESS ??? : 90 companies worldwide produced fuels driving climate change

A study attributes two-thirds of industrial greenhouse gas emissions over the last 150 years to fuels extracted by firms such as Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Saudi Aramco and Pemex.

The 90 biggest producers of fuels driving climate change include investor-owned corporations, such as Exxon Mobil and Chevron, and state-owned oil companies, such as Saudi Aramco and Mexico's Pemex. Above, a plant in Tokyo. (FRANCK ROBICHON, EPA / November 21, 2013)

By Neela Banerjee

November 21, 2013, 6:54 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Just 90 companies worldwide produced fuels that generated two-thirds of industrial greenhouse gas emissions from 1854 to 2010, according to a new study.

The 90 biggest producers of fuels driving climate change include investor-owned corporations, such as Exxon Mobil and Chevron, and state-owned oil companies, such as Saudi Aramco and Mexico's Pemex.

The study attributes 914 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases to the fuels extracted by the companies, which is 63% of the total 1,450 billi…