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AFTER BRIEF PAUSE , AMAZON RAINFOREST CONTINUES DECLINE ....

Before and After







Amazon rainforest that was turned into farmland is seen near the city of Alta Floresta, in the Brazilian state of Para, on June 19. 





The destruction of the vast rainforest—the largest in the world—spiked by more than a third over the past year, wiping out an area more than twice the size of the city of Los Angeles.




 Scientists and environmental activists warn that farming, mining, and Amazon infrastructure projects, coupled with changes to Brazil's long-standing environmental policies, are reversing progress made against deforestation.









(Photo: Nacho Doce/Reuters)

























Venezuelan Government Devalues Currency

by moctavio













After promising that it would not devalue, the Venezuelan Government not only implemented a devaluation equivalent to a 22.2% devaluation, but also established a fairly restrictive foreign currency budget, doubling Sicad auctions to US$ 220 million per week and reducing the travel and remittance quotas that individuals had access to. 





While promising to honor debt obligation in the form of bonds issued by Pdvsa and the Republic, the Government simply said it had no foreign currency to pay the US$ 8.4 billion debt between CADIVI and the private sector from imports made in 2013, which if true will have a drastic impact on local companies.






The announcements were made by the Vice President for Economic Affairs Rafael Ramirez, who said that there will be a budget for foreign currency of US$ 42.7 billion in 2014 (Imports in 2012 were US$ 75 billion and 2013 should be above US$ 65 billion). 





Of these, US$ 11.4 billion would be for weekly Sicad auctions of foreign currency at Bs. 11.3…

ESTO ERA VENEZUELA : TE PARECE TAN MAL LA IV REPUBLICA ????

“La vez que el bolívar valía más que el dólar”





por @PabloRamos1

06/03/2013








¿Sabía Usted?: De 1953 a 1957 es el único momento en la historia económica de Venezuela, donde se hace una RE-valuación constante del bolívar, esto quiere decir… que periódicamente por la increíble política económica que se llevaba, cada día la moneda venezolana valía más frente a las monedas extranjeras como el dólar americano.















Según el Anuario Estadístico de la ONU del año 1964, la producción Venezolana y PIB per cápita se elevó 60% más que el de Estados Unidos y Gran Bretaña hasta el año 1957.






Según Asdrúbal Baptista en sus libros pioneros de la teoría económica venezolana para 1956 el bolívar superó al dólar siendo la única vez en la historia mundial que una moneda latinoamericana o de una economía creciente domina el mercado internacional por encima del Dólar americano.







Este sistema económico generó una bonanza de libertades económicas nunca vistas en la historia venezolana, al punto que los consulados venezo…

BBC MUNDO: Descubre cómo y quiénes están detrás del cálculo del dólar paralelo en Venezuela

Jan 25, 2014 @ 1:00 pm








En la mañana de este miércoles, el dólar paralelo en Venezuela era 11 veces la tasa oficial de cambio, que es 6,3 bolívares por dólar.







Pero en la tarde, después de que el gobierno anunció unas medidas que en parte buscan minimizar esa amplia brecha entre ambas tasas, el ilegal dólar paralelo se situó a 12 veces el cambio oficial.






El gobierno Venezolano creó un nuevo sistema de control de cambio en el que varios sectores de la economía dejan de cambiar dólares con la tasa de 6,3 y pasan a una más alta, probablemente del doble.





La difícil situación de la economía venezolana, con un déficit fiscal del 15% y una inflación desbordada, llevó al gobierno de Nicolás Maduro a hacer esta “devaluación encubierta” -según la catalogaron economistas- para obtener más bolívares por cada dólar y así saldar sus deudas.





Pero otro de sus objetivos es acabar con el denominado “innombrable”, aquel dólar del mercado negro que se desarrolló en los últimos años a medida que el Estado -únic…

LISTEN TO CONSUMER : TIME FOR GLOBAL MANGO INDUSTRY TO FOCUS ON GENETIC "TRUE TO TYPE" MANGO BREEDING PROGRAM ...

Source:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/creating-tastier-and-healthier-fruits-and-veggies-with-a-modern-alternative-to-gmos/?&WT.mc_id=SA_BS_20140124




















Creating Tastier and Healthier Fruits and Veggies with a Modern Alternative to GMOs












By combining traditional plant breeding with ever-faster genetic sequencing tools, researchers are making fruits and vegetables more flavorful, colorful, shapely and nutritious










Jan 23, 2014 |By Ferris Jabr









Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Peggy Greb, U.S. Department of Agriculture










Armed with toothpicks and sour cream, Michael Mazourek and three friends marched into the field of 600 chili pepper plants. 






One by one, they pierced the habaneros and brought the juices to their tongues, cooling and cleansing their palates with cream now and then. 





Habaneros are typically some of the hottest chilies around, ranking as high as 350,000 on the Scoville scale of pepper pungency—40 times hotter than the jalapeno. The habaneros Mazourek and his team had grown in this …

ROUBINI: We Just Saw A 'Mini Perfect Storm'

JOE WEISENTHAL

JAN. 25, 2014, 9:58 AM 











Nuriel Roubini at WEF, Davos, Switzerland













Joe Weisenthal, Business Insider


















At the World Economic Forum in Davos this year, geopolitics took center stage, while concerns about the economy faded into the background.




But the global market gyrations of the last two days are a reminder that big economic stories are continuing to play out.





I talked to famed economist Nouriel Roubini to get his take on what's been going on recently, as well as the big, broader stories.








He described the market events of the past week as a "mini perfect storm" due to the fact that we're seeing weak data in China, fresh currency market turmoil in Argentina, and a worsening chaotic situation in Ukraine, the combination of which has triggered this market response.







He also touched on one of the other big themes of the year, which was the relationship between technology and inequality. 






Like others, he fears that without smart policy, the benefits of new technology wi…