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EUA: Fortaleza económica es la mejor aliada de Trump

El éxito económico de un presidente depende mucho de en qué punto del ciclo económico se encuentre el país. Lo cierto es que los presidentes tienen mucho menos control de la economía de lo que la gente piensa.

Impulso: la solidez económica, la mejor aliada de Donald Trump para su sueño de reelección

Nueva York, Feb. 10 (La Nación).- Siempre se supo que los alardes del presidente Donald Trump sobre el estado de la economía norteamericana ocuparían el centro de su campaña por la reelección. Al fin y al cabo, ese es su estilo. Lo que nadie sabía era que los datos de la economía real le darían al líder republicano genuinos motivos para jactarse.

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The truth about climate change and its effect in children

It is true that climate change has taken place dramatically over the course of the Earth's 4.5 billion-year history. However, we are witnessing an increasingly rapid change. The kind of changes that would normally happen over hundreds or thousands of years are presently happening in decades. This much faster warming corresponds with levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which have been increasing since the industrial revolution. So, when people talk about climate change today, they mean anthropogenic (man-made) climate change. This is the warming of Earth’s average temperature as a result of human activity. This is the legacy we are leaving to our children and grandchildren with our greed for cheaper resources, he overwhelming machinery of unsustainable progress and our neglect reflected in the phrase "I will not live to see it." The most reprehensible aspect of this negligence is that the most affected by our  decisions today are precisely our own children. This report by Time Health shows us in a nutshell the effects of global warming on their susceptible wellbeing.

How climate change affects kids' health

Global temperatures are continuing to rise—and the health of children is being clobbered in the process. In a sweeping study just published in The Lancet, investigators from 35 institutions—including the World Health Organization, Imperial College London, The University of York, Yale University and Iran University of Medical Sciences—analyzed the planet’s climatological health on 41 indices, such as the rising incidence of floods, wildfires and mosquito-borne diseases; adaptation and mitigation steps being taken to address the problems; and economic resources being devoted to that work. They found that while progress is being made, too many trend lines continue to point downward. We will all pay a price for that, but today’s children will pay the highest.

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No cesa la abrumadora acumulación de residuos de plástico que sofoca al medio ambiente

El hallazgo de enormes masas de residuos en los océanos ha provocado que la opinión pública mundial se vuelva mucho más crítica con el uso del plástico, especialmente de aquellos de un solo uso. Productores y consumidores tratan ahora de encontrar formas de sustituirlos. Estos esfuerzos son especialmente visibles en el caso de los artículos de este material de un solo uso, algunos de los cuales no estarán permitidos en la Unión Europea a partir de 2021.

Es urgente que el resto del mundo siga el ejemplo.

El 80% de la basura que se encuentra en los mares son residuos de plástico  

La solución pasa por la prevención de residuos y la mejora de la gestión de los residuos y el reciclaje

Enero 17.– Los océanos cubren aproximadamente el 70 % de la superficie de nuestro planeta, y existe basura marina prácticamente en todos ellos. La basura marina, y en particular los plásticos, suponen una amenaza no solo para la salud de nuestros mares y costas, sino también para nuestra economía y nuestras comunidades. En su mayor parte es producto de actividades terrestres. ¿Cómo podemos detener el flujo de basura en nuestros mares? El lugar más adecuado para empezar a abordar este problema marino mundial es en tierra firme.

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Economic and political context of the trade deal that America and China will sign on January 15th

The “phase one” agreement trims tariffs and obliges China to buy more from American farmers. But do not be fooled. It is a modest accord that cannot disguise how the world’s central relationship is at its most perilous juncture since before Richard Nixon and Mao Zedong re-established links five decades ago. The two sides used to think they could both thrive; today each has a vision of success in which the other lot falls behind. A partial dismantling of their bonds is under way. In the 2020s the world will discover just how far this decoupling will go, how much it will cost.

USA vs China: The planet’s biggest break-up is under way 

Jan. 2.– On January 15th, after three years of a bitter trade war, America and China are US vs China splitUS vs China splitdue to sign a “phase one” deal that trims tariffs and obliges China to buy more from American farmers. Don’t be fooled. This modest accord cannot disguise how the world’s most important relationship is at its most perilous juncture since before Richard Nixon and Mao Zedong re-established links five decades ago.

The threat to the West from China’s high-tech authoritarianism has become all too clear. Everything from its pioneering artificial-intelligence firms to its gulags in Xinjiang spread alarm across the world.

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LEBANON: Severe inequality and an economy near collapse

Protests have been sweeping the Middle East and North Africa this last year. In Lebanon they are largely about corruption, austerity and financial instability, which has its roots in a neighbouring civil war and a drop in foreign investment and remittances from the Lebanese diaspora. Since Donald Trump became US president, tougher sanctions against Lebanese banks accused of links to Hizbullah have weighed on the economy, where banking is central.

Behind Lebanon’s protests

Massive protests in BeirutMassive protests in Beirut Paris, Jan.6.– Lebanon's telecommunications minister Mohammad Choucair decided on 17 October 2019 to introduce a tax of $2 a month — the ‘WhatsApp tax’ — on all free apps for mobile phones. That evening hundreds of young people, many among Lebanon’s poorest, demonstrated in major cities.

The next day they blocked the main roads and held sit-ins in symbolic spots such as Beirut’s Martyrs’ Square. The government shut down its offices, universities and state schools, paradoxically encouraging even more to take to the streets. The closure of Lebanon’s banks for two weeks from the start of the protests fuelled the anger, as depositors were denied access to their money.

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