Worsening Global Conditions

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Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, "A quart of wheat for a day's wages, and three quarts of barley for a day's wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!" (Revelation 6:6)

Catastrophic Decline In Freshwater Biodiversity
Mismanagement and growing needs for water are causing freshwater ecosystems to collapse, making freshwater species the most threatened on Earth with extinction rates 4 to 6 times higher than their terrestrial and marine cousins, say scientists at the DIVERSITAS 2nd Open Science Conference, in Cape Town, South Africa. Klement Tockner, of the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin, explains that while freshwater ecosystems cover only 0.8 percent of the Earth's surface, they contain roughly 10 percent of all animals, including an astonishing 35 percent of all vertebrates. "There is clear and growing scientific evidence that we are on the verge of a major freshwater biodiversity crisis," warns Tockner.
Posted 10/16/09

2012 forecast: Food riots, ghost malls, mob rule, terror
A trends forecaster says the current economic "rebound" from last winter's Wall Street collapse of banks, insurance companies and automobile manufacturers is an artificial blip created by 'phantom money printed out of thin air backed by nothing." And Gerald Celente of TrendsResearch.com, says people right now should be bracing for "the greatest recession" which will hit worldwide and will mark the "decline of empire America." Crop failures could be among the minor concerns.
Posted 10/13/09

Holdren: Ice age will kill 1 billion
White House science czar John Holdren has predicted 1 billion people will die in "carbon-dioxide induced famines" in a coming new ice age by 2020.As WND previously reported, Holdren predicted in a 1971 textbook co-authored with Malthusian population alarmist Paul Ehrlich that global over-population was heading the Earth to a new ice age unless the government mandated urgent measures to control population, including the possibility of involuntary birth control measures such as forced sterilization.
Posted 10/13/09

Kenya's pain: famine, drought, gov't ambivalence cripples once stable nation
Children are starving, cattle are dropping dead, crops are withered, lakes are empty, and still the rains haven't come. Kenya is on the verge of a catastrophe of Biblical proportions. Estimates put the number of hungry around 3.8 million - 1 in 10 Kenyans, so far. However the Minister of Environment said that the number is more likely over 10 million. -The fear is that Kenya represents the state of things to come in the face of climate change, overpopulation, political corruption, food shortages, and unsustainable resource use.  
Posted 9/18/09

Brown to G-20: Economy at 'critical juncture'
The Group of 20 rich and developing countries are expected to commit to further efforts to boost growth after holding talks here Saturday, despite fledging signs of an economic recovery. The G-20 nations are also likely to pledge restrictions on excessive bankers' pay in a bid to address concerns about the risk-promoting bonus culture blamed for fueling the current crisis ? although they are expected to stop short of some of the tougher measures wanted by European governments.  
Posted 9/7/09

Ten Ways That New Technology Could Wind Up Killing Us All
This is when self-replicating atomic machines born from nanotechnology don’t know the meaning of the word “stop”. Building on a small scale is hard. Either you’ll need a very steady hand and eyes that can zoom in to see individual atoms, or you’ll need to create a small workforce to build the items, one atom at a time. This is where nanobots come in. Our tiny friends could build our world using carbon nanostructures from the atom up. They could create hard-wearing clothing, strengthen our buildings, help repair our broken bones, or they may pick on someone their own size by picking fights with the viruses that cause winter colds. As nanotechnology advances, more complex and elaborate machines will be created and it has been predicted that a nanobot could build everything from appliances to food. It’s also been predicted that if these robots mutate and self-replicate, they might not know when to stop. In a worst-case scenario, the robots would self-replicate to such an extent that the billions of robots swarming together trying to fulfil their mission would create a kind of grey goo that would engulf everything in its path. As it replicated further it would eventually engulf the entire Earth.
Posted 9/4/09

Lax Hospitals May Foster Kidney Black Market
A look-the-other-way attitude at some U.S. hospitals may be fostering a black-market trade in kidneys, transplant experts say. Some hospitals do not inquire very deeply into the source of the organs they transplant because such operations can be highly lucrative, according to some insiders. A single operation can bring in tens of thousands of dollars for a hospital and its doctors. U.S. transplant centers are mostly free to write their own rules for screening donors to make sure they are not selling their organs. The questions they ask vary widely. Some hospitals require long waiting periods to weed out shady donors; others don't.
Posted 8/26/09

Worldwide Market Fuels Illegal Traffic in Organs
They won’t look the doctor in the eye, and their stories have holes — after all, how often does someone offer a spare kidney to a third cousin he just met? Eventually, many would-be live-organ donors simply disappear; at one hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center, more than half drop out of the transplant process after initial meetings with doctors. Dr. Michael Shapiro, the chief surgeon of the hospital’s transplant unit, said he suspects that many of those people are looking to be paid for their body parts, but fear getting caught. “Sometimes, you have to sit down with the donor and say: ‘It’s illegal to buy or sell organs. You know that, right?’ ” Dr. Shapiro said.
Posted 8/26/09

Global War and Dying Democracy: The Revolution of the Elites
Global trends in political economy suggest that “democracy” as we know it, is a fading concept, where even Western industrialized nations are retreating from the system. Arguably, through party politics and financial-corporate interests, democracy is something of a façade as it is. However, we are entering into an era in which even the institutions and image of democracy are in retreat, and the slide into totalitarianism seems inevitable. The National Intelligence Council report, Global Trends 2025, stated that many governments will be “expanding domestic security forces, surveillance capabilities, and the employment of special operations-type forces.” Counterterrorism measures will increasingly “involve urban operations as a result of greater urbanization,” and governments “may increasingly erect barricades and fences around their territories to inhibit access. Gated communities will continue to spring up within many societies as elites seek to insulate themselves from domestic threats.”[1] Essentially, expect a continued move towards and internationalization of domestic police state measures to control populations.
Posted 8/20/09

Overhauling health-care system tops agenda at annual meeting of Canada's doctors
The incoming president of the Canadian Medical Association says this country's health-care system is sick and doctors need to develop a plan to cure it. Dr. Anne Doig says patients are getting less than optimal care and she adds that physicians from across the country - who will gather in Saskatoon on Sunday for their annual meeting - recognize that changes must be made. "We all agree that the system is imploding, we all agree that things are more precarious than perhaps Canadians realize," Doing said in an interview with The Canadian Press.  
Posted 8/17/09

World sugar shortage sends prices soaring
A world sugar shortage has seen the price of sugar hit a 28-year high. Growing demand in Brazil for sugar to be turned into ethanol and a sharp fall in production in India are cited as the main factors for the spike in prices.  Wet weather in Brazil, which is the world's biggest sugar producer, has affected production there.  
Posted 8/17/09

U.N. four months to secure the future of our planet  <- FEATURE!!! 
Posted 8/13/09

World population projected to reach 7 billion next year  <- FEATURE!!! 
Posted 8/13/09

Eurozone jobless at 10-year high
Eurozone unemployment hit 9.4% in June - the highest in 10 years and another sign of the economic slowdown. The number of jobless grew by 158,000 during the month, taking the total number of unemployed in the area using the euro to 14.9 million. The figures came as separate data showed that inflation had declined more than expected in the eurozone in July.  
Posted 8/3/09

Oil prices soar to 2009 high
Posted 6/11/09

Rising unemployment raises threat of social crisis: World Bank
Posted 5/25/09

Japan economy shrinks at record 15.2 percent pace
Posted 5/21/09

British economy: 'Worst fiscal outlook since WWII
Posted 5/7/09

Riots across Europe fuelled by economic crisis
Posted 5/4/09

US general says Pakistan could be just two weeks from collapse
Posted 5/4/09

Japan facing worst economic outlook on record
Posted 4/28/09

World Bank: Economic crisis turning into calamity
Posted 4/28/09

G7 signals worst of world recession may be over  
Posted 4/27/09

A glimmer of hope? The worst thing for the world economy would be to assume the worst is over  
Posted 4/27/09

'Deeper' recession ahead says IMF
Posted 4/23/09

IMF: Mideast under strain despite oil wealth [Ya think???]
Posted 4/23/09

Israel dealing well with economic crisis
Bank of Israel head says Jewish state weathering global downturn 'relatively well,' but tough times still ahead
Posted 4/20/09

Warning that Pakistan is in danger of collapse within months
The warning comes as the US scrambles to redeploy its military forces and diplomats in an attempt to stem rising violence and anarchy in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Posted 4/14/09

45 percent of world's wealth destroyed: Blackstone CEO <- FEATURE!!!
"Between 40 and 45 percent of the world's wealth has been destroyed in little less than a year and a half," Schwarzman told an audience at the Japan Society. "This is absolutely unprecedented in our lifetime.
Posted 4/9/09

The IMF Rules the World
Posted 4/9/09

US Navy Physicist warns of possibly 'several decades of crushing cold temperatures and global famine' <- FEATURE!!!
“(The sun) might (1) revert to the old solar cycles or (2) the sun might go even quieter into a “Dalton Minimum” or a Grand Minima such as the “Maunder Minimum”. It is still a little early to predict which way it will swing. Each of these two possibilities holds a great threat to our nation. “We are now at a crossroad. Two paths lie before us. Both are marked with a signpost that reads “Danger”! Down one path lies monstrous solar storms. Down the other path lies several decades of crushing cold temperatures and global famine.” 
Posted 4/9/09

US Recovery Is Far Off, Banks Are 'Basically Insolvent': Soros
Posted 4/9/09

Israel suffers worst month of job losses ever
Over 20,000 Israelis lose jobs in March as employers begin to feel the pressure of global economic downturn
Posted 4/7/09

Did Canada’s Socialized Medicine Kill Natasha Richardson?
“You have to do a cost-benefit analysis,” Saba said. “It takes time to get the helicopter’s medical team assembled, get the helicopter to the location of the patient, pack in the patient and fly the helicopter to Montreal.”
Posted 4/3/09

G20 leaders on brink of $1 trillion rescue deal
Posted 4/3/09

Rumors of overpopulation: True of false?
A recent article in USA Today said the world population is expected to hit seven billion within three years. However, as Dr. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary says, globally, the population of older persons has been on the rise, while the numbers of young persons has fallen.
Posted 4/3/09

UK has run out of money to pump into economy, OECD warns
The UK government cannot afford to pump more money into Britain's struggling economy, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development warned today, piling further pressure on Gordon Brown ahead of the G20 summit in London. Echoing comments made by the Bank of England governor, Mervyn King, the OECD said Britain's worsening budget deficit meant the government had little room to cushion the impact of the recession if it turned out to be deeper than expected.
Posted 4/3/09

45 percent of world's wealth destroyed by the global credit crisis
Posted 3/13/09

Economic Crisis Puts Hundreds of Thousands of Brazilians Out of Work
Posted 3/13/09

Home foreclosures soar in Los Angeles
Posted 3/13/09

Population growth, climate change sparking water crisis: UN 
Posted 3/13/09

World population to reach nine billion
Posted 3/13/09

G-7 Says ‘Severe’ Downturn to Persist, Vows to Reverse Slump
Group of Seven finance chiefs vowed to tackle a “severe” economic downturn that will persist for most of 2009 without spelling out new steps to do so.
Posted 2/16/09

Sea of Galilee drops to critical levels
Amidst driest winter in 80 years, Israel forced to stop pumping water from Sea of Galilee
Posted 1/23/09

Arab Leaders: Arab World in Danger of Collapse
Posted 1/20/09

Protectionist dominoes are beginning to tumble across the world
The riots have begun. Civil protest is breaking out in cities across Russia, China, and beyond.
Posted 12/26/08

Afghan parents selling their sons to survive
Posted 12/25/08

Banking misery engulfs Japan
Posted 10/31/08

Bloodbath in Asian markets as Dow plummets
Posted 10/13/08

Financial crisis: Countries at risk of bankruptcy from Pakistan to Baltics
Posted 10/13/08

Financial crisis: US stock markets suffer worst week on record
Posted 10/13/08

Financial crisis: World leaders pledge to part-nationalise swathes of global banking
Posted 10/13/08

World crisis is causing suicide rise: WHO
Posted 10/13/08

Russia and Brazil crumble as commodity prices crash - Telegraph
The entire complex of commodities and emerging market stocks, bonds, and currencies is now in free-fall as the economic crisis spreads like brushfire, threatening to draw every corner of the globe into the vortex of recession.
Posted 10/9/08

Welcome to chaos: Arab nations hit hard as world markets crash
Posted 9/29/08

Asian markets track heavy losses
Posted 3/16/07

Fears of US mortgage crisis as homeowners face 12% interest
Posted 3/16/07

Lenders initiate foreclosures at record pace
Posted 3/16/07

Zimbabwe on the brink of total collapse
The collapse of Zimbabwe's economy has finally taken its toll on President Robert Mugabe's regime. It is facing a disintegrating army and police, a wave of strikes, power black-outs and the breakdown of every essential service.
Posted 2/13/07