China will see its number of megalopolises grow from three in 2000 to 13 in 2020.
We analyse their varying stages of demographic development and the implications
their expansion will have for several core sectors.
The rise and decline of great cities past was largely based on their ability to draw the ambitious and the restless from other places. China’s cities are on the rise. Their growth has been fuelled both by the large-scale internal migration of those seeking better lives and by government initiatives encouraging the expansion of urban areas. The government hopes that the swelling urban populace will spend more in a more highly concentrated retail environment, thereby helping to rebalance the Chinese economy towards private consumption.
For the state that produces one-third of the nation’s fruits and vegetables, the driest spell in 500 years has prompted President Obama to make $100 million in livestock-disaster aid available within 60 days to help the state rebound from what he describes is ” going to be a very challenging situation this year… and potentially some time to come.”
Over 140 Brazilian cities have been pushed to ration water during the worst drought on record, according to a survey conducted by the country’s leading newspaper. Some neighborhoods only receive water once every three days.
Water is being rationed to nearly 6 million people living in a total of 142 cities across 11 states in Brazil, the world’s leading exporter of soybeans, coffee, orange juice, sugar and beef. Water supply companies told the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper that the country’s reservoirs, rivers and streams are the driest they have been in 20 years. A record heat wave could raise energy prices and damage crops.
Some neighborhoods in the city of Itu in Sao Paulo state (which accounts for one-quarter of Brazil’s population and one-third of its GDP), only receive water once every three days, for a total of 13 hours.
The establishment of the Green Police State is the key step in the domestication objectives of the super elite. The Green Police will prevent individual food independence by diving small farmers out of business through onerous EPA and FDA regulations. The lack of food independence will make the public vulnerable. In contrived tough times (i.e. following false flag events), the American people will lose their ability to resist the encroaching tyranny. The establishment of the Green Police State will condition America to accept everything that will follow.
(NC Renegade) The wave of capital destruction which many have been warning about for the last few years, is now breaking like a tsunami,Poland, Ireland (also here), Spain, Germany (and here), and the rest of the Euro-zone (and here) are being inundated with failures and the overhang of immediate risk is effectively unsurvivable for the currency union, at this point.
The US is actually in just as acute and critical a fiscal and economic predicament – The “Federal Reserve” is out of functional options (save for outright confiscation) as Bloomberg reported in July 2010: delve deeper, and you will find that the IMF has effectively pronounced the U.S. bankrupt. Section 6 of the July 2010Selected Issues Paper says: “The U.S. fiscal gap associated with today’s federal fiscal policy is huge for plausible discount rates.” It adds that “closing the fiscal gap requires a permanent annual fiscal adjustment equal to about 14 percent of U.S. GDP.” (Source)
In addition to the intractable Federal fiscal profligacy, 44 out of our 50 states are functionally insolvent, (the top five are Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Hawaii) as well as hundreds of municipalities and municipal sub-entities such as school districts and water districts on the verge of bankruptcy.