The overwhelming news coverage given to our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan makes us less aware of our involvement in Pakistan. In “America’s Secret War”, BBC News maps out strikes by US drones, Islamic militant attacks, and the impact of such attacks in Pakistan.
A new study estimates that the amount of freight truck traffic crossing through the San Diego region into and out of Mexico will almost quadruple – from about 1.2 million in 2007 to 4.4 million by 2050.
The study was prepared by consulting firm HDR Decision Economics and was presented to the San Diego Association of Governments board of directors last week.
The number of freight truck border crossings in the region has been increasing by 2.4 percent every year.
There are concerns about the impact the increase in truck traffic will have on the heavily congested Interstate 5 and on air quality.
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According to an AFED press release, Prince Hamzah of Jordan, the president of the Royal Energy Committee, in the opening address, stressed the need to seriously tackle the challenges of climate change, especially because the Arab region will be among the most affected by its serious impacts.
The report warned that by 2025, water resources in the region will reach an alarming stage, and before the end of the century, “water flow in the Euphrates River may decrease by 30 per cent and the Jordan River by 80 per cent.”
The report also indicated that “an estimated 75 per cent of buildings and infrastructure in the region are at direct risk of climate change impacts, mainly sea level rises, higher intensity and frequency of hot days and storm surges,” and that a 2.25C rise in temperatures will cause 40 percent of all species in Arab countries to become extinct.
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