Latin Business Chronicle
A survey by Brazil’s Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) business school and Germany’s Institute for Economic Research Institute (Ifo) shows that the economic outlook for Latin America in the coming six months is good.
The Economic Climate Index (ECI) for July 2009 shows that Latin America is entering the recovery phase of the business cycle, with Brazil recording the second highest economic climate index in the region. The ECI rose to 4.0 points in July from 3.6 points in April. A breakdown of the findings shows that while the Present Situation Index (PSI) is still low, the Expectations Index (EI) increased to 5.4 from 4.6 points between April and July.
A special survey was conducted to evaluate how the experts perceived the legal and administrative restrictions on foreign firms in their respective countries. Peru, Uruguay and Chile have been classified as countries without restrictions. Low restrictions have been attributed to Colombia, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia and Mexico. High restrictions were associated with Argentina, Venezuela and Ecuador.
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Add this to the potential causes for water wars. More reasons to consider agriculture outsourcing in Latin America to hedge risk as crop areas in Punjab shrink as a result.
via Science Daily
Using satellite data, UC Irvine and NASA hydrologists have found that groundwater beneath northern India has been receding by as much as 1 foot per year over the past decade – and they believe human consumption is almost entirely to blame.
More than 109 cubic kilometers (26 cubic miles) of groundwater disappeared from the region’s aquifers between 2002 and 2008 – double the capacity of India’s largest surface-water reservoir, the Upper Wainganga, and triple that of Lake Mead, the largest manmade reservoir in the U.S.
People are pumping northern India’s underground water, mostly to irrigate cropland, faster than natural processes can replenish it, said Jay Famiglietti and Isabella Velicogna, UCI Earth system scientists, and Matt Rodell of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
“If measures are not soon taken to ensure sustainable groundwater usage, consequences for the 114 million residents of the region may include a collapse of agricultural output, severe shortages of potable water, conflict and suffering,” said Rodell, lead author of the study and former doctoral student of Famiglietti’s at the University of Texas at Austin.
Study results will be published online Aug. 12 in the journal Nature.
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