Brazilians consume an average of 112 pounds of sugar a year, and a documentary on the growing problem of child obesity puts the issue into a global perspective.
Recent oil discoveries sound large, Cobb writes, but, when put into the context of how much we consume, they won’t extend the oil age by much. Current oil wells are constantly being depleted.
In an interview, the former president of Chile, Ricardo Lagos, says that today’s global financial crisis is mainly a political failure rather than an economic one. The US will probably do much better in its financial recovery because its central bank, unlike Europe’s, has the powers it needs.
This week's round-up of Good Reads includes climate-change diplomacy in the Amazon, a profile of a Kenyan politician to watch beyond the elections, the future of drones, and a look at Gérard Depardieu's new Russian citizenship.
Most of Brazil's oil revenues benefit Rio, São Paulo, and Espirito Santo states. But now the Supreme Court will determine if a Congressional vote to spread oil royalties into other states will stand.