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Krugman Links Climate Change, Food Scarcity and Mideast Unrest

By Allison A. Torrence , Associate, Jenner & Block LLP Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman recently wrote an article in the New York Times explaining his theory that climate change-caused food scarcity is triggering recent uprisings in the Middle East. Krugman focuses his analysis on...

Was humankind's first exit from Africa a failed activity?

Prior posts have noted that the accepted wisdom is that some humans left Africa about 60 thousand years ago, and thereafter migrated all over the world. Now, researchers have found stone tools at a site in the Arabian Peninsula that suggests movement some 125 thousand years ago. Many advocates for...

Air pollution may be causing mega-cyclones striking India & the Middle East

It is well known that warm sea-surface temperatures can boost the intensity of hurricanes (known in the Indian Ocean as cyclones). For many decades water in the Arabian Sea has been warm, which should enhance the strength of cyclones. However, regional winds in the upper and lower atmosphere tend to...

Common ancestor of Homo sapiens and Neandertals may have thrown spears, albeit at short range

The timeline related to when the genus homo used spears has been recently elucidated. Human ancestors were killing game about 3/4 of a million years ago in the Middle East, as evidenced by butchered deer carcasses. Until now, the earliest stone spear tips were found at a Neandertal site in France and...