Shifting into more ominous developments, the Middle East is showing signs that could trigger the next energy crisis, and worse:
- Qatar has not resolved a serious diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt. Qatar is about the size of the Big Island of Hawaii, but has 2.5 times more proven natural gas reserves than the U.S., being 3rd in the world.
- Something is happening regarding Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Hezbollah, Yemen and Israel. Saudi Arabia "kidnapped" the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, and actually asked Israel to attack Lebanon. Somehow, Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, mysteriously has been involved in some of these actions.
- Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (right) of Saudi Arabia, all of 32 years old, arrested more than 200 Saudi citizens, including 11 (or maybe it was 17) princes and four government ministers on corruption charges, no doubt a move to solidify power. Xi Jinping did the same when he first became president of China.
- There is the spectre of Saudi Arabia and Iran going to war.
A second surety is world air pollution. India remains where Los Angeles was in the 1950's. This weekend United Airlines suspended flights into New Delhi. Air pollution index highs up to 671 were why. Here is the current map:
Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii? 34. Beijing? 73. But, ah, wait until January when people turn on their electric heaters run on electricity supplied by coal power plants. Also, too, Beijing is in a basin, like Los Angeles, so troublesome air flow will compound the problem. I've seen numbers as high as 1400 in Shenyang, one of many industrial cities worse than the capital. Delhi today? Down to 316 at the American Embassy. Yet, in the suburbs, still at 743. How bad are these numbers?
|Air Quality Index|
|Levels of Health Concern||Colors|
|When the AQI is in this range:||..air quality conditions are:||...as symbolized by this color:|
|0 to 50||Good||Green|
|51 to 100||Moderate||Yellow|
|101 to 150||Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups||Orange|
|151 to 200||Unhealthy||Red|
|201 to 300||Very Unhealthy||Purple|
|301 to 500||Hazardous||Maroon|
Note: Values above 500 are considered Beyond the AQI. Follow recommendations for the Hazardous category. Additional information on reducing exposure to extremely high levels of particle pollution is available here.
Ah, but I can't begin your week with all this negativity, so let me end this posting with Satchmo's What a Wonderful World. Also, what about Iz's gift to the World. Access, click on full screen, increase the volume and start your day right. We live in the only world in the Universe. Let's make it wonderful.