Archive for the ‘Panama’ Category

The Panama Canal Averts A Crisis For Now—But At A Cost To Drinking Water

Courtesy of, an article on the Panama Canal and its impact on drinking water: The Panama Canal has avoided the worst of a shipping crunch that threatened to upend the global economy—but at a cost to marine life and the Latin American country’s supplies of drinking water. After imposing strict limits on vessel traffic […]

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The Panama Canal Is Running Dry

Via Foreign Policy, a look at how drought is wreaking havoc on global shipping: For months, a withering drought has created major traffic jams at the Panama Canal. The drought, which may have been exacerbated by climate change, has left the canal’s water levels lower than ever, forcing Panama to let fewer ships through. The […]

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Drought Disrupts the Panama Canal

Via Geopolitical Futures, a look at how low water levels – which have caused problems before for the Panama Canal – are becoming more frequent: The idea of the Panama Canal suffering from water shortages may seem counterintuitive considering that it spans just 50 miles between two oceans. However, the functioning of the canal’s lock […]

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Climate Risks and Drought Loom Over Panama Canal, a Vital Global Trade Link

Courtesy of The New York Times, a report on how the lack of rain and changing weather patterns are slowing the ship traffic that moves goods around the world: Shallow waters, meet Christmas shopping. Drought, aggravated by the burning of fossil fuels, is slowing down the ship traffic that carries goods in and out of […]

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Panama Canal’s Revenue To Shrink By $200 Million Next Year Due To Ongoing Drought

Via Marine Insight, Panama Canal Authority expects revenue to fall by $200M next year due to an ongoing drought: The managers associated with the Panama Canal stated that they expected income to fall after the authorities were compelled to restrict the number of vessels passing via each to 32 owing to inadequate rainfall. Ricaurte Vásquez, […]

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The Fed’s Inflation Fight Faces a New Challenge: A Dry Panama Canal

Via Bloomberg, a look at the human and economic impact of Panama’s drought: Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell keeps careful track of employment levels, wages, consumer prices and numerous other metrics to see where the US inflation rate may be headed in the next year. He might also want to keep an eye on water levels at Gatun Lake. That’s […]

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