Almost all the world's hard drives are made in one Thai plant, and that plant is underwater. Are we going to keep facing economic disaster as a result of natural disasters, or will global supply chains have to adapt to a more dangerous, post-climate change world?
Oil prices—which spiked during the start of revolts around the Middle East—have now come down due to low demand and a sluggish economy. Will the extra oil produced once the area calms down be enough to save the economy?
Almost every car company in the world relies on Renesas computer chips for its electronics. Unfortunately, a factory where Renesas chips are made is in Naka, Japan. Devastated by the March earthquake, the factory had to get quickly back into chips.
The droughts in Somalia are creating the latest refugee crisis. At the same time, Western countries are clamping down on asylum claims. But a new type of city could house refugees and give them a chance to form their own economies.