United Kingdom
Inflation Hits 10.1%
Price inflation in the United Kingdom hit a 40-year record high of 10.1% for July, up from 9.4% in June, as announced by the UK's Office for National Statistics. The leap was largely attributed to a jump in food prices of 12.7% year-over-year, with staples such as bread, milk, cheese, and eggs seeing the greatest increases. Globally, central banks are caught between opposing signals, as interest rate hikes are the typical response to inflationary pressures, while higher interest rates can reduce investments that spur business expansion and encourage hiring. In the United States, inflation eased slightly in July, dropping down to 8.5% year-over-year, while the eurozone is anticipated to see a rise in July to 8.9%.

This map depicts price inflation in several major world economies. The United Kingdom recently announced year-over-year price inflation rose from 9.4% in June to 10.1% in July. Click on the map to learn more.
Further Reading: BBC, CNBC, MarketWatch, SkyNews
Graphic Source: Express (UK)
United States
Colorado River Cuts in the West
After western states in the U.S. failed to reach agreements on water use reductions from the receding Colorado River, the federal government announced yesterday it will be issuing mandatory cuts to reduce Arizona (21%), Nevada (8%), and Mexico’s (7%) water share. The Colorado River is now classified in a “tier 2” shortage, according to officials at the Bureau of Reclamation. As the western drought continues and reservoirs hit record lows, there are threats of disruptions to hydropower production, agricultural production, and drinking water. The Colorado provides water to some 40 million people, while feeding a $15 billion agricultural industry. An especially contentious period between western states over water rights is likely as the climate crisis is expected to worsen conditions.

This map depicts the Colorado River basin and the urban areas it servesClick on the map to learn more.
Graphic Source: National Geographic
World Cup Tournament Moves Up
The International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) recently announced the first game of the tournament between host country Qatar and the men's national team of Ecuador will be held on Sunday, November 20. The tournament was originally set to open with three games on Monday, November 21, but FIFA decided a weekend start with a game for the host team would make for a more celebratory kick-off and in better keeping with the tradition of either the host country or the defending champions playing in the first match. This 22nd edition of the world's largest sporting event will be the first held in the Middle East, and the first held in the winter months, in consideration of the summer heat typical of Qatar. International club competition will be held through the prior weekend, thus allowing players to join their respective national teams competing in the World Cup tournament.

This map depicts the 32 teams that have qualified for the 2022 World Cup soccer tournament in Qatar. FIFA recently announced the tournament would kick off one day earlier than planned on November 20. Click on the map to learn more.
Further Reading: ESPN, CBS Sports, The Sporting News
Graphic Source: Barron's
Yesterday's Answer
Q: Only 1% of all remaining forests on the planet are classified as cloud forests. Which country is home to the largest cloud forest in Central America? 

A: Costa Rica
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve was established in 1972 to protect one of the last tracts of pristine Cloud Forest in Central America. Monteverde is located 140 miles northwest of Costa Rica’s capital city, San José, and sits almost 4,700 ft (1,440 m) above sea level. These rare forests occur in tropical or subtropical mountainous environments, where the atmospheric conditions allow for a consistent cloud coverage. They often take the form of fog, with low-hanging clouds hovering around the upper canopies. Because the clouds block some of the sunlight, the rate of evaporation is slower and therefore provide the forest biome plenty of moisture. While Costa Rica is committed to sustainability and conservation, climate models suggest these low-lying clouds will be reduced, causing the forests’ hydrological cycle to drastically change and potentially even dry up. 

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