High fuel costs across the world.

The rising price of fuel is predicted to reach $1.70 a litre over the next few weeks in Sydney and already we are feeling the pinch as major trips become more and more expensive. I wondered how the rest of the world was faring. Here are snippets I came across today:

Major airlines in Australia are cutting back on flights to tourist areas in Queensland bringing much grief on the populations that depend on the influx of tourists for their living.

More cattle across Queensland could soon be walking ‘the long paddock’, as high fuel prices force graziers to consider alternate means of transport.

Detroit’s big auto makers are slashing jobs, closing factories and undertaking costly revamps of their product strategies to cope with $4 a gallon gas.

Fishermen protesting against high fuel prices have thrown flares, firecrackers and stones at riot police outside the European Union headquarters in Brussels.

The rise in petrol prices is making “extreme telecommuting” a more acceptable way of working as transport issues bite. (In fact someone mentioned that teleconferencing facilities are being installed at their workplace.)

Malaysia’s decision to cut fuel subsidies has sparked protest actions. A big rally is being planned next month.

Los Angeles is facing rising fuel thefts as a result of high petrol prices.

People protested in India, Hong Kong and Nepal over soaring oil prices on Tuesday and Spaniards stockpiled fuel and food, fearing shortages.

High petrol prices are making the world a little smaller. Not only are airlines cutting flights and talking of introducing baggage fees and perhaps fares by weight, in some places because of the fuel prices, some counties in the US are even looking to cut the bus routes, some completely.

In Alaska woodstove sales are becoming popular in bush areas and motor scooters are an increasing vehicle of choice as Alaskans try to survive the rising fuel costs.

THE cost of fruit and vegetables will rise sharply as increasing diesel fuel prices hit the trucking industry. In fact, the Times online posits that the cost of shipping goods is being so affected that it is ” reversing globalisation” by adding costs to the supply chains across the globe. The effect is that the consumer is turning to more local solutions when purchasing goods.

All this shows that governments are struggling everywhere to cope with this new situation and the tough times may be here to stay forcing new ways of adapting to the fuel challenge.

People everywhere are angry at the impost but for the first time we can say with all honesty ” I feel your pain” and really mean it!

PHOTO OF THE DAY:

A giant petrel at Humble Island, near the Antarctic Peninsula. A scavenger, the giant petrel will also fish for krill and squid. Their wingspan can reach 80 inches.

Giant Petrel.

Photograph by: Jeffrey Kietzmann, National Science Foundation. Date Taken: February 2003.

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~ by abstraktbiblos on Wednesday, 11 June, 2008.

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