A Hurricane Irene Baby Boom?
From the Washington Post:
Doctors alerted women who are due to give birth in the next week or so to have their hospital bags packed a little early. The drop in barometric pressure associated with the hurricane could cause a woman’s water to break early. Hospital officials said they are aware that lowering of atmospheric pressure tends to result in a spike in births.
Less Travel to Middle East and North Africa Reduces International Air Traffic in February
Here’s something in today’s predictable, but still interesting category: unrest in the Middle East slowed growth in air passenger numbers this February, the BBC reports.
February demand growth was down significantly from the revised 8.4% and 8.7% expansion recorded in January for passenger and cargo traffic respectively. The political unrest in the Middle East and North Africa during February is estimated to have cut international traffic by about 1%. As such it is responsible almost entirely for the slippage in passenger demand growth.