The Sichuan earthquake will drive up demand for steel for rebuilding—which some say will cause massive damage to the environment.
China’s government is fighting to curb food prices in the aftermath of the Sichuan earthquake. Economists argue the country should keep markets open to prevent shortages rather than impose new price controls.
Countries throughout Asia are likely to feel the impact of Burma's Cyclone Nargis as lost rice production pushes prices higher. The storm has damaged areas that account for 65 percent of the country's rice output.