Right now, experts say, the 30 percent of the U.S.could comein partfromthe roughly 12 percent of the country’s land and the 26 percent of its marine territory that have some level of protection.
For the past three decades, companies and consumers benefited from cross-border connections that kept a steady supply of electronics, clothes, toys and other goods so abundant it helped prices stay low.
But as the pandemic and the war in Ukraine continue to weigh on trade and business ties, that period of plenty appears to be undergoing a partial reversal. Companies are rethinking where to source their products andstocking upon inventory, even if that means lower efficiency and higher costs. If it lasts, such a shift away fromfine-tunedglobalization could have important implications for inflation and the world’s economy.
Economists are debating whether recent supply chain turmoil and geopolitical conflicts will result in a reversal or reconfiguration of global production, in which factories that were sent offshore move back to the United States and other countries that pose less of a political risk.
If that happens, a decades-long decline in the prices of many goods could come to an end or even begin to go in the other direction, potentially boosting overall inflation. Since around 1995, durable goods like cars and equipment havetamped downinflation, and prices for nondurable goods like clothing and toys have often grown only slowly.
Those trends began to change in late 2020 after the onset of the pandemic, as shipping costs soared and shortagescollidedwith strong demand to push car, furniture and equipment prices higher. While few economists expect the past year’sbreakneckprice increases to continue, the question is whether the trend toward at least slightly pricier goods will last. The answer could hinge on whether a shift away from globalizationtakes hold.
本文节选自：The New York Times（纽约时报）
英/ ?bre?knek /美/ ?bre?knek /
1.stock up 备货
2.tamp down 向下压紧
3.take hold 抓住；扛着；固定下来
原句：The answer could hinge on whether a shift away from
globalization takes hold.
结构：The answer could hinge on whether XX takes hold.
例句：The answer could hinge on whether the benefit of herd immunity takes hold.
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