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Economy

Valuing Water: How Can Businesses Manage the Coming Scarcity?

March 17th, 2011  |  Source: Knowledge@Wharton

 

Water is a paradoxical commodity: It seems free and plentiful, yet its supply is under tremendous strain. Use of fresh water has more than doubled in the past 50 years, and many fear that we are coming close to a frightening breaking point, a world where chronic water shortages for farmers, businesses and people are the norm. Some experts even see international conflict emerging over access to dwindling supplies.


Water, Electricity, and Transportation: Preparing for the Population Boom

March 16th, 2011  |  Source: HBS Working Knowledge

By 2050, the world's cities will have to support 3 billion more inhabitants, mostly in developing countries, with crucial investments needed in three areas: water, energy, and transportation. Several of the planet's top city planning and environmental business experts gathered at Harvard Business School earlier this month to discuss available options.

 

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The Greatest Country on Earth

March 12th, 2011  |  Source: Slate

What the United States can learn from the tiny island nation of Mauritius.  Suppose someone were to describe to you a small country that provided free education through university for all of its citizens, transportation for school children, and free health care—including heart surgery—for all. You might suspect that such a country is either phenomenally rich or on the fast track to fiscal crisis.


The Must See Chart

March 10th, 2011  |  Source: Daily Kos

This will be a very short diary.  I just wanted to get this chart out there.  I originally received it as a post by the Facebook group "The Christian Left."  

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Secret Fears of the Super-Rich

March 8th, 2011  |  Source: The Atlantic

Does great wealth bring fulfillment?

An ambitious study by Boston College suggests not. For the first time, researchers prompted the very rich—people with fortunes in excess of $25 million—to speak candidly about their lives. The result is a surprising litany of anxieties: their sense of isolation, their worries about work and love, and most of all, their fears for their children.

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Why Is Israel Aid Exempt?

March 5th, 2011  |  Source: Media Matters Action Network

Once upon a time, Social Security was considered the "third rail" of American politics. The "third rail" is the train track that carries the high-voltage power; touching it means instant death.

The "third rail" metaphor has for decades been applied to Social Security, a government program so popular with the American public that proposing any changes in it would mean political death to the politician.

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Money laundering scandal could finish off carbon trading

March 4th, 2011  |  Source: Globe-net.com

The EU's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is the ideal environment for laundering money - and if such a scandal emerges, it will mean the end of the cap-and-trade programme, a leading investment banker has warned.  

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Meet the World's Richest Minister of Agriculture and Forestry

March 4th, 2011  |  Source: Foreign Policy

Teodorin's World: Playboy bunnies. $2 million Bugattis. Bags full of cash. Meet the world's richest minister of agriculture and forestry.

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Under the Microscope: AIG's Second Chance

March 3rd, 2011  |  Source: K@W

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