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Geopolitics cast shadow over New Silk Road

October 17th, 2014  |  Source: FT

When, with three bangs on a gong, Xi Jinping welcomed a freight train to the Rhine river port of Duisburg in March, he issued a call for Germany to join China in developing a “New Silk Road” between their two economies.


Joel Kurtzman’s Case for Economic Optimism

October 16th, 2014  |  Source: Strategy + Business

As markets appear to be plunging, the founding editor of strategy+business argues that the United States is about to launch an epic new wave of growth.

by Art Kleiner [Erstwhile editor of strategy+business]


Polar vortex will likely make a return this winter

October 15th, 2014  |  Source: Washington Post

If you’re wondering what this winter holds for the Mid-Atlantic, you need not look further than last winter, though not as prolonged, says Accuweather in their winter weather outlook.

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Why Private Donations Aren't Helping America's Poor

October 13th, 2014  |  Source: Business Week

Of late, the comparatively good news on the U.S. economy suggests the worst of the recession is behind us. Nonetheless, millions remain out of work; federal food and nutrition assistance outlays – one measure of the number of people struggling to get by—were at an all time high in 2013.


1955: Why the US Chose Nuclear Energy Over Solar

October 8th, 2014  |  Source: Sustainablebusiness.com

This amazing excerpt from the book, Let It Shine: The 6000-Year Story of Solar Energy, provides fascinating context to energy choices the US made in the 1950s. It was a pivotal moment for the advent of solar energy, but the US supported nuclear instead. 

 


Nonprofit Growth Outpaces For-Profits in U.S.

March 10th, 2014  |  Source: NPQ

Although the overall economy has been expanding slowly, the nonprofit sector is vibrant, according to a recent report in the New York Times.

From 2001 to 2011, the Times reports that the number of nonprofits in the United States grew 25 percent, while the number of for-profit businesses rose by half a percent, quoting recent figures compiled by the Urban Institute.


STUDY: AMERICA'S NATURAL GAS SYSTEM IS LEAKY AND IN NEED OF A FIX

February 13th, 2014  |  Source: Mitchell Foundation

The first thorough comparison of evidence for natural gas system leaks confirms that organizations including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have underestimated U.S. methane emissions generally, as well as those from the natural gas industry specifically.




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