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  • Green growth or de-growth: What is the best way to stop businesses destroying th

    Green growth or de-growth: What is the best way to stop businesses destroying the biosphere?

    The world’s major 3,000 corporations are responsible for a third of global environmental damage, but economists are divided in their views of how to stop them polluting. Some say government regulation, allied to promoting the business case, is the answer. But other experts say we need a new type of capitalism, which allows our economies to stop growing, or even to shrink.

    A study by London-based consultancy Trucost has shown that the world’s top 3,000 public companies are responsible for a third of all global environmental damage.

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  • Fake Highs, Real Risks: The Dangers of “Legal” Synthetic Drugs

    Fake Highs, Real Risks: The Dangers of “Legal” Synthetic Drugs

    Powerful and unpredictable synthetic drugs that mimic the effects of marijuana, cocaine, and other illegal substances, are leaving a trail of paranoia, hallucinations and death across the US.

    Dr Mark Ryan, the director of the Louisiana Poison Centre, has never seen a worse drug crisis than the one which has gripped the United States over the past two years. Dr Ryan, who has been at the frontline of the drug war for 20 years, says the rise of the synthetic drug trade poses unprecedented problems.

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  • How Technology Is Revolutionizing Services: Jeffrey D. Sachs

    How Technology Is Revolutionizing Services: Jeffrey D. Sachs

    The costs of services need no longer be linked to the cost of goods. A sharp decline in the costs of health care, education, and other services is now possible, thanks to the ongoing revolution in information and communications technology. Consequently, the world’s economies, both rich and poor alike, have much to gain from accelerated innovation in the information age.

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  • America’s Unhealthy Obsession With The Idiot Box: Jeffrey D. Sachs

    America’s Unhealthy Obsession With The Idiot Box: Jeffrey D. Sachs

    The US is a nation of vidiots – idiots raised through an unhealthy diet of television and mass propaganda. Ever since America’s love affair with the television set began in the early 1960s, there has been a slow but gradual atomisation of the American society, thanks to the propagation of corporate and political propaganda.

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  • Europe’s Old Bank Business Models Are Obsolete: Gene Frieda

    Europe’s Old Bank Business Models Are Obsolete: Gene Frieda

    Eurozone’s outsized banks are highly leveraged and dependent on large quantities of wholesale debt. According to Barclays Capital, the 15 largest banks increased their returns on equity by 58 percent between 1998 and 2007, with 90 percent of the gain coming from higher leverage. However, returns have since collapsed. While this collapse will not result in a Lehman Brothers-scenario, the collapse does reflect an obsolescence in the banks’ business models, which could eventually result in further misfortune.

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  • Even Israel's High-Tech Sector Struggles to Make Solar Power Cost Effective

    Even Israel's High-Tech Sector Struggles to Make Solar Power Cost Effective

    As a consequence of the global recession that began in 2008, prices for photovoltaic solar panels worldwide have receded. The failure of the US federally subsidized company Solyndra, for instance, has also put a damper on the solar power industry as governments start to question their support for alternative energy companies. How has this affected Israel, where energy imports remain a major topic of concern to the government?

     

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  • Is Monsanto Using Us As “Human Guinea Pigs”?

    Is Monsanto Using Us As “Human Guinea Pigs”?

    Nearly all research into GM (Genetically Modified) foods is funded by Monsanto, or other bio-tech companies, meaning truly independent data is rare. Some scientists claim only GM foods can feed the world’s booming population, but others say we are only using people as “human guinea pigs”.

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  • Paradox of Thrift: Hoarding Cash In Corporate America

    Paradox of Thrift: Hoarding Cash In Corporate America

    Apple created a stir last month when it revealed figures showing that it had cash equivalents and marketable securities of about US$76.2 billion. Likewise, General Electric boasted cash holdings of US$136.3 billion on its balance sheet for the last financial year, significantly more than the US$73.8 billion of operating cash balance held by the United States Department of Treasury at the end of July. 

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  • Blowing in the Wind: Europe’s Energy Debate

    Blowing in the Wind: Europe’s Energy Debate Has Stalled

    31 August 2011.

    The future of energy in Europe is trapped in a political quagmire. As a result of the political bickering among opposing views in European parliaments, little is being done to address the energy problems for the future. Will a compromise be reached?

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