What Recession? Low Interest Rates Could Mean Tech-Fueled Growth

What Recession? Low Interest Rates Could Mean Tech-Fueled Growth

The past predictability of the inverted yield curve has led to today’s widespread assumption that the US economy is slowing and will soon dip into recession; market watchers have thus begun to view economic data with an eye toward seeing problems ahead.

Putting Nature on the Map (Literally)

Putting Nature on the Map (Literally)

Clearly, planners’ toolboxes need expanding so decisions normally made solely on the basis of housing, jobs, and transportation might now be informed by a more complete picture of the impacts of different patterns of growth on communities as a whole, including their more natural areas.

For a clean and green Pakistan

For a clean and green Pakistan

Provincial environmental entities can also play a key role beyond enforcement and contribute to the development agenda by improving their capacity to: promote green financing, mainstreaming green investments in the public sector; and support the adoption of resource-efficient and clean production measures in polluting sectors.

Apex Legends Succeeds By Keeping It Simple

Apex Legends Succeeds By Keeping It Simple

Developed by Respawn Entertainment, creators of the Titanfall series, its approach to the mega-popular genre has found a large, eager audience, one that's interested to see what changes and growth the game will have in store as its first season continues.

Global Emissions Hit Record as Energy Demand Boosts Fuel Use

Global Emissions Hit Record as Energy Demand Boosts Fuel Use

Carbon emissions from fossil-fuel use hit a record last year after energy demand grew at its fastest pace in a decade, reflecting higher oil consumption in the U.S. and more coal burning in China and India.

Embracing Thunderbolt 3 Will Make Next-Gen USB4 Twice as Fast

Embracing Thunderbolt 3 Will Make Next-Gen USB4 Twice as Fast

Unless you’re a creative-class professional, you almost certainly use your MacBook Pro’s Thunderbolt 3 ports for charging more than for data backup. Once it happens, you’ll know almost exactly what you’re getting when you use that USB-C port or cable.

Lyft’s IPO Filing Shows Ridership Is Surging—So Are Losses

Lyft’s IPO Filing Shows Ridership Is Surging—So Are Losses

Lyft’s IPO Filing Shows Ridership Is Surging—So Are Losses Lyft’s ridership has grown dramatically in the last two years, to the point where the company estimates that 9 percent of the US adult population has taken a ride.

How to diversify Bhutan’s economy?

How to diversify Bhutan’s economy?

However, Bhutan needs to do a better job at diversifying its economy by improving its physical and human capital by using resource rents from hydropower.

Our children’s planet: What does their education have to do with climate change?

Our children’s planet: What does their education have to do with climate change?

Helping with that transition is an especially important challenge for the World Bank because most of the population growth in the coming decades will be in developing countries. I like to think that Korea’s embrace of sustainability was in part facilitated by World Bank supported environmental education programs in the 1990s.

Ghana’s challenges: Widening regional inequality and natural resource depreciation

Ghana’s challenges: Widening regional inequality and natural resource depreciation

This may reflect the declining contribution of agriculture, in which the majority of poor households are engaged, the limited job opportunities for higher productivity in the services sector, and a largely capital-intensive industrial development.

What have we learned this year? The latest in research from the Africa Chief Economist’s Office

What have we learned this year? The latest in research from the Africa Chief Economist’s Office

Financial openness mitigates (amplifies) RER volatility in a country with higher (lower) share of foreign equity vis-à-vis foreign debt liabilities. Calderón, Cantu, & Chuhan-Pole provide “a scorecard on infrastructure development in Sub-Saharan Africa over the past decades along four sectors (telecommunications, electric power, transportation, and water and sanitation) and three dimensions (quantity, quality, and access).”

The Truth About Facebook's Fake Quest to Connect the World

The Truth About Facebook's Fake Quest to Connect the World

Facebook’s point is more direct: The business goals of Facebook are simply good for the world.“The ugly truth is that we believe in connecting people so deeply that anything that allows us to connect more people more often is de facto good,” Andrew Bosworth, an outspoken Facebook executive, explained in a 2016 memo circulated within the company that only leaked out this year.“That’s why all the work we do in growth is justified,” the memo continued.

Keeping Conservation Relevant in the Urban Century

Keeping Conservation Relevant in the Urban Century

For instance, conservation action on just 49,000 km2 could help protect key biodiversity areas at risk from urban growth. Urban growth could also affect parks and other protected natural areas.

The green growth crossroads: changing course to fight climate change in Lao PDR

The green growth crossroads: changing course to fight climate change in Lao PDR

Green growth means reducing dangerous air and water pollution that harm human health, ensuring sustainable expansion of the power sector, managing river basins, making agriculture and infrastructure more resilient, and better protecting natural heritage, including Lao PDR’s rich and globally important wildlife.

This is how UN scientists are preparing for the end of capitalism

This is how UN scientists are preparing for the end of capitalism

And the biggest “sink cost”, of course, is climate change: “Sink costs are also rising; economies have used up the capacity of planetary ecosystems to handle the waste generated by energy and material use.

U.S.-European Trade Talks Resume, and New Apple Devices Are Unveiled

U.S.-European Trade Talks Resume, and New Apple Devices Are Unveiled

The week aheadU.S.-European Trade Talks Resume, and New Apple Devices Are UnveiledAlso this week, a Census Bureau report will give a snapshot of median household income, a climate summit is set for San Francisco and the European Central Bank meets.Tim Cook, the chief executive of Apple, during the iPhone announcement event last year.

Wind and solar power plants in Sahara could turn desert green

Wind and solar power plants in Sahara could turn desert green

Scientists predict that when sufficiently large arrays of wind turbines and solar panels are installed, their presence could change the reflectivity of the land and movement of air currents.

At $1 Trillion, Amazon Should Fear Regulators More Than Rivals

At $1 Trillion, Amazon Should Fear Regulators More Than Rivals

But competitors ranging from Microsoft to Google to Alibaba are also growing strongly, which means AWS is not gaining much in market share.Amazon’s international footprint is even smaller, with local e-commerce companies often dominating their respective countries in places such as India, Brazil, and China.

Australia’s UN report card: making progress, could do better on inequality and climate

Australia’s UN report card: making progress, could do better on inequality and climate

The report highlights strong progress in health and education, but poor performance in addressing inequality, climate change and housing affordability. Despite some progress, the report found almost every goal has at least one target where an important indicator is off-track or will require a breakthrough to be achieved.

Here’s how forests rebounded from Yellowstone’s epic 1988 fires – and why that could be harder in the future

Here’s how forests rebounded from Yellowstone’s epic 1988 fires – and why that could be harder in the future

Historically, high-severity fires kill trees but do not destroy the forest. In Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, fires in 2016 burned young forests that regenerated from fires in 1988 and 2000.

Demystifying Economic Inequality in Nepal

Demystifying Economic Inequality in Nepal

Economists typically use the Gini index of per capita income or household consumption expenditure as a measure of inequality. For example, in Nepal, as incomes and living standards have improved, private school enrollments have increased leaving public schools, especially in remote rural areas, struggling to fill classrooms.

The potential of the Blue Economy

The potential of the Blue Economy

Together with the United Nations and other partners, we are looking forward to working with member states and other stakeholders to respond to existing challenges and to design a way forward that allow for sustainable economic growth making the most from the oceans – building on the experience with green growth – including in unique areas such as the Galápagos Islands.

What New Science & T.S. Eliot Teach Us About Ocean Acidification

What New Science & T.S. Eliot Teach Us About Ocean Acidification

A new study on the Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the first to expose the effect that ocean acidification is already having on coral reefs. Reversal of ocean acidification enhances net coral reef calcification.

Exxon Sets Canada Emissions Goal as Oil Giant Heeds Climate Call

Exxon Sets Canada Emissions Goal as Oil Giant Heeds Climate Call

Now in his second year as chief executive officer, Darren Woods was keen to stress at the company’s annual meeting in May that Exxon can only succeed by meeting the twin goals of economic growth and reducing emissions.