Daily Digest 9/10 - How Banking Culture Has Transformed, Caribbean Coral Reefs In Danger
China’s imports shrink in sign downturn worsening (westcoastjan)
Analysts expect Chinese growth that fell to a three-year low of 7.6 per cent in the latest quarter to rebound late this year or in early 2013. But they say it likely will be too weak to drive a global recovery without improvement in the United States, which is struggling with a sluggish recovery, and debt-crippled Europe.
How banking culture transformed over the decades (westcoastjan)
The recent attempted Libor-fixing scandal, for example, is "disgusting", the former JP Morgan banker says, who also worked as a trader and as a Bank of America manager. "There was no reason to do that. It was just cheap - it's like hitting somebody when they're not looking."
Bankers in the past were not white-gloved gentlemen and the industry has not been without its share of scandals and miscreants.
“Business is slow these days — just look around this shopping center, there are so few people walking around,” said Zhong Yongping, a beautician in downtown Chengdu, as she woke on Thursday from an afternoon nap while she waited for a customer to show up.
The next major breakthrough was the industrial revolution using coal. Even before this, there were major energy advances, particularly using peat in Netherlands and early use of coal in England. These advances allowed the world’s population to grow more than four-fold between the year 1 CE and 1820 CE. Between 1820 and the present, population has grown approximately seven-fold.
Using Yeast to Create Biofuel (James S.)
The bisabolene must then be chemically converted to bisabolane so it can be used in a normal diesel engine, and this is currently a sticking point. The ultimate goal is the complete microbial production of the fuel, reducing the environmental impact of the production process and driving down the costs.
Breakthrough Energy Movement Conference 2012 Holland (Arthur Robey)
We will present a three-day program covering the past, present and future of breakthrough energy technologies and their world changing implications. The content has been carefully put together to not only interest scientists, students, technicians and entrepreneurs, but also provide basic knowledge for the general public.
Dawson Creek and Shell elude water shortage crisis (westcoastjan)
“There isn’t a project like this anywhere else in Canada, maybe the world. And it couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Mr. Bernier, whose community on the weekend ramped up its emergency-water-management plan to stage four.
This stages imposes the highest level of restriction on domestic and industrial users.
Caribbean coral reefs face collapse (Michael W.)
Carl Gustaf Lundin, director of the global marine and polar programme at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which published the research, said: "The major causes of coral decline are well known and include overfishing, pollution, disease and bleaching caused by rising temperatures resulting from the burning of fossil fuels. Looking forward, there is an urgent need to immediately and drastically reduce all human impacts [in the area] if coral reefs and the vitally important fisheries that depend on them are to survive in the decades to come."
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