A ‘sign’ of the Greek economy (Wendy SD)
By European PressPhoto Agency — Just as ancient temples remind humanity of the once great Greek Empire, empty billboards represent Greece’s current situation. They can now be easily found in Greece’s capital, Athens. They are ragged and empty, or else carrying posters so old that the sun has bleached them illegible. At the moment, it is not known if there are plans to remove them so they remain, in a way, monuments of the past, and the message is the absence of message.
Americans are allocating a smaller share of their spending to investment-related fees since the recession, a sign they are still wary of returning to financial markets even as stocks trade near record highs.
Q: When I hear a company talking about sustainable agriculture, how should I understand them?
A: You should laugh at them… You laugh at these people who tell you they are sustainable. Where did the trucks come from? Where did the aluminum irrigation pipes, the engines that are pumping the water from the Ogallala Aquifer… How does all that happen? That happens by the sun shining on it?
A demographic revolution like nothing we’ve seen before is happening right in front of our eyes. Within the next five years there will be more adults aged over 65 than there will be children aged under five, and that is the first time that’s happened in the history of mankind.
“There has been a clear shift in thinking,” said Guntram Wolff, a German economist who has worked at the European Commission, the union’s policy-making arm, and is now acting director of Bruegel, a Brussels research group.
What If Waste Had Worth? (jdargis)
Today, more than 99 percent of materials entering P&G plants leave as something with value–either as a product to be recycled, reused or converted to energy, or as a finished product. The company is on a journey to send zero manufacturing waste to landfills, and along the way has discovered some innovative ways to find worth in waste. We’ve teamed up to take a look at the company’s progress. And while there is still work to be done, it’s programs like this that challenge the way we look at what waste is and how we can make a difference around it.
Poseidon’s premium weakened 25 cents to $6.10 a barrel. Southern Green Canyon lost $1.15 a barrel to a $4.85 premium. Mars Blend was unchanged at $6.50 a barrel over the benchmark.
The premium for Thunder Horse, which has a lower sulfur content than Mars, Poseidon and Southern Green Canyon, traded up 10 cents a barrel at $8.70.
Antarctic nematodes and climate change (westcoastjan)
Soil scientist Diana Wall has spent two decades studying Antarctic nematodes, ground-breaking work that this year earned her one of science’s top awards – the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.
“Antarctica is pretty fantastic,” she says. “I can only equate it to what it must be like on Mars. There’s just nothing there.
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