27th Feb 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

"Polar bears in Russia’s Arctic are increasingly turning to cannibalism as growing human activity and development in the region shrinks their hunting grounds, scientists at the Russian Academy of Sciences said Wednesday. "Polar bear cannibalism most often happens when...

27th Feb 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Economic News

We've already had subtler forms of helicopter money but this is the first blatant cash hand-out to citizens that I know of. I'm sure we'll see more, as the situation deteriorates: "Hong Kong is handing most of its residents a pile of cash to spend as it tries to save...

26th Feb 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

"A riverside town in Worcestershire [UK] was underwater today after flood defences finally failed in the face of unprecedented flooding and the ever-rising River Severn... "Firefighters have been scrambled to the town to evacuate residents, with paramedics on scene to...

26th Feb 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Economic News

"Covid-19 is self-evidently beyond the point of meaningful containment. Virologists and infectious disease experts have known for three weeks that this was highly probable, and certainly not a mere tail-risk as suggested by equity market pricing. We are now there....

25th Feb 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

"More than 20% of Australia’s forests burned during the summer’s bushfire catastrophe, a proportion scientists believe is unprecedented globally, according to new research. "Research published in a special edition of Nature Climate Change focused on the bushfire...

25th Feb 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Economic News

"The world woke up Monday to the reality that the coronavirus epidemic is going to have a much bigger impact on the global economy than investors and policy makers had assumed. Just how big, no one really knows... "The potential for disaster is sobering. The economies...

24th Feb 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

"...the [Swedish] town of Växjö – almost 200 kilometres north of the southernmost tip of the Nordic country – for the first time since its records began in 1858 did not experience winter at all. "December, January and February were also record wet in Växjö. More than...

24th Feb 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Economic News

Just a reminder, if any were needed, that the global economy in 2019 was already awash with unprecedented levels of debt and teetering on the brink of recession (ie less than 3% growth for the totality), with protectionism on the rise, and trade, manufacturing and car...

21st Feb 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

"This winter, so abnormally warm in Lithuania, is bewildering everyone and is wreaking havoc both in the nature and on the store shelves. "It is really an extraordinary winter. I cannot remember seeing so much greenery in the forests. Some trees and plants are...

21st Feb 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Economic News

"Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said he was watching the coronavirus impact on the economy with “grave concern,” in a nod to the growing toll the epidemic is taking on manufacturing activity and exports across Asia. "The fallout from the health crisis will be...

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