1st April 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Economic News

"With their populations at risk, their public finances stretched, and financial markets in turmoil, many emerging market states and developing countries face a huge challenge. Will they have the resources to ride out the challenge? And if not, where will they look for...

31st March 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

"Throughout the 1990s, Greenland and Antarctica together lost 81 billion tons of ice per year. But this month, a comprehensive assessment of the changing ice sheets published in the journal Nature, found that in the 2010s, the rate of ice loss has risen by a factor...

31st March 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Economic News

If the global economy is a super-organism, this oil glut feels like a haemorrhage, with blood pooling internally. Circulation is weakening, with less oxygen and nutrients being carried to the muscles and organs as they shut down. "Oil prices could turn negative in...

30th March 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

"The report’s lead author, Prof Albert van Dijk of the Australian National University’s Fenner school of environment and society, told Guardian Australia 2019 was “probably the worst in a century or more” for the environment. "“This is not the new normal – this is...

30th March 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Economic News

"Households around the world now have $12 trillion more debt than they did during the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis, the Institute of International Finance said in a report this month. Household debt-to-GDP ratios in countries including France, Switzerland, New...

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

"Large-scale weather forecasts are made using sophisticated computer programmes that model a virtual world. The accuracy of the output of such a model depends on the quality of the input. "One of the usual sources of input is an aircraft, feeding back real-time wind...

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

So, this was the big news yesterday - a mind-boggling surge in US jobless claims, even at this fairly early stage of the pandemic. And the US stock markets kept going up, apparently because they were still so excited about the government stimulus programme: "Layoffs...

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

"Australia's Great Barrier Reef has likely experienced its most widespread bleaching event on record, according to a US government scientist who monitors the world's coral reefs. "This marks the third mass bleaching event on the reef in just the last five years."...

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

"The World Trade Organization’s chief said on Wednesday that projections show the economic downturn and job losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic would be worse than the 2008 recession. “This pandemic will inevitably have an enormous impact on the economy...”...

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

"Over the past decades, the global climate change has led to a major transformation of the vegetation cover and terrain on a global scale. Similar changes are simultaneously occurring in many regions around the world, but they are especially noticeable in natural...

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