After five straight years of recession, Greece greets 2013 with an economy set to further contract. Unemployment has increased 13% in the past year, reaching 26%. The largest increase has taken place in the age group 20-24; 55% of people aged between 15 and 24 can’t find work.
On March 15, Suntech Power Holdings Co., one of China’s largest solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturers, failed to pay its US$541 million convertible debt, causing its stock price to bottom out. (See Figure 1.) Three days later, eight Chinese banks filed a petition asking for the company’s main operating subsidiary, Wuxi Suntech, … Continue Reading ››
It’s always striking to see how well marketers adapt to changing environments, keeping ahead of consumers’ changing attitudes and behaviors—attitudes they of course help to shape in the first place. As consumers have found ways to avoid and resist traditional forms of advertising (using digital TV recorders and Continue Reading ››
Nourishing the Planet’s Kimberlee Davies spoke recently with Matt Ray, the principal farmer for Sweet Water Organics, an aquaponics training organization in Milwaukee, about his experience in the field of aquaponics.
Sweet Water Organics uses aquaponics technology to grow food in downtown Milwaukee.
As a native Costa Rican and Worldwatch Institute/INCAE Research Fellow, I was excited to attend the Energy and Environment Partnership’s (EEP) 21st Regional Forum in my home country earlier this month. EEP’s primary objective is providing finance for renewable energy projects, but it also seeks to build capacity … Continue Reading ››
In the words of one Arctic native, “the earth is faster now.” Rapid changes such as melting sea ice, rising temperatures, drying lakes, and melting permafrost threaten Arctic natives’ ways of life, particularly their traditional food systems based on hunting and fishing. Environmental changes may be reinforcing broader cultural and economic shifts in … Continue Reading ››
Some 1.2 billion people—almost a fifth of the world—live in areas of physical water scarcity, while another 1.6 billion face what can be called economic water shortage. The situation is only expected to worsen as population growth, climate change, investment and management shortfalls, and inefficient use of existing resources restrict the amount of … Continue Reading ››
Check out this information-packed graphic about water scarcity, the dangers of unsafe water, and country-specific water usage. The infographic was created by the training firm ableskills on the occasion of World Water Day.
With Chavez gone, what will become of his PetroCaribe program? Photo credit: Valter Campanato, Agencia Brasil
Among the questions arising after the death of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez is what will become of the PetroCaribe program he started in 2005 and upon which many Caribbean economies … Continue Reading ››