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Mark Blyth on How the World’s Political Economy Works | Five Books | Five Books

Mark Blyth on How the World’s Political Economy Works | Five Books | Five Books | Global Economy | Scoop.it
Mark Blyth on How the World’s Political Economy Works http://t.co/UKeS48Qlyx via @fivebooks ht @jeremeyweate
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WHICH 50 : Towards a new economic paradigm: extreme productivity

WHICH 50 : Towards a new economic paradigm: extreme productivity | Global Economy | Scoop.it
“ Does the combination of emerging disruptive scenarios create a new economic paradigm? In The Zero Marginal Cost Society , Jeremy Rifkin describes a...”
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A World To Conquer

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Asian business is reforming. Its emerging multinationals will change the way we all live.


For Western firms, Asia’s shortcomings have been a relief. The iPhone shows why: although it is made by the hands of Chinese workers, it is the brains behind it, at Apple and at high-tech component-makers in the rich world, that take nearly all the profits. Now, however, the rules that have governed Asian capitalism for the past two decades are changing. Asian firms are having to become brainier, more nimble and more global.


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New invention makes ocean water drinkable using a weak electric current

New invention makes ocean water drinkable using a weak electric current | Global Economy | Scoop.it
Chemists with the University of Texas and the University of Marburg have devised a method of using a small electrical field that will remove the salt from seawater. Incredibly this technique requires little more than a store-bought battery. Called electrochemically mediated seawater desalination (EMSD) this technique has improved upon the current water desalination method. This “water chip” method “could bring relief to millions around the globe who lack potable water.” This method “is much simpler and consumes less energy than other forms of desalination.”
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This is a game-changing technology. Current methods of desalination through membranes require high pressure and consume lots of electricity...

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A2 Macro Pre-Release Extract 5: Must read article from The Economist on commodities in Africa

A2 Macro Pre-Release Extract 5: Must read article from The Economist on commodities in Africa | Global Economy | Scoop.it
“ THE true extent of Africa's vast wealth of resources is hard to guess. Geologists have picked over most of the rest of the globe in search of minerals, yet huge...”
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Is manufacturing taking off in Africa?

Is manufacturing taking off in Africa? | Global Economy | Scoop.it

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Hydro-Electric Barrel Design Uses Moving Water to Generate Energy

Hydro-Electric Barrel Design Uses Moving Water to Generate Energy | Global Economy | Scoop.it
“ The Hydro-Electric Barrel is a spinning water wheel that floats on the water surface and turns in the current.”
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Hydro-Electric Barrel Design Uses Moving Water to Generate Energ

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The Truth About Food Expiration Dates

The Truth About Food Expiration Dates | Global Economy | Scoop.it
“ We've all been there-standing in front of our refrigerator tossing food because the expiration dates have passed.”
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The dynamics of modern money: Mick Taylor at TEDxBrighton (Video 15min)

Mick is a former teacher of mathematics with a PhD in mathematical epidemiology, studying how changes in social structures and human behaviour can lead to different outcomes in the event of a disease outbreak.

 

Mick is fascinated by human systems, in particular monetary systems and how the design of our money supply impacts on all aspects of human life.

 

In this TED talk he explains where our money comes from, and what the consequences of "credit money" are for us. He shows that economic trouble could be avoided simply by changing how money is made ...


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Didn't Jesus run the money changers (the bankers) out of the temple? Perhaps this is a good time to look at what's wrong with banking today and make a fresh start...

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China set to replace U.S. as Volvo's biggest market this year

China set to replace U.S. as Volvo's biggest market this year | Global Economy | Scoop.it
BEIJING (Reuters) - China is set to surpass the United States to become Volvo Car Group's biggest market in 2014 with sales of at least 80,000 cars in the world's largest auto market.Its car sales target

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What Your Company Can Learn From Global Economics | Al Ries ...

What Your Company Can Learn From Global Economics. The Best Way to Financial Success Isn't Being Everything to Everyone. By Al Ries. Published on April 19, 2014 . 0 ...
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How the Ecuadorian Economy Grew in a Global Recession

Economist Bill Black discusses how the investment in education, healthcare, and infrastructure fueled Ecuador's economic "miracle" See more videos: http://th...
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Global Macro: Emerging Markets, Euro Push Dollar Higher

Global Macro: Emerging Markets, Euro Push Dollar Higher http://t.co/rP2T0ZRHMi
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Euro-Zone Consumer Confidence Improves To 6-Year High - Investing.com

Euro-Zone Consumer Confidence Improves To 6-Year High - Investing.com | Global Economy | Scoop.it
Euro-Zone Consumer Confidence Improves To 6-Year High Investing.com On Friday, the EUR rose 0.12% against the USD and closed at 1.3795, as risk-appetite among traders rose after the preliminary reading of the euro-zone's consumer confidence index...
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12 Futuristic Forms of Government That Could One Day Rule the World

12 Futuristic Forms of Government That Could One Day Rule the World | Global Economy | Scoop.it

As history has repeatedly shown, political systems come and go. Given our rapid technological and social advances, it's a trend we can expect to continue. Here are 12 extraordinary — and even frightening — ways our governments could be run in the future.


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Chinese investments in Greece to be boosted by new agreements

Chinese investments in Greece to be boosted by new agreements | Global Economy | Scoop.it
Greece is hoping to sign agreements for investments worth 6-7 billion dollars during the three-day visit of the Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, which comes a year after the Greek Premier Antonis Samaras visited China.

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Ageing China: Changes and challenges

Ageing China: Changes and challenges | Global Economy | Scoop.it
Interactive look at China's changing population structure and the challenges facing the younger generations. Excellent graphics that show the impact and importance of demographics.
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New Water Barons: Wall Street Banks Buying up World’s Water - Commodity Trade Mantra

New Water Barons: Wall Street Banks Buying up World’s Water - Commodity Trade Mantra | Global Economy | Scoop.it
“ A disturbing trend: New “water barons” — the Wall Street banks and elitist multibillionaires — are buying up water all over the world at unprecedented pace”
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A disturbing trend in the water sector is accelerating worldwide. The new “water barons” — the Wall Street banks and elitist multibillionaires — are buying up water all over the world at unprecedented pace. Familiar mega-banks and investing powerhouses are now consolidating their control over water.

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China Turns To Africa For Resources, Jobs And Future Customers

China Turns To Africa For Resources, Jobs And Future Customers | Global Economy | Scoop.it
“ In China's Second Continent, Howard French explores the Chinese presence in 15 African countries. The relationship goes beyond economics: more than a million Chinese citizens have migrated to Africa.” He says there's a debate about the long-term consequences of China's push into the African continent: Will it create development and prosperity, or will it lead to exploitation reminiscent of 19th-century European colonialism? Tags: Africa, development, China, industry, economic, podcast.
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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 30, 8:50 PM

This is an excellent podcast with many geographic strands running through it. 

Eli Levine's curator insight, May 31, 9:47 AM

Personally, I'm a little resentful that our money is being used to finance Chinese firms.  I'm also not happy that the Chinese aren't using local labor, which would boost economic activity in African societies.  I'm surprised if that's not more of a sore point for the people who live in these societies.

 

But anyway.

 

If we weren't so committed to spreading our political "religion" of democracy and Liberal values, we may have a shot at securing Africa for ourselves.  A pity that we're not as competitive a country as China.  However, if China wants to play international empire, I say let them.  They'll either do a better job than we've done or they'll be as corrupt and exploitative as we were and, thus, end their tenure on "top".  So long as we're able to defend ourselves over here, I see no reason to challenge the artificial empire of China.  That's just my interpretation of history.  Take from it what you will.

 

Think about it.

Bob Manning's curator insight, June 1, 8:43 AM

For Africa to develop, they need a better infrastructure.  China's investment in this area is allowing them access to the huge reserves of resources and growing labor pool.  Is this a repeat of colonialism?  Is there a way to do this in a sustainable manner that is mutually beneficial to both the Chinese and the African countries?

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A Call for Countries & Companies to Support a Price on Carbon

A Call for Countries & Companies to Support a Price on Carbon | Global Economy | Scoop.it
“ Through a statement of support to be launched at the UN Climate Summit, countries and companies could work to strengthen carbon pricing policies and implementation.”
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A Call for Countries & Companies to Support a Price on Carbon

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Missing MH370 latest: Malaysia to release missing report today

Missing MH370 latest: Malaysia to release missing report today | Global Economy | Scoop.it
US pilot claims to have found plane on satellite image; Adelaide-based GeoResonance has detected possible debris in Bay of Bengal

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SolarCoin: the Digital Currency Backed by the Sun

SolarCoin: the Digital Currency Backed by the Sun | Global Economy | Scoop.it

A new global digital currency is backing its own value with the “full faith and credit” of something much longer lasting and reliable than any government: the Sun.

 

Specifically, SolarCoin ties its value to the production of solar energy, as verified by Solar Renewable Energy Certificates. 

 

“SolarCoin is an alternative digital currency. SolarCoin is backed by two forms of proof of work. One is the traditional cryptographic proof of work associated with digital currency.

 

The other proof of work is a Solar Renewable Energy Certificate (SREC) that has been generated and 3rd party verified. SolarCoin is equitably distributed using both of these proofs of work as a means to reward renewable energy production.”

 


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Solar Coin is a crypto currency specifically intended to stimulate solar energy production. 

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Americans wary of futuristic science, hi-tech?

Americans wary of futuristic science, hi-tech? | Global Economy | Scoop.it
Americans are generally excited about the new technology but when confronted with some advances that already appear possible -- from skies filled with drones to meat made in a lab -- they get nervous, according to findings of a new survey.
"The

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Interesting read

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Brazil, China, India rally round Russia after G7 snub - EUobserver

Brazil, China, India rally round Russia after G7 snub - EUobserver | Global Economy | Scoop.it
Brazil, China, India rally round Russia after G7 snub
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Brazil, China, India rally round Russia after G7 snub - EUobserver

Brazil, China, India rally round Russia after G7 snub - EUobserver | Global Economy | Scoop.it
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Africa sidesteps Eerging Markets crisis | North Africa

Africa sidesteps Eerging Markets crisis | North Africa | Global Economy | Scoop.it
Eurobonds and economic discipline will counter investors' move away from emerging markets.
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