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Are We Experiencing a Climate Change Emergency?

Are We Experiencing a Climate Change Emergency? | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Some scientists (epitomized by Dr. Michael Mann) and environmentalists (epitomized by Sir David Attenborough) and climate change campaign groups (epitomized by Extinction Rebellion) hold the opinion that we are experiencing a global ‘climate change emergency’ (the term that seems to be supplanting the pleasingly alliterative ‘climate change crisis’), to the extent that lately cities/counties declaring a ‘climate change emergency’ has become the vogue. Indeed the British Parliament has just declared a national climate change emergency, the first country in the world to do so. However some scientists disagree, primarily arguing that whilst it is true that even modest warming creates some harm (such as coral bleaching) the 10C of post-industrial warming that has occurred has in all probability been net-beneficial for humans and the environment as a whole. So where does the truth lie? Are we really experiencing a climate change emergency?
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Employment in Agriculture

Employment in Agriculture | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
As countries develop, the share of the population working in agriculture is declining. While more than 2/3 of the population in poor countries work in agriculture, less than 5% of the population does in rich countries. It is predominantly the huge productivity increase that makes this reduction in labor possible.

Similarly the productivity increase makes it possible to reduce the agricultural land needed to feed a given number of people.
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World Economic Forum Sees the Future of Global Cities in Inclusivity, Mindfulness, and Sharing - Urban Land Magazine

The cities of the future embrace the principles of being inclusive, being mindful, and sharing, says Alice Charles, community lead for infrastructure and urban development at the World Economic Forum. She shared practical examples of these cities at ULI Belgium’s recent conference in Brussels.
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Men Work, Women Work: An Absence of Fairness

Men Work, Women Work: An Absence of Fairness | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Women have made strides in closing the income gap but much more needs to be done.
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How Much is Urbanization Developing Southeast Asia?

How Much is Urbanization Developing Southeast Asia? | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
How the creative class is affecting economic growth in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
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IMF Executive Board Concludes Regional Consultation with West African Economic and Monetary Union - Global Investing Today

IMF Executive Board Concludes Regional Consultation with West African Economic and Monetary Union - Global Investing Today | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Economic activity remains strong with subdued inflation. Despite adverse terms-of-trade shocks and security concerns in some member-countries, real GDP growth is estimated to have exceeded 6 percent for the 7th consecutive year in 2018, fueled by strong domestic demand. The aggregate fiscal deficit was reduced by ½ percentage point of GDP and external reserves increased, mainly supported by Eurobond issuances. However, this dynamic has come with persistent vulnerabilities. Public debt and its servicing costs increased in 2018, partly because of below-the-line budgetary operations. Preliminary data point to an increase in total debt to 52.5 percent of GDP in 2018 from 50.1 percent in 2017, and in total debt service to 33 percent of government revenue in 2018 from 26.4 percent in 2017. The external current account deficit is estimated to have increased to 6.8 percent in 2018 from 6.6 percent of GDP in 2017. This increase was underpinned by strong public capital spending but also by worsening terms-of-trade on the back of higher world oil prices.
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Global economy at risk a decade on from financial crisis, says WEF

Global economy at risk a decade on from financial crisis, says WEF | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
UK slips one place to eighth in competitiveness rankings as Switzerland tops World Economic Forum league table
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International Women's Day: Iceland will be first country to order firms to prove equal pay 

International Women's Day: Iceland will be first country to order firms to prove equal pay  | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Iceland will be the first country in the world to make employers prove they offer equal pay regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality or nationality, the Nordic nation's government has said.
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50 Years of Asian Economic and Emissions Growth

50 Years of Asian Economic and Emissions Growth | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
50 Years of Asian Economic and Emissions Growth
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Why Indian women’s Olympic feats are even more admirable

Why Indian women’s Olympic feats are even more admirable | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Five charts that show why the Indian women’s performance in the Olympics is worth more than any number of medals they bring home
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