The fate of global corporations in an anti-globalist world

June 13, 2017 by  
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Is the post-war ascendance of multinational corporations irreversible?The world’s roughly 80,000 multinational corporations (MNCs), long dominated by U.S., European and Japanese firms, have been joined by a growing number based in China, India, Brazil and other emerging economies. MNCs are the engine of a quarter of total world production and their global supply chains represent about half of world trade. MNCs have played a major role in driving a tenfold increase since 1979, now totaling $16 trillion, roughly the size of entire U.S. GDP.

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We’re running out of chocolate and it’s our own fault

October 11, 2015 by  
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Forget the great recession. According to the world’s largest chocolatiers, we’re about to enter a great chocolate depression, and it’s our own fault. The Washington Post reports that Mars Inc. and Barry Callebaut have unveiled statistics that show consumption of chocolate worldwide is outpacing cocoa production and creating a chocolate deficit. Read the rest of We’re running out of chocolate and it’s our own fault

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The Hubs is a backyard geodesic dome that goes up in under an hour

July 26, 2015 by  
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When it comes to backyard projects, there’s nothing like a do-it-yourself build to get the whole family out in the fresh air for a while. The Hubs maximizes that concept with an easy-to-use kit that brings everyone together, even the kids, to construct a geodesic dome you can call your very own. After a successful crowdfunding campaign , The Hubs is headed into production and will soon be available for purchase, when you’ll be able to get your hands on a ready-to-build kit with all the necessary pieces and parts, or just the bare bones so you can supply your own wooden dowels. The design is simple and you’ll recognize it from children’s toys such as K’nex, as the Hubs is based around snap-together joints. The result is a fantastic durable structure that can be imagined in any number of different ways: a quiet garden, a kids’ hangout, a cozy reading nook, or even an outdoor room for dining al fresco. Read on to see more examples, and learn how to get a kit for your family! READ MORE >

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BP Oil Exports Disrupted as 14-Foot Marlin Attacks a Rig Hose in Angola

March 21, 2014 by  
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While human activists protest the fossil fuel industry on land, some underwater residents are taking matters into their own fins. In early February, BP had to reduce exports of Angolan Plutonio crude oil after an Atlantic blue marlin impaled a hose at its floating production and storage facility. The 14-foot fish did enough damage to cost the company $100 million in revenue, keeping 900,000 barrels of oil from reaching the market. Read the rest of BP Oil Exports Disrupted as 14-Foot Marlin Attacks a Rig Hose in Angola Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Angola , angolan plutonio crude oil , BP , bp deepwater horizon spill , environmental damage , fossil fuel industry , gulf of mexico , International Energy Agency , marlin , Oil Platform , oil production , oil rig , swordfish        

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7 innovations driving certified-sustainable markets of the future

May 22, 2013 by  
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A Rainforest Alliance workshop found common threads emerging among pioneers in sustainable production and sourcing.

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CoolPlanet Biofuels: Too good to be true?

May 1, 2012 by  
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An inside look at a company that says it can produce virtually limitless amounts of cheap gasoline while creating more land for food production and solving the climate crisis.

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Who Really Benefits From Socialism In America? Drivers.

August 30, 2011 by  
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It is a standard Republican meme, that Obama is a socialist. But who are the real socialists in America? James Schwartz of the Urban Country quotes a definition of socialism: Any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods. Schwartz notes that this pretty much defines the American road and highway system, as well as the automobile and oil industries. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Agave Plant Could Produce Both Tequila and Biofuel

February 2, 2011 by  
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The latest plant to gain biofuel feedstock status is the same one that fuels our margaritas.  The agave plant, most notably the source of tequila, could also soon be a new source of biofuel. Researchers have discovered that agave is a very high-yielding source of biofuel and it would cause very little, if any, land use change

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UK’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fell by 8.7% in 2009

February 1, 2011 by  
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The UK’s greenhouse gas emissions fell by 8.7 percent from 2008 to 2009, with CO2 falling 9.8 percent — the biggest dip since 1980.  While this is great news, the reason is unfortunately not a major growth in renewable energy of environmental policies, but the correlating economic recession. As the UK economy sank into a recession, heavy-emitting industries like construction or transport lost a lot of business and subsequently stopped emitting so much greenhouse gas.  A similar benefit to the economic recession happened in China where air pollution dramatically decreased with the downturn

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First Solar Sail Spacecraft Circles the Earth

January 27, 2011 by  
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NASA’s NanoSail-D has become the first solar sail spacecraft to orbit the Earth.  At first, the tiny spacecraft got stuck when team members tried to release it from the FASTSAT satellite in late 2010, but a few days ago it spontaneously ejected from the satellite and starting sailing its way around the planet . The probe on the NanoSail-D is the size of a breadbox and the sail is ten square meters.  NASA plans to observe the spacecraft and study how it can be used to bring old satellites and space junk out of orbit.  As a solar sail circles circle the planet, it skims the atmosphere and aerodynamic drag eventually brings it down out of orbit where it burns up in the atmosphere, which for the NanoSail-D should happen within 120 days. While NASA plans to stay close to home, Japan’s space program JAXA is using solar sails to venture deeper into space.

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