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If anything encapsulates our complex, uncertain, uncooperative world in 2016, it’s trade.

6 things to know about global trade in 2016

For decades seen as a powerful force for good – enhancing growth, competitiveness and living standards – trade made greater integration within the global economy seem more or less inevitable. But it hasn’t benefited all participants equally, and while hundreds of millions of people have been lifted out of poverty by the global economic growth it engendered, trade has laid waste to entire industries, stripping away livelihoods and hopes and helping give rise to an upsurge in nativism and nationalist politics. Finding ways to retain the positive aspects of trade and investment will now be a key priority for leaders. With big-ticket trade deals taking years to negotiate and seemingly months to unravel, options may remain limited.

"With these photos, I hope to add nuance to our understanding of Pakistan," says photographer Matthieu Paley. Lusophone map - Legend Of Polyglot: The History of the Portuguese-speaking World. The Portuguese-speaking world consists of nine independent countries around the world.

Lusophone map - Legend Of Polyglot: The History of the Portuguese-speaking World

These eight other countries have been former colonies of Portugal. There are also places where the Portuguese language has a significant role like in Macau, China or Goa in India. There are all the posts that I have written about all the Portuguese speaking countries underneath the map. Total: 9 Africa (6) Asia (1) Europe (1) South America (1) How 'guerilla' start-ups can make the word a better place. At the Stockholm Tech Fest this year, Swedish entrepreneur Niklas Zennström issued a rare and refreshing call to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their next startup idea.

How 'guerilla' start-ups can make the word a better place

As founder of Skype, he knows a thing or two about opportunity-spotting. The UN goals involve complex problems, but when it comes to clever startups, a lot can happen between now and 2030. What can 13th century European clocks tell us about economic growth today? “Remember that time is money.”

What can 13th century European clocks tell us about economic growth today?

Already in 1748, Benjamin Franklin underlined in a short contribution to a business manual that the temporal aspect is a pivotal variable for the economy. This statement is even more relevant to today's business activities. The precise measurement of time is fundamental to schedule business meetings exactly on the minute and the hour, to have opening hours for retail business, or to synchronise exchange activities on financial markets.

The measurement of time allows monitoring and coordinating production processes and it is crucial to improving labour efficiency (Landes 1983, Mokyr 1992). Indeed, improving coordination and reducing transaction costs are so basic and self-evident that the underlying need for a common precise time measurement gets almost forgotten. A brief history of time. An intellectual revolution is coming, says Robert J. Shiller. NEW HAVEN – For the past several centuries, the world has experienced a sequence of intellectual revolutions against oppression of one sort or another.

An intellectual revolution is coming, says Robert J. Shiller

These revolutions operate in the minds of humans and are spread – eventually to most of the world – not by war (which tends to involve multiple causes), but by language and communications technology. Isobar: The vaccine fridge that could save lives – with help from Einstein. Centroids: The world's economic centre of gravity, based on GDPs & location.

Sustainable development: Efficient cookstoves save trees - and chickens - in Kenya. A wood-saving stove that doubles as a chicken brooder is raising incomes and cutting deforestation in Laikipia County By Moraa Obiria GICHANGI, Kenya, Aug 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Farmers in Kenya's Laikipia County have found a clever way to reduce their use of wood for fuel while raising more chickens for cash: an efficient ceramic cooking stove that doubles as a chick brooding box.

Sustainable development: Efficient cookstoves save trees - and chickens - in Kenya

Explicit cookie consent. The Geography of U.S. Inequality. Disability Adjusted Life Years per 100,000 (all causes), 2012 - Our World In Data. Two economists have developed a new measure that could be an improvement on GDP. Gross domestic product often gets confused for a measure of economic well-being.

Two economists have developed a new measure that could be an improvement on GDP

That’s understandable given how often GDP or GDP growth rates gets held up as the key measure of economic health. Political prize on offer to party who can ‘make Britain work for everyone’ When asked which political party is most committed to tackling poverty in the UK, 36% of voters said they didn’t know, the same number as who identified Labour as the political party as most committed to tackling poverty. 10% said the Conservatives, followed by UKIP (6%), the Greens (5%) and the Lib Dems (4%).

Political prize on offer to party who can ‘make Britain work for everyone’

Research for JRF last week showed how people earning less than £20,000 a year, with lower qualifications and living in low-skilled areas were the driving force behind the vote to leave the European Union. The polling comes as JRF launches its ‘Working Age Poverty Risk Index’ in English parliamentary constituencies. The poverty risk index scores constituencies from 0 to 10 (where 0 is the lowest risk and 10 the highest), and is calculated using a combination of out of work benefits and in work tax credit recipients of working age. In the top 100 seats in the index: America’s Shocking Maternal Deaths. Photo The rate at which women die during pregnancy or shortly after childbirth has fallen sharply in many nations as maternal care has improved.

America’s Shocking Maternal Deaths

The United States — and particularly Texas — is a glaring exception. In Texas, for instance, according to a study in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, the maternal mortality rate doubled from 17.7 per 100,000 live births in 2000 to 35.8 in 2014. Compare that with Germany, which had 4.1 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2014. In California, the rate fell from 21.5 in 2003 to 15.1 in 2014, but in the remaining 48 states and the District of Columbia the rate increased from 18.8 in 2000 to 23.8 in 2014. Maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, 2014. Obesity prevalence in the United States. A farmer’s fact-finding journey from cocoa bean to chocolate bar. Satellite images used to predict poverty. Image copyright AFP Researchers have combined satellite imagery with AI to predict areas of poverty across the world.

Satellite images used to predict poverty

There's little reliable data on local incomes in developing countries, which hampers efforts to tackle the problem. A team from Stanford University were able to train a computer system to identify impoverished areas from satellite and survey data in five African countries. The results are published in the journal Science. Neal Jean, Marshall Burke and colleagues say the technique could transform efforts to track and target poverty in developing countries. Gini coefficient - 2 charts that might give you a new perspective on US income inequality. It's no secret that the US has an inequality problem. But it is striking to see it compared with other developed economies.

In a recent note to clients, Goldman Sachs' Sumana Manohar and Hugo Scott-Gall shared a chart comparing a given country's gross domestic product per capita to its Gini coefficient. How We Share the World. This interactive graphic shows how the world is divided according to six different socioeconomic variables. The land area of each country represents its share of the worldwide total. Click on a circle to reshape the map. America's unequal schools. This map is a visualization of average high-school SAT and ACT scores and median household income.

Each circle on the map is a high school with at least 150 students, and the size and color of the circle give information about the average college-readiness scores at this school. The circles change from red to green and increase in size as scores go up; the blue background gets darker with increasing household income. Students are not considered college ready until they have ACT scores of about 21 or higher and/or SAT scores of about 1000 or higher. New York City This map reminds us that education in our country is still separate and unequal, especially in our large urban centers. In the interest of promoting awareness and encouraging conversation around educational inequality, we are providing this national map of the educational achievement and opportunity gap.

Los Angeles. Tag: Red Cross. SDG Scorecard: Sub-Saharan Africa progress needed to achieve goals. A new report reveals the scale of the challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa if it is to hit its sustainable development targets, with most countries scoring badly across almost all goals There is no doubt the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are ambitious, yet most countries in sub-Saharan Africa have a lot of progress to make if they are to get even close to hitting their targets by 2030. MILLENIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS. Only one part of the iPhone comes from America. And that just comes out of the ground. @techinsider chart.