Photo / Thinkstock New Zealand wastewater treatment plants (which account for 85%) of our wastewater) produce 234,112 tonnes of sewage sludge each year. This figure is rising annually as treatment plants are upgraded - more of this filth is captured rather than poured into the ocean - which is good.
Mayhem on Markets …said The Age headlines – Stocks dive on global fears. Sharemarket sheds $55 bn Down down, ‘markets’ are down!
by Polly LaBarre | 1:20 PM February 27, 2012 While the global financial meltdown and its aftershocks have unleashed a flood of indignation, condemnation, and protest upon Wall Street, the crisis has exposed a deeper distrust and implacable resentment of capitalism itself. Capitalism might be the greatest engine of prosperity and progress ever devised, but in recent years, individuals and communities have grown increasingly disgruntled with the implicit contract that governs the rights and responsibilities of business.
One factor that is increasingly being cited as an important economic indicator is happiness. After all, what good is increased production and consumption if the result isn’t increased human satisfaction? Until fairly recently, the subject of happiness was mostly avoided by economists for lack of good ways to measure it; however, in recent years, “happiness economists” have found ways to combine subjective surveys with objective data (on lifespan, income, and education) to yield data with consistent patterns, making a national happiness index a practical reality.
What's the Latest Development? The global economy is on an unsustainable path.
In last week’s article we suggested alternative currency was one of the "next big things” for the new economy.
by Justin Fox | 11:50 AM February 2, 2012
An exciting moment is upon us, where some of the assumptions that have long governed our economy are beginning to unravel.
By AL GORE AND DAVID BLOOD In the immediate aftermath of World War II, when the United States was preparing its visionary plan for nurturing democratic capitalism abroad, Gen. Omar Bradley said, "It is time to steer by the stars, and not by the lights of each passing ship." Today, more than 60 years later, that means abandoning short-term economic thinking for "sustainable capitalism." We are once again facing one of those rare turning points in history when dangerous challenges and limitless opportunities cry out for clear, long-term thinking.
20 June 2011 Last updated at 16:22 GMT By Mark Kinver Science and environment reporter, BBC News Tree planting can help halt the loss of arable land to the encroaching desert A UN-led pilot scheme hopes to highlight how trees can help people in arid zone, considered to one of the most hostile habitats on the planet.
The global economy is a human construct--a tool. And every so often, it gets radically updated, as it did after World War II at the historic Bretton Woods conference, where a new global monetary and ﬁnancial architecture was laid down. Already, economists at governments, universities, and international agencies are hard at work laying the groundwork for the next global economy. Its contours? New systems of national accounts that explicitly count not just gross product, but the full spectrum of wealth creation.
It’ll be nice when this recession is over and the economy starts chugging along again.
We’ve heard it being said many times, especially on a Sunday afternoon National Geographic special, “You can remove all animals from earth and man won’t survive but remove man and animals will survive.” Whilst it does wonders in stirring up a fuzzy feeling towards the animal kingdom with regards to how great and apparently self sustaining they are, at the same time it has the power to remove fuzzy logic that our decision making equates to that of the animal kingdom and that we can live as we please and all should be fine. No one quite transforms like humans. Whether we consciously live by it or not, all our decisions have a transformational impact on everything around us. As the world of capitalism has been shaken now for the umpteenth time, and this shake brought with it a few more tremors than before, even as a proponent it is hard not to pause for thought at exactly what this system propagates.
New Network Study Suggests Tight Connectivity in Global Economies is Inevitable and Dangerous Author: Prucia Buscell