The International Energy Efficiency Scorecard The 2012 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard ranks 12 of the world's largest economies, representing over 78 percent of global gross domestic product, 63 percent of global energy consumption, and 62 percent of the global carbon-dioxide-equivalent emissions. The rankings include: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union. Over 25 different energy efficiency indicators or "metrics" have been analyzed for each economy ranked in the report. The rankings are determined by a total score out of 100 possible points. Points can be earned in four difference categories including buildings, industry, and transportation, as well as metrics that track cross-cutting aspects of energy use at the national level.
FM Global Publishes Comprehensive Index of Countries’ Building Codes Helps Companies Discover Worldwide Rules and Risk June 10, 2015 JOHNSTON, R.I., USA—FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial and industrial property insurers, today provided companies with valuable new insight into the world’s regulatory landscape, publishing the first-ever, most comprehensive index of many of the world’s building codes. The 2015 FM Global Country Building Codes Index is a PDF document available at no charge and is produced in cooperation with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). It serves as a companion to the newly updated FM Global Resilience Index, which is the definitive ranking of the supply chain resilience of 130 countries and territories. The FM Global Country Building Codes Index, to be updated annually, is designed to help companies that are building or retrofitting facilities to quickly and easily discover the most up-to-date country building codes in their target regions and gain new context around construction and fire risk.
Oops! What NOT to Do While Networking on LinkedIn I am forever grateful to my LinkedIn network and love doing whatever I can to help my connections in their networking efforts. I enjoy being a piece in the puzzle as they network to find employment, grow their businesses, hire talent, share best practices, ask questions, learn, knowledge share, reconnect with former coworkers, etc. With a large network, that’s a lot of effort and a big time investment, but it’s all worth it and I love to pay it forward. Why I Despair - Charles C. W. Cooke - National Review Online - Waterfox An apocryphal tale tells of an American who claimed to own George Washington’s axe. “Three times,” he exclaims, the axe has “had its handle replaced, and twice had its head replaced!” This is a joke that has been rendered in more serious form by philosophers throughout the ages — perhaps most famously in Plutarch’s Life of Theseus — and it may be time now to consider it in relation to the United States. People and countries change, as they must. But, as with Washington’s axe, to change too much is to invite the possibility not merely of alteration, but of replacement. Predicated, as it is, on an established set of principles — rather than merely on geographical or racial fact — America could presumably reach a point at which it could no longer usefully be called America.
FH Freedom on the Net FreePartly FreeNot Free Freedom on the Net is a Freedom House project consisting of cutting-edge analysis, fact-based advocacy, and on-the-ground capacity building. The hallmark of our analysis is the annual Freedom on the Net report. It features a ranked, country-by-country assessment of online freedom, a global overview of the latest developments, as well as in depth country reports.
China’s Supply-Chain Scramble Now Comes With Added Commodities – Supplychains Magazine Click here to view original web page at www.bloomberg.com Early this month a deal was struck for a mine on the outskirts of the Congolese jungle. Freeport-McMoRan Inc. agreed to sell its copper and cobalt mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo to China Molybdenum Co. for $2.65 billion. At the time, the reasons for the proposed sale appeared clear: Freeport needed cash to pay down $20 billion of debt, while China was on an acquisition spree that had already seen CMOC agree to snap up Anglo American Plc’s niobium and phosphate unit in Brazil. How To Write An A+ Resume Your resume is arguably the most important document in your job search. It’s the first impression you make on any recruiter, HR professional or hiring manager. It must show off your expertise in the best way possible in order to land the opportunity (or opportunities) you desire. If someone had to assign a letter grade to your resume, what do you think it would receive? RezScore, a free web app, does just that. Based on recommendations of hiring managers, HR directors, job search experts, and certified resume writers, RezScore’s algorithms read your resume and analyze it on more than a dozen metrics to determine your grade.
40 maps that explain the world Maps can be a remarkably powerful tool for understanding the world and how it works, but they show only what you ask them to. So when we saw a post sweeping the Web titled "40 maps they didn't teach you in school," one of which happens to be a WorldViews original, I thought we might be able to contribute our own collection. Some of these are pretty nerdy, but I think they're no less fascinating and easily understandable. EIU Democracy Index The fearful era in which we live is not conducive to defending democratic standards or extending democracy's reach across the globe. The latest edition of The Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index reflects the situation in 2015, a year in which democracy was tested in the face of war, terrorism, mass migration and other crises, and, in some cases, suffered serious setbacks. In our age of anxiety, the first casualty of fear and insecurity is often freedom.