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Emerging Markets Continuing Progress in Light of Struggle
By admin July 18, 2018

Emerging markets (EMs) are considerably new and thus figuring out their path. The term emerging markets was coined in the late 19th century, but by 2016, the heavyweights of EMs accounted for 48% of Global GDP according to a report by Cornell University. Although emerging markets play a significant role in the world economy, developments

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FDI: What can the developing countries do differently?
By admin July 17, 2018

In the face of inadequate resources to finance infrastructure and long-term sustainable development in a significant number of the developing countries, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has assumed a prominent place as an integral part of an open and effective international economic system and a major catalyst for development. The World Bank defines FDI as a

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The Venezuelan Mafia State
By admin July 16, 2018

Trapped in a downward political and economic spiral, the instability in Venezuela caused by a weakening democracy and the spread of violent crime has profound consequences for Latin America and the rest of the world. As Nicolás Maduro enters another presidential term bankrupt and isolated, the deep roots of organized crime that support his government will

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Brexit: piece de resistance?
By admin July 13, 2018

The current position taken by British Prime Minister Theresa May on Brexit seeks to preserve uncomplicated goods trade with the European Union, and avoid border checks and tariffs. Supporters of a more radical Brexit policy, fear that May’s new deal may lead to excessive British dependence on the EU, especially in the sphere of trade.

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Energy Poverty and Financing
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  Thanks to the electricity, we can watch our favorite shows on TV, make a phone call to our friend and read books at night before we sleep. Because electricity is a part of almost every aspect of our daily lives, we may feel helpless when a sudden blackout occurs. However, there are still over

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Environmental Refugees – the Greatest Refugee Crisis of Them All?
By admin July 11, 2018

With climate changes exceeding most forecasts and communities already suffering, the future of our environment has been difficult to project. The UNHCR states that since 2008, an average of 22.5 million people have been displaced due to climate- and weather-related events. Climate change is expected to create the world’s largest refugee crisis, with tens of

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The Challenge of GHG Emissions: Assessing the Solutions
By admin July 10, 2018

Behind the struggle to address global warming and climate change is the increase in greenhouse gases in our atmosphere.  According to a 2017 PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency report, in 2016, total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (excluding those from land use) increased to about 49.3 gigatonnes in CO2 equivalent with carbon dioxide accounting for 72%

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The Reality of Living Amid Climate Change
By admin July 9, 2018

In the last week, headlines have been full of devastating news on extreme weather events linked to climate change and sea level rise. A heat wave skyrocketed energy demand on the Los Angeles grid, leaving tens of thousands without power; in addition to wild forest fires due to drier conditions that have once again forced

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Changing Trade Realities?: The EU in the US-China Trade war
By admin July 6, 2018

The Trump administration is preparing to enforce tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese goods, and China has claimed to retaliate with tariffs of an equal amount in U.S. exports. If Trump’s threats turn out to be true, this could mark the beginning of an escalating trade war. Businesses within the European Union are closely watching

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Without future immigrants, working-age population in the U.S. would decrease
By admin July 5, 2018

Though the world has enjoyed unprecedented economic prosperity, there are looming problems that may hinder further innovation and growth in the future. Especially worrisome is the aging population problem. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the proportion of a society’s population that is comprised of persons aged 65 or older is called the “aging

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The Poverty-Environment-Development Nexus: Implications for Sustainable Development
By admin July 3, 2018

The Poverty-Environment Initiative, a global UN enterprise that supports country-led efforts to mainstream poverty-environment linkages, has produced exciting new knowledge drawn from the last ten years of specific UN interventions in 23 countries in Africa, Europe, Latin American and the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific. The term ‘poverty-environment-development nexus’ refers to the mutually inclusive linkages

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The Elephant in the Room: Corruption Sets the Stage for Development
By admin July 2, 2018

Corruption has been identified as the single most significant obstacle to economic and social development; its claws are systematic, enduring and far-reaching and have long been considered a hindrance to good governance. US$1 trillion is paid in bribes annually while an estimated US$2.6 trillion is stolen through corrupt activities – a sum that is equivalent

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Divided fates: Children of Global migration
By admin June 29, 2018

  The recent crisis in American prisons concerning the separation of children from parents is not the first time that children have been subjected to abuse in immigration cases. Compelled to leave their homeland, children are often subjected to violence, sexual exploitation, and trafficking. This is clearly exemplified in the image of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi,

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Demographic Change in China Affecting the Economy
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  The economy of China is big, and it accounts for a large portion of world economy. According to the International Monetary Fund, the Chinese economy is the world’s second largest economy by nominal GDP. Since 1992, the GDP growth rate has never decreased to below five percent, and it has led the world’s economic

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Trading Old Strategies in Pursuit of International Growth
By admin June 27, 2018

Trade has long been considered a strategic tool to reduce poverty and increase economic growth. However, to ensure sustainable economic growth through trade, it must be improved. By combining strategies, a fully optimized trade might be possible. One strategy was introduced by Gambia’s Vice President, Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang, in mid-June. She noted that developing countries have

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Financing Clean Energy: lessons from oil and gas
By admin June 26, 2018

The renewable energy market is growing, and it’s generating exciting, large-scale changes to the distribution of energy across many regions of the world. A new report, The Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2018, jointly published by the UN Environment, the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre, and the Bloomberg New Energy Finance, finds that the falling

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A Plastic Friendship: Dumping Commodified Trash
By admin June 25, 2018

Every year, the world generates a total of 1.3 billion tons of waste – a number that is expected to rise to 4 billion tons by 2100 as global consumption increases and waste is mismanaged. A tenth of our waste is disposed of through incinerated and another four-fifths is dumped in landfills, while the remaining

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The U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy revision and the future of Electric Vehicle
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The growth of Electric Vehicles (EVs) is worth noting. EV sales have recorded an average of 32% growth annually from 2012-2016 and 45% growth over the year ending June 2017 in the U.S. Moreover, the future of global EV sales is much more bullish. Though there are debates about EV market projections, the general consensus

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A Symphony for Change by Alston Koch
By admin June 22, 2018

This is a 3-minute read that can help us leave a proud legacy behind, along with a cleaner environment. By 2050, we will see more plastic in the ocean than fish! Shocking, but not surprising considering that 80% of the plastic found in the oceans originates on land and only 9% of plastic is recycled

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Yemen Crisis: Is the Damage Permanent?
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Yemen is still facing the worst humanitarian crisis in decades, and it is not getting better. Mass killings and displacements have taken place since the start of war in 2015, and the country has become a playground for national and international powers. The ongoing conflict in Yemen intensified in March 2015 when Houthi rebels—a minority

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