Category Archives: Economic innovation

The false monopoly: China and the rare earths trade

Despite the international hair-pulling over the constrained supplies, the rare earth quota crisis and its resolution has laid bare the vulnerability of China’s rare earths ‘monopoly’, as many have described it. After all, there is no shortage of proven rare earth deposits outside of China; the country’s dominance in the market doesn’t come from any physical exclusivity. It comes from the rock-bottom rare earth prices that hit the market because of China’s ability to produce and export these commodities cheaply, due to its highly developed industry and lower labour costs (not to mention lax environmental regulation and a booming cottage industry of illegal rare earth miners and exporters).

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New study finds immigrant students lead the way in pursuit of U.S. STEM careers – Latina Lista: News from the Latinx perspective

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Mathematics is called the universal language. According to the website, Omniglot: There is no universal language we can talk with one another for everyone to understand, …

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Democratic Leadership Resist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal

On Sunday, newly-sworn in Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was interviewed on 60 Minutes about something that should be, at this point, easy enough to agree on: the planet is heading toward climate disaster unless world leaders take radical, purposeful, and sustained steps to mitigate the crisis. But Anderson Cooper’s questions about Ocasio-Cortez’s vision on climate—a program called the Green New Deal that advocates hope can serve as a road map to developing the kinds of policies required to meet the problem in force—did not engage with the substance of the program and instead focused on whether or not a 70 percent tax rate on the super wealthy was politically “radical.”

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Investors Turn Kenya’s Troublesome Invasive Water Hyacinth into Cheap Fuel | Inter Press Service

“Hyacinth fuel burns slower than the usual kerosene I use and doesn’t produce smoke and soot while cooking like firewood or kerosene. To me it’s much cheaper and cleaner to use, no more coughing in my kitchen when preparing food,” she tells IPS. Ondula says a litre of ethanol retails at 70 Kenyan shillings and lasts four days. That is in marked contrast to the higher cost of kerosene, which currently retails at a national average of 100 Kenyan shillings, and lasts only two days. She says she also used to buy charcoal which was quite expensive, retailing at 100 Kenyan shilling per a 15-kilogram tin, which only lasted hours. So now she only uses ethanol, which she pre-orders.

Source: Investors Turn Kenya’s Troublesome Invasive Water Hyacinth into Cheap Fuel | Inter Press Service

How important is America to global trade?, Opinion News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

Opinion News -Size matters in the light of US President Donald Trump’s tariff wars and the likely damage may be less than feared. But, the loss of US leadership will not be measurable by numbers alone.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

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Eco Escuela : Ideas para habitar el planeta

Eco Escuela : Ideas para habitar el planeta by Cabrales, Benjamin , Casadiego . El documento relata la historia de la comunidad de Belén de los Andaquíes, Caquetá, que se organizó en tiempos de guerra para defender su entorno y en menos de treinta años lograron transformar una región caracterizada por la extracción de indiscriminada de los recursos naturales, en un lugar protector del agua y los bosques amazónicos como respuesta al reto del cambio climático. Es a partir de esas historias y ese contexto regional donde se inscribe el proyecto Implementación de un Centro de Educación y Capacitación en utilización de Energías Renovables para protección y adaptación al Cambio Climático.. “Los resultados de la expedición Colombia Bio en el Parque Municipal Andakí revelaron que la estrategia de los lugareños para cuidar la Biodiversidad de Belén de los Andaquíes produce buenos resultados. En sólo 26.000 hectáreas aparecieron 47 especies nuevas para la ciencia”. Revista Semana (Edición 1850, octubre de 2017). un grupo de líderes ambientales cuentan cómo lograron salvar los bosques que rodean su municipio.. Project Gutenberg Self-Publishing – eBooks

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Heckler & Koch quietly becomes world′s first ethical gun-maker | Germany | DW | 31.08.2017

This means that H&K has become the first arms company in the world to have a more moral arms export policy than its own government (the German Economy Ministry declined to offer a statement or interview partner in time for this article) – and will not be selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and even Turkey (despite its membership in NATO), or any African country.

Source: Heckler & Koch quietly becomes world′s first ethical gun-maker | Germany | DW | 31.08.2017

Indian Immigrants in the United States | migrationpolicy.org

Immigrants from India are the second-largest foreign-born group in the United States, after Mexicans. Indian immigrants tend to be far more highly educated and have greater English proficiency than the foreign-born population overall. This Spotlight article offers the latest data on Indian immigrants, focusing on population size, state- and city-level distribution, occupation, educational attainment, and more.

Source: Indian Immigrants in the United States | migrationpolicy.org