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100,000 homes in Germany now have battery-storage systems connected to the grid

Germany helped make solar power cheap. As of June this year, it boasts 1 million homes that have installed rooftop solar panels. That means the country produces a lot of renewable energy—sometimes more than it can use.<p>At such times, German grid operators have had to pay neighboring countries or …

Clean Energy

Vancouver Housing ‘In The Dumps’ As Sales Hit 18-Year Low

Detached-home and condo prices are now falling.<p>The last time Vancouver's housing market was this weak, Bill Clinton was in the White House and the …

Tesla, The Model 3... And The Market

Something very interesting is happening in the U.S. car market: in July, Tesla’s Model 3, the company’s first midsize car, outsold its luxury rivals such as BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Lexus, Cadillac, Infiniti, Acura, Volvo, Alfa Romeo and Jaguar: Tesla sold 16,000 Model 3s, compared to BMW’s 12,811 or …

The Stock Market Is Shrinking. That’s a Problem for Everyone.

The American stock market has been shrinking. It’s been happening in slow motion — so slow you may not even have noticed. But by now the change is unmistakable: The market is half the size of its mid-1990s peak, and 25 percent smaller than it was in 1976.<p>“This is troubling for the economy, for …

Stock Markets

Google hit with record €4.3bn Android fine

<b>Google has been fined a record €4.34bn ($5bn; £3.9bn) over Android.</b><p>The European Commission said the firm had used the mobile operating system to illegally "cement its dominant position" in search.<p>The firm's parent Alphabet has been given 90 days to change its business practices or face further …

The Australian bank customers who lost everything

<b>Australia is holding a 12-month national inquiry into misconduct in its banking and financial institutions.</b><p>Five months in, some allegations aired in public hearings have shocked even industry watchers.<p>They include evidence of predatory loans, widespread reckless practices and even one bank charging …

Generation wealth: how the modern world fell in love with money

Lauren Greenfield has spent years photographing the world’s richest people. Now she’s made a documentary on society’s obsession with extreme wealth – and its cost to us all<p>Documentary photographer Lauren Greenfield was trying to form trusting relationships with members of a Mayan tribe in Mexico in …

Inside a millionaire eco warrior’s off-grid hideaway in Hawaii

When winter descends on New York, entrepreneur Graham Hill heads to Hawaii. For 10 years he would shack up in a small, dilapidated cabin on Maui and spend afternoons kitesurfing at Ho'okipa beach.<p>As the founder of LifeEdited, a Manhattan-based property consultancy that specialises in simple, …

Sustainable Floating Home

The so-called WaterNest 100 was designed by architect Giancarlo Zema and is one of the most sustainable and green floating homes around. It is made …

5 Warning Signs a Client Will Be Bad for Business

The best time-management and money saving advice may be to cut out a few clients who are actually killing your business.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When you have a business, satisfied clients are essential to your continuous success. Knowing your ideal client and …

There’s a problem with the way we define inequality

We are failing to look at inequality in the right way, according to researchers who study people’s attitudes to wealth disparity.<p>Haves and have-nots. The 99%. The income gap. The chasm between rich and poor has never mattered more. It’s estimated that the top 1% of the world’s richest people owns …

Social Sciences

MARK YUSKO: 'The US is going to have a crash and it will be massive'

In his keynote speech, Mark Yusko, CIO of Morgan Creek Capital Management, outlined where he sees the biggest opportunities and risks for investors are today.<p>Mark began with the big story of the SIC 2017 — demographics.<p>He believes that efforts to generate growth through fiscal stimulus and tax cuts …

Populism is the result of global economic failure

Political revolts are inevitable in a world where employees are wage slaves and bosses super rich<p>The rise of populism has rattled the global political establishment. Brexit came as a shock, as did the victory of Donald Trump. Much head-scratching has resulted as leaders seek to work out why large …

Populism

Vancouver Grapples With How To Solve Its Affordable Housing Crisis

At a meeting in May, several Vancouver residents told the city council that more needs to be done to address affordable housing.<p>Peggy Carlson, the …

Housing

The End of Capitalism?

As a reporter, Paul Mason visited many conflict zones. "In each case," he writes in <i>Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future</i>, "the struggle for justice …

The Degrowth Paradigm

The degrowth movement is a relatively new contender in the economic and political debates that swirl around humanity's future. Degrowthers believe we …

The Illusion of Money, Part 1

We think we know what money is. We use it every day and our lives are unimaginable without it. But look more closely and you find that coins and …

Climate Hope

News about climate change is almost always alarming, depressing, or both. But Tim Flannery believes there is qualified hope that things may get …

The Next 50 Years

When IDEAS celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in October 2015, we convened a special forum at Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. It was to address the …

Replacing the Professionals - Richard Susskind

Technology is not just taking over factory jobs, according to British author and scholar Richard Susskind, it's about to do the jobs of lawyers, …

Why should you care about Brian Wilson?

Brian Wilson created some of the most important music in history. I’m on that side of the fence. On the other side are the non-initiates who take …