David Forrest

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Eight people earn more than 3.6 billion: our economics is broken

Oxfam’s statistics are beyond belief. Inequality is the biggest threat to the global economy – and it’s getting worse<p>Today, eight people have the same wealth as the poorest half of the world’s population. Stop and think about this. It is a mind-boggling concept.<p>Last year we said we would have …

Equality

Wyoming Bill Would Outlaw Renewable Energy

Republican lawmakers in Wyoming have introduced a bill that would block the use of renewable energy in the state. If passed, utilities that use wind …

Energy

Saudi Arabia Says It’s About to Launch a $30-$50 Billion Renewable Energy Program

Saudi Arabia will launch in coming weeks a renewable energy program that is expected to involve investment of between $30 billion and $50 billion by …

Energy

World's eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50%

A new report by Oxfam warns of growing and dangerous concentration of wealth<p>The world’s eight richest billionaires control the same wealth between them as the poorest half of the globe’s population, according to a charity warning of an ever-increasing and dangerous concentration of wealth.<p>In a …

Wealth

2 Days From China To Europe By Rail? Russia Going For High-Speed Cargo Trains

I’ve written extensively about the emerging network of trans-Eurasian direct cargo trains that is rapidly linking together dozens of cities in China and Europe. I often boast that these trains can make this 9,000-12,000 kilometer journey in less than two weeks — and sometimes in as little as 10.5 …

China

Silk Road route back in business as China train rolls into London

After 16 days and 7,456 miles, the locomotive’s arrival heralds the dawn of a new commercial era<p>When the East Wind locomotive rumbles into east London this week, it will be at the head of 34 carriages full of socks, bags and wallets for London’s tourist souvenir shops, as well as the dust and grime …

China

EU proposes giving all citizens a universal basic income

MEPs have warned European countries must “seriously” consider introducing a general basic income to prepare for wide scale unemployment that could …

Income inequality among men soars

<b>The number of men in low-paid part-time work has increased fourfold over the past 20 years.</b><p>New research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies has found that one in five low-paid men aged 25 to 55 now work part-time.<p>While 95% of top-earning men normally work full-time, 20% of the lowest paid now work …

Justice

To Clean Its Air, Paris Is Kicking Cars Off More Major Streets

The French capital has made major progress in redesigning the city to reduce traffic (and the smog that comes with it). Now it's going even further.<p>Traffic in Paris—and the resulting smog—has dropped 30% since the beginning of the millennium as the city pushed for better public transit. But …

Urban Design

Using Drones to Bathe the World in Internet Isn’t Working Out So Great

Alphabet has scrapped its project and Facebook’s is struggling, too.<p>To the tech giants of Silicon Valley, a lack of Internet in remote areas looked …

The World Isn’t Waiting for Trump on Trade - Bloomberg

During the campaign, Donald Trump slammed current and potential U.S. free-trade deals, called for possible tariffs on China, Mexico, and other …

China

A single city in China built more skyscrapers last year than the US and Australia combined

China’s skyscraper craze reached another new high last year.<p>In 2016 the world saw the completion of 128 skyscrapers, up from 114 in 2015, according to the US-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (it defines a skyscraper as being higher than 200 m, or 656 ft). Of those, 84 came from …

China

How Universal Basic Income Could Rescue The Freelance Economy

Paying everyone a small amount each month no matter what could make a big difference for freelancers and entrepreneurs.<p>On January 1 Finland became the first country in history to launch a large-scale universal basic income trial. The two-year trial selected 2,000 unemployed Finnish citizens and …

Basic Income

2017 transformational technology trends no one is talking about

The internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence, blockchain, big data, smart cities... These are just a few examples of what has been pointed …

Big Data

How Self-Driving Cars Are Ushering in the Third Industrial Revolution

<i>On Monday, January 9, VICE joined city officials, entrepreneurs, and leaders in the tech and automotive industries for Ford's City of the Future Symposium. The event, held as part of the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, focused on the future of transportation and our ongoing</i> …

Energy

DARPA's Biotech Chief Says 2017 Will "Blow Our Minds"

The Pentagon’s research and development division, DARPA—the creative force behind the internet and GPS—retooled itself three years ago to create a …

Biology

The End of Conventional Industry Sectors

These days, few people expect to work for a single company throughout their career. But what about the expectation that companies will remain in one …

Innovation

This Constellation Of Groups Fighting Urban Poverty Just Got $1 Million In Funding

The Future Cities Accelerator announced 10 $100,000 grants to organizations devoted to improving the lives of the urban poor, with the hope that some will be successful enough to export to other cities.<p>Fix one city and you may change the world. After all, more people than ever are flocking to metro …

Future Cities

The New Science Of Efficient Organizations

A recent survey reported that the consulting industry raked in $39.3 billion in 2012 renting out their advice to the world’s most powerful firms. Yet …

300 million smartphones will have machine learning ability, says Deloitte

New processors in the next batch of smartphones will enable native machine learning to some degree to make devices smarter even when they aren't …

Software Engineering

The urban ultimatum: what should our future cities be like?

The landscape has changed radically in the decade that LSE Cities’ Urban Age programme has travelled the world – but the questions it explores are more important than ever, writes Deyan Sudjic<p>Outside the echo chamber of religious fanaticism of all descriptions, this is not a moment in which the …

Urbanism

Barcelona's "Superblocks" Plan: Less Cars, More Bikes, Better Social Spaces

Ambitious, brilliant and affordable city planning at its finest<p>Thirty years ago everyone in China rode bicycles; today it's all cars. Thirty years …

Urban Design

Sustainable Urban Design: Rotterdam’s Route of becoming a World Leader as an Experimental City

In every field, sustainability is the main goal. There are several experiments that are conducted worldwide aimed at developing sustainable urban …

Rotterdam

These are the world’s most sustainable cities

What does it mean to be a 'sustainable city', and which cities around the world are best at it? A new index sets out to find the most successful from …

Crazy Carbon Crystals And Other New Ways To Fight Climate Change

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have accidentally stumbled upon a way to capture carbon dioxide from the ambient air, creating prism-like crystals and combating global warming in the process.<p>“When we left an aqueous solution of the guanidine open to air, beautiful prism-like crystals …

Climate Change

This bumble bee was everywhere. Now it’s on the endangered species list.

For the first time in American history, a bumble bee species has been placed on the endangered species list. It probably won’t be the last.<p>The rusty patched bumble bee was so prevalent 20 years ago that pedestrians in Midwest cities fought to shoo them away. Now, even trained scientists and …

Bees

To compete online in India, businesses will soon have to work in 122 languages

The English language’s global domination seems inevitable. Just last month, for example, the German car company Volkswagen switched its official tongue to English, and a new study revealed that reliance on English is skewing scientific research.<p>But there are also forces moving in another direction. …

Linguistics

How Gene Editing Could Ruin Human Evolution

In the 1960s, Thomas Kuhn suggested that scientific ideas undergo fits of revolution, challenging the foundation of establishment science. But it was …

Genetics

Why Universities Shouldn’t Teach Social Entrepreneurship

<b>The Future of Social Impact Education in Business Schools and Beyond</b> This series, produced in partnership with Oxford’s Skoll Centre for Social …

Education

Ford rolls out gas- and driver-less fleet of tomorrow

The Ford Motor Company expanded its investment into the electric and autonomous vehicle market at CES 2017 on Tuesday, with a series of new innovation initiatives.<p>The initiatives are part of a $4.5 billion investment to make the company ready for the next decade. Ford CEO Mark Fields has been …

Autos