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This is the most depressing chart in the world

Since 2010, the International Monetary Fund's outlook for global growth has disappointed.<p>And every year, the IMF cuts its global growth forecast only to have that lowered forecast eventually prove too aggressive.<p>For a brief period in 2011 and 2012, the IMF's forecast for the global economy was a …

Rethinking the future of plastics

A new report finds that applying circular-economy principles could dramatically reshape the economics of this workhorse of the global economy—and …

Donald ducks the big questions

VICTORY this week in the Nevada caucuses, on top of recent triumphs in New Hampshire and South Carolina, make Donald Trump the clear favourite to be …

Economics

Milestone: 20,000 MSC certified products now available

There are now 20,000 products available in the world that bear the Marine Stewardship Council’s seal of approval – the blue ecolabel.A ready-made …

Wild Atlantic Salmon Return to Connecticut River

© Design Pics Inc / Alamy Stock Photo<p>By the fall of 2015, the salmon of the Connecticut River were supposed to be doomed. The silvery fish that once swam the Northeast’s longest river, 407 miles from the mountains of New Hampshire to Long Island Sound, went extinct because of dams and industrial …

Your next farmer

Every farmer has a daughter, rhetorically speaking. And, if you’re lucky, many of those daughters will grow up to be farmers. Content Classification: …

African Farmers Struggle to Feed Continent's Booming Population

Josephine Mbinya bends from the waist to pluck beans from the black soil on her smallholding south of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital. She throws them in a …

Guide to Pork Labels

Housing<p>Pigs can roam freely between outdoors and shelter<p>Pigs can roam freely between outdoors and shelter. Fattening pigs may be housed for final 20% …

Pollution: Three steps to a green shipping industry

It is time to crack down on the emissions and destructive development caused by vast container vessels that pollute the air and seas, write Zheng Wan …

New patrol vessels for the Philippines

Incat Crowther is designing two patrol vessels for the Philippine government<p><b>The Philippine Government has ordered two 50m multi-mission monohull</b> …

Rare Women Take to the International Stage

Source: Rare/Suzanne Hodges<br>Around the world, millions of women play often unheralded but vital roles in the management of natural resources. Take …

The case for fish farming

We're headed towards a global food crisis: Nearly 3 billion people depend on the ocean for food, and at our current rate we already take more fish …

Aquaculture

How Our Warming Ocean Is Altering Fisheries

Rapidly warming waters in the Gulf of Maine are part of the reason that Atlantic cod, once plentiful in New England waters, have struggled to recover …

These 8 Photos Will Change How You Think About Sand Forever

For a lot of people, sand is their least favorite part of the beach, and understandably so. It gets in your suit, your hair, your towel, your car, …

High Liner Foods to cease New Bedford value-added production by end of 2016

High Liner Foods, a Canadian seafood processor, plans to shut down its value-added fish operation in New Bedford, Mass. by the end of 2016.The …

Does Your Backbone Organization Have Backbone?

Tell the truth. Your collective impact effort for social change is no doubt <i>collective</i>—but does it really have <i>impact</i>?<p>If your experience is like mine …

A Guide to Saving One of the Last Great Ecosystems

Human Journey<p><i>This article is brought to you by the</i> <i>International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP)</i><i>. Read our</i> <i>other articles</i> <i>on the National Geographic Voices blog featuring the work of our iLCP Fellow Photographers all around the world.</i><p><b>Text and Photos by iLCP Fellow Paul Hilton</b><p>A critically …

Investors Anticipate a Soft Landing

The single biggest reason why startups succeed

Bill Gross has founded a lot of startups, and incubated many others -- and he got curious about why some succeeded and others failed. So he gathered …

Startups

Big data is creating big career opportunities

Mariah Walton leans forward and daubs a canvas with paint. At home, she works in oils, slowly building the paintings she has been doing since …

Big Data

Mission-Aligned Investing: More Complex Than It Seems (SSIR)

In recent years, digital technology has given the public more access to information about the internal workings of public institutions such as …

How Do We Change When We Really Listen To The People We Love?

<i>Part 5 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> The Act Of Listening<p><b>About Dave Isay's TED Talk</b><p>Dave Isay started StoryCorps with a recording booth in Grand Central Terminal, and an open invitation for people to interview one another. Since then, it's turned into a massive archive of intimate conversations.<p><b>About</b> …

Skoll | Social Entrepreneurs Driving Large Scale Change

Marine Stewardship Council Labeling and the Future of Sustainable Fisheries<p>Zachary SlobigSkoll Foundation<p>Exploring Power and Privilege in the Funding …

Social Entrepreneurship

What does leadership mean in the 21st century?

21st Century