20 February 2019 - IMF Warns of Global Economic Storm
Global economic growth continues to
under-perform expectations, with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently
highlighting "four clouds" on the economic horizon. During the last
week of January, the IMF cut the global growth forecast to its lowest level
since World War II, from 3.7 percent to 3.5 percent. While the Chinese economic
slowdown and US-China trade war are the most obvious risks, global financial
tightening and rising political uncertainty are also having a big impact on the
18 February 2019 - Will Mortgage Broker Customers Need to Pay
The banking royal commission is now over,
with several recommendations made to help increase honesty and transparency
throughout the financial sector. Perhaps the most contentious recommendation
from the final report is related to mortgage brokers, who may need to forego
their traditional commission-based business model for a user-pays service. With
this pervasive industry used by more than half a million Australians each year,
the introduction of upfront fees for the arrangement of loans could have a
dramatic effect on the financial landscape.
14 February 2019 - Renewable Energy Around the World
When it comes to the design and
implementation of renewable energy solutions, not all countries are created
equal. From solar and wind power through to hydro and geothermal energy
solutions, some nations are doing much more than others in the movement towards
a low-carbon future. According to the Climate Council, Sweden is aiming to be
the world's first 100 percent renewable country when it comes to electricity
generation, with other ambitious green nations including Costa Rica, Nicaragua,
Scotland, Germany, and Uruguay.
11 February 2019 - World's Smartest Animals
For better and worse, humans have
undoubtedly taken over planet Earth. Our use of tools and knack for
self-awareness has given us an edge over the rest of the animal kingdom, to the
point where many other species are under threat as the result of our existence.
While our ability to learn, be creative, and solve problems is impressive and
unsurpassed, a number of other species also show remarkable signs of
intelligence. Let's take a look at the world's smartest animals and see how
their intelligence differs from ours.
7 February 2019 - The Environmental Impacts of Eating Less Meat
This is the first part of a two part discussion.
What we eat has a huge effect on the world around us, with our diet closely
linked with global farming practices and the health of environmental systems.
With agriculture responsible for up to 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions,
and most of these emissions coming from red meat production, simple changes to
our diet could have a huge impact on the world around us. According to a new
report published in The Lancet, eating less meat is critical if we want better personal
health and improved environmental outcomes. Let's analyse the rather persuasive
environmental argument, and leave the health argument to part two of this
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