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BBC (February 21)

2019/ 02/ 23 by jd in Global News

“Chinese President Xi Jinping last year officially opened a bridge connecting Hong Kong to Macau and the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai—the world’s longest sea crossing bridge—as part of China’s plan to connect Greater Bay Area.” This ambitious plan seeks to spur economic development and “lays out strategic visions for the major cities in the region to become hubs in different sectors.” For example, “Hong Kong would strengthen its status as a finance and trade hub” while Shenzhen would be a tech hub and “Macau would focus on tourism.” An impressive plan, but “analysts question whether its lofty goals can be achieved.”

 

Scientific American (February 4)

2019/ 02/ 06 by jd in Global News

“Even if ambitious climate targets are met, Himalayan glaciers could lose a third of their volume.” The Earth’s “third pole” is in danger of largely melting away.  “If greenhouse gas emissions continue at their current levels, the region could lose as much as two-thirds of its ice.”

 

Institutional Investor (July 3)

2014/ 07/ 04 by jd in Global News

“Japan is not without ambitious women who have been able to get ahead, as well as corporate leaders who are making an effort to promote more women…. But barriers persist.” Kathy Matsui, who coined the term womenomics, recently estimated that “Japan’s GDP could rise by nearly 13 percent if the employment rate of women rose to match that of men.”

 

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