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Forbes (July 16)

2024/ 07/ 17 by jd in Global News

“A double-barreled system of heat waves toppled daily record high temperatures across California, Arizona, Nevada and the Pacific Northwest, as well as some records in the Northeast over the past week, as more than 2,500 municipalities saw their daily heat records matched or broken—and more records are expected to fall as heat advisories remain in effect throughout the East Coast and the South.”


Washington Post (June 19)

2024/ 06/ 20 by jd in Global News

“Scorching heat waves” are testing the “world’s resilience.” Before summer even began, “heat waves had already slammed disparate stretches of the planet, from Bangkok to Barranquilla.” The heat continued elsewhere in May and June. Now “parts of the United States are bracing for a potential record heat wave this week, while wildfires are already spreading” in the west. “In many ways, the climate disaster is already here.”


Wall Street Journal (April 27)

2024/ 04/ 29 by jd in Global News

Exxon and Chevron “are still printing big profits, but their postpandemic run of record earnings is slowing down.” After gyrating with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, “oil-and-gas supplies have largely stabilized… and analysts say companies such as Exxon—the western world’s largest oil refiner—will have to prove it can keep costs down and production up if the benefits of external market forces continue to ebb.”


Wall Street Journal (April 17)

2024/ 04/ 18 by jd in Global News

Marking “a sharp reversal” from years of “bolstering their office footprints,” Big Tech is now “downsizing workspace in another blow to office real estate.” Especially hard hit, “San Francisco’s office-vacancy rate hit a record 36.7% in the first quarter,” roughly ten times worse than early 2019 when it stood at 3.6%.


Time (February 28)

2024/ 02/ 28 by jd in Global News

“South Korea set a fresh record for the world’s lowest fertility rate as the impact of the nation’s aging demographics looms large for its medical system, social welfare provision and economic growth.” The dearth of babies is considerably “speeding up the aging of South Korean society, generating concerns about the growing fiscal burden of public pensions and health care.”


Financial Times (February 22)

2024/ 02/ 23 by jd in Global News

“The benchmark Nikkei 225 index finally broke through its “iron coffin lid” to surpass its long-standing record 1989 closing price of 38,915 points, which was set when 15 of the world’s largest companies by market cap were Japanese. “The Nikkei has risen 16.6 per cent since the start of the year, making it the world’s best-performing major index, as a falling yen lures foreign investors” and strengthens the performance of exporters.”


Bloomberg (January 19)

2024/ 01/ 20 by jd in Global News

“Chinese stocks just capped another dismal week…. Grim milestones have kept piling up in recent days: Tokyo has overtaken Shanghai as Asia’s biggest equity market, while India’s valuation premium over China has hit a record. Locally, a meltdown in Chinese shares is wreaking havoc on the nation’s asset management industry, pushing mutual fund closures to a five-year high.”


The Guardian (January 11)

2024/ 01/ 13 by jd in Global News

“Global renewable energy capacity grew by the fastest pace recorded in the last 20 years in 2023,” rising 50% to 510 GW and marking “the 22nd year in a row that renewable capacity additions set a new record.” The tremendous growth in 2023 “could put the world within reach of meeting a key climate target,” set at Cop28, “to triple renewable energy capacity by 2030.”


Financial Times (January 9)

2024/ 01/ 09 by jd in Global News

“Unemployment in the eurozone fell back to a record low of 6.4 per cent in November, defying recent economic gloom after the number of jobless people fell almost 100,000 from a month earlier.” With the job market “proving more resilient than expected,” the ECB may worry more “about the timing of a potential cut in interest rates” as “rapid wage growth could keep price pressures elevated.”


USA Today (January 2)

2024/ 01/ 03 by jd in Global News

“The post-COVID-19 economy was finally supposed to stop defying gravity and topple into a recession this year.” While “growth is expected to slow… other factors are likely to keep the economy afloat, forecasters say, including near-record home and stock prices, a further easing of inflation to or near the Fed’s 2% goal and the central bank’s tentative plans to cut interest rates more sharply than previously anticipated.”


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