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Africa's Natural Environment could be a Casualty of Infrastructure Demands

Date: 25 November 2015

Africa’s natural environments and spectacular wildlife are about to face their biggest challenge ever. In a paper published today in Current Biology, my colleagues and I assess the dramatic environmental changes driven by an infrastructure-expansion scheme so sweeping in scope it is dwarfing anything the Earth’s biggest continent has ever endured.

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Disease-carrying Insects Like LED Lights - Who Knew?

Date: 9 November 2015

Estimates are that household air pollution kills more than 500,000 people in Africa each year. Through solar energy, people can stop using dirty and extremely polluting fuels like kerosene in their homes. However, with domestic solar energy comes an unintended consequence. When the light bulbs switch on, they can attract disease-carrying bugs.

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Myanmar's Election Could End Up Just 'Regime Maintenance'

Date: 31 October 2015

Despite numerous concerns surrounding Myanmar’s upcoming election, the most important factor determining its success will be whether the electoral system becomes an arena of genuine competition for political power or remains subject to manipulation for the purposes of regime maintenance.

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Should the Bank of Japan Consider the U.S. Fed Method?

Date: 27 July 2015

The Bank of Japan is engaged in the most aggressive asset purchases, and yet it has largely failed to lift inflation.  National consumer prices for June will report at the end of this week.  The headline rate expects to fall to 0.3% year-over-year from 0.5% in May.  This would be the smallest increase since June 2013.

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A Preview of this Week's Events Among the Emerging Markets

Date: 3 November 2014

Overall, the investment climate for EM is likely to remain negative in this strong dollar environment.  A weaker than expected official China PMI over the weekend didn't help matters. Indeed, most of the Asian PMI readings out already came in weaker than expected, with Korea and Indonesia coming in below 50. Expect further deterioration in EM sentiment ahead. 

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New Home Sales, Home Prices Slow

Date: 27 August 2014

 Less Americans are buying new homes as the prices of those homes become unaffordable, according to new data from the Department of Commerce and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

While salaries are beginning to see modest rises of roughly 2% growth on a year-over-year basis, home prices have risen much faster in a shorter period of time, but those home prices are beginning to stagnate as demand falls for homes amidst tight credit and diminishing affordability in the housing market. 

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