One of the biggest problems plaguing our economy is the high price of health care. According to Ezra Klein’s post on the Washington Post’s wonkblog, health care accounted for 17.6% of the US GDP compared to an average of 9.5% for the 34 OECD countries.
A comfortable standard of living and high incomes do not mean a country is free of social problems–nevertheless, the dynamic atmosphere infectious in Qatar can inspire both locals and expatriates to improve the quality of life for everyone in this tiny country making huge moves on the international scene.
The Silicon Valley is booming. According to a recent U.S. Census Bureau report, the startup-riddled “techtopia” has the country’s second-highest concentration of wealthy people. Some 16 percent of Santa Clara County households earn at least $191,000 per year, placing them in the nation’s wealthiest 5 percent.
New studies confirm what researchers have been saying for decades: a solid immigration policy will help not only immigrants get ahead, but will grow the economy. This research however, puts solid numbers behind the findings, and argue that the sooner the immigration system is overhauled, the better it will be for all Americans.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed last Friday a set of new standards to reduce smog-causing sulfur in gasoline and tighten emissions regulations on cars and trucks beginning in 2017 that would increase gas prices by less than a penny per gallon and add $130 to the cost of a vehicle in 2025.
A new report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) claims ending the $1.9 trillion in global energy subsidies could reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 4.2 billion tons – a 13 percent reduction – and lead to major gains both for economic growth and the environment.
According to Pulitzer Prize winning economic journalist, David Cay Johnston, the prosperity, in terms of annual income, of the bottom 90% of the US population grew by only $59 after adjusting for inflation.
When I first heard about the egg substitute Beyond Eggs, I was skeptical. Without thinking too much about it, I tweeted “Are plant-based eggs and fake meat truly #sustainablefood?”, referring to an ongoing debate around whether whole foods are more sustainable than food that’s created in a lab. I quickly received a reply from Josh … Continued
World Vision and its microfinance arm, VisionFund International, help develop a clean water and sanitation project in Sri Lanka in 2010.
Kiva’s efforts to alleviate poverty and enhance economic opportunity around the world has come a long way in a short time. Leveraging “collective good and new technologies,” Kiva’s microfinance crowdfunding platform now reaches out to more than 1 million people in more than 65 countries.
March 22 is World Water Day and UNICEF is taking its New York City-based Tap Project global in an all-out campaign to raise money and awareness to ensure that the world’s children have safe water to drink. With the help of advertising company Drog5, they’ve turned Facebook into a water network that has the potential to go global.