Daily Archives: March 5, 2016

Talk Africa: Africa commodities trade


CCTV Africa

Published on Mar 5, 2016

Could this mark the end of the good times?

Africa rode the global demand for commodities at the turn of this century to create some of the fastest economic growth figures in the world. 6 of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world were from Africa.

However, a recent IMF report indicates that demand for commodities is on a decline, sending shock waves across exporting countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

So how bad is the situation, and what can be done to reduce Africa’s dependence on commodities?

Beatrice Marshall and her panel of experts explore this topic on this episode of Talk Africa.

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Global Stocks on Roller Coaster Ride as China Economy Slows, Oil Price Plunges


VOA News

Published on Jan 20, 2016

Global stocks declined sharply Wednesday after another drop in oil prices prompted selloffs from Asia to New York. The Dow Jones Industrial index plunged more than 500 points at one point before cutting its losses in half as U.S. markets closed. The volatility and steep declines in stock futures reflect a growing sense of unease about the global economy. Mil Arcega has more.
Originally published at – http://www.voanews.com/media/video/31…

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What’s in store for China’s slowing economy?


Al Jazeera English

Published on Mar 5, 2016

China’s National People’s Congress meets to set out economic agenda.Presenter: Laura KyleGuests:Chen Chen – China Economist at the Economist Intelligence Unit.Pauline Loong – Managing Director at Asia-Analytica and Analyst on China’s Economy.Christopher Balding – Associate Professor at the HSBC Business School at Peking University.Source: Al JazeeraSubscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribeFollow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/AJEnglishFind us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aljazeeraCheck our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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The mercury doesn’t lie: We’ve hit a troubling climate change milestone – The Boston Globe

By Bill McKibben March 05, 2016

Thursday, while the nation debated the relative size of Republican genitalia, something truly awful happened. Across the northern hemisphere, the temperature, if only for a few hours, apparently crossed a line: it was more than two degrees Celsius above “normal” for the first time in recorded history and likely for the first time in the course of human civilization.

That’s important because the governments of the world have set two degrees Celsius as the must-not-cross red line that, theoretically, we’re doing all we can to avoid. And it’s important because most of the hemisphere has not really had a winter. They’ve been trucking snow into Anchorage for the start of the Iditarod; Arctic sea ice is at record low levels for the date; in New England doctors are already talking about the start of “allergy season.”

This bizarre glimpse of the future is only temporary. It will be years, one hopes, before we’re past the two degrees mark on a regular basis. But the future is clearly coming much faster than science had expected. February, taken as a whole, crushed all the old monthly temperature records, which had been set in … January. January crushed all the old monthly temperature records, which had been set in … December.

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