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Economics News
April 1, 2020

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Environmental Cost of Cryptocurrency Mines

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Monero -- the names of digital-based 'cryptocurrencies' are being heard more and more frequently. But despite having no physical representation, could these new ... read more

Lack of Reporting on Phosphorus Supply Chain Dangerous for Global Food Security

A new study shows that while Phosphorus is a key element to global food security, its supply chain is a black box. This can lead to social, political ... read more

The Case for Retreat in the Battle Against Climate Change

With sea level rise and extreme weather threatening coastal communities, it's no longer a question of whether they are going to retreat; it's where, when and how. In a new paper, researchers advocate ... read more

Nations With Strong Women's Rights Likely to Have Better Population Health and Faster Growth

Nations with strong women's rights are more likely to have better health and faster growth than those who don't promote and protect these ... read more
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Monty Python's Silly Walk: A Gait Analysis and Wake-Up Call to Peer Review Inefficiencies

Fifty years ago, Monty Python's famous sketch, 'The Ministry of Silly Walks,' first aired. The sketch pokes fun at the inefficiency of government bureaucracy. It opens with the ... read more

Crowdfunding -- Entrepreneurs Should Resist the Urge to Promise to Save the Earth

Entrepreneurs seeking funds on business-oriented crowdfunding platforms should avoid over-emphasizing the social or environmental benefits of their start-ups or products if they are to maximize ... read more

What to Expect When You're Expecting Electric Transportation

While electric vehicles alone may not reduce carbon emissions, a new study reveals that when electric vehicles are powered with renewable energy and coupled with carbon policy strategies, they can ... read more

Pacific Marine National Monuments Do Not Harm Fishing Industry

A research team analyzed observer records of individual fishing events, logbook summary reports and detailed satellite data on vessel ... read more

Scientists Develop Open-Source Software to Analyze Economics of Biofuels, Bioproducts

Perennial grasses can be converted into everything from ethanol to bioplastics, but it's unclear which bioproducts hold the greatest potential. BioSTEAM, a new open-source simulation software ... read more

Do the Climate Effects of Air Pollution Impact the Global Economy?

Aerosol emissions from burning coal and wood are dangerous to human health, but it turns out that by cooling the Earth they also diminish global economic inequality, according to a new ... read more

Systems Analysis for a New Arctic

A major new report highlights new and emerging policy trends in the Arctic, a region on the front lines of climate change, geopolitics, and global ... read more

Feedback Culture: When Colleagues Become Competitors

Competitive behavior among employees may be triggered by the type of feedback they have ... read more

What Is the Best Way to Encourage Innovation? Competitive Pay May Be the Answer

Economists and business leaders agree that innovation is a major force behind economic growth, but many disagree on what is the best way to encourage workers to produce the ... read more

Pilot Program Aims to Improve Reproducibility, Utility, and Ethics of Biomedical Research

Addressing the widespread concern over transparency and reproducibility in biomedical research, one of the largest institutions in science has begun to provide a framework, interventions, and ... read more

Sea Level Rise to Cause Major Economic Impact in the Absence of Further Climate Action

Rising sea levels, a direct impact of the Earth's warming climate, is intensifying coastal flooding. The findings of a new study show that the projected negative economy-wide effects of coastal ... read more

Climate Costs Smallest If Warming Is Limited to 2°C

Using computer simulations of a model by US Nobel Laureate William Nordhaus, researchers weight climate damages from, for instance, increasing weather extremes or decreasing labor productivity ... read more

The Blue Acceleration: Recent Colossal Rise in Human Pressure on Ocean Quantified

Human pressure on the world's ocean accelerated sharply at the start of the 21st century and shows no sign of slowing, according to a comprehensive new analysis on the state of the ocean. ... read more

US Households Waste Nearly a Third of the Food They Acquire

American households waste, on average, almost a third of the food they acquire, according to economists, who say this wasted food has an estimated aggregate value of $240 billion annually. Divided ... read more

Organized Cybercrime -- Not Your Average Mafia

Scientists have identified common attributes of cybercrime networks, revealing how these groups function and work together to cause an estimated $445-600 billion of harm globally per ... read more

Good Connections Key to Startup Success

The future potential of early stage startups can be assessed by their existing professional relationships, research ... read more

Correcting Vaccine Misinformation Is a Difficult Process, Study Shows

Researchers found that vaccine misinformation in Danish media outlets from 2013-2016 led to HPV vaccinations dropping by 50.4%. An information campaign geared toward concerned parents helped increase ... read more

New 'Umbrella' Species Would Massively Improve Conservation

The protection of Australia's threatened species could be improved by a factor of seven, if more efficient 'umbrella' species were prioritized for protection, according to new ... read more

Overuse of Herbicides Costing UK Economy £400 Million Per Year

Scientists have for the first time put an economic figure on the herbicidal resistance of a major agricultural weed that is decimating winter-wheat farms across the ... read more

Model Beats Wall Street Analysts in Forecasting Business Financials

Researchers describe a model for forecasting financials that uses only anonymized weekly credit card transactions and three-month earning reports. Tasked with predicting quarterly earnings of more ... read more

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