One of the world’s two worst polluting countries may have peaked

  China’s greenhouse gas emissions could start to decline within 10 years, according to a report from the London School of Economics. This would be five years earlier than expected and would offer a boost towards efforts to protect the climate. The shift has been partly caused by a massive commitment to renewables. China is […]

China ‘expanding island building’ in South China Sea

US officials say China has reclaimed 810 hectares (2,000 acres) since the beginning of 2014. China claims almost the whole of the South China Sea, resulting in overlapping claims with its neighbours. More details in this excellent analysis from the BBC Other countries accuse China of illegally taking land to create artificial islands with facilities […]

Future farming to be based on robots and big data

Thought provoking lead from the excellent The farm of the future will involve multiple lightweight, small, autonomous, energy-efficient machines (AgBots) operating collectively to weed, fertilize and control pest and diseases, while collecting vasts amount of data to enable better management decision making,” according to Queensland University of Technology (QUT) robotics Professor Tristan Perez. “We are […]

Happy Lunar New Year

Best wishes to all our readers for the New Year. If you don’t celebrate at this time then congratulations on getting some time to spend with your family if you were lucky enough to get a few extra days off.  

Last, best, hope for peace in Ukraine

As the Ukraine ceasefire kicks in there is ongoing tension in contested region. Although heavy shelling has stopped there is still regular small arms fire as reported by CNN. The above map shows the complex areas of buffers zones as collated by the BBC Just before midnight, President Poroshenko ordered the commander of what Ukraine […]

Global Warming Deniers – Can’t see the wood for the trees?

The latest research by the Max Planck Institute and Leeds University reveals that global warming is not and has not been a linear progression in the last 150 years. Global warming deniers have been making great claims in the last few years that global temperatures seem to have ‘stalled’. In fact the temperature of the […]

Over 1 million displaced, Ukraine in Crisis

I’ve been using the following infographic from Deutche Bank for almost six months now. It’s still relevant from a geopolitical and business management perspective. However, what it doesn’t capture is the scale of the humanitarian crisis which has continued to escalate over the intervening period. In this Reuters article today it is estimated that over […]