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Disease May Wipe Out World's Bananas But Here's How We Might Just Save Them

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from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Angelina Sanderson Bellamy, Cardiff University

Catastrophe is looming for the banana industry. A new strain has emerged of a soil-borne fungus known as 'Panama disease' which can wipe out entire plantations - and it is rapidly spreading around the world. Farmers in Australia, Latin America and across Asia and Africa all fear the worst.

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What We Read Today 06 February 2016

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Does Europe Support Denmark's Law On Migrant Assets?

by Felix Richter, Statista.com

-- this post authored by Niall McCarthy

Last week, the Danish parliament backed a controversial law to confiscate asylum seekers' valuables in order to pay for their upkeep.

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Infographic Of The Day: Human Sex Trafficking

The internet can be responsible for worsening behavior already harmful to the marginalized; in this case, we delve into the issue of human sex trafficking, and how the internet has turned it into an epidemic.

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Video of the Day:

It is inconceivable to imagine Africa without its elephants. Yet as poaching reaches critical levels, we are heading ever-closer to that grim reality. We take an in-depth look at why the demand for ivory skyrocketed, how the illegal wildlife trade is a threat to global security and what is being done to save Africa’s elephants from extinction.


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Rate Hikes Vs. Balance Sheets

by Benn Steil

-- co-authored with Emma Smith

Appeared originally at Foreign Affairs 02 February 2016

How the Fed Should Tighten Monetary Policy

On January 27, the U.S. Federal Reserve held interest rates steady and, in a modest nod to a market that has been consistently more fearful about the economy than the Fed itself, dropped a line from its December statement saying that the risks to the outlook were 'balanced.'

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December 2015 Consumer Credit Rate of Growth Nearly the Same As Last Month

Written by Steven Hansen

The headlines say consumer credit rate of growth surged - and came in well above market expectations. Our analysis shows year-over-year consumer credit growth rate was similar to last month with little change in the rate of growth. However, revolving credit's rate of growth is increasing, but is being offset by decline in non-revolving credit.

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