Follow world-renowned scientist Cary Fowler into the heart of the arctic, where the Svalbard Global Seed Vault lies nestled in the frozen Norwegian landscape. Among the most important buildings in the world, the Seed Vault holds the key to human survival: more than 880,000 seed samples, the largest collection in the world. These seeds are critical because, unless safeguarded, agriculture biodiversity is at risk of decline in the face of changing environmental and population pressures.
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Single-family rents, as measured by the CoreLogic Single-Family Rental Index (SFRI), climbed steadily between 2010 and 2016. However, the index shows year-over-year rent growth has decelerated slowly (Figure 1) since February 2016, when it peaked at a 4.4 percent. As of June 2017, single-family rents increased 2.8 percent year over year, a 1.6 percentage point decline since the February 2016 peak.
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Written by Sig Silber
NOAA has issued their Seasonal Outlook Update which covers the period from September of this year to September/October/November of 2018. Surprisingly, their forecast is not much changed from what they issued last month on July 20. Last month when we looked at that update and compared it to the JAMSTEC Update they were very different. Unfortunately, JAMSTEC has not yet updated their website so we can not see if JAMSTEC is now in closer agreement with NOAA as we anticipate will be the case. To avoid delay in sharing the NOAA Update with our readers, we are issuing our analysis per our regular schedule. We will reissue it when we have the ability to compare it to the JAMSTEC Update. Note of interest: the level of uncertainly for this coming winter is quite high.
from The Conversation
-- this post authored by Georg Lofflmann, University of Warwick
Donald Trump's latest bombastic remarks on North Korea's nuclear weapons programme, threatening Kim Jong-un with 'fire and fury' for his continued provocations are a stark reminder of how drastically the rhetoric of national security has changed in Washington. Where the Obama doctrine offered measured pragmatism and a mix of restraint, targeted counter-terrorism measures and diplomatic engagement, Trump has responded with martial swagger.
Written by Jeff Miller, A Dash of Insight
Once again, the expected quiet summer week was instead filled with action. With analysts of all stripes analyzing every aspect of the changes in the Trump Administration, the financial punditry will do the same. Ignoring the politics and personalities, we are still left with a question that is important to investors:
Is a Market-Friendly Policy Agenda Now in Peril?
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ECRI's WLI Growth Index which forecasts economic growth six months forward remains in positive territory for over one year. This is compared to RecessionAlerts similar weekly leading index. ECRI also released their coincident and lagging indicators this week.