Finance News

September 17, 2015
activehours app

New Apps Are Helping You Save, Manage and Borrow Money

Smartphone apps have become the most popular and creative digital invention around these days. There are apps to help you remember to exercise, apps to monitor a developing fetus, apps to help you find your way around and apps to keep you connected to all of your family and friends. […]
January 15, 2015
olive oil in texas

What to Do When Shale Oil Goes Bust?

An old American TV show—the Beverly Hillbillies, opens with a song that tells the story of the miraculous transition from the poor hills of Appalachia to the mansions of Beverly Hills. The song includes this verse: “And up through the ground came a bubblin’ crude. Oil that is, black gold, […]
August 16, 2013
Jane Austen on British Currency

The Currency of Jane: Jane Austen’s Portrait to Grace the 10 Pound Note

British women have fared well in the public consciousness of their island nation. When the hundred greatest Britons were put to the popular vote by the BBC, a woman scored in the final three. That would be Princess Diana and, yes, she beat out Shakespeare (number 5). Margaret Thatcher is […]
July 10, 2013
Bitcoin

For the Winklevoss Brothers: In Bitcoin We Trust

The fortunes of Bitcoin just keep changing. If you’re into stock market volatility then Bitcoin provides the ultimate rush. That, as you can imagine, is not exactly how Bitcoin, the world’s first alternative digital currency, is marketing itself. But after the recent Bitcoin crash that saw a fifty percent devaluation, […]
November 11, 2012
Forestry Investments

Turning Green into Gold

The last decade has seen a massive transformation in ‘green’ consumer consciousness, one that is proving to be as much a political instigator and protocol changer as the multitude of scientists warning us about climate change. Indeed, this current generation of media savvy individuals have real political clout, are informed […]
July 8, 2012
Fred Pearce - RIO +20 Conclusions

Some Hope Out of Rio

After the Rio+20 convention left most people disheartened about the possibility of turning humans away from their profligate consumption, and most activists and analysts shouting, ‘this is a whitewash,’ there does seem to be a kernel of hope from the meeting’s outcome. The Guardian newspaper has profiled an interesting side […]
May 28, 2012
Renewable Power

New Energy Commitments Are Here

The coalition government in the UK has implemented the largest, sweeping reforms to the energy sector in over twenty years. The good news is that the acknowledgment and prescient concern over the future is on the agenda, the bad news is that many are disappointed that renewable energy is taking […]
April 1, 2012
Accountability will save us

Accountability will save us

As we beckon ever more connectivity in our lives, its (and our) impact on the planet may prove beneficial. Employee rights, Fairtrade concerns and legitimate sourcing of raw material make for a new era of business and political motivations – and accountability. As with the latest press on China’s Foxconn manufacturing […]
March 25, 2012
Mikhael Gorbachev

Water will be more precious than gold

Now that the environment is an issue on everyone’s table – having finally left the confines of what the public believes is the bearded lunatic fringe – it’s becoming an agenda for governments the world over. It’s unavoidable. The economics of water loss will impact hugely on farming, food prices […]