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May 26, 2016 Foxconn cuts 60,000 factory jobs and replaces them with robots

Source: The Verge

Foxconn, the largest contract electronics manufacturer in the world, says it has automated away 60,000 jobs in one of its factories, according to the BBC. The cuts are part of an ongoing process to replace humans responsible for...

May 26, 2016 These scientists made their own clouds, and what they found could require us to rethink how fast the earth is warming

Source: Business Insider

A new experiment looking at clouds is about to change the way we think about climate change.

May 26, 2016 UMass to include vote for divestment of fossil fuels at next Board of Trustees meeting

Source: Daily Collegian

The University of Massachusetts divested its endowment from direct holdings in fossil fuels today, according to a press release sent by the UMass Foundation, becoming the first major public university to do so.

May 26, 2016 McDonald's Shuts Its Headquarters as Protesters Rally for $15 an Hour

Source: Fortune

Hundreds of protesters marched through pouring rain to call for higher wages and union rights at McDonald’s Corp on Wednesday, leading the hamburger chain to shut down its headquarters a day before its annual meeting.

May 26, 2016 China Wants to Set Prices for the World's Commodities

Source: Bloomberg

China has put the world’s traditional financial centers on notice that it wants to develop its raw material markets as hubs for setting prices, seeking to marry the country’s commercial heft with a much greater say in determining...

May 26, 2016 Political Risk Outlook: Venezuela's Economic Emergency

Source: Forbes

Venezuela is facing the most serious economic crisis of any country in Latin America. Inflation is expected to top 400% this year and electricity companies are already failing to keep the lights on in many parts of the country....

May 26, 2016 Mystery: How much more oil can the Saudis really pump?

Source: CNN

The OPEC leader is already pumping ferociously as part of a price war aimed at recapturing market share lost to the U.S. and others. Saudi's daily oil production has surged from 9.5 million barrels in early 2014 to a near-record...

May 25, 2016 Climate change is making food more toxic

Source: Grist

Mycotoxins are much scarier than a horror movie. They are poisons produced by fungi and can cause cancer, suppress immune systems, and straight up kill you.

May 25, 2016 Here are some of the activist groups taking on oil goliath Exxon

Dallas News - The group has 11 chapters in North America, including one serving the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The Union of Concerned Scientists is a Massachusetts-based nonprofit science advocacy organization composed of both...

May 25, 2016 The Economic Arguments Against Brexit

Source: New Yorker

The report says that, in the event of “Brexit,” the unemployment rate would jump, while G.D.P., house prices, the stock market, and the value of the pound sterling would all be hit hard.

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