Monday, 19 May 2014

The Arctic ice heading towards a low and other news and views for Monday 19 May

  • Charctic Interactive Sea Ice Graph - It is heading towards another low one if the early months are anything to go by.
  • Democracy causes economic development? – “Many analysts view democracy as a neutral or negative factor for growth. This column discusses new evidence showing that democracy has a robust and sizable pro-growth effect. The central estimates suggest that a country that switches from non-democracy to democracy achieves about 20% higher GDP per capita over the subsequent three decades.”
  • The Right Way to Control the Banks
  • Food should be regulated like tobacco, say campaigners – “The food industry should be regulated like the tobacco industry as obesity poses a greater global health risk than cigarettes, say international groups. Consumers International and the World Obesity Federation are calling for the adoption of more stringent rules. These could include pictures on food packaging of damage caused by obesity, similar to those on cigarette packets.
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