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Daily Archives: October 24, 2015

The Best and Worst Countries To Grow Old In

24/7 Wall Street: “The global population is aging rapidly. Today, there are roughly 868 million people who are at least 60 years old globally, or about 12% of the world’s population. By 2050, more than 2 billion people will be 60 or older, or 21% of the projected global population. In the United States, 27% of all Americans will be at least 60 years old. HelpAge International’s “Global AgeWatch 2014 Index” ranked the social and economic well-being of older residents in 96 countries. The report rated each country on four broad factors important to an aging population: supporting income security, fostering good health, employment and education, and the overall environment for older residents.. Norway was rated as the best country for older people to live in, bypassing Sweden, last year’s top-rated country. Meanwhile, Afghanistan was rated the worst country for older people for the second consecutive year.”

UN Environment Program – The Financial System We Need

Inquiry – Design of a Sustainable Financial System – Aligning the Financial System with Sustainable Development – the UNEP Inquiry Report, October 2015. “Achieving sustainable development requires investment in an inclusive, green economy. Today, mismatches between what is financed and what needs financing contributes to continued environmental deterioration of natural capital and insufficient investment in… Continue Reading

Information Geographies at the Oxford Internet Institute

“This project proposes a comprehensive mapping of contemporary geographies of knowledge. Information is the raw material for much of the work that goes on in the contemporary global economy. As such, it is important to understand who produces and reproduces, who has access, and who and where are represented by information in our contemporary knowledge… Continue Reading

Challenges to scholarly journal paywalls take several directions

The prohibitive cost of e-journal subscriptions and the wealth of critical research articles available only for fee continues to reverberate in different directions as individuals and groups work to bypass paywalls. Aaron Swartz spearheaded these efforts in 2013 when he downloaded millions of articles through MIT’s JSTOR account.  More recently, efforts to broaden access to… Continue Reading