North America and Europe peripheral on China's 'vertical world map'
- Europe has dominated cartography for so long that its central place on the world map seems normal
- However, as the economic centre of gravity shifts east and the climate warms up, tomorrow's map may be very different
- Focusing on both China and Arctic shipping lanes, this vertical representation could be the world map of the future
With the ivory trade on the decline, poachers have been capitalizing on a new, disturbing trend.
- At the start of 2018, China banned all ivory products within its borders. As one of the largest markets for ivory, this represented a significant win for conservationists.
- However, just as the ivory trade declined, a new demand for elephant skin emerged.
- The skin is used in medicine and to make jewelry. What options are there for combating this dangerous new trend?
At 18 percent of the population, Hispanics account for 67.2 percent of U.S. net homeownership gains.
- After a 50-year low, Hispanics have seen the largest homeownership gains for any ethnic demographic.
- The uptick likely results from a bevy of gains Hispanics have seen in recent years.
- This rise in homeownership is part of an increasingly diverse United States.
Why doesn't the U.S. generate more electricity from wind?
- Wind turbines in Scotland produced more than 9.8 million megawatt-hours of electricity in the first half of 2019.
- Scotland is a global leader in renewable energies, generating more than half of its electricity consumption from renewables.
- The U.S. currently generates about 7 percent of its electricity from wind.
It's the first major insurance company with operations in the U.S. to move away from coal.
- Chubb Ltd., which operates in the U.S., plans to no longer underwrite construction of new coal-fired power plants and to stop investing in companies that generate significant revenue from coal.
- Insurance companies have to cover losses from natural disasters, which are increasing in frequency and intensity as a result of climate change.
- Climate change could also cause individual insurance premiums to rise significantly.