Electronics Recycling Asia 2015

2015.11.24 The Electronics Recycling Asia 2015 conference, organised by the World Recycling Forum (WRF), took place on November 10-13 in the scenic surroundings of the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, where the presidents of China and Taiwan had shaken hands at the very same location just a few days earlier. Although the number of participants in the…

Water conflict threatens to boil over

2014.05.27 Tension in the South China Sea, which has been bubbling away fairly quietly for some time, has threatened to boil over in the past few weeks. The problems are being caused, as they always are, by issues of resource management and ownership, particularly related to that still absurdly popular fuel source, crude oil. Specifically,…

Blue skies ahead for greener flights?

2014.03.11 Aviation Industry Starts to Get its Environmental Impact Act Together High flying jets and aerobatic propeller aircraft noisily burned up the fuel giving thousands of spectators a thrill in the air and on the ground at last month’s Singapore Airshow. Some of the exhibitors of very expensive hardware for commercial and military purposes were showing…

Floods of immigration? Or just a wave of lies?

2014.01.16 The weeks leading up to 2014 saw British newspapers full of stories about Romania and Bulgaria, places that the same newspapers would usually dismiss as ‘little’ countries that aren’t worth bothering about. So why the sudden interest? Because on January 1st 2014, Romanians and Bulgarians became eligible to work in the UK (and the rest…

Deflation shock coming? Or QE Euphoria?

2014.01.13 Taki Tsaklanos over at GoldSilverWorlds has reprinted a series of charts from Incrementum Lichtenstein that show a reversal in several big trends. Here are a couple of them, followed by some other supporting material. First, US banks have not only failed to return to their pre-2008 pace of lending, but the loan growth rate is now falling back…

A very Cold War in Ukraine

2013.12.21 As the winter cold settles in over Kiev, the protests and counter-protests in Ukraine continue. One side of the country wants to move closer to European Union integration, the other side wants to be closer to the old master, Russia. The protests are becoming increasingly volatile, as pro-Russian protesters from the east have arrived…