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Lead trapped in Arctic ice reveals economic impact of wars, plagues

Lead trapped in Arctic ice reveals economic impact of wars, plagues

Science
July 10 (UPI) -- Today, economists use a wide variety of sophisticated tools to measure economic output. But how does one measure economic activity that happened 1,000 years ago? One way is measure changes in lead pollution levels trapped in ancient ice. Using Arctic ice cores, an international team of researchers successfully retraced the economic ups and down of the last 1,500 years. The findings, published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, revealed the the economic impacts of wars and plagues. "We all were surprised at how similarly lead pollution varied across this half of the Arctic and how closely those variations coincided with known historical events," Joe McConnell, director of DRI's Ultra-Trace Ice Core Chemistry Laboratory at the Desert ...
Trump-Xi meeting at the G-20 could impact the Fed’s next move, economist says

Trump-Xi meeting at the G-20 could impact the Fed’s next move, economist says

Finance
The meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and China President Xi Jinping at next week's G-20 summit could sway the Federal Reserve at its next meeting, said the chief economist and head of research for Asia Pacific at ING, Rob Carnell.The U.S. central bank held interest rates steady on Wednesday and indicated that no cuts were coming in 2019.However, Fed chairman Jerome Powell opened the door to the possibility of rate cuts, after the Fed's statement was released, when he said: "Many participants now see the case for somewhat more accommodative policy has strengthened."The meeting between the leaders of the world's two largest economies will be "pretty important," Carnell told CNBC's "Capital Connection" on Thursday.Powell had said Wednesday "there was not much support for cuttin...
New sheep shed examines farming’s impact on climate

New sheep shed examines farming’s impact on climate

Technology
By Dan Whitehead, home news correspondent A new state-of-the-art science facility that monitors the impact sheep farming has on our environment has opened in Devon.The equipment is the latest experiment to be added to North Wyke Farm, which already carries out world-leading research into farming and its impact on our climate. The new sheep shed monitors the intake and outtake of sheep, what they eat and excrete, to develop more environmentally friendly feeds and farming methods. Image: Professor Michael Lee, head of sustainable agricultural sciences at North Wyke Farm Professor Michael Lee, head of sustainable agricultural sciences at the farm, said: "This [experiment] looks at individual ani...
MBA students face off in challenge to create the next best idea in impact investing

MBA students face off in challenge to create the next best idea in impact investing

Finance
A team of five graduate business students from the University of Vermont traveled to Philadelphia this week to put an impact investing project they have been working on to the test.The trip, which coincided with finals, was a success.The students — Maura Kalil, Emily Klein, Andrew Mallory, Peter Seltzer and Alyssa Stankiewicz — took the top prize in the Total Impact Portfolio Challenge. The competition was put together by Bank of America, the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Social Impact Initiative, and the Good Capital Project.Winners of the Total Impact Portfolio Challenge, from left: University of Vermont graduate students Andrew Mallory, Emily Klein, Alyssa Stankiewicz, Maura Kalil and Peter Seltzer.Chris KendigThe competition pitted 26 teams of graduate student teams from 19 scho
Human impact on drought dates back 100 years, NASA study says

Human impact on drought dates back 100 years, NASA study says

Science
May 2 (UPI) -- The human impact on today's environment may have been happening a lot earlier than some people think. Humans have been creating atmospheric particles and greenhouse gases that contributed to worldwide droughts since the early 20th century, according to a study published Wednesday in Nature. The researchers measured soil moisture using a Palmer Drought Severity Index and drought atlas calculated by tree rings. The atlases could estimate when and where droughts occurred. "If you look at the fingerprint, you can say, 'Is it getting dry in the areas it should be getting drier? Is it getting wetter in the areas it should be getting wetter?'" said Kate Marvel, an associate research scientist at Columbia University and study lead author, in a news release. "It's climate detective...