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Two Big-Box Decisions Show How Smart Planning Policies Protect Good Jobs

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 04.15.2014 | Business
Stacy Mitchell

Although few cities take full advantage of them, planning and zoning powers are among the most potent tools communities have for shaping their economi...

Dow Jones And GDP Figures Are Doing Great -- But Tell Us Far Less Than They Claim

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 03.11.2014 | World

Last week the Dow Jones Industrial Average started on Monday at 16,162.70 and rose and fell each day. It surged on Friday towards 16,400 but fell back...

Why Austerity Is Counterproductive In The New Economy

Larry Summers | Posted 03.07.2014 | World
Larry Summers

Changes in the structure of the economy have led to a significant shift in the natural balance between savings and investment, causing a decline in the equilibrium or normal real rate of interest that is associated with full employment. In this situation, a temporary increase in fiscal stimulus reduces, rather than increases, the long-run debt-to-GDP ratio.Anything that stimulates demand will operate in a positive direction. Austerity is counterproductive unless it generates so much confidence that it is a net increaser of demand.

Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc

Lisa Longo | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

Some insurance companies are canceling policies, so therefore our president must have lied. Nope. Not true. It is a handy talking point for the opposition, but it is in fact, just another logical fallacy. Once you start listening for them, you'll find them everywhere.

Jungle Beat: Snakes on Planes Threaten Hawaii

Barbara Fahs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Hawaii
Barbara Fahs

Hawaii is often called the "endangered species capital of the world" because we have more plants and animals that are in danger of extinction than any other place on Earth. More than one-third of all the threatened and endangered birds in the United States are found only in Hawaii.

The True Cost of Poor Vision

Kathy Spahn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kathy Spahn

This World Sight Day, I encourage everyone to support eye health programs benefiting those in the U.S. and around the world so that we can eliminate this unnecessary and costly barrier to education, economic growth and a better quality of life for all.

A Smart Way to Handle Big-Box Stores

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 09.08.2013 | Business
Stacy Mitchell

Land-use policy is one of the most powerful -- and underutilized -- tools communities have for steering the evolution of their economies. With the global corporate economy rife with hidden costs and consequences, more communities would do well to take advantage of it.

We Must Confront Climate Change to End Poverty

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 08.21.2013 | World
Jim Yong Kim

Over the last 20 years, the World Bank Group has helped countries lift 663 million people out of poverty. In the next 20, we believe it is possible to end extreme poverty. This goal is within our grasp. But if we don't confront climate change, we won't end poverty.

The GOP Got the U.S. Into the Sequestration Mess and Needs To Compromise Its Way Out Of It

Laura Merriman | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Laura Merriman

With the sequester fast approaching, the Republican Party has forgotten that President George W. Bush racked up half our deficit on the War on Terror....

The Reinvention of Work: Projects Not Positions

Russell C. Smith | Posted 04.28.2013 | Business
Russell C. Smith

Over the last 20 years work has been reinvented, restructured, and rebooted. The top-tier and bottom level of what working means has been redefined by corporations, visionaries, technologies and individuals.

Modest Progress on the Deficit Is Just What the U.S. Economy Needs

Robert J. Shapiro | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Robert J. Shapiro

A technical sovereign debt default triggered by a debt-ceiling stalemate would be a calamity for the U.S. and world economies. Any political leader or party that helps to bring about such a catastrophe will prove themselves unfit to govern for a very long time.

Hurricane Sandy's Severity - #5, #6 or #8

John Tepper Marlin | Posted 12.31.2012 | New York
John Tepper Marlin

We need a new indicator of likely flood damage, which would have to take into account the economic value of property in the track of the hurricane, the sea level of the land, and the size of the expected surge.

Laura Gottesdiener

Cost Of Natural Disasters: 'Ten Billion Dollars Would Be Conservative'

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Gottesdiener | Posted 07.19.2011 | Business

This year’s record-breaking tornadoes, floods, droughts and wildfires will cost the country tens of billions of dollars in economic losses -- and th...

Laura Gottesdiener

Mississippi Flooding Reaching Historic Levels

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Gottesdiener | Posted 07.11.2011 | Green

In one of the worst cases of flooding since the Great Depression, the bulging, swollen Mississippi River is overflowing in record proportions, blanket...

VIDEO: Oil Threatens the Gulf Coast Seafood Industry

Scott Dodd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Scott Dodd

New Orleans is world-famous for its seafood, but the Gulf Coast oil spill has left the future of the industry and those who rely on it in jeopardy as ...

CBS News "Life After Debt": Series Examines Americans Struggling To Overcome Mounting Debt (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The CBS Evening News ran the first segment of a 3-part series last night called "Life After Debt." The series examines how rising debt is forcing Amer...