10 must-read economics stories of the week, 14/07/2017

21Jul2017
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1. Facts and figures. Plastic pollution is leading to “near permanent contamination” of our natural environment according to a new report. (The Guardian)

Related article: Great Pacific garbage patch (Wikipedia)

2. How some rich people are trying to dismantle inequality: if the growing problem of wealth and income inequality could stunt U.S. economic growth and undermine democracy, wealthy people who do something about inequality may have more power to make an impact than everybody else. (The Conversation)

3. Together, technology and teachers can revamp schools: How the science of learning can get the best out of edtech (The Economist)

4. Africa’s tropical forests could be next in line as global food demand grows. (The Conversation)

5. These drones can plant 100,000 trees a day. (WEF)

6. Geotagged household survey data show deep changes in living conditions for people benefiting from road projects. (Fraym)

7. Mobile subscriptions are still growing faster in Sub Saharan Africa than anywhere else. (Quartz)

8. 66% of Sub-Saharan Africans do not have a bank account. However, the region leads the world in the number of people with mobile money accounts. (TechBullion)

9. Ethiopia and Ivory Coast, main drivers of Africa’s agriculture according to a new report. (Ecofin)

10. Congo's mining revenue 'missing': More than 20% of the Democratic Republic of Congo's mining revenue is being lost due to corruption and mismanagement, Global Witness says. (BBC)

 

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