Noise From Offshore Oil And Gas Surveys Can Affect Whales Up To 3km Away


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-- this post authored by Rebecca Dunlop and Michael Noad, The University of Queensland

Air guns used for marine oil and gas exploration are loud enough to affect humpback whales up to 3km away, potentially affecting their migration patterns, according to our new research.

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What We Read Today 19 August 2017

Econintersect: Every day our editors collect the most interesting things they find from around the internet and present a summary 'reading list' which will include very brief summaries (and sometimes longer ones) of why each item has gotten our attention. Suggestions from readers for 'reading list' items are gratefully reviewed, although sometimes space limits the number included.

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The Puns That Pay: Highest-Earning U.S. Comedians Of 2017


-- this post authored by Dyfed Loesche

Being funny can pay off. According to Forbes magazine, Jerry Seinfeld is top of the list of best-earning U.S. comedians.

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Infographic Of The Day: What Happens To Trading During A Market Crash

It's hard to predict when a stock market crash will occur, so the best defense is to be prepared.

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Being an executioner has to be one of the strangest jobs in history. Who would volunteer? As you’ll discover, the most prolific executioners known to us are a diverse group of men. Some took their job seriously, trying to give dignity to the condemned. Others showed no mercy or compassion. Together, they combined to kill thousands of people.

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Re the Monsoon:  Break - Surge - Break: Re 6 to 14 Day Outlook: Don't Count on it.

NOAA is assigning a low probability to the 6 - 14 Day Forecast due to "FORECAST CONFIDENCE FOR THE 6-10 DAY PERIOD: BELOW AVERAGE, 2 OUT OF 5, DUE TO A PREDICTED LOW AMPLITUDE PATTERN AND CONFLICTING / WEAK SIGNALS AMONG THE SURFACE TOOLS." Another way of putting that is that it is hard to predict weather when there is none. But we believe the real problem is the inability of the models to deal with a confusing situation most likely related to the time of year and the rapid change in conditions along the Equator. The Southwest Monsoon has been going through rapid changes. Earlier this past week, we had a Break (reduction in activity) and we may now be in the final days of a Surge and the forecast is for another probably short Break. it is a bit unusual to have these rapid swings. It may be that the Monsoon this summer requires favorable conditions to overcome certain negative factors.

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An Under-the-Radar Investment Theme Worth $3.8 Trillion

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Asian Jihad

Written by Dan Steinbock, Difference Group

As the Islamic State is collapsing in the Middle East, it needs wins elsewhere. Southeast Asia is Jihadi terror's new battlefront. In order to contain the terror and sustain the Asian Century, new kind of cooperation is needed between the ASEAN, the US, China, and other major powers in the region and the Middle East.


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11 August 2017: ECRI's WLI Growth Index Rate Marginally Declines

ECRI's WLI Growth Index which forecasts economic growth six months forward remains in positive territory for over one year. This is compared to RecessionAlerts similar weekly leading index. ECRI also released their coincident and lagging indicators this week.

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