Monday, July 21, 2014

Why we are more vocal about loo rolls than our jobs

Why we are more vocal about loo rolls than our jobs: "Nothing is too basic to be written about, not even postage stamps. “Ocado puts them in a neat little envelope so they don’t get lost in your shopping,” writes one customer, while another tries something more humorous: “I have used this product before but disappointed that they failed to work when stuck on to an email.”
While people feel compelled to write reviews of everyday items, they are more reticent when it comes to doing something that would be far more useful – reviewing their jobs. Indeed nearly twice as many people have written about Waitrose Essential Toilet Tissue on the Ocado site as have gone on Glassdoor – which is to jobs what TripAdvisor is to holidays – and told us what it is like working at Ocado.
This is a shame – and a puzzle. The experiences of current and former employees should be the single most important thing to consider when choosing a company to work for. But despite the constant prompts the website gives to leave reviews, only a tiny proportion of employees at big companies seem to want to tell the world anything about their jobs at all."

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Latest State of the Climate: Yup, Still Getting Hotter  - Bloomberg

Latest State of the Climate: Yup, Still Getting Hotter  - Bloomberg: "North America was largely an exception, with a relatively wet and mild year experienced in the United States. Europe and Asia had a high number of warm days, and Asia had the fewest cool nights on record.

Trends also continued at the poles. The seven lowest observations of ice in the Arctic have all occurred in the last seven years. The increased ice in Antarctica may seem counterintuitive. One reason is that winds have increased there in recent decades, a shift linked to depleting ozone and increased greenhouse gases. The winds directly contribute to increasing the ice extent.

The report, published by the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, also comes with this interactive map of extreme climate events from 2013."

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

China Finds Debt Addiction Hard to Break in Growth Quest - Bloomberg

China Finds Debt Addiction Hard to Break in Growth Quest - Bloomberg: "China’s leaders are having trouble breaking their addiction to debt-fueled investment.

Outstanding credit rose to 206.3 percent of gross domestic product last quarter from 202.1 percent in January-to-March, according to data compiled by Bloomberg from government releases the past two days. Investment in fixed assets, a typical outlet for loans, accelerated in June for the first time since August."

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

California Sets Fines for Waste as Record Drought Deepens - Bloomberg

California Sets Fines for Waste as Record Drought Deepens - Bloomberg: "California regulators approved emergency statewide rules that for the first time allow fines against water-wasters after a call for voluntary reductions failed to curb enough use as a three-year drought worsens.

The California State Water Resources Control Board passed an emergency measure that sets fines of as much as $500 a day on residential and business property owners if they overwater lawns to the point that runoff flows onto streets or sidewalks. Residents washing cars without shutoff nozzles on hoses would also face penalties.

After three years of record low rainfall, 80 percent of the most populous U.S. state is now experiencing extreme drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, a federal website. Reservoirs are 45 percent below normal levels, and farmers have left fallow an estimated half-million acres in the nation’s most productive agricultural region. The dry spell is likely to boost the prices of food nationwide, and farm and shipping interests stand to lose billions in revenue.

“This is an historic action because of the historic nature of this drought,” said Water Resources board Chairwoman Felicia Marcus."

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