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Managed honey bee colony loss increase – Graphic of the day

According to a new report, honey bees disappeared at a staggering rate over the last year. Today’s graphic shows the annual managed honey bee colony losses by state and overall.

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‘But is it really a pollutant? A national overview of pollution exclusion litigation,’ by Thomas F. Segalla, Esq., and James D. Macri, Esq.

 

 

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Our markets – Part one

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Being responsible and ethical is part of the Thomson Reuters heritage — a fundamental pillar of our business. We seek to attract and retain the most talented individuals and create an environment where all our people can develop to their full potential to better serve our customers and communities. Valuing and promoting diversity and inclusion is key to this objective. Explore our 2014 Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion report to see how we’re ensuring sustainable growth through diversity of talents, outlooks and ideas.

Sustainability.thomsonreuters.com – Providing vital insight on why sustainability matters

The Thomson Reuters Sustainability website promotes global sustainability initiatives by curating daily news stories and thought leadership pieces on how organizations balance short-term and long-term risks related to ESG issues. The site’s growing status was reinforced in 2014 not just by its strong traffic figures, but also by an increasing number of invitations and initiatives. These include publishing a report on the greenhouse gas emission trends for the world’s 500 largest companies, hosting a customer conference on sustainability in the supply chain, and receiving invitations to the first-ever U.N. Environment Assembly in Nairobi and a U.N. Environment Programme workshop at Cambridge University.

ASSET4 ESG data – Helping investment professionals evaluate company performance

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Journalist spotlight: Caroline Humer on insurers balking at the Angelina effect

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Movie star Angelina Jolie’s public crusade for more aggressive detection of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer has contributed to a recent surge in demand for genetic testing. But Reuters found that major insurance companies – including Aetna, Anthem and Cigna – are declining to pay for the latest generation of tests, known as multi-gene panel tests. The insurers say that the tests are unproven and may lead patients to seek out medical care they don’t need. In a Reuters Best: Journalist Spotlight Q&A, correspondent Caroline Humer offers a behind-the-scenes look at how she scored the story.

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Know how: An aging population and increasing dementia

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2014 was a year in which knowing more — who, what, why, and how — was critical to informed decision making and successful outcomes. Explore our 2014 Annual Report.

As headlines focused on the Ebola crisis in 2014, another staggering global health challenge accelerated. The aging of the world’s population portends many challenges ahead. The greatest of them, dementia, knows no borders and currently has no cure. Alzheimer’s, the most common form, already affects 44 million people worldwide, and that number will reach 135 million by 2050, according to Alzheimer’s Disease International. A disease with terrible human and social costs, it has the potential to bankrupt world health systems and also carries great economic risk: a projected one percent drag on global economic growth in lost productivity, as well as the costs of caring for those affected. Knowing how to manage that future and drive development of strategies to deal with the disease (and invest in the most promising ones) will be one of the greatest challenges — and opportunities — ahead. (more…)

Hubble’s 25th year in orbit

NASA once considered just letting the Hubble telescope die, but after protests from the public and the astronomical community, an upgrade mission was launched in 2009 to extend its life. Hubble was reinvented and made more powerful than ever. To mark its 25th anniversary, today’s graphic takes you inside the Hubble Telescope.

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Dining on data – food and the future

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In the third Data Science Insights talk, chaired by Professor Nilay Shah from Imperial College, Judith Batchelar, Director of Brand at UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s, and Derek Scuffell, Head of R&D Information Systems at Syngenta, shared insights in how their supply chains are driven by data and how the world will be able to feed itself in the future because of data.

The supply chains that feed the world and transport all our goods are global. But they are fragile; vulnerable to climate change, extreme weather, natural disaster, wars and political unrest. As the global population heads towards 8 billion, one of the biggest challenges we face is feeding ourselves. Thomson Reuters recently predicted that advances in genetically modified foods and advances in agricultural technology will make food shortages and price fluctuations a thing of the past by 2025.

Beyond the limits of supply

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Dementia’s daunting rise – Graphic of the day

The world’s population is graying as it grows – the number of people over 65 will more than double by 2050, contributing significantly to the rise in dementia cases. The estimated annual worldwide costs of dementia is at least $604 billion and projected to rise to $1 trillion by 2030. In some high-income countries, one-third to one-half of people with dementia live in resource -and cost- intensive residential or nursing homes. 62% of people with dementia live in developing countries, which is expected to rise to 71% by 2050.

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The search for causes and cures:

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Trends in renewable energy inventions and oil price – Graphic of the day

Perhaps nowhere is the importance of “knowing why” more apparent than in the interplay of world energy markets and the increasing urgency of climate and environmental issues. Today’s graphic, from our 2014 Annual report, overlays the number of renewable energy inventions with price of oil.

Trends in Renewable Energy Inventions by Technology and the Rise and Fall of Oil Prices

Sources: Thomson Reuters Derwent World Patents Index, Thomson Reuters Web of Science and Thomson Reuters Datastream

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Research trends – Graphic of the day

From the most popular topics in research to a list of countries with the greatest scientific impact, today’s graphic takes a look at some of the hottest research topics around the world.

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