Carbon policy setback – graphic of the day

The demise of Australia’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), which would have started in 2015 and linked with the world’s biggest market in Europe, and the possibility that New Zealand’s ETS will be scrapped after a September election, are major setbacks to linking the world’s ETS markets and setting a global price on polluting carbon. Today’s graphic compares carbon pricing schemes and shows how different countries have put a price on carbon.

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Cortellis Data Fusion

Thomson Reuters Cortellis™ Data Fusion (formerly Entagen’s Extera) enables new scientific and strategic insights by connecting your proprietary content with the world’s data, utilizing Big Data and Linked Data technologies. A powerful data core technology is used to aggregate entities and create associations between them, enabling organizations to securely integrate Life Sciences content from a variety of sources. Cortellis Data Fusion is the leading technology to explore hidden relationships between data entities and is used by top pharma and research institutions for applications such as target finding, drug repurposing, and precision medicine. The technology earned Entagen a spot on Gartner’s prestigious list of ‘Cool Vendors in Life Sciences’; and was named a winner in the Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) Technology Leadership Awards for ‘Innovative Technology of the Year: Big Data’.

Q2 Thomson Reuters TRust Index advances into positive territory for first time

TRust Index

The Q2 TRust Index, released today, shows improved trust sentiment in the top 50 global financial institutions this quarter as more banks – particularly those in the Americas – received positive scores to push the global TRust Index into positive territory for the first time.

Tracking trust through news sentiment shows: (more…)

Thomson Reuters Newsmaker with Japan Economics Minister

Japan's Economics Minister Amari

Japan’s Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy Akira Amari spoke openly about cuts in corporate income tax, trade sensitivities, prolonged deflation and bold reforms at a Thomson Reuters Newsmaker event held at our Tokyo office last week.

Amari addressed a full house of Thomson Reuters guests and Japanese and international media before being interviewed by Reuters Japan Bureau Chief Kevin Krolicki, and participating in a Q&A session. He warned that it would be premature for the Bank of Japan to consider an exit strategy from its massive stimulus program, voicing hope instead for further monetary easing if achievement of its inflation goal falls behind schedule. Amari also said that while Japan appears to be emerging from years of persistent price declines, it was too early to formally declare a sustained end to deflation with the economic recovery still vulnerable to external shocks.

“The BOJ has expressed strong determination that it won’t hesitate to take further action if (the timing for meeting the inflation target) is not on schedule. If the BOJ judges that it’s not on schedule, I think the central bank will decide on its own (to act),” he said. (Read the full story here.)

Amari also revealed that corporate income tax rates are likely to be cut by around six percentage points over the next few years (video) and said that ‘Abenomics’ is succeeding where conventional policies failed in pulling Japan from its deflationary slump (video).

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Soil degradation – graphic of the day

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization uses the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) numerical indicator to measure land degradation. NDVI analyzes remote sensing measurements to assess the amount of live green vegetation. According to the FAO, growth in crop production globally is expected to come from higher yields, increased cropping intensity, and land expansion. Today’s graphic tracks soil degradation over the last 20 years and projects crop yield out to 2050.

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Thomson Reuters Checkpoint Catalyst is the new star on Broadway

We debuted Checkpoint Catalyst in Times Square, NYC. Featured on both the famed NASDAQ sign at Broadway/43rd Street and the Thomson Reuters building at 7th Avenue/43rd Street, Checkpoint Catalyst shines brightly as the innovative new solution for tax research professionals. Watch our intro to Checkpoint Catalyst here on YouTube.

The World in 2025 – Solar is the largest source of energy on the planet

It’s human nature to want to know what’s coming. It seems fitting, then, that our IP & Science business, with innovation at its core, should also partake in leveraging its assets to forecast the future. The following is one prediction from our new report that features 10 innovation predictions for the world in 2025. Make sure to check out the entire series of posts and download the full report here.

Methods for harvesting, storing and converting solar energy are so advanced and efficient that it becomes the primary source of energy on our planet.

SolarThanks to improvements in photovoltaic technology, chemical bonding, photocatalysts and three-dimensional nanoscale heterojunctions, the use of the sun as the world’s primary source of energy is no longer for the environmentally- conscious select; it is for the masses.

The sun’s energy will be harvested much more efficiently. Its energy will be stored and used when needed. And the conversion of solar power will be much more efficient.

Solar thermal and solar photovoltaic energy (from new dye-sensitized and thin-film materials) will heat buildings, water, and provide energy for devices in the home and office, as well as in retail buildings and manufacturing facilities.

Chemical bonds, a photosynthetic process, will make solar energy available when needed. Increased efficiency of energy conversion will be realized through new materials such as cobalt-oxide and titanium-oxide nanostructures, photocatalysts and 3D nanoscale heterojunctions; while new methods using mesoscopic oxide films sensitized by dyes or quantum dots will contribute to improving the 2014 solar conversion efficiency rate of less than 10 percent.

Download the full report: The World in 2025: 10 Predictions of Innovation

A look back at how we covered the 2014 World Cup

World Cup

It’s been an amazing month of football (or soccer!) as the whole world watched the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Our reporters and photographers did a great job of covering all the nail biting highs and lows that have kept us on the edge of our seats, but there have been many other ways to follow the event through our web sites, social media, tools and technology.

Here’s a look back at how we followed the last month of great sporting moments and creatively gave people a chance to get involved: (more…)

BRICS’ development bank – graphic of the day

Leaders of the BRICS emerging market nations launched a development bank and a currency reserve pool in their first concrete steps toward reshaping the Western-dominated international financial system. Today’s graphic breaks down the initial contributions by each country. Make sure to check out yesterday’s graphic which compared the BRICS economies to the United States.

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How important is your time?

In today’s fast pace environment the struggle to do more, faster, is a never ending goal. Watch this short video to hear how Thomson Reuters ONESOURCE has helped tax professionals experience time savings and the impact it made on their professional and personal lives. For more information on Thomson Reuters ONESOURCE, click here.