Eskom, which provides 95% of South Africa’s power, has an installed capacity of 42,000 MW, more than enough to handle the country’s current peak demand. However, constant demand in recent months have caused frequent power cuts from household and industrial consumers, which the company says are needed to prevent a grid collapse. Today’s graphic looks at South Africa’s aging power plants.
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Australia, which relies heavily on diesel to operate mines and carry output to ports, is the Asia-Pacific region’s top importer of the fuel. Diesel makes up more than half of the country’s total oil product arrivals. Today’s graphic look at Australia’s fuel imports and demand.
Last year, the International Court of Justice ruled that Japan’s decades-old whale hunt in the Southern Ocean should stop, leading Tokyo to cancel the bulk of its whaling for the 2014/2015 season and submit a scaled-down plan for future hunts. Japan said it hoped to resume its Antarctic whale hunt around the end of this year. Today’s graphic shows the most hunted whales and the worldwide annual catch.
A new Reuters Investigates special report covers how intense lobbying of regulators, many of them veterans of the industry themselves, helped ensure that practices the Dodd-Frank law was meant to stop would remain in place. Today’s graphic from the report shows how securitizations are increasingly going into opaque and lightly regulated private markets.
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Immigration has shot to the top of the list of voters’ concerns in the UK elections. Under the EU’s freedom of movement rules, citizens are entitled to work anywhere within the union. The result has been hundreds of thousands of EU nationals moving to Britain, the bloc’s fastest-growing economy. Today’s graphic shows the increase in total immigration to Great Britain and also breaks it down by citizenship.
The Military Balance is The International Institute for Strategic Studies’ annual assessment of the military capabilities and defense economics of 171 countries worldwide. Today’s graphic compares the equipment and personnel of the major militaries in Asia to that of the United States and Australia.
Greenhouse gas emissions regulated under Europe’s carbon market fell by 4.5% in 2014, setting the block on course to meet its 2020 emission reduction target six years early. Today’s graphic breaks down the carbon emissions by country in Europe.
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.
British economic productivity fell in the final three months of 2014 and still remains well below its pre-financial crisis level. Today’s graphic shows six key economic indictors for the UK economy.
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.