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Just a second – Graphic of the day

A “leap second” is being added to the world’s clocks at midnight GMT, which could test the extremely sensitive trading systems of the modern algorithmic era. Beginning in Asia, financial markets around with world will open on Wednesday with a tinge of apprehension. Today’s graphic explains why the added second is needed to allow the Earth’s rotation to synchronize with atomic clocks.

leap second

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Greenhouse gas emissions – Graphic of the day

Europe’s top oil and gas companies recently urged governments around the world to introduce a pricing system for carbon emissions. Setting a price for each ton of carbon that is produced is meant to encourage companies to adopt cleaner technologies and shift away from using fossil fuels, primarily coal. Today’s graphic ranks the world’s top greenhouse gas producing energy companies. Make sure to download our latest Global 500 Greenhouse Gas Report, which explores greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data for 32 leading global energy companies that provide vital energy services to the global economy.

GHG

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Success of Super PAC spending – Graphic of the day

Nascent rumblings – along with evidence that the super-rich are inefficient political spenders – has raised questions about how effective billionaires will be in the 2016 elections. Today’s graphic looks at how successful (or not) spending by billionaire-backed Super PACs have been at getting their candidates elected or their opponents defeated.

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Age of the Millennials – Graphic of the day

Millennials now make up the largest share of the U.S. population. Today’s graphic looks at some of their defining characteristics.

snake people

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FIFA corruption scandal – Graphic of the day

Some of the most powerful figures in global soccer faced extradition to the United States on corruption charges after being arrested in Switzerland, where authorities also announced a criminal investigation into the awarding of the next two World Cups. Today’s graphic diagrams the FIFA corruption scandal.

FIFA

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Human family tree gets a new member – Graphic of the day

A previously unknown member of humankind’s family tree discovered in Ethiopia’s Afar region, Australopithecus deyiremeda, lived 3.3 to 3.5 million years ago alongside the famous human ancestor “Lucy.” Today’s graphic maps out the timeline of the best-estimate date ranges of early human relatives.

human family

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Top worldwide cable deals – Graphic of the day

Charter Communications has offered to buy Time Warner Cable, seeking to combine the number three and number two cable operators to compete against market leader Comcast. Today’s graphic show the top 10 worldwide cable deals.

cable deals

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Australia and New Zealand property boom – Graphic of the day

Australia and New Zealand are looking outside traditional monetary policy to cool red-hot housing markets in their biggest cities without hurting borrowers, banks and their economies. Today’s graphic looks at the property boom occurring in Australia and New Zealand.

property boom

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Capex cuts at major oil & gas companies – Graphic of the day

A 40% drop in oil prices has shaken up the energy sector, forcing companies to reevaluate projects, sift through balance sheets to cut costs and preserve cash. Today’s graphic shows the change in capital expenditure at major oil and gas companies.

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U.S. counterfeit goods seizures – Graphic of the day

More than 85% of counterfeit goods seized by U.S. customs and border officials last year originated in China and Hong Kong. Today’s graphic shows the value and number of seizures in the last two years.

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