BOG BLOG : 22 – 29 JUNE 2012


Citizen cyclists   /  Sarah Goodyear

Next month, New York City will start rolling out a bike share program that will eventually add 10,000 bikes to the city’s streets. The time may finally have come to get over the idea that biking in New York is for outlaws and renegades.

2052:  A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years /  Jorgen Randers

Excerpt . . .

 In the report author Jorgen Randers raises essential questions: How many people will the planet be able to support? Will the belief in endless growth crumble? Will runaway climate change take hold? Where will quality of life improve, and where will it decline? Using painstaking research, and drawing on contributions from more than 30 thinkers in the field, he concludes that:

  • While the process of adapting humanity to the planet’s limitations has started, the human response could be too slow. The current dominant global economies, particularly the United States, will stagnate. Brazil, Russia, India, South Africa and ten leading emerging economies (referred to as ‘BRISE’ in the Report) will progress. But there will still be 3 billion poor in 2052. China will be a success story, because of its ability to act. Global population will peak in 2042, because of falling fertility in urban areas Global GDP will grow much slower than expected, because of slower productivity growth in mature economies. CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere will continue to grow and cause +2°C in 2052; temperatures will reach +2.8°C in 2080, which may well trigger self-reinforcing climate change.


NASA   –  A Venus Transit Over the Baltic Sea

Image Credit & Copyright: Jens Hackmann. Explanation: Waiting years and traveling kilometers — all to get a shot like this. And even with all of this planning, a good bit of luck was helpful. As the Sun rose over the Baltic Sea last Wednesday as seen from Fehmarn Island in northern Germany, photographer Jens Hackmann was ready for the very unusual black dot of Venus to appear superimposed. Less expected were the textures of clouds and haze that would tint different levels of the Sun various shades of red. And possibly the luckiest gift of all was a flicker of a rare green flash at the very top of the Sun. The above image is, of course, just one of many spectacular pictures taken last week of the last transit of the planet Venus across the face of the Sun for the next 105 years.



Findex Report – World Bank

Who are the unbanked? The database covers 34 economies in Sub-Saharan Africa and with over 40 indicators, each sliceable by gender, age, education, income, and rural or urban residence. But Let’s start with the broad strokes: according to the data, 24 percent of adults in SSA have a formal account, ranging from less than 5 percent in the Central African Republic, D.R. Congo, Guinea, and Niger to 54 percent in South Africa and 80 percent in Mauritius. In the developing world as a whole, 41 percent of adults have a formal account.

Libraries, patrons, and e-books /  Kathryn Zickuhr, Lee Rainie, Kristen Purcell, Mary Madden and Joanna Brenner

A Pew study: Summary of findings 12% of readers of e-books borrowed an e-book from the library in the past year. But a majority of Americans do not know that this service is provided by their local library.

Zoning in   /   Get Into the Zone / HBR Management Tip

  • Everyone aspires to get into “the zone,” or the mental state where you do your best work. Next time you’re trying to achieve peak performance, remember these three things:
  •  There is no zone for new activities. When you start a new task, you’re not going to find flow. Getting in the zone requires activating the subconscious part of the brain, which is simply inaccessible when you are trying something for the first time.
  • You need the right environment. Figure out the settings that facilitate your flow — be it a crowded coffee shop or a quiet library — and work in them whenever possible.
  •  Emotions are key. Being in the zone requires finding the feelings that allow your subconscious to take over. Music can help activate these emotions. Find songs, albums, or artists that put you in the right mood and block out distractions.

Vital statistics: Greater London / LBS

Summer 2012: Numbers are the fuel which drives the London economy. They also shed light on the city’s history and dynamically cosmopolitan present.

  • City figures:  17% of the UK’s total GDP comes from London. This is roughly equal to the GDP of Sweden, Belgium, or Russia. The London Stock Exchange is also the largest exchange in the world, responsible for 32% of the world’s transactions.
  • Workers of the world: The workforce in London, at around 9 million people, is the largest concentration of labour in Europe. London has close to 13,000 businesses operating in the City.;
  • Stock control: As of September 2011, there were around 2,900 companies listed on the London Stock Exchange for a total of £2.3 trillion. There were also approximately 12 million trades during that month equal to £167 billion.
  • At your service: 85% of employed greater Londoners have jobs in the service industries. The second and third most popular industries are construction and manufacturing.
  • Ins and outs: It is estimated that 1.3 million people move in and out of the city of London annually.

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