business & economy
In Spain, olive oil might as well be considered one of the food groups. And, often, that olive oil comes in unmarked, unlabeled containers from small orchards. But the European Union wants to make sure consumers know exactly what they're eating, which means big changes for the olive oil industry.
Increases in prices for natural resources and advances in technology have conspired to make deep sea mining a commercially viable endeavor. But the prospect of large undersea vacuums sucking up minerals and animals at the same time has some environmentalists more than a little concerned.
Many immigrants bring their home cultures with them when they come to the United States. Often, that means informal savings arrangements that work on a small scale, but don't help immigrants get the sort of credit report and credit rating that's necessary for major financial endeavors. Until now.
Barbie has a new home in Berlin — and it's literally life-sized. But the protests have been out-sized as well. The Barbie Berlin Dreamhouse opened on Thursday, but protests have already been intensifying. On one recent day, protesters strapped a Barbie doll to a cross and set the cross on fire. Protesters say Barbie sends the wrong message.
Political activists have focused increasing amount of energy on convincing large organizations to divest themselves from organizations that profit from the exploitation of fossil fuels. Now, those activists say, they're seeing progress. But they have a long road ahead of them.
Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled the country in the more than two years that its civil war has raged -- some 100,000 of them having found a home in Egypt. They've been successful, and welcomed, but they are conflicted over their success, while others at home still suffer.
As the death toll continues to rise in a garment factory collapse in Bangladesh, a miracle. A woman was pulled alive from the rubble on Friday. But another eight people died in a factory fire on Wednesday. One economist says a small change would make all the difference.
Spain's unemployment is persistently high, and the latest effort to combat that doesn't seek to get businesses hiring again, but seeks to get individuals to go into business for themselves. But there are a host of practical and cultural barriers in their way.
When it comes to detergent, the price is in the packaging. A lot of the price, anyway. And that means people get a better deal when they buy in bulk. But for many families surviving day by day, bulk buying is an unthinkable luxury. So one entrepreneur decided to do away with the packaging all together.
In the city of Darwin, Australia, there are nearly as men crocodiles as people. A dramatic turnaround for a species that was hunted nearly to extinction. But as the two populations grow, and grow together, deadly collisions are happening.