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Robots ‘will take 20 million manufacturing jobs over the next decade’, report warns

July 11th, 2019 at 11:19 pm » Comments Off

  People have long been nervous about robots and artificial intelligence taking over human jobs – but the next decade will see the process shoot into overdrive. During the next decade, machines will displace 20 million manufacturing jobs, a report by analyst firm Oxford Economics suggests. That amounts to 8.5% of the global manufacturing workforce, […]

Remote jobs are exploding and salaries can top $100,000

July 11th, 2019 at 11:48 am » Comments Off

The lure of remote work is obvious. You can save on the costs of a formal work wardrobe, lunches out and commuting. Until now, you might have been limited in your choice of jobs. That’s changing. Some fields had an increase of more than 50% in remote jobs in the past year, according to FlexJobs. […]

World’s population is projected to nearly stop growing by the end of the century

July 8th, 2019 at 12:16 pm » Comments Off

For the first time in modern history, the world’s population is expected to virtually stop growing by the end of this century, due in large part to falling global fertility rates, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of new data from the United Nations. By 2100, the world’s population is projected to reach approximately […]

Special report: Our plastic planet

June 30th, 2019 at 10:38 am » Comments Off

  We have sipped, packaged and played our way into a global plastics crisis. Why it matters: Activist consumer groups are pushing for less use, and to some extent, less production, while industry aims for increased recycling. The big picture: Plastics demand is projected to only increase — and the footprint of plastic pollution with […]

There’s a retirement crisis in America where most will be unable to afford a ‘solid life’

April 10th, 2019 at 11:26 am » Comments Off

The three “legs” of the retirement “stool” (private savings, pensions, and Social Security) are all in dire shape. At Vanguard, the median 401(k) account value for an investor age 65 and older is a measly $58,035. After looking at the data, the Saint Louis Fed concluded: “It could be worrisome that, for many American households, […]

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