bneGREEN: World faces 40% fresh water shortage by 2030 warns UN summit co-hosted by Tajikistan

bne IntelIiNews March 22, 2023

Landmark report urges nations to urgently start fixing water waste and start managing water as a common good with neighbours.

Putin woos 40 Africa lawmakers at Moscow conference with promises of money, nuclear power, arms and free grain

Ben Aris in Berlin March 21, 2023

Putin took time out from meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping who had just arrived in Moscow for a three-day state visit to speak to lawmakers from more than 40 African countries and woo them with generous promises of economic and military aid

bneGREEN: Rise in global CO2 emissions mostly offset by clean energy growth

by Roberta Harrington in Los Angeles March 7, 2023

According to the latest report from the International Energy Agency, CO2 Emissions in 2022, global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose by less than 1% in 2022.

Russia's oil product exports slumped by 20% in February, but seaborne export volumes remain robust

bne IntelliNews March 3, 2023

Russia's oil product exports have slumped by 20% in February, marking the lowest level since May 2022, according to tanker tracking data reported S&P on March 2 in a note. Shipborne exports of crude, however, have held up well and remain robust.

Estonia's Bolt set to invest €500mn towards Africa services expansion

bne IntelliNews February 20, 2023

Estonian ride-hailing app predicts that some 300,000 new drivers and couriers could join the platform in 2023.

Rosatom’s nuclear exports surge in 2022

Ben Aris in Berlin February 16, 2023

Russia's nuclear exports were already booming well before the war in Ukraine started but now they are growing even faster. Moscow is using nuclear power as foreign policy tool to bind allies in the non-aligned world more tightly to its cause.

Russia and China’s popularity rising in the Global South as world fractures into liberal and illiberal spheres

bne IntelliNews February 14, 2023

Of the 6.3bn people who reside outside of liberal democracies, 70% have a positive view of China and 66% of Russia.

IMF: Charting globalization’s turn to 'slowbalization' after world financial crisis

Jeff Kearns of the IMF February 9, 2023

The free flow of ideas, people, goods, services, and capital across national borders leads to greater economic integration. But globalization, the trend toward these things moving ever more freely between nations, has slowed in recent years.

NEMETHY: Key economic and financial drivers to watch in 2023

Les Nemethy CEO and founder of Euro-Phoenix Financial Advisors January 10, 2023

There is an old joke that the role of economic forecasters is to make astrologers look good. Forecasting GDP or inflation for the upcoming year with any degree of accuracy is virtually impossible, but there are some scary signs appearing.

bneGREEN: Record 2022 for coal threatens green targets

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh January 6, 2023

World coal consumption reached a new high in 2022 before levelling out in 2023 and 2024, with rising usage in emerging Asian countries cancelling out falling demand in advanced economies.