5 Things Friday
1. SMART READS
Financial Innovations Lab: Creating Mechanisms for Conservation Finance in Southeast Asia
Conservation of natural resources is one of today’s most significant global challenges. This is especially important in Southeast Asia, where development and growth have contributed to significant habitat destruction, species endangerment and extinction and the pollution of natural resources. Read the Lab report by Caitlin MacLean.
2. CHART GALLERY
China Sneezes and the World Catches a Cold
The Chinese markets have laid bare connections — and vulnerabilities — in the financial markets worldwide. Although the Shanghai Composite (below, in purple) gained the most this year, the August 11 devaluation of the Yuan shook markets worldwide, with particularly volatile trading sessions. View the interactive chart and read the corresponding blog post by Katie Lebling.
3. SPEAKING THEIR MINDS
Ross DeVol on the U.S. economy
Even with the recent drop in stocks, the U.S. economy is doing well, says DeVol, the Institute’s chief research officer, in a CNBC interview.
4. QUOTE OF NOTE
Finding Humanity in Europe’s Refugee Crisis
More than 220,000 people have been killed in the Syrian civil war, and more than 5.5 million people have been displaced. Keith Savard, an Institute fellow, writes about the refugees and the countries taking them in. Read blog.
5. VIEWS YOU CAN USE
Why Technology is the Catalyst for a New Era of Aging in Place
As futurists debate the merits and risks of technological progress, technology is already providing solutions for a new generation of older adults seeking to remain active, contributing and connected to their families, friends and communities. Read the Huffington Post article by Paul Irving.