The Problem is of Course the Humans II

Arctic Ice

An article posted today on Business Insider reminded me of my earlier post ten years ago referring back to the same period (the 80s) when the problem crystallised. Here we are 30 years later and little has changed. Twenty-nine years ago, James Hansen, the director of NASA’s Institute for Space Studies, told the US Senate that the question of the day – whether climate change was happening – was no longer in doubt. Hansen’s testimony before the Senate Committee on Energy

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Bitcoin avoids split into two blockchains

Bitcoin

Digital currency Bitcoin, on Friday, averted a split into two currencies after its network supported an upgrade to its software that would enhance its ability to process an increasing number of transactions. Bitcoin’s miners have signalled their support for the so-called Bitcoin Improvement Proposal (BIP) 91, avoiding a split of Bitcoin into two blockchains. The miners represent a network of computer operators who secure the blockchain or a public ledger of all bitcoin transactions. The software upgrade attempts to address

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What is the Future Fate of Ethereum

Ethereum

Ethereum is in a very interesting stage right now. Having gone through numerous battles like the DAO attack and the subsequent hardfork, it is finally at a stage where it can truly expand and become something that is completely unique. The article below discusses the four stages of the evolution of Ethereum as a currency to get from its current proof of work state to proof of stake. There are a number of advantages for the currency in this approach:

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The “Affordable Restaurant” Apocalypse

David Chang on Stage at the New York Times Conference

Likening the rise of food halls in America to Singapore’s hawker stalls, David Chang told a crowd of urbanists this week that he foresees fewer restaurants in the middle of the market. “You’re gonna see the mom and pop restaurant in New York City not vanish completely, but it’s gonna be way more difficult,” Chang said during a panel at The New York Times Cities of Tomorrow conference in Manhattan. He predicted the market will skew toward more affordable dining

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Hospitality industry’s rapid growth under threat without Government support

Setting a Table for Dinner

The hospitality industry’s stellar growth since the financial crisis could be halted and start to fall by 2021 if the Government continues to overlook it, a new report has suggested. Research by Ignite Economics carried out for the British Hospitality Association, has predicted the sector’s workforce could begin to drop by 2021 with the contribution it makes to the economy also falling as cost pressures from wages and business rates bite alongside a potential labour squeeze once the UK leaves the

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Has TripAdvisor lost its relevance?

TripAdvisor

As a restaurateur with two businesses listed on TripAdvisor, we noticed a change when Priceline bought TripAdvisor. Apart from the modernised interface, the slight colour change and a few other updates, the biggest change I noticed as a business owner was the introduction of paid-for listings. It’s a clear revenue grab by the behemoth that separates regular listings from premium advertisers, who can now choose their preferred review and preferred photos to be seen by visitors to the site. In

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Is it so bad if the World gets a little bit hotter? You bet!

Hot Planet

Many of us share some dim apprehension that the world is flying out of control, that the centre cannot hold. Raging wildfires, once-in-1,000-year storms, and lethal heat waves have become fixtures of the evening news—and all this after the planet has warmed by less than 1 degree Celsius above pre-industrial temperatures. But here’s where it gets really scary. If humanity burns through all its fossil fuel reserves, there is the potential to warm the planet by perhaps more than 10

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Hospitality wages ’62p higher than national living wage’

Espresso

The hospitality industry’s average hourly pay of workers outstrips the national living wage (NLW) by 62p, a global software provider (Fourth Analytics) for the leisure and hospitality industries has claimed. It’s important to remember that this is across the whole industry including large chains who quote wages as inclusive of tips who guarantee a wage of £9.50 per hour (for example), but this is actually £7.50 plus tips (having spoken to a few employees of said chains who have applied

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