National / International News

Stab victim found dead in street

BBC - Sat, 2014-04-12 02:13
A 22-year-old man is found dead in a Staffordshire street.

Abbott: 'Plane signal' rapidly fading

BBC - Sat, 2014-04-12 01:37
Signals in remote seas thought to be from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight are "rapidly fading" and finding the jet will be a "massive, massive task", Australia's PM says.

UN dilemma over 'Cinderella' technology

BBC - Sat, 2014-04-12 01:35
Why isn't plan to remove CO2 from atmosphere catching on?

CBB star facing driving charge

BBC - Sat, 2014-04-12 01:11
Singer Lee Ryan has been arrested in London over alleged driving, drug and criminal damage claims.

AUDIO: Why are tech stocks sliding?

BBC - Sat, 2014-04-12 01:08
Eileen Burbidge of Passion Capital and Alpesh Patel from Praefinium Partners analyse why there is a downturn in tech stocks.

Gassy Cows Are Warming The Planet, And They're Here To Stay

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-12 01:06

Methane from livestock accounts for a huge portion of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, according to a UN report. But reducing global meat consumption isn't necessarily the answer to the problem.

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Windfarms' 'limited' tourism impact

BBC - Sat, 2014-04-12 00:46
A new report claims onshore windfarms and pylons in Wales have a "limited" impact on the nation's tourism industry.

VIDEO: Moving a million-year-old mammoth

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 23:58
Archaeologists in Serbia have been moving the skeleton of a million-year-old mammoth. Guy De Launey reports.

Welsh clubs best for disabled spaces

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 23:48
Wales' two Premier League clubs are leading the way on providing spaces for disabled supporters at matches, figures suggest.

Pakistan baby case withdrawn

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 23:16
A Pakistani court withdraws the case against a nine-month-old baby who was accused of attempted murder along with 12 family members.

Savile link to 'abuse' probe denied

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 22:54
Bedfordshire Chief Constable Colette Paul tells an MP that links between Jimmy Savile and an orphanage abuse inquiry are "not confirmed".

Discussion due on failed rape cases

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 22:49
Attorney General Dominic Grieve is to discuss failed sexual assault and rape cases brought against high profile figures with the director of public prosecutions.

Osborne 'dig' and family tax 'blow' - papers

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 22:32
The state of the UK economic recovery provokes debate, while there is concern the tax system is penalising stay-at-home parents and tributes to Sue Townsend and her creation Adrian Mole.

British double gold in kilo time-trial

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 22:14
British riders win gold in the men's and women's kilo time-trials at the Para-cycling Track World Championships.

Food inflation, or, why bacon is a good investment

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-11 18:21
Friday, April 11, 2014 - 18:28 Scott Olson/Getty Images

California cows.

If you’ve noticed your receipt from the grocery store seems larger than usual, you have food inflation to thank.

While the prices of everything usually go up due to regular boring inflation, commodities like food have outpaced other goods.

Matthew Boesler, Business Insider reporter, says food inflation is increasing because of a few different factors.

“A lot of it is due to weather. We have a big drought in California. We’ve had dry conditions across the Midwest, the Great Plains regions,” Boesler says. “The extreme weather events serve to disrupt crop supplies. and that can drive prices up.”

“Another factor you have is the ‘financial-ization’ of these commodities markets,” he says. Hedge funds and other investors are increasingly pouring money into goods like beef and coffee. “It’s very easy for an investor to bet on rising commodity prices. And no one really bets on those prices going down, so you have a lot of one-way money flowing into these markets, and they can become quickly overwhelmed because [investment markets are] not designed for that.”

Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Raghu Manavalan/Marketplace

 

“Supply and demand sort of governs the price of a commodity, but the way these markets are set up and you know, given how much capital is flowing seeking investment opportunities, the jumps in prices can be very volatile and large.”

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