Consumer confidence has dropped for the second month in a row. That doesn't bode well for consumer spending or a strong recovery. But what if part of the meager spending trend is because some consumers, such as yours truly, have gotten used to spending less and saving more?
A new study suggests that a global rise in ocean temperatures has cut the number of phytoplankton, which are the bedrock of the food chain, by 40 percent since 1950. Other scientists link the rise in ocean temperatures to global warming.
Queen Elizabeth II, wearing a yellow hat and a raincoat over her yellow suit, was officially welcomed to Halifax, Nova Scotia, by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Lyon & Turnbull auctioneers' assistants Kerry Wallace (l.) and Victoria Crake pose for photographers while wearing Darth Vader helmets created by artists, during a photocall in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Thursday. The two helmets designed by street artists Niagara and Eelus and will go on display at Lyon & Turnbull on Friday and are from a collection of 100 from The Vader Project which are to be auctioned in Philadelphia on July 10.
TVA Kingston Fossil Plant (coal fly ash pond)-Dec. 22, 2008: Ash dike ruptured at a waste containment area in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Fossil Plant in Roane County, Tenn., releasing 1.1 billion gallons of toxic coal fly ash slurry, the largest such release in U.S. history, which spilled into the Emory River. Estimated costs to clean are $525 million-$825 million, as cleanup is ongoing. (Source: TVA, EPA)
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meeting in Qatar rejected protection for marine species, including sharks, bluefin tuna, and coral, disappointing the US, environmentalists, and marine scientists.
Controversial Whale Wars captain Paul Watson has spiced up opposition to the Canada seal hunt -- offering $50,000 to anyone who can prove Harp seals wastefully eat cod. Canadian senators – in a snub to the EU – promise to keep seal meat on Parliament's menu for as long as the animals are in season.
Athletes at the Vancouver Olympics have usually gotten there with the backing of a small army of supporters who encourage, chastise, bolster, and fund. Just ask US skeleton's Noelle Pikus-Pace or US luger Mark Grimmette.