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  • The Boom, Bust, and Rebirth of Perth

    Perched along Western Australia’s 12,500 kilometers of coast and home to nearly 80% of the state’s population, Perth has been called the most isolated city in the world. And yet, it serves as the natural gateway to Australia for many countries, providing the fastest direct flights between parts of Europe and Asia, with new direct [

  • The Shale Boom Is About To Go Bust

    Authored by Nick Cunningham via, The shale industry faces an uncertain future as drillers try to outrun the treadmill of precipitous well declines. For years, companies have deployed an array of drilling techniques to extract more oil and gas out of their wells, steadily intensifying each stage of the operation. Longer laterals, more water, more frac sand, closer spacing of wells – pushing each of these to their limits, for the most part, led to more production. Higher output...

    Zero Hedge
  • Hemp products boom is still a ‘bust’ for some

    Looking to get rich off CBD? Sell at your own risk. Mom-and-pop stores have been making a bundle charging premium prices for cannabidiol, as stressed-out shoppers shell out for snacks, drinks and creams to treat aches and anxiety. Smaller health-food stores and head shops alike were emboldened late last year, even as bigger chains balked,

    New York Post
  • Boom to bust: faded smalltown America – in pictures

    Niko J Kallianiotis travelled through the main streets of Pennsylvania to photograph ‘the silhouette of what once was’ now the coal industry has gone Continue reading

    the Guardian
  • We are in the twilight years of the post-WWII baby boom

    Could a wide-sweeping decline in religious beliefs be one of the underlying causes?
  • Firefighters Meet Baby They Helped Deliver on National Mall

    It's a monumental day for anyone, but the birth of Zion Payton was especially unique. On Wednesday, D.C. firefighters got to meet the baby they helped deliver in the shadow of the Washington Monument. Akela Crawford was driving with the baby's father, Ron Payton, to a hospital to deliver the baby when finally she told her doctor on the phone, "I don't think we're gonna make it." Get Breaking News Alerts With the NBC Washington App The two pulled over next to the Bureau of Engraving and...
  • World nations failing the poorest on energy goals: study

    More than 150 million people are gaining access to electricity every year, reducing the ranks of those who live without power, but this is not enough to meet global development goals, according to a report released Wednesday.