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The Arctic ice heading towards a low and other news and views for Monday 19 May

May 19th, 2014

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  • Charctic Interactive Sea Ice Graph¬†– It is heading towards another low one if the early months are anything to go by.
  • Democracy causes economic development? – “Many analysts view democracy as a neutral or negative factor for growth. This column discusses new evidence showing that democracy has a robust and sizable pro-growth effect. The central estimates suggest that a country that switches from non-democracy to democracy achieves about 20% higher GDP per capita over the subsequent three decades.”
  • The Right Way to Control the Banks
  • Food should be regulated like tobacco, say campaigners – “The food industry should be regulated like the tobacco industry as obesity poses a greater global health risk than cigarettes, say international groups.¬†Consumers International and the World Obesity Federation are calling for the adoption of more stringent rules.¬†These could include pictures on food packaging of damage caused by obesity, similar to those on cigarette packets.

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