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  • Article / 23 August 2017 at 12:00 GMT

    Commodities face a Trump dump

    Managing Partner / Spotlight Group
    United Kingdom
    Commodities face a Trump dump
    A glaring lack of progress by the Trump administration towards US infrastructure renewal has undermined support for industrial and energy commodities, and a selloff could now be just around the corner.
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    carlosdemarch carlosdemarch
    Dear John, generally speaking commodity prices are more driven by global markets than by what a single man does or doesn't. There are many more variables to...
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    mgdogan mgdogan
    Do you see a shorting opportunity here at 3.72?
    Stephen Pope Stephen Pope
    I think that is more likely at 3.80 to 3.90
    Stephen Pope Stephen Pope
    I am still optimistic for higher prices
  • Editor’s Picks / 31 May 2016 at 5:29 GMT

    Asian drought pushes up agricultural commodity futures

    Nikkei Asian Review
    Droughts in parts of Asia have been pushing up futures prices for agricultural commodities. The price of benchmark robusta coffee futures for near-term delivery has been climbing steadily since hitting its lowest point in more than five and a half years in late January. A severe lack of rain is expected to reduce the harvest in Vietnam, the main production area. Palm oil prices are also climbing. A dry spell caused by the El Nino weather pattern has hit output in Malaysia and Indonesia, which together produce 90% of the oil. A global shortage of sugar is expected to intensify as production in India and Thailand is forecast to fall.
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  • Editor’s Picks / 18 May 2016 at 23:42 GMT

    Earth's relentless warming just hit a terrible new threshold

    The number of climate records broken in the last few years is stunning. But here's a new measure of misery: Not only did we just experience the hottest April in 137 years of record keeping, but it was the 12th consecutive month to set a new record. It's been relentless. May 2015 was the hottest May in records dating back to 1880. That was followed by the hottest June. Then came a record July, August, September, October, November, December, January, February, March — and, we learned from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Wednesday — the hottest April. In an age of rising temperatures, monthly heat records have become all too common. Still, a string of 12 of them is without precedent.
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  • Editor’s Picks / 21 April 2016 at 11:38 GMT

    US can reach emissions goals without Supreme Court, Mr Bloomberg says

    As world leaders gather on Friday in New York to sign the Paris agreement on climate change, some are worried that the US Supreme Court has put on hold the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, a roadmap for greenhouse emissions cuts. But the federal government is not the primary force in the US fight against climate change, and the US will meet and probably exceed its commitment to reduce emissions by 26-28% by 2025 even if the court strikes down parts of the plan, said US businessman and former mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, in a column for Bloomberg Views. "It was a modest goal," Bloomberg said, adding that by 2015 the US had already cut emissions by 11% from 2005 levels. "Many of us believed that President Obama should have set a more ambitious target. Even now, with the Clean Power Plan on hold, a more ambitious goal is achievable," said Bloomberg, who is the UN secretary-general’s special envoy for cities and climate change.
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  • Article / 14 April 2016 at 16:34 GMT

    Norway excludes 52 coal companies from giant oil fund

    Consulting editor / TradingFloor
    Norway excludes 52 coal companies from giant oil fund
    Norway's $863 billion sovereign wealth fund, the world's biggest, has excluded 52 coal-mining companies and coal-fired power producers from its investment portfolio under new criteria that spotlight coal as an environmental and climate problem. The divestments are of shares in companies in the US, China, India, Japan, the UK and eight other countries.
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    seas seas
    As if sucking the blood from the earth is not a problem.
  • Editor’s Picks / 21 March 2016 at 12:51 GMT

    US resettles its first climate refugees

    US authorities' efforts to resettle a few dozen households from an island in Louisiana highlight the challenges governments face in coping with climate refugees, even domestically. "As the number of Americans at risk from climate change increases, so will the need for a consistent and transparent standard for deciding which towns get protected, which get moved, and which are left to fend for themselves," said Christopher Flavelle in a column for Bloomberg View. Creating that standard will require the attention of Congress and, ultimately, voters, Flavelle says. The Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribal town of Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, is sinking into the Gulf of Mexico, and the US federal government is giving the state $48 million to resettle the people in a way that could serve as a model for other towns. Global warming presents governments with two main problems: to slow the pace of climate change and to move people out of harm's way. "The second part is harder," Flavelle said.
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  • Editor’s Picks / 14 December 2015 at 0:58 GMT

    Paris deal lights the way to turn down the heat

    The Times of India
    Celebrations broke out as the world arrived at a historic climate deal in Paris, meant to slow down global warming. The Paris deal aims to limit global warming to well below 2°C, to 1.5°C if possible. The deal commits developed countries to contribute at least $100 billion a year from 2020 for adaptation and mitigation efforts of developing countries, but this is not legally binding on them. This is a concern as developed countries have historically reneged on commitments of financial and technology transfers. It’s imperative to turn the heat down on the planet, and Paris lights the way forward.
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