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L’économie de la planète en quelques chiffres.

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Senior potential

From Japan to Europe, many countries are growing alarmed as their population ages and fertility rates remain too low. Rather than lay the blame on the cult of triumphant youth and view an entire age group as an obstacle to growth, some are looking to capitalize on this situation. They believe that it offers a range of exciting possibilities and genuine economic and social opportunities. Most seniors are not only in good health but are also unburdened by the many constraints and concerns facing their children and grandchildren. Available and seeking to find a balance between work and play, they constitute a pool of resources crying out to be usedsometimes even on a voluntary basis. It’s a boon for the working world and community-based or non-profit organizations: a way of developing intergenerational bonds via the transmission of knowledge and professional expertise. They may not be able to juggle umpteen computer programs, but who better than a senior to meet the demands of the modern economyone based on experience.

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4 artificial islands are planned as part of the Forest City project, to be built off the coast of Singapore covering an area of 1,370 hectares.

3,500: approximate number of known planets in orbit around stars other than our sun.

2018: planned year of the moon landing by the first capsule launched by a private company, Moon Express.

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Water for sale

Selling water is no small matter. Whether sparkling or still, rich in magnesium or sodium, from the cool waters of the Alps to the whitewater in the Penobscot Ridge Mountains, its varieties are endless. Hundreds of suppliers wrangle over the smallest details (packaging, marketing, logistics) to lower production costs by the tiniest of margins, while also seeking to launch new brands. Most of this business accumulates in the aisles of large supermarkets, but its meanders also flow through the land of luxury. In the last few years, water bars with their very own stewards have been popping up in fashion or gourmet addresses. Customers can select from dozens of different kinds of water with a range of different tastes, sourced from springs around the world; some of the extremely rare ones sell for up to €20 per literin this case, Canadian water harvested from an iceberg. This phenomenon could be seen as an indulgence for the wealthy, but it’s also recognition for a life-giving resource.

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30,000 species of medicinal plants (out of the 40,000 species used worldwide) grow in Indonesia.

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3% of French people are farmers by profession, compared with 50% in 1945.

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