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Last year, the world experienced a significant jump -- a rise in global temperature...
2014 was the hottest year on record, and just this week, a group of scientists moved the hands on the Doomsday Clock -- that's when mankind wipes out our own existence at midnight --- to 11:57 pm. That's the closest the clock has been to midnight since the height of the cold war.
One of the main reasons behind the move is climate change.
But it's still hard to get people to act differently, especially when the consequences for inaction seem so far off in the future. For politicians, creating policy that causes pain in the present and not seeing the payoff directly can seem like a bad decision.
To explain some of the leaps that global governments and populations have to take to slow and stop climate change, we spoke to Ann Carlson, the co-director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA Law.
Listen to the whole segment in the player above.
Despite creating more jobs, wages are still flat. Median household income in the US is lower now than it was fifteen years ago, and over the last year, the average hourly wage only rose 40 cents.
So how do we make a leap towards higher wages, as a country? Heather Boushey, executive director at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth joined Marketplace Weekend to talk about how to increase wages, and what's holding us back.
Listen to the whole segment in the audio player above.
King Salman, 79, presided over the dramatic transformation of Riyadh with a record for good governance, but he is not viewed as a reformer and is unlikely to change the course of Saudi politics.
What goes up must come down. Or hit a brick wall. We're talking crashes.
If you have a story about about a time your personal economy crashed, tell us. What happened? How did you make it through?
Greek voters are about to make a great leap. Maybe.
Polls suggest that elections this Sunday could bring to power a hard-left party called Syriza
which wants to end the so-called “austerity measures” – the swingeing curbs on public spending rigorously enforced by the outgoing government for years.
Syriza also wants to renegotiate the terms of a bailout Greece got from the IMF and EU.
Quite a shift from the policy of the outgoing government led by the center-right New Democracy Party, which has been careful to play nice with Greece’s creditors.
Lizzie O'Leary spoke to Marketplace’s Stephen Beard in Athens.