Gemini Research News: Global trade doubles material use for fashion, electronics over two decades

Gemini Research News: Global trade doubles material use for fashion, electronics over two decades. “A new database gives researchers — and potentially policymakers — the ability to see how global trade affects environmental impacts. Trade is one of the most visible hallmarks of 21st century life. Cheap shipping and global supply chains mean that goods made in one country can easily be shipped for purchase or consumption halfway around the world. But if you are trying to assess — and limit — the environmental impacts of this trade, how can you possibly measure the environmental effects of a dress made in Pakistan that’s purchased in Peoria? Buying that dress drives all sorts of environmental and social impacts in far-away countries where the raw materials are extracted or products are made.”

Reuters: Google to invest $550 million in Chinese e-commerce giant JD. com

Reuters: Google to invest $550 million in Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com. “Google will invest $550 million in Chinese e-commerce powerhouse JD.com, part of the U.S. internet giant’s efforts to expand its presence in fast-growing Asian markets and battle rivals including Amazon.com.”

EurekAlert: New platform for analyzing global trade in the last two centuries

EurekAlert: New platform for analyzing global trade in the last two centuries . “This new web platform, called Federico-Tena World Trade Historical Database, collects information about imports and exports from 140 countries from every continent from 1800 to 1938. This new data considerably improves previous studies and enables accurate historical continuity to current United Nations estimations, which contain data from 1948 to the present day.”

Taking a step back: Why do we care so much about public registers of beneficial ownership? (Transparency International)

Transparency International: Taking a step back: Why do we care so much about public registers of beneficial ownership?. “You might have seen us celebrating the UK government’s decision last week to require British overseas territories to introduce public registers of beneficial ownership. This means that companies based in places like Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos and the British Virgin Islands will soon have to reveal the identity of the real individuals behind companies — the beneficial owners. We’ve called this ‘a major victory in the fight against cross-border corruption’. You might be wondering: why do we care so much about registers of beneficial ownership?”

Santa Monica Daily Press: New site aims to help voters follow the money

Santa Monica Daily Press: New site aims to help voters follow the money. “A new website from a former middle school geography teacher aims to help consumers navigate the political implications of their spending habits by tracking major campaign donations by corporations. The beta version of the website Ethiq launched Monday. ‘In essence, it’s a dating app but instead of matching you with men and women, it matches you with businesses that match your values,’ said Darren Bates, the website’s founder and a 15-year Santa Monica resident.”

‘Dirty money’: U-turn as Tories back plans to make tax havens transparent (The Guardian)

The Guardian:
‘Dirty money’: U-turn as Tories back plans to make tax havens transparent
. “Britain’s overseas territories will be forced to adopt public registers of company ownership at the end of the decade after the government conceded it would have to support a backbench amendment designed to stem the global flow of ‘dirty money’.”

Ekklasia: New resource offers hope to Cambodians challenging their government

Ekklesia: New resource offers hope to Cambodians challenging their government. “As Reporters Without Borders reveals that Cambodia has dropped ten places in its press freedom index, Global Witness and Open Corporates have launched a huge new dataset that will hand power back to the country’s citizens. The data, which shows who owns and controls companies in Cambodia, can help journalists and activists to expose the sorts of corruption and abuses that have helped keep the regime in power for over thirty years.”