News from the Control Tower: Our weekly curated list of news stories affecting you and your finances.
This week’s reads include:
In America, Christmas trees are a multibillion-dollar business. But who’s making the money?
An unexpected side-effect of lockdowns: It can be easier to get a meeting with a venture capitalist. For minority founders in tech, that’s made a big difference as Silicon Valley reckons with race issues.
China has long sought to control the weather to protect farming areas and to ensure clear skies for key events.
The Covid-19 pandemic was supposed to put the final nail in the coffin of globalization and prompt a retreat into a new era of protectionism. Instead, some are now calling the crisis the Great Accelerator.
It’s not just party balloons. A huge Siberian production plant is expected to reshape the market for a gas that’s essential to many critical industries.
In 2020, AP photographers captured a world in distress
This is the world that Associated Press photographers captured in 2020, a world beset by every sort of catastrophe — natural and unnatural disaster, violent and non-violent conflict. And, in every corner of that world, the coronavirus.