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Where is America’s Debt? [Infographic]

America’s collective debt, also called the national debt or the public debt, represents the money that the U.S. government owes to the owners of debt instruments that are issued by the U.S. treasury. There are several types of debt instruments issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. All of these items are collectively called treasuries.

America has always had debt. Since the 18th century, the country has carried a load of debt that has fluctuated with the political and social climate of the day. In 1860, America’s debt was $65 million. The Civil War brought about a major spike in the debt. World War I and World War II also brought about major rises in the debt. The latest American debt numbers have put it at its steepest numbers since the debt level spiked during World War II.

 

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Link : www.visualeconomics.com

McDonald’s across the world [Infographic]

Following the financial crisis in Iceland, McDonald’s has decided to close its business and pull out of Iceland, as the country’s financial crisis has made it too expensive to operate its franchise.

The first McDonald’s in Iceland opened in 1993, the BBC reports, now 16 years on, the company has three outlets which it plans to close.

Besides the economy, McDonald’s blamed the “unique operational complexity” of doing business in an isolated nation with a population of just 300,00

 

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Source: http://www.bme.eu.com

Top 20 Tourist Generating Countries to the US : 2009

Tourism is a revenue-generating industry for many states in the U.S.A. By gathering and analyzing the statistics of the number of arrivals from the international countries, the American tourism industrycan better determine tourism trends and increase and/or redirect its marketing efforts.

In June 2009, of the top 20 countries; 16 posted decreases in visitation to the United States, with visitation from nine countries declining at double-digit growth rates.

In the first six months of 2009, 16 of the top 20 countries posted decreases in visitation to the United States, with visitation from eight countries declining at double-digit growth rates.

 

Top 20 Tourist Generating Countries to the US 2009

Source: http://www.thetravelerszone.com

Does Europe have an alcohol problem?

A plan by the SNP in Scotland to introduce a minimum price for alcohol, has won the backing of an academic report which suggests that it could save hundreds of lives each year.

It is being proposed that a 40p per unit minimum level on alcohol could save around 70 alcohol-related deaths in its first year. Not only that, but it is thought that it will cut crime, improve absences from work and improve overall quality of life, according the academics at Sheffield University.

Add on another 10 years, and the study predicts that it could save the health service GBP £160 million, and lead to 370 fewer deaths per year.

 

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Source : http://www.nextgenerationfood.com

Europe energy plans favour solar power [Infographic]

The EU has big plans for its renewable energy future, and much attention has thus far been directed towards wind generated power, with nations such as the UK and Germany leading the way in making the most of Europe’s wind potential. For this reason, the European Commission’s latest plan to reduce carbon emissions by pumping a huge slice of the 50 billion euros available for research and development into solar power, may raise a few eyebrows.

Power generated from solar panels and carbon capture-and-store technology are the two major components of the EU’s plans, as the commission tries to demonstrate how it is taking the necessary steps to meet ambitious carbon cutting targets. The plan, due to be released tomorrow, is a direct attempt to raise the EU’s profile before the UN summit meeting in Copenhagen in December on reaching a new global agreement to curb climate change.

 

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Source : http://www.ngpowereu.com/