From London to Amsterdam to Mumbai shipping containers have been celebrated as a cheap and easy way to provide pre-fab housing.
But what is it like to live in one – and can they transcend pop-up status to be a permanent solution?
De Gooijer of Tempohousing concedes stacking containers neatly one on top of the other is the only way to make it significantly cheaper than using traditional building material and construction methods.
‘If you treat it like Lego you have to add expensive sub-structures to give it stability’ he says.
There remains the larger question about who ideally shipping container homes are supposed to be for.
If projects continue to be pitched as emergency or temporary fixes – are shipping containers destined to be housing for the poor?
Mercedes-Benz – Honda – Mazda and Mitsubishi’s cars are shown to emit significantly more NOx pollution on the road than in regulatory tests.
Mercedes-Benz – Honda – Mazda and Mitsubishi have joined the growing list of manufacturers whose diesel cars are known to emit significantly more pollution on the road than in regulatory tests – according to data obtained by the Guardian.
‘The issue is a systemic one’ across the industry said Nick Molden whose company Emissions Analytics tested the cars.
Intellectual property rights chapter appears to give Trans-Pacific Partnership countries’ countries greater power to stop information from going public.
Wikileaks has released what it claims is the full intellectual property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the controversial agreement between 12 countries that was signed off on Monday.
TPP was negotiated in secret and details have yet to be published. But critics including Democrat presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, unions and privacy activists have lined up to attack what they have seen of it.
Wikileaks’ latest disclosures are unlikely to reassure them.
One chapter appears to give the signatory countries (referred to as ‘parties’) greater power to stop embarrassing information going public.
The treaty would give signatories the ability to curtail legal proceedings if the theft of information is ‘detrimental to a party’s economic interests – international relations – or national defense or national security’ –
– in other words presumably if a trial would cause the information to spread.
Westernised diets blamed as figures predict failure to meet 2025 target of no increase in obesity or diabetes beyond 2010 levels.
UN goals on diet-related disease will fail to be met because of the soaring numbers of people becoming obese or overweight – with almost 1 billion of the world’s adults projected to be obese by 2025 analysis shows.
Experts warn that targets will not be met because of the spread of the westernised diet around the globe as a result of heavy marketing by the food industry.
Concern over the rise in diabetes – heart disease – cancer and other conditions fuelled by obesity led to a UN summit in 2011 – where the World Health Organisation (WHO) was commissioned to set targets to bring down the alarming rate of weight gain across the planet.
It set a goal for 2025 of no increase in obesity or diabetes beyond the levels of 2010.
But the latest statistics suggest the world will spectacularly fail to meet the target says the World Obesity Federation (WOF).
In 2010, 11.5% of adults or 565 million people were obese.
By 2014, that had already risen to 13% (670 million).
While average workers have to pay taxes – big corporations can get away with paying little or no taxes through exploiting loopholes.
Two things in life are inevitable: death and taxes. But not for big corporations.
Although they are ‘legal persons’ and can fund politicians of their choice without limit they don’t have to be limited by time – and thanks to our outdated system of taxing global profits they can easily shirk paying taxes.
While multinational companies can get away with paying little or no taxes average workers have no choice in the matter because their income taxes are paid even before they receive their paycheck.
And while big businesses can exploit tax loopholes and shift profits to offshore subsidiaries by employing sophisticated tax planners – small and medium-size businesses have little choice but to pay the full rate.