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Clean energy jobs come at a cost
Staff Reporter
update on Friday, February 11, 2011

Investments to create new jobs in clean energies risk backfiring by curbing employment in other parts of the economy, according to a Reuters report based on a study commissioned by the Danish "sceptical environmentalist" Bjorn Lomborg.

The report also said that jobs in green energies were often based on over-optimistic projections of a fast shift from fossil fuels towards cleaner sources such as wind, solar or hydro power.

"You can create jobs in clean energy but, unfortunately, it ends up at the cost of competitiveness elsewhere," said Lomborg, head of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre.


Teens turn to e-readers

Now that e-readers are cheaper, they are reaching consumers across age and demographic groups, and enticing some members of the younger generation to pick them up for the first time, The New York Times reports.

At HarperCollins, e-books made up 25 per cent of all young-adult sales in January, from about 6 per cent a year before. "Adult fiction is hot, hot, hot, in e-books," said Susan Katz, the president and publisher of HarperCollins Children's Books. "And now it seems that teen fiction is getting to be hot, hot, hot."


Indian job fair ends in tragedy

Last week, some 100,000 job-seekers travelled to the northern Indian town of Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh for a job fair that ended in tragedy.

The AFP news agency said the mostly young men were competing for 416 jobs with the Indo-Tibetan Border Police as washermen, barbers, water carriers and other lowly positions.

The event was marred by violence and, returning on the roof of a packed train, 18 men were killed when they failed to react in time to a low-hanging bridge. "Right now, the problem of unemployment has not fully appeared, but it's a bomb in a dormant state," said J. Manohar Rao, a professor at the University of Hyderabad.


Mums' work linked to child obesity

The more mothers work during their children's lifetimes, the more likely their kids are to be overweight or obese, according to an AFP report.

Researchers from American University, Cornell University and the University of Chicago studied data on more than 900 elementary and middle school-aged children in 10 US cities. They found that the longer the children's mothers worked, the higher their children's body mass index (BMI) - the weight-to-height ratio used to measure if a person is overweight or obese. The researchers theorised that because working mothers have little time to prepare meals, their children eat more food high in fat and calories.

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