"The World in 2017 contains The Economist’s predictions for the year ahead". Prominent figures from politics, business, science and the arts join journalists from The Economist and other leading publications in offering forecasts for 2017.
China attempts to fine-tune its control over coal and steel Beijing is giving market forces only limited sway in these key industries BEIJING China is still struggling to find a happy medium between market forces and a planned economy, and nowhere is this more obvious than in the coal industry.
How to improve the health of the ocean The ocean sustains humanity. Humanity treats it with contempt EARTH is poorly named. The ocean covers almost three-quarters of the planet. It is divided into five basins: the Pacific, the Atlantic, the Indian, the Arctic and the Southern oceans. Were all the planet’s water placed over the United States, it would form a column of liquid 132km tall. The ocean provides 3bn people with almost a fifth of their protein (making fish a bigger source of the stuff than beef). Fishing and aquaculture assure the livelihoods of one in ten of the world’s people. Climate and weather systems depend on the temperature patterns of the ocean and its interactions with the atmosphere. If anything ought to be too big to fail, it is the ocean.