Winter road salt, fertilizers turning North American waterways increasingly saltier

Winter road salt, fertilizers turning North American waterways increasingly saltier

Top Story Across North America, streams and rivers are becoming saltier, thanks to road deicers, fertilizers and other salty compounds that humans indirectly release into waterways. At the same time, freshwater supplies are becoming more alkaline or basic, the “opposite” of acidic. Salty, alkaline freshwater can create big problems for drinking water supplies, urban infrastructure […]

China’s Ant Financial is obliged to abandon an American acquisition

China’s Ant Financial is obliged to abandon an American acquisition

It didn’t mean jack “THE geopolitical environment has changed considerably since…a year ago.” That was the explanation given this week by Alex Holmes, chief executive of MoneyGram International, a Dallas-based American money-transfer firm, for Ant Financial abandoning its $ 1.2bn deal to buy his firm. Ant, the online-payments affiliate of Alibaba Group, a Chinese e-commerce […]