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Thousands protest against the proposed expansion of a chemical factory in Ningbo, Oct. 28, 2012. AP

As incomes rise in China, so does concern about pollution

China has the world's second-largest economy, powered by cheap labor and cheap fossil fuel. But now Chinese urbanites want greener, healthier lifestyles. Can the government deliver them?
If consumers don’t like the way their mortgage brokers operates, they can shop around. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Mortgage brokers: ASIC goes fishing

The ASIC inquiry into how mortgage brokers are paid won't do much to change an already competitive system.
Is Black Friday already a relic? Reuters

Is Black Friday a thing of the past?

'Christmas creep' is pushing the holiday shopping season earlier and earlier. Has Black Friday – its traditional start – lost its luster?
Not the aisle for happiness. consumer via www shutterstock com

Consumed: why more stuff does not mean more happiness

A lifestyle based on aggressive consumption stresses the Earth's resources and, beyond a certain point of comfort, does not actually foster human fulfillment or happiness.

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