Weather has an impact on the sales of certain products, and new research shows that timely adjustments in price and advertising can make it possible for firms to increase profits.
Most Americans cling to things with sentimental value that we no longer need. Taking pictures of these possessions may make it easier to give them away.
The climate crisis demands not only green technologies, but a completely different approach to economic development.
Avocado demand is driven not just by their supposed health benefits, but by their newness, exclusivity and symbolic, aspirational value to a burgeoning middle class.
Why do people choose to drop the spending and devote their time to another way of living?
The four scenarios in the WEF's 2017 food report paint a bleak picture. But there are better ways.
Information is assumed to be key to changing people's attitudes and behaviour. Sadly this isn't the case.
After Christmas, and the Boxing Day sales, it seems like a good time to ask: what is the purpose of all this consumption?
Research has yet to reveal why and how obesity rates have surged around the world in the past few decades.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday start the frenzy of Christmas spending. Don't let them lure you in with their deals.
To realise the benefit of the final phase of the demographic transition, South Africa needs to grow employment and improve the labour market prospects for its younger working-age population.
The world economy needs China, but Beijing has needs of its own. No wonder the leadership is putting so much effort into a year of negotiation.
It's time to tackle a question we've all pondered at one point or another: should I use an electric dryer or hand towels to dry my hands? The answer may surprise you.
The ever-popular festive song is a hymn to overconsumption. Here are a few seasonal lessons...
Many of us are concerned about just want to get through it. But the consumer madness of late December is the perfect time to ponder the consequences of our habits and excesses.
Don't feel bad if you can't resist buying up at Christmas.
Teenagers spend more time consuming media than they do sleeping. Most of this consumption is passive - a habit that's creeping into classrooms, too.
How can we live within the means of our planet? Almost all environmental literature grossly underestimates what is needed for our civilisation to become sustainable.
The black middle class occupies a complex and sometimes precarious position in society, one that requires constant renegotiation.
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.