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Science Museum Hit by BP Sponsorship Protest After Tate Announces its Deal Will End



Late Saturday night, campaigners projected large satellite images of BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill onto the side of the Science Museum, in protest at the company’s sponsorship of the museum’s Cosmonauts exhibition, which comes to an endthis Sunday. The “projection protest” followed the announcement that BP’s controversial sponsorship deal with the Tate will end in 2017, after years of mounting pressure from artists and campaigners. The protest also marked the start of British Science Week. Anti-oil sponsorship groups have said campaigns will escalate at other oil sponsored institutions, including the British Museum and the Science Museum, to make sure deals with BP are not renewed.

Alice Bell, from the “Progressive Science Institute”, said: “As we celebrate the start of British Science Week, it’s important to remember the ways in which this amazing human endeavour we call science can be applied to some really dangerous ends. BP is sponsoring a space exhibition at the Science Museum, so we projected space-science images of the Deepwater Horizon spill on the museum’s wall. Museum sponsorship is just the public face of a much larger problem – the oil industry has its grip on way too many of our finest scientific institutions. It’s time the Science Museum cleansed itself of BP logos and the American Geophysical Union dropped sponsors like Exxon too.”

During the protest, a member of museum staff who had secured the BP sponsorship admitted to the protesters that BP had always been a problematic company. In December, the museum’s director, Ian Blatchford, accepted the Pushkin medal in person from Vladimir Putin, for his role in the exhibition. In the same month, the Science Museum decided not to renew its sponsorship deal with the oil company, Shell, after the campaign group, BP or not BP?, revealed how Shell had influenced the museum’s climate science exhibition. Yesterday, the Tate announced that BP would be ending its 26-year sponsorship deal with the gallery and now attention has focussed on other oil-sponsored cultural institutions in London and across the UK.

Chris Garrard, from creative campaign group, “BP or not BP?”, said: “BP’s sponsorship of the Science Museum isn’t philanthropy. It is a cheap way for BP to gain the social legitimacy it needs in order to press ahead with new high-risk projects, like the four ultra deep-water wells it now has planned for the Great Australian Bight, where BP would drill for a fossil fuel we can’t afford to burn. BP clearly hasn’t learnt from its ‘gross negligence’ in the Gulf of Mexico – a spill in Australia would be catastrophic.”

BP currently sponsors the Science Museum’s Cosmonauts exhibition and collaborates with the museum on the Ultimate Stem Challenge, a competition for schoolchildren. BP continues to sponsor the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery and the Royal Opera House, although all three institutions are currently in discussions as to whether to renew their deals with BP.

The protest was organised by three campaign groups working on climate change, science and sponsorship: BP or not BP?, the Progressive Science Institute and Feral X.


Responsible Energy Investments Could Solve Retirement Funding Crisis




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Retiring baby-boomers are facing a retirement cliff, at the same time as mother nature unleashes her fury with devastating storms tied to the impact of global warming. There could be a unique solution to the challenges associated with climate change – investments in clean energy from retirement funds.

Financial savings play a very important role in everyone’s life and one must start planning for it as soon as possible. It’s shocking how quickly seniors can burn through their nest egg – leaving many wondering, “How long your retirement savings will last?

Let’s take a closer look at how seniors can take baby steps on the path to retiring with dignity, while helping to clean up our environment.

Tip #1: Focus & Determination

Like in other work, it is very important to focus and be determined. If retirement is around the corner, then make sure to start putting some money away for retirement. No one can ever achieve anything without dedication and focus – whether it’s saving the planet, or saving for retirement.

Tip #2: Minimize Spending

One of the most important things that you need to do is to minimize your expenditures. Reducing consumption is good for the planet too!

Tip #3: Visualize Your Goal

You can achieve more if you have a clearly defined goal in life. This about how your money can be used to better the planet – imagine cleaner air, water and a healthier environment to leave to your grandchildren.

Investing in Clean Energy

One of the hottest and most popular industries for investment today is the energy market – the trading of energy commodities. Clean energy commodities are traded alongside dirty energy supplies. You might be surprised to learn that clean energy is becoming much more competitive.

With green biz becoming more popular, it is quickly becoming a powerful tool for diversified retirement investing.

The Future of Green Biz

As far as the future is concerned, energy businesses are going to continue getting bigger and better. There are many leading energy companies in the market that already have very high stock prices, yet people are continuing to investing in them.

Green initiatives are impacting every industry. Go Green campaigns are a PR staple of every modern brand. For the energy-sector in the US, solar energy investments are considered to be the most accessible form of clean energy investment. Though investing in any energy business comes with some risks, the demand for energy isn’t going anywhere.

In conclusion, if you want to start saving for your retirement, then clean energy stocks and commodity trading are some of the best options for wallets and the planet. Investing in clean energy products, like solar power, is a more long-term investment. It’s quite stable and comes with a significant profit margin. And it’s amazing for the planet!

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How to make a sustainable living out of Forex Trading?




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There are two different types of forex trading in general: the profitable one and the not so profitable one. Everyone wants good profits at the end of the day, but unfortunately a good number of traders are burdened with the huge losses at the end of their forex careers. Many newbies run the other way around when they hear about forex trading due to heavy losses in their initial period. Of course, you would have heard about all those success stories, in your friends’ circle or on the internet. However, if you are looking forward to replicate those success stories, you need get yourself ready before that.

In this article, we will discuss the six essential skills that are needed to earn some profits from trading foreign currencies and make a sustainable living out of it.

1. Limit your risk ceiling

When you start with forex, you should try to define limits. Try to create a balanced scorecard that defines your personality with regards to various parameters such as your strengths, weaknesses, behaviors, and ability to take risks. It is essential that you list your financial goals before you start with forex trading.

2. Learn about leverage ratio and account type

When you start, brokers will suggest different forex trading accounts that might take you for a whirl if you aren’t prepared. Each forex trading account has its own pros and cons. It is essential that you engage with your broker to create a mini trading account so that you will be able to warm up on your forex trading skills in a low risk environment.

3. Start small

While starting out, some investors rush to have multiple currency pairs without doing proper research on them beforehand. It is very important have you understand the nature and volatility of a currency before you start trading a pair. Every single foreign currency is like a market onto itself. It is therefore important that you take the time to study about the country before forming pairs to understand the volatility of the currency. By using forex trading platforms such as ETX Capital, you can take informed decisions easily.

4. Learn to control emotions

A forex trader should never take any decisions on the spur of the moment based on emotions and should be as rational as he can. Controlling your impulses is the key to becoming a great forex trader.

5. Automate your processes

I am not suggesting you to rely completely on forex robots and trade copiers, but make use of the latest automation tech to execute transactions faster than ever before. Make use of automation features such as stop loss, price options etc. to make the most out of the exciting opportunities.

6. Keep it simple.

Not everyone can be a genius economist, mathematician and a trader, bundled into one. Forex trading is not a complex subject, you only need to arm yourself with positive thinking, and set yourself clear and realistic goals.


I hope this article was useful for you to learn about the key reasons why online forex trading is a good investment and how you can earn money through it. If you have any doubts with regards to this, let us know through the comments and we will be glad to help you out. If you have any suggestions regarding how we can improve the article, let us know them through the comments as well for us to improve.

Though it’s a reliable source of income, you will have to educate yourself properly before you start investing. It is important that you take the time to understand why things are the way they are before you jump all in and start making your first big bucks. All the best for your future ventures and keep coming for more interesting and useful articles.

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