Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, December 4, 2012

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A new paper out claims that high frequency trading -- stock trades executed by computers at very high speeds -- may be taking money away from traditional investors. As 200 countries meet in Doha this week for the latest round of United Nations' climate change talks, new sources of fossil fuel are stirring up the climate change conversation.  And politicians across the Midwest are pressing the President to declare a state of emergency on the Mississippi River in order to allow barge traffic to keep flowing. An epic shortage of water in the Mississippi has put major pressure on everything from food items, to electricity.

First predictions for 'The Hobbit' at the box office

When 'The Hobbit' comes out next Friday, it'll be the first major outing for a new movie technology. It's the first major studio movie to be shot at 48 frames per second.
Posted In: film, movies

PODCAST: High frequency trading, shooting film faster

Are high speed computer traders costing you, me, mom and pop investor -- money? Also: is a renewable energy boom on the way in Africa. And the new movie technology being rolled out next week with the hobbit -- why you might love or hate it.

Giant solar panel plant planned in Ghana

Today the British company "Blue Energy" unveiled plans for the largest solar power plant in Africa -- and one of the largest in the world.
Posted In: Africa, solar

Looking back at the data for November

In terms of economic data, November is now one for the books, and it felt like a good opportunity to step back from these numbers we bring you from day to day -- see what it all adds up to.

SEC charges big accounting firms over audits in China

SEC investigates potential accounting fraud against U.S. investors involving Chinese firms publicly traded in U.S.
Posted In: China, Securities and Exchange Commission

Efforts to keep barge traffic flowing on drought-affected Mississippi River

Every year roughly $180 billion worth of freight makes its way up and down the Mississippi River. An epic shortage of water on the nation's major inland waterways is expected to put upward pressure on everything from food items, to electricity.
Posted In: Mississippi River, drought

Study finds small investors losing out to computers

A new report finds high-frequency traders are profiting at the expense of the little guy.
Posted In: high-frequency trading

British ash trees threatened by fungus from Denmark

The disease could wipe out a third of Britain's forest, and landowners and tree growers could lose tens of millions.
Posted In: trees, Britain, import export

NHL owners and players try to bridge differences

Representatives of the National Hockey League and players are trying to settle a dispute over their respective share of the game's revenues. The dispute has already led to cancellation of about a third of the season.
Posted In: NHL, hockey, strike

At U.N. climate meeting, a focus on fossil fuels

New sources of fossil fuels are stirring up the United Nations climate talks in Doha.
Posted In: United Nations, climate, doha

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