With its vibrant zebra stripes and needle sharp spines filled with venom, the lionfish looks like something out of a science fiction movie. Averaging only 12 inches long, this menacing interloper from half-way around the globe is taking over — eating everything in sight. Its voracious appetite could spell disaster for the western Atlantic’s delicate eco-system and its commercial fishing industry – and a new effort to reduce their numbers by making them the new “it” delicacy isn’t happening fast enough.
Also, Muhammad Yunus, a man who became famous as a “banker to the poor” in the third world — and won a Nobel Prize in the process — has launched a program in America to give the poor access to small, affordable loans. These microloans have been hailed as a key to ending poverty and the microcredit model has been imitated by organizations all over the world. But new studies have raised doubts and a recent crisis in India has shown that credit –even microcredit — can be dangerous.
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