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Leonid Bershidsky

Which is the greater number: $105 or $100 plus 3%? You might think this a trivial question, but about 60% of adults can't answer it correctly — and many of them still use financial services. It's an alarming situation. After all, smokers understand they're taking a risk, if only because they've seen the health warning on cigarette packs; but bank clients, especially in poorer countries, are often clueless about money matters.

Standard & Poor's Global Financial Literacy Survey goes further than any of the previous research in examining the phenomenon throughout the world. It's based on 150,000 interviews in more than 140 countries, all conducted last year. The study's financial literacy criteria were rather loose compared with the ones developed in 2008 by two of the leading lights in this academic field, Annamaria Lusardi, currently of Dartmouth University, and Olivia Mitchell of the Wharton School of Business.

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The Bogus Concept Of "Carbon-Neutral" Oil

The Colombian president recently said that the country had exported one million barrels of carbon-neutral or offset oil. But in an unregulated carbon market, such a claim is pure greenwashing.

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María Mónica Monsalve Sánchez

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BOGOTÁ - In March this year, various national and corporate leaders met in Houston, Texas, for CERAWeek, an annual conference to discuss the world's energy challenges. Colombia's President Iván Duque took the opportunity to remind participants that his country produced just 0.6% of the world's carbon emissions even as it had raised crude production to one million barrels a day.

He said oil should not be seen as an enemy, since the fight was really against greenhouse gas emissions. He also revealed at the event that the country's national oil firm, Ecopetrol, had sold the Asian market its first million barrels of carbon-neutral or offset crude, consisting of the entire extraction, production and exportation chain.

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