Slow growth in emerging markets, wearable tech, carbon footprints of Chinese and Europeans are equal

The Economist takes a look at slowing growth in emerging markets.

The New York Times examines how “striking changes in family structure” are helping to drive America’s income divide.

-A new study on carbon footprints finds that the average Chinese person is now almost on par with the average European, reports The Guardian.

The Wall Street Journal looks at the rise of collaborative consumption and outlines the issues that sharing-focused businesses are grappling with.

-A Fast Company blogger outlines how businesses can tap into new consumer attitudes toward ownership.

Newsweek wonders whether Millennials are the “screwed generation.”

-According to new research, the obesity epidemic is the latest threat to global food security.

The Wall Street Journal spotlights moms who are fanatical about fitness, a growing cohort that’s “emerging as a tantalizing target for consumer-product marketers.”

-The World Bank report “Maximizing Mobile” looks at trends shaping and redefining mobile, and its potential to drive development. The Atlantic spotlights some notable findings.

-An Interactive Advertising Bureau study explores “Mobile’s Role in a Consumer’s Media Day.”

-Half of all adult cell phone owners now incorporate their phones into their TV-watching, according to a Pew Research Center study on the “connected viewer.” Fast Company spotlights some of the more notable stats.

-A new study finds that an increasingly significant proportion of American shoppers are using mobile and social channels to shape their in-store shopping.

-“It is getting simpler to be slothful,” says The Wall Street Journal, now that there are so many apps to take on our tedious chores.

TheNextWeb asks a range of experts to weigh in on the future of communications.

-As more malls add service-oriented elements to better compete with online shopping, The New York Times examines how one firm is overhauling its retail mix.

-A Mashable columnist showcases nine innovations in the supermarket category.

-Wearable technology represents “the next wave” of computing, says The Guardian, reporting on how this futuristic idea is coming to fruition.

-An annual survey of publishers shows e-books continuing to power ahead, becoming the top format for adult fiction in 2011, says The New York Times.

-A new report forecasts that up to half of existing retail bank branches in developed markets will be obsolete by 2020.

The New York Times reports on how higher education is changing with the advent of online courses from top-notch universities.

-More American schools are offering hybrid summer programs that combine education and recreation, reports USA Today.

-A new study reveals that although British people prefer face-to-face interaction, most of the time they text instead.

Time spotlights Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century, a book by UCLA anthropologists that examines the inside of American homes and finds them overstuffed with consumer goods.

-The cosmetics industry is finding inspiration in all things India, reports The New York Times.

-The Danish government is building bike “superhighways” in an effort to encourage people to cycle to work, according to The New York Times.

-More countries are cracking down on indoor tanning, reports the Los Angeles Times.