The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) said Friday that electric vehicles more than quadrupled their percentage of new car sales in Europe in the second quarter, with hybrids also seeing growth.   In the three months from April to June, all-electric vehicles accounted for 7.5 per cent of new automobile salesContinue Reading

The European Union has set lofty goals for its transition to a low-carbon economy. Carbon pricing is one of the tools it has implemented. The Emission Trading System, which has been in force for a while, has already had a favourable influence. According to early indications, a new, more stringent carbon priceContinue Reading

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank Group’s private investment arm, is contributing US$150 million to the Union Bank of the Philippines’ social bond, which intends to fund loans to micro, small, and medium-sized companies (MSMEs) affected by the Covid-19 issue.  The bond will be issued under Union Bank’sContinue Reading

The Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) has announced a strategic partnership with the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to empower tech entrepreneurs who are driving transformative innovations in nutrition and food security around the world in order to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including “Zero Hunger.”  During theContinue Reading

On Thursday, the director of the United Nations’ food aid agency urged the world’s wealthiest nations to invest more in sustainable living in order to feed the world’s rising population.  Qu Dongyu, the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), stressed the issue of producing more food whileContinue Reading

On Wednesday, Germany and the United States announced an agreement to allow the construction of Nord Stream 2 (NS2) to Europe without further American sanctions. The Nord Stream 2 agreement stated that Germany and the United States will oppose any future Russian attempt to exploit the pipeline as a politicalContinue Reading

World leaders vowed to reduce poverty and hunger, safeguard biodiversity and the climate, and enrol all children in school by 2030 as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. What has been the reaction of researchers and funders? Is there any evidence of a change in research priorities? UNESCOContinue Reading

Bitcoins are mined using sophisticated computers to solve complicated mathematical problems that consume enormous amounts of energy, to the point that it is believed that it consumes more energy than Kazakhstan and the Netherlands combined. Despite global concerns about cryptocurrencies’ negative environmental impact, such as Bitcoin’s rising carbon footprint, theContinue Reading

With the goal of furthering the EU’s data strategy, a new coalition of key European data sharing players has been formed. The thirteen founding members include two management consulting firms. Team Data Spaces is a coalition aimed at recognising the significance of data sharing in innovation, technological advancement, and broaderContinue Reading

To ensure progress toward the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, delegates at an international conference today discussed ways to improve regional cooperation on collaborative research and development of new Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies such as artificial intelligence, internet of things, machine learning, Blockchain, and others. The Asia-Pacific Centre forContinue Reading