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Kevin Spacey Found Not Guilty in Sexual Assault Case

04 Apr 2024  |  aol.com
Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey has been acquitted of all charges of sexual assault against four men at Southwark Crown Court. The verdict was delivered on Spacey's 64th birthday, and he expressed his gratitude and humility outside the court. The jury dismissed seven counts of sexual assault, one count of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent, and one count of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent. Spacey thanked the jury, the court staff, his legal team, and specifically mentioned Evan Lowenstein. He described the allegations as 'madness' and a 'stab in the back' but did not elaborate further in his statement.

Queen Elizabeth II has died aged 96

04 Apr 2024  |  autos.yahoo.com
Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, passed away on 8 September 2022 at the age of 96. Born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor on 21 April 1926, she was not expected to become queen but ascended to the throne after her uncle, Edward VIII, abdicated. Elizabeth II's reign was marked by her dedication to duty, her role during WWII, and her marriage to Prince Philip, which lasted 73 years. She faced challenges such as the 'Annus horribilis' in 1992, the death of Princess Diana, and the recent 'Megxit'. Despite these, she maintained high public approval and adapted to modern times, including the use of technology for royal duties. Her Platinum Jubilee in 2022 celebrated her 70-year reign. The Queen's death at Balmoral Castle was followed by her family rushing to be by her side, marking the end of an era for the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

Queen Elizabeth II, 1926-2022

04 Apr 2024  |  ca.news.yahoo.com
The United Kingdom is mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away at the age of 96 at Balmoral. Buckingham Palace announced that she died peacefully and that her son, Charles, will succeed her as King Charles III. Crowds gathered outside Buckingham Palace, paying tribute with flowers and candles. The Queen's health concerns were made public earlier on Thursday, prompting her children and grandchildren to travel to Scotland. Liz Truss, the newly appointed Prime Minister by the Queen, expressed her devastation and admiration for the Queen's service. World leaders, including Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron, paid their respects. The Queen's death marks the end of a 70-year reign, the longest in British history, and she is remembered for her dedication to the Commonwealth and her steady presence through times of change.

5 innovators making the electric vehicle battery more sustainable

04 Apr 2024  |  waste-management-world.com
The article discusses the importance of electric vehicles (EVs) in reducing air pollution and meeting climate change goals. It cites the International Energy Agency's forecast that global EV stock needs to grow by 36% annually to reach 245 million by 2030. The article highlights concerns regarding the ethical and environmental issues of mining raw materials like cobalt, lithium, and nickel for lithium-ion batteries. It also points out the low recycling rate of lithium-ion batteries compared to lead batteries and the potential environmental hazards they pose when discarded in landfills. The IEA estimates a significant increase in automotive battery capacity that could be repurposed by 2030, indicating a need for improved battery manufacturing and disposal processes, as well as conservation of raw materials.

Kevin Spacey Found Not Guilty of Sexual Assault Charges

04 Apr 2024  |  malaysia.news.yahoo.com
Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey has been acquitted of all charges of sexual assault against four men at Southwark Crown Court. The verdict was delivered on Spacey's 64th birthday, and he expressed his gratitude and humility outside the court. The jury found him not guilty on seven counts of sexual assault, one count of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent, and one count of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent. Spacey thanked the jury, the court staff, security, and his legal team, including Evan Lowenstein.

The Queen has died at the age of 96

04 Apr 2024  |  yahoo.com
Buckingham Palace has announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96, marking the end of the longest reign in British history. Born on 21 April 1926, Elizabeth ascended to the throne in 1952 after her father, King George VI, passed away. Her reign saw 14 prime ministers, from Winston Churchill to Boris Johnson. The Queen's life was marked by significant events in both British and global history, and her Platinum Jubilee was celebrated earlier this year, commemorating 70 years of service. The article reflects on her life and provides a visual retrospective through photographs.

News, Finance and Lifestyle

04 Apr 2024  |  sg.yahoo.com
The article discusses the impact of expanding communication on personal schedules. It suggests that while having more contacts can be beneficial, it also leads to a busier schedule and an increase in tasks. The author advises readers to be selective with their interactions to manage their time better and to be mindful of how they allocate their time in order to handle their responsibilities effectively.

Kevin Spacey: 'Humbled' actor weeps after being cleared of sex offences against four men

04 Apr 2024  |  ca.style.yahoo.com
Kevin Spacey, the Oscar-winning actor, has been acquitted of all charges of sexual assault against four men at Southwark Crown Court. The verdict was delivered on his 64th birthday, and Spacey expressed his gratitude and humility outside the court. He was cleared of seven counts of sexual assault and two counts of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent. Spacey thanked the jury for their careful consideration of the evidence, as well as his legal team and the court staff. He specifically mentioned his legal team member Evan Lowenstein and someone named Lucy for their support.

Electric vehicles are green, but their batteries are creating a sustainability challenge

04 Apr 2024  |  greenbiz.com
The article discusses the sustainability challenges posed by lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles (EVs). While EVs are crucial for reducing air pollution and achieving climate change goals, the mining of raw materials for batteries raises environmental and ethical concerns. The article highlights the low recycling rate of lithium-ion batteries compared to lead batteries and the need for improved recycling processes. It introduces five organizations working on solutions: Redwood Materials, Li-Cycle, Aceleron, the ReCell Center, and the Global Battery Alliance. These organizations are developing technologies and initiatives to create a circular economy for batteries, aiming to make EV batteries sustainable, reduce waste, and decrease reliance on raw material imports.

Kevin Spacey Found Not Guilty of Sexual Assault Charges

04 Apr 2024  |  ca.news.yahoo.com
Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey has been acquitted of all charges of sexual assault against four men at Southwark Crown Court. The verdict was delivered on Spacey's 64th birthday, and he expressed his gratitude and humility outside the court. The jury found him not guilty on seven counts of sexual assault, one count of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent, and one count of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent. Spacey denied all charges, describing them as 'madness' and a 'stab in the back'. He thanked his legal team, the court staff, and security, specifically mentioning Evan Lowenstein.

Bank of England Raises Interest Rates to 5.25% Amid Inflation Concerns

04 Apr 2024  |  malaysia.news.yahoo.com
The Bank of England has increased interest rates from 5% to 5.25%, the highest since April 2008, in an effort to control UK inflation, which is significantly above its 2% target. The move is part of a 'restrictive' monetary policy aimed at reducing demand and slowing price rises, particularly to alleviate the impact on lower-income households. Despite the rate hike, BoE governor Andrew Bailey remains optimistic about the UK economy's resilience, citing low unemployment levels and no forecasted recession. However, the Trades Union Congress and the Institute of Economic Affairs have criticized the decision, fearing it could push the country into recession and risk jobs. The Bank of England predicts inflation will fall below 5% by the end of 2023, and energy prices are expected to lower household bills. Labour's shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves and Royal London's Sarah Pennells expressed concerns about the burden on households, while Giles Coghlan of HYCM suggested the rate hikes might soon end.

The Queen has died at the age of 96

04 Apr 2024  |  sg.style.yahoo.com
Buckingham Palace has announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96, marking the end of the longest reign in British history. The Queen celebrated her Platinum Jubilee earlier this year, commemorating 70 years on the throne. She ascended to the throne in 1952 after the death of her father, King George VI, and has seen 14 prime ministers serve during her reign. Born on 21 April 1926, Elizabeth became heir presumptive at age 10 and was crowned Queen at 25. Her husband, Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, informed her of her father's death while they were on a tour in Kenya. The Queen's coronation occurred on 2 June 1953, and her reign has spanned a significant period of change in both British and global history.

The Seychelles magpie-robin is up for sale as a digital nature collectible

04 Apr 2024  |  bigthink.com
Nature Seychelles has launched a campaign to sell the Seychelles magpie-robin as a digital collectible NFT to fund conservation efforts. With only 460 birds remaining, this endangered species is represented by 59 digital twins, correlating with the number of birds in the Cousin Island Special Reserve. The initiative, supported by the International Union for Conservation for Nature and the Porini Foundation, seeks to find new income streams for conservation as traditional funding sources have declined. The NFTs are blockchain-verified and sold at various prices, with $2,500 raised on the first day. The conservation of species like the Seychelles magpie-robin is crucial for maintaining Earth's biodiversity and ecosystem health.

Queen Elizabeth II, 1926-2022

04 Apr 2024  |  au.news.yahoo.com
The United Kingdom is mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away at the age of 96 at Balmoral. Buckingham Palace announced her peaceful passing, and her son Charles has now become King Charles III. The nation and the world have reacted with deep sorrow, with crowds gathering outside Buckingham Palace and leaders like US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron paying tribute. Queen Elizabeth II was the longest-serving British monarch, having celebrated her Platinum Jubilee in June 2022. She was a symbol of stability through times of change, overseeing 15 prime ministers during her reign. Her recent public appearance was the appointment of Liz Truss as the prime minister earlier in the week.

Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey found not guilty of sexual assault charges

04 Apr 2024  |  au.news.yahoo.com
Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey has been acquitted of all charges of sexual assault against four men at Southwark Crown Court. The verdict was delivered on his 64th birthday, and Spacey expressed his gratitude and humility outside the court. He was cleared of seven counts of sexual assault and two counts of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent. Spacey thanked the jury for their careful consideration of the evidence, as well as his legal team and the court staff. He specifically mentioned his legal team member Evan Lowenstein and someone named Lucy for their support.

Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey found not guilty of sexual assault

04 Apr 2024  |  news.yahoo.com
Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey has been acquitted of all charges of sexual assault against four men at Southwark Crown Court. The verdict was delivered on Spacey's 64th birthday, and he expressed his gratitude and humility outside the court. The jury dismissed seven counts of sexual assault, one count of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent, and one count of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent. Spacey denied all charges, describing them as 'madness' and a 'stab in the back'. He thanked his legal team, including Evan Lowenstein, and the court staff for their support throughout the trial.

Kevin Spacey Found Not Guilty in Sexual Assault Case

04 Apr 2024  |  yahoo.com
Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey has been acquitted of all charges of sexual assault against four men at Southwark Crown Court. The verdict was delivered on Spacey's 64th birthday, and he expressed his gratitude and humility outside the court. The jury dismissed seven counts of sexual assault, one count of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent, and one count of causing penetrative sexual activity without consent. Spacey denied all charges, describing them as 'madness' and a 'stab in the back'. He thanked his legal team, the court staff, and security for their support throughout the trial.

Government may take Thames Water into public ownership amid debt crisis

04 Apr 2024  |  malaysia.news.yahoo.com
Thames Water is facing scrutiny due to its rising £14bn debt, with the government considering temporary public ownership as a solution. Health minister Neil O'Brien has assured that consumer bills will not increase and water access will remain unchanged if the government intervenes. The company has already received £500m from shareholders and is seeking further funding. Labour has criticized the potential bailout, arguing that the public should not bear the consequences of the Conservative government's failures. Public opinion favors nationalization of utilities, with a YouGov poll indicating 63% support for a public water industry. Thames Water, privatized in 1989, has multiple shareholders including pension funds, with Omers being the largest. The company's CEO, Sarah Bentley, recently resigned amid controversy over sewage spills. Water minister Rebecca Pow has expressed confidence in Ofwat's management of the situation but did not disclose potential bailout costs.

Queen Elizabeth II, 1926-2022

04 Apr 2024  |  sg.style.yahoo.com
The United Kingdom is mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away at the age of 96. Buckingham Palace announced that she died peacefully at Balmoral. Her son, Charles, has ascended to the throne as King Charles III. Crowds gathered outside Buckingham Palace, paying tribute with flowers and candles. The Queen's health concerns were made public earlier on Thursday, prompting her children and grandchildren to join her in Scotland. Liz Truss, the newly appointed Prime Minister by the Queen, expressed her devastation and admiration for the Queen's service. World leaders, including US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron, paid their respects. The Queen's death marks the end of a 70-year reign, the longest in British history, during which she remained a symbol of stability through various global and national changes.

Queen Elizabeth II has died aged 96

04 Apr 2024  |  sg.style.yahoo.com
Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, passed away on 8 September 2022 at the age of 96. Born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor on 21 April 1926, she was not expected to become queen but ascended to the throne after her uncle, Edward VIII, abdicated. Elizabeth II's reign was marked by her dedication to duty, from her service during World War II to her numerous public engagements and state visits. Her marriage to Prince Philip lasted 73 years, making it the longest of any British monarch. The Queen faced personal and public challenges, including the 'Annus horribilis' in 1992 and the death of Princess Diana in 1997. Despite these, she maintained high public approval and celebrated her Platinum Jubilee in 2022. Her final years saw her navigating the pandemic, 'Megxit', and the loss of her husband, Prince Philip. She passed away at Balmoral Castle, with her family rushing to be by her side.

Charles mourns his mother from seat where Queen grieved alone for Philip just 17 months ago

04 Apr 2024  |  sg.style.yahoo.com
The article covers the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, highlighting the poignant moment when King Charles III sat in the same seat his mother occupied during Prince Philip's funeral. The Queen's funeral, following her passing on September 8, 2022, was a grand event at Westminster Abbey, attended by global dignitaries. It included a procession to Windsor and a committal service at St George's Chapel, where the Queen was buried alongside Prince Philip. The article describes the strict COVID-19 restrictions during Prince Philip's funeral and contrasts it with the Queen's funeral, which was a large-scale event. It also details the personal touches by King Charles III, such as the wreath from the gardens of royal residences and his handwritten message on the Queen's coffin. The funeral paid homage to the Queen's public service and her personal relationships, with symbolic gestures and the presence of the Crown Jewels.

Travel agents are here to stay, so here's what you need to know before booking with one.

04 Apr 2024  |  loveexploring.com
The article discusses the relevance of travel agents in the current travel landscape, emphasizing their value in helping travelers navigate regulations and find deals. It provides seven tips for booking a holiday, including shopping around for the best deal, considering all-inclusive versus self-catering options, checking what's included in the price, considering flight timings, ensuring travel protection through ATOL and ABTA, understanding flexible booking policies, and being aware of entry regulations, especially post-Brexit. The article also references the Post Office Holiday Spending Report 2021 and mentions the collapse of Thomas Cook in 2019.

This start-up is recycling abandoned wooden homes in Baltimore

04 Apr 2024  |  freethink.com
The Baltimore Wood Project is an initiative in Baltimore, USA, that aims to reduce landfill waste by salvaging and reusing wood from abandoned buildings and urban trees. In partnership with the US Forest Service, the project seeks to create a circular economy, which has environmental, economic, and social benefits. It addresses the issue of wood waste, which constitutes over 10% of the US's annual waste material. The project also contributes to job creation in post-industrial Baltimore, where unemployment is high, by focusing on deconstruction rather than demolition. This approach provides job training and revitalizes neighborhoods. The World Economic Forum supports the transition to a circular economy, which could generate significant economic benefits globally, through The Circulars Accelerator 2021 programme, in collaboration with various partners including Accenture, Anglo American, Ecolab, and Schneider Electric.

Charles mourns his mother from seat where Queen grieved alone for Philip just 17 months ago

04 Apr 2024  |  yahoo.com
The article covers the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, highlighting the poignant moment when King Charles III sat in the same seat his mother occupied during Prince Philip's funeral. The Queen passed away on September 8, 2021, and her funeral was held with a ceremony at Westminster Abbey, followed by a procession to Windsor where she was buried alongside Prince Philip in St George's Chapel. The funeral was attended by global dignitaries and watched by millions, marking a significant moment in British history. The article describes the personal touches by King Charles III, including a handwritten message on the Queen's coffin and the selection of flowers for the funeral wreath. The funeral also featured the removal of the Crown Jewels from the coffin and the lowering of the Queen's coffin into the Royal Vault, accompanied by traditional rituals and music.

What we know about Clapham chemical attack as death of suspect Abdul Ezedi is confirmed

23 Feb 2024  |  ca.news.yahoo.com
Abdul Ezedi, the suspect in a Clapham chemical attack, has been confirmed dead from drowning after his body was recovered from the River Thames. The Metropolitan Police had been searching for Ezedi since the attack on 31 January, which injured a woman and her two daughters, along with nine others. The woman's condition has improved, but she remains hospitalized and may lose sight in her right eye. Ezedi was last seen on CCTV crossing Chelsea Bridge on the night of the attack. He had a history of sexual offences and was on the sex offenders register. A £20,000 reward had been offered for information leading to his arrest, and a 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. The motive for the attack and the details of Ezedi's asylum claim are still unclear.

What we know about Clapham chemical attack as death of suspect Abdul Ezedi is confirmed

23 Feb 2024  |  nz.news.yahoo.com
Abdul Ezedi, the suspect in a Clapham chemical attack, has been confirmed dead from drowning after his body was recovered from the River Thames. The Metropolitan Police had been searching for Ezedi since the attack on 31 January, which injured a woman and her two daughters, along with nine others. The woman's condition has improved, but she remains hospitalized and at risk of losing sight in her right eye. Ezedi had been convicted of sexual offences in 2018 and was on the sex offenders register. He was granted asylum in the UK after initially being rejected. A £20,000 reward had been offered for information leading to his arrest, and a 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. The motive for the attack and the exact substance used remain unknown.

Have we created a fertile ground for women to flourish?

08 Jan 2024  |  qrius.com
The article discusses the challenges faced by women in India in terms of workforce participation. It highlights how societal pressures and caregiving responsibilities are significant barriers that prevent women from flourishing in their careers. The Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) for the year 2022-23 is referenced, providing insights into how family dynamics and caregiving duties influence women's employment opportunities. The article emphasizes the need for increased coverage and accessibility of caregiving centres to support women and enable them to participate more fully in the workforce.

What Labour, the Tories and the SNP say about a Gaza ceasefire

25 Oct 2023  |  ca.news.yahoo.com
A parliamentary vote on an immediate Gaza ceasefire has put UK political parties at odds. The SNP's motion calls for an immediate ceasefire and the end of collective punishment of Palestinians. Labour has shifted to support an 'immediate humanitarian ceasefire,' while the Conservative government supports a 'humanitarian pause' but not an immediate ceasefire. The Liberal Democrats and Green Party also support immediate ceasefire measures. The debate highlights internal divisions within Labour and differing views on how to address the Hamas-Israel conflict.

Tory MPs who have been suspended or quit over claims of bad behaviour

05 Oct 2023  |  ca.news.yahoo.com
Several Conservative MPs have been suspended or resigned over allegations of misconduct, including misuse of funds, sexual misconduct, and other inappropriate behaviors. Notable cases include Mark Menzies, William Wragg, Peter Bone, and Scott Benton. The article also highlights similar issues within other parties, including Labour and the DUP, with figures like Jeremy Corbyn and Sir Jeffrey Donaldson facing suspensions or charges. The piece underscores ongoing investigations and the political ramifications of these scandals.

The hills are alive with ancient traditions, in Austria’s Lungau region

01 Oct 2023  |  www.thejc.com
The Lungau region in Austria, known for its unspoiled landscapes and rich traditions, offers a unique cultural experience during the Almsommer season. Highlights include the Prangstangen procession and the Samsontragen tradition, both deeply rooted in local history and recognized by Unesco. The region emphasizes sustainability and genuine local culture, making it a special destination for travelers. Key attractions include the Prebersee lake, alpine huts, and traditional events, with convenient access from Salzburg.

What happened to London runaway horses that bolted through the city?

30 Apr 2023  |  malaysia.news.yahoo.com
Two military horses, Quaker and Vida, were seriously injured after running loose through London due to being spooked by construction work. The British Army reports that both horses are making remarkable progress after surgery. The incident, which occurred on April 24, involved five horses and six soldiers from the Household Cavalry. Emergency services, including the Met Police and London Fire Brigade, responded swiftly, ensuring the safety of the public and the horses. Witnesses described the scene as chaotic, with horses colliding with vehicles and causing injuries. The Household Cavalry continues to exercise caution to prevent such incidents in the future.

I found love on Vienna's Riesenrad, then returned for its 125th anniversary to ride its hair-raising glass platform.

05 Apr 2023  |  euronews.com
Journalist Natalie Marchant recounts her personal experience with Vienna's iconic Ferris wheel, the Wiener Riesenrad, where she got engaged in 2015. She revisits the attraction for its 125th anniversary, which now features a glass platform called 'Platform 9' suspended between two carriages. Marchant describes the history of the Riesenrad, its significance to Vienna, and its appearances in films. She also shares how the Ferris wheel has become a symbol of her relationship with her husband, with whom she has ridden the Riesenrad numerous times, including on their wedding day. The article details the experience of riding on the new glass platform, the views, and the emotions associated with revisiting a place of personal importance.

How space technology can help fight climate change and improve life on Earth

05 Apr 2023  |  theprint.in
The article discusses the role of space technology in monitoring and combating climate change. It highlights the use of over 160 satellites to measure global warming indicators and the potential of Space 2.0 technologies, alongside AI, 5G, IoT, and robotics, to support the fight against climate change. Examples include NASA's ICESat-2 satellite for tracking ice cover changes, the use of AI cameras by Resolve and Inmarsat to prevent poaching in Africa, and the Icarus initiative to monitor animal migration from the ISS. Additionally, the article mentions how satellite imagery and climate data can aid agriculture and industry, as demonstrated by Digital Earth Africa's use of Open Data Cube and Amazon Web Services to make satellite data more accessible. The article was written by Natalie Marchant and previously published in the World Economic Forum.

What we know about Clapham chemical attack as death of suspect Abdul Ezedi is confirmed

23 Feb 2023  |  www.aol.co.uk
The body of Abdul Ezedi, the suspect in a high-profile chemical attack in Clapham, has been recovered from the River Thames, with drowning confirmed as the cause of death. The attack, which occurred on 31 January, involved an alkaline substance and resulted in injuries to a woman and her two daughters. The woman remains in stable condition in the hospital. Ezedi, who had a history of sexual offences, was the subject of a major manhunt. Authorities are still investigating the motive and details of the attack, and the identities of the victims have not been released.

8 Ways Technology Will Affect Our Lives in the Future

23 Jan 2023  |  virtualeduca.org
At the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting 2023, leaders discussed how technology will shape the future, highlighting productivity gains through digital transformation, the evolution from mobile phones to smart glasses, the rise of quantum computing, the creation of new use cases by 5G, the normalization of ChatGPT-like technology, the importance of good data, the rapid development of the metaverse, and the democratization of services. These advancements are expected to significantly impact everyday life and industries.

A culinary pilgrimage through Austria’s spectacular Tyrol

02 Feb 2022  |  cityam.com
The article describes a culinary journey along the Culinary Way of St James in Tyrol, Austria, highlighting the contrast between an initial disappointing meal at a service station and the gourmet experiences that followed. The author revisits Austria, where they lived for many years, to explore the Paznaun valley's culinary hiking route, which features dishes from top European chefs at local Alpine Association huts. The UK's James Knappett and other acclaimed chefs like Jean-George Klein, Paul Ivic, Tristan Brandt, and Onno Kokmeijer contribute to the menu. The author stays at the 4* Hotel Fliana in Ischgl and enjoys various activities, including hiking to the Heidelberger Hütte to sample Brandt's dish and visiting the Almstüberl for Knappett's deer loin dish. The article also provides practical information for travelers, including accommodation details and the Silvretta Card for free local transportation and activities.

Singapore's Tengah: The Building of a Smart and Sustainable Forest Town

17 Aug 2021  |  theprint.in
Singapore is developing the Tengah project, its first smart and sustainable town, which will include 42,000 homes in a nature-friendly environment. The project will feature five residential districts with extensive greenery, smart buildings, and a focus on walking and cycling by routing motor traffic underground. Tengah will be built alongside the Jurong Innovation District and Jurong Lake District, contributing to Singapore's vision of urban living. The town will utilize smart technologies such as computer simulations for building design, smart lighting, centralized cooling systems, and automated waste collection. The Housing & Development Board is collaborating with SP Group to explore smart energy solutions. The World Economic Forum's Future of Cities initiative and the G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance are also mentioned in the context of advancing sustainable urban development.

Seychelles magpie-robin listed as Endangered

08 Aug 2021  |  theprint.in
The article discusses the conservation efforts for the Seychelles magpie-robin, an endangered bird species with a population of about 460. The Seychelles Magpie Robin Recovery Team, established in 1990, has successfully increased the bird's numbers from 23 to a more stable population, leading to its downgrading from Critically Endangered in 2005. Nature Seychelles, responsible for the bird's conservation, has faced funding challenges due to the pandemic and has turned to blockchain technology to create non-fungible tokens (NFTs) representing the birds to raise funds. The article emphasizes the importance of biodiversity and the role of each species in maintaining ecological balance.

Could underwater strawberries and deep-sea herbs provide a more sustainable alternative to land-based farming?

05 Aug 2021  |  geneticliteracyproject.org
The article discusses the environmental issues caused by traditional farming methods, such as the use of pesticides, displacement of wildlife, water wastage, and carbon emissions. It introduces underwater farming as a potential solution that could mitigate these problems by growing crops under the ocean. This method could reduce the need for pesticides, conserve water, and lower carbon emissions. The UN suggests that sustainable farming in just 2% of the oceans could feed the world. Nemo's Garden, a project by Ocean Reef Group, is highlighted as an example of successful underwater farming, producing various crops through hydroponic techniques off the coast of Noli, Italy.

Women continue to be a minority in fields driving the digital revolution

16 Jul 2021  |  forbes.com.br
Women remain significantly underrepresented in scientific fields crucial to the digital revolution, despite a general skill shortage hindering progress. The 'Unesco Science Report 2021' highlights the gender imbalance in computing, digital information technology, engineering, mathematics, and physics. Efforts are needed at governmental, academic, and corporate levels to attract and retain women in these areas. Women comprise 33% of researchers, but only 28% in engineering and 40% in computer science. They also represent just 22% of the global AI workforce, with regional variations. Tech companies like Facebook, Apple, and Amazon show similar disparities, despite efforts to increase female representation. Women-led startups received only 2.3% of venture capital in 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic disproportionately affected women in science and engineering. The Unesco report warns against leaving women behind in a digitally driven future and calls for policies ensuring equal opportunities.

Dehydrating meat and vegetables can help solve the global food waste problem

10 Jul 2021  |  theprint.in
S4S Technologies, a Mumbai-based food-tech company, is addressing the global food waste issue by converting farm food waste into preserved produce using their patented solar-powered dehydration technology. Their solar conduction dryer allows for the preservation of various perishable goods, enhancing food security and nutrition for local communities. The company is part of The Circulars Accelerator Cohort 2021 and is making strides in tackling the 931 million tonnes of food waste that end up in landfills annually. This technology is particularly beneficial in rural areas where access to electricity is limited, helping to reduce post-harvest and processing food losses in developing countries.

Singapore is building a ‘forest town’ with abundant green spaces and underground roads

08 Jun 2021  |  themandarin.com.au
Singapore is constructing its first smart and sustainable town, Tengah, which will feature 42,000 homes across five residential districts. The project aims to enhance residents' health and wellbeing by integrating smart buildings, abundant greenery, and prioritizing walking and cycling with motor traffic routed underground. Tengah is part of a larger urban development plan that includes the Jurong Innovation District and Jurong Lake District. The town will offer a car-free town center, a central cooling system, automated waste collection, and the potential for a 'smart energy' system developed in collaboration with SP Group. This initiative aligns with the World Economic Forum's Future of Cities project, which promotes sustainable and resilient urban planning post-pandemic.

Maldives Floating City: A Visionary Project for a Climate-Resilient Future

01 Jun 2021  |  nationofchange.org
The Maldives is combating the threat of rising sea levels and coastal erosion due to climate change by creating an innovative floating city. The Maldives Floating City, designed by Dutch Docklands in collaboration with Waterstudio, will consist of thousands of waterfront residences and services on a flexible grid in a lagoon near the capital, Male. The design is inspired by local coral geometry and includes sustainable features such as renewable energy and minimal impact on coral reefs. Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed highlighted the project's alignment with nature. Construction is set to begin in 2022, with phases over five years, including affordable homes starting at $250,000. The World Economic Forum and other organizations are addressing ocean resilience and the impact of climate change on coastal communities.

Taxonomy: Why 19 ferns are named after Lady Gaga and a bug is named after Brad Pitt

01 Jun 2021  |  www.weforum.org
Naming plant and animal species after celebrities can raise awareness for endangered species and biodiversity. Examples include a horsefly named after Beyoncé, ferns named after Lady Gaga, and a wasp named after Brad Pitt. This practice, while sometimes amusing, follows strict taxonomic rules and helps highlight the importance of biodiversity, which is crucial for maintaining healthy ecosystems. The article emphasizes the role of taxonomy in understanding and preserving the natural world, especially as global biodiversity faces unprecedented threats.

Maldives is building a floating city to fight the impact of climate change

23 May 2021  |  theprint.in
The Maldives is creating a 'Floating City' to combat the threat of rising sea levels. This innovative project, which does not require land reclamation, aims to minimize the impact on coral reefs and work with nature. Former President Mohamed Nasheed highlighted the development's environmentally friendly approach, including the cultivation of giant reefs as natural water breakers. The city will feature affordable homes starting at $250,000, renewable energy through a smart grid, and essential infrastructure like a hospital and school. Construction is set to begin in 2022 and will be completed in phases. The article also references the World Meteorological Organization's warning about the increasing risk of rising sea levels and the urgent need to protect coastal communities.

Teaching like Da Vinci: A Call for Interdisciplinary Learning to Address Climate Change

15 May 2021  |  theprint.in
Researchers from the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh suggest that teaching children to think like Leonardo da Vinci, integrating arts and sciences, would better prepare them for future crises like climate change. They advocate for a transdisciplinary approach in education, where subjects are not taught in isolation but in conjunction with real-world problems. The article cites examples from South Africa and Scotland where students engaged in projects that combined disciplines, leading to a deeper understanding of mathematical principles and environmental protection. The researchers support the concept of 'STEAM' education, which includes the arts in STEM subjects, and call for schools to have more freedom in curriculum implementation. The London Interdisciplinary School and the International Baccalaureate curriculum are mentioned as examples of institutions that emphasize interdisciplinary learning.

Pay for the product, not packaging — how a Chilean startup is innovating smart packaging

01 May 2021  |  theprint.in
The article discusses a six-month programme led by Accenture, in partnership with Anglo American, Ecolab, and Schneider Electric, aimed at supporting circular innovators. A featured company, Algramo, uses RFID and IoT technology to deliver household products 'by the gram' using electric tricycles. Customers can order and refill products through an app, reducing plastic waste. A pilot with Unilever showed significant reductions in plastic use. Algramo, founded by José Manuel Moller, also provides financial benefits to low-income customers by allowing them to purchase household items in bulk, saving them 30-50% on costs.

What Burkina Faso can teach us about forest restoration

01 Apr 2021  |  www.weforum.org
Burkina Faso's commitment to restoring 5 million hectares of degraded land by 2030 has led to significant insights into effective restoration techniques. Researchers from the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT found that centuries-old farming methods, such as the zai pits used by Yacouba Sawadogo, have been instrumental in improving food security, groundwater levels, and biodiversity. The study highlights the importance of local involvement, natural regeneration, and tree planting in restoration projects. The rising number of initiatives, diverse approaches, and international support, including the Great Green Wall Initiative, offer a promising framework for scaling up efforts across Africa.

What is the Internet of Things?

01 Mar 2021  |  weforum.org
The Internet of Things (IoT) encompasses a growing network of internet-enabled devices that are transforming the way we live and work, including smart cities and future driverless cars. The IoT is part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which has been accelerated by COVID-19. The World Economic Forum has established the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Network to govern emerging technologies. IoT applications have been invaluable during the COVID-19 pandemic, aiding in healthcare and making supply chains more resilient. IoT deployments can advance the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, but governance gaps regarding risks such as security and privacy need to be addressed.
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