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Volatile chemical products emerging as largest petrochemical source of urban organic emissions

In SCIENCE 16/02/2018

Transport-derived emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) have decreased owing to stricter controls on air pollution. This means that the relative importance of chemicals in pesticides, coatings, printing inks, adhesives, cleaning agents, and personal care products has increased. McDonald et al. show that these volatile chemical products now contribute fully one-half of emitted VOCs in 33 industrialized cities (see the Perspective by Lire la suite »

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In BBC NEWS By Natalie Sherman Business reporter, New York 04/01/2018

Online shopping is skyrocketing. So what are cities going to do about it?

The surge of online shopping is changing how cities think about deliveries

By the time veteran UPS driver Thomas « Tommy » Chu leaves work, he will have picked up and delivered hundreds of packages in New York City, making some 16 stops an hour as his company hurries to meet the online shopping rush.

But what may be his most impressive feat of the day precedes that scramble: at precisely 10:02 am, Mr Chu snags a parking spot.

This is no small victory in midtown Manhattan, where one survey found truck drivers can spend as long as 60 minutes circling for a space. Often, drivers simply give up and risk a ticket.

« Most times, you have no choice. If there’s no parking, you have to double park, » Mr Chu says. Lire la suite »

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Publié dans LE FIGARO, par Mathieu Bock-Côté le 22/12/2017

TRIBUNE – Figure de la vie intellectuelle québécoise, Mathieu Bock-Côté s’inquiète de la disneylandisation d’un monde affadi et uniforme, soumis à la logique consumériste au détriment des populations locales.

A guide talks to tourists as they enjoy a view of the city from Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic, July 19, 2016. REUTERS/David W Cerny – S1AETQMXHZAA

Un quotidien québécois révélait récemment une surprenante étude menée par l’Office du tourisme de Québec, à propos du potentiel touristique de la vieille capitale de la Belle Province. On y apprenait que les touristes américains sont globalement charmés par la ville mais rebutés par la langue et la culture françaises: apparemment, elles les Lire la suite »

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THE GUARDIAN 12/12/2017 by Julia CARRIE WONG

Chamath Palihapitiya, former vice-president of user growth, expressed regret for his part in building tools that destroy ‘the social fabric of how society works’

A former Facebook executive has said he feels “tremendous guilt” over his work on “tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works”, joining a growing chorus of critics of the social media giant.

Chamath Palihapitiya, who was vice-president for user growth at Facebook before he left the company in 2011, said: “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works. No civil discourse, no cooperation, misinformation, mistruth.”

The remarks, which were made at a Stanford Business School event in November, were just surfaced by tech website the Verge on Monday. Lire la suite »

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https://www.commondreams.org/ byJessica Corbett, staff writer 2017/09/07

« It is past time to call out Trump and all climate deniers for this crime against humanity. No more treating climate denial like an honest difference of opinion. »

Satellite image of Hurricane Irma when the island of Barbuda was in the center of the storm’s eye. (Photo: NASA/NOAA/UWM-CIMSS, William Straka III)

As Houston begins its long recovery from Hurricane Harvey, epic wildfires burn throughout the western U.S., and Irma charges toward Florida after devastating several Caribbean islands, while two other storms build strength in the Atlantic basin, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh is among those helping to expose the deadly consequences of climate change denialism by claiming threats posed by such global warming-related events are being exaggerated.

And so while climate activist Bill McKibben on Thursday morning warned that « we’ve never Lire la suite »

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BBC NEWS 31/05/2017

US President Donald Trump is poised to pull the country out of the Paris climate accord, US media report, quoting senior officials.

The 2015 accord for the first time united most of the world in a single agreement to mitigate climate change.

It was signed by 195 countries out of 197 in a UN group on climate change, with Syria and Lire la suite »

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Published in LUXEMBURGER WORT, 21 April, 2017

by Steve Hoscheit

Most people know of Luxembourg as a financial powerhouse. Some know it for its international profile and as the seat of many European institutions. For others, it is one of the countries taking the lead on space-mining initiatives.

But few people are aware that Luxembourg has actually developed into quite an important player in the logistics sector. The small country is ranked second on the World Bank’s international benchmark for logistics performance (LPI), with a score of 4.22, just behind industrial heavyweight Germany (4.23).

source Luxembourg BusinessLuxembourg’s government is pushing logistics as one of five prioritised areas, covering ICT, space technologies, health science and technologies, and eco-technologies.

The digital natives

The continued success of Luxembourg’s logistics sector will be assured by the so-called « digital natives », according to Mathias Weinmann. Weinmann and his colleague Johannes Lire la suite »

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