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Is Lahti's smartphone app the key to halting climate change?

A small city in southern Finland has developed a smartphone app that could dramatically reduce carbon emissions and help the planet to win its battle against climate change. Lahti is Finland's seventh biggest city and the European Green Capital for 2021 and last year embarked on an EU-funded project that aimed to kickstart the city's shift to a green economy. The CitiCAP project saw software developers create an innovative app that rewards users for reducing their carbon footprint by using susta

Female entrepreneurs thriving thanks to $654m business program

Men have traditionally been at the forefront of some of the world's biggest businesses but a special project is hoping to change that by helping women to start and grow their own brands. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development's Women in Business program provides funding and coaching for small and medium sized businesses that are owned by or led by women. Since 2014, the EBRD has provided $654 million of funding in 23 different countries and reached 35,000 women in nations where cul

Could the moon help to fuel Earth?

Fossil fuels have been powering Earth for more than 200 years but reserves of coal, crude oil and natural gas are expected to run out by the end of the century. As reserves begin to run down the urgency to find replacements is intensifying – but the long-term solution may lie hundreds of thousands of kilometers away on the moon. It contains large quantities of helium-3, a form of gas that could potentially be extracted, brought back to Earth and used as fuel without damaging the environment. "T

How COVID-19 halted the rise of Uber and Airbnb

A little over a year ago it was difficult to imagine a world before Uber disrupted the taxi industry or Airbnb turned everyone's home into a potential holiday rental. But now that's all changed. Almost as quickly as both companies spread across towns and cities around the world, the demand for their services has been hit by the impact of the pandemic. COVID-19 measures have shrunk the number of Uber taxi bookings worldwide by 80 percent, resulting in 7,000 redundancies, a third of the company's

Swedish auto firm Polestar aims to create climate-neutral car by 2030

Swedish car maker Polestar has announced its plan to create a climate-neutral car by 2030 and lead the automotive industry's fight to slash carbon emissions. Polestar currently makes electric performance cars but its big aim is to make its entire manufacturing process sustainable, partly by using alternative forms of energy. Fredrika Klaren, the company's head of sustainability, says there are simple ways of dramatically reducing emissions that Polestar will aim to implement in the near future.

The robots that let you tour a London gallery from home

On Thursday, art galleries will close their doors as the UK enters its second national lockdown but innovative technology could offer them a lifeline. The Lobsteropolis exhibition at London's Saatchi Gallery allows visitors to access it from home using their smartphone or computer via a robot. Users can move the robot around the exhibition and even interact with other robot visitors. The creation is the brainchild of artist Philip Colbert, who came up with the idea at the start of the pandemic.

UK hydrogen car maker unveils first production car

The UK has unveiled plans to ban the production of new petrol and diesel cars beyond 2030 and challenged manufacturers to come up with new ways of fueling their vehicles. Just days after the announcement of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plans, the UK's sole hydrogen car maker Riversimple has unveiled its first production car. Hydrogen cars only emit water vapor rather than pollutants such as carbon dioxide that emerge from the exhaust pipes of petrol and diesel cars. The technology required to

What are the differences between the COVID-19 vaccines?

A new single-injection COVID-19 vaccine has shown good potential in trials, according to its Belgian developer. And new trials in the UK have shown an efficacy rate of 89 percent for another, produced by Novavax in the UK. Belgian pharmaceutical firm Janssen said their single-jab vaccine is 66 percent effective, although doubts remain over how well it can defend against newer variants. But crucially, without a need for a second injection, this vaccine would avoid some of the administration chall

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