In the spotlight
Climate change major threat to respiratory health
Produced by the Economist Intelligence Unit and commissioned by the Chiesi Group, a new report ‘Climate change and its impact on lung health: a focus on Europe’ says climate change is damaging respiratory health in ways not commonly known.
How do people access news about #climatechange?
This piece by @simgandi has plenty of insights about how news audiences navigate one of the most pressing news global topics right now https://t.co/iw6xBcPRuT
— Reuters Institute (@risj_oxford) September 13, 2021
#Climate action – what's the state of play in EU countries?https://t.co/aIXPPxi2XK#ClimateAmbition @EP_Environment @pcanfin @Esther_de_Lange @BasEickhout @TimmermansEU @EUClimateAction pic.twitter.com/ftP1ioHrrL
— European Parliamentary Research Service (@EP_ThinkTank) September 10, 2021
How can #social and #technological #innovation contribute to more #sustainablesocieties?
New #EEAbriefing suggests 'avoiding technology-sourced, man-made environmental problems, and by shifting emphasis from technology-driven to people-driven solutions'. https://t.co/OLuDX1UqTG
— EU EnvironmentAgency (@EUEnvironment) September 10, 2021
Europe is seeing a data center boom. But can the environment sustain it?
People around the world have logged tens of billions of hours on Zoom, Netflix and all kinds of other online applications at home over the past 18 months. But a mass decampment to the online world requires a lot of space in the physical world. That means data centers.
📌New on our website. Phone lock-screens can be a useful space for news publishers to capture users' attention and minimise barriers to news consumption, writes Journalist Fellow @cfranciska in this paper exploring the growth of this news medium in Asia.https://t.co/2dgFVcoxuE
— Reuters Institute (@risj_oxford) August 31, 2021
#NewPublication – Inconsistency, inaction and short-term responses: How platforms reacted to disinformation exposed by EU DisinfoLab.
How do we fix this problem? Hint: platform accountability through a strong Digital Services Act https://t.co/DKD4GJqQxI
— EU DisinfoLab (@DisinfoEU) September 10, 2021
How will blockchain technology help fight climate change?
Any new technology comes with advantages and disadvantages as well as teething troubles. Slow connections plagued the early internet – that was even if you could get online: you needed to be a geeky whiz sometimes to boot up the user-unfriendly systems just to send an email. So we should expect that cryptocurrencies will have hiccups as the sector matures.
Removing carbon from the atmosphere is 🔑 for #ClimateNeutralEU
Carbon removals & carbon farming can kick-start the development of solutions to capture, ♻️ & store carbon.#EUHaveYourSay on 🆕 roadmap for “Restoring Sustainable Carbon Cycles”:https://t.co/wAZlVhqCrd#EUGreenDeal pic.twitter.com/TVejMQg3Rv
— EU Climate Action (@EUClimateAction) September 10, 2021
VIDEO: 🇷🇺 A polar bear wanders along Essen Bay on Zemlya Georga (or Prince George Land) in the Russian #Arctic
Changing climate is endangering the survival of the bears, with their hunting grounds shrinking due to melting ice amid rising global temperatures #polarbears pic.twitter.com/EE4IEQvmgY
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) September 10, 2021
Mobility & Energy
Energy price crunch could undermine EU climate goals
Soaring energy prices across Europe could undermine the EU’s “Fit for 55” climate package, which members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will start debating tomorrow.
The Clean energy for EU islands secretariat is part of this year's #EURegionsWeek on 14 October! Learn about networks and tools that support #EUislands in their clean #energytransistion. #CE4EUIslands🏝️
Register here ➡️ https://t.co/GWFeC2dAJI pic.twitter.com/D8y4wc1KCK
— Energy4Europe 🇪🇺 (@Energy4Europe) September 10, 2021
Today the #ConnectingEurope Express goes through #Brenner, a critical part of the European rail network & site of the 55km Brenner Base Tunnel project connecting Italy-Austria, supporting the shift to rail & cleaner EU transport.
More info on the project: https://t.co/p0sv6td3Cz pic.twitter.com/BR0ogolBdR
— CER (@CER_railways) September 9, 2021
Agriculture & Food
Make a real difference: reduce food loss and waste!
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations urges all stakeholders to develop open-minded solutions to a problem affecting more than 30 percent of the food we produce.
EU funded project CIRCULAR FoodPack to develop system for circularity of packaging for direct food contact applications
The CIRCULAR FoodPack project aims to facilitate the circular use of plastic packaging addressing the most sensitive product category: Food. The food packaging sector constitutes of 87% of all European flexible plastic multilayer-composites.
.@EUAgri Commissioner @jwojc underlines that #OrganicIsPartOfTheSolution in transforming 🇪🇺 #FoodAndFarming systems towards more sustainability, ensuring animal welfare and protecting our biodiversity & climate at #OWC2021@2021OWC @IFOAMorganic pic.twitter.com/MX77zmFpMi
— IFOAM Organics Europe (@OrganicsEurope) September 10, 2021
Call to improve global health R&D cooperation
The COVID-19 crisis has shown the world needs to revamp the linear model of R&D, come up with new clinical trials designs and shorten the road from discovery to manufacturing, said Victor Dzau, president of the US national academy of medicine.
Athletes are often hailed as exemplars of mental toughness—but a study reveals more about their psychological vulnerabilities https://t.co/NWC26i4FRB
— The Economist (@TheEconomist) September 10, 2021
"If we can characterise how people respond depending on the composition of their #microbiome, then drug treatments could be individualised." – @kiran_r_patil
New research on gut bacteria interaction with common medication: https://t.co/9IGLwsrXF0@MRC_TU @embl #medicine
— Cambridge University (@Cambridge_Uni) September 10, 2021
Science policy & Communication
"People are more trusting of news they themselves use but less trusting of news they don’t use, especially news found on digital platforms. Levels of trust are much lower for specific news brands and news found on social media"
📱 Read our reporthttps://t.co/eDTHeBL4z1
— Reuters Institute (@risj_oxford) September 10, 2021
"The rise of new conspiracy movements online, such as QAnon (….) has kept these #conspiracytheories in circulation and brought them to a far larger audience."#September11 #disinformation https://t.co/XY9G7UMq0D @BBCPolitics
— The Global Disinformation Index (@DisinfoIndex) September 10, 2021
The impact of Facebook's latest algorithm tweak aimed at de-emphasizing political news "is going to be difficult (if not impossible) to predict, in part because the term is so vague," writes @mathewi @CJRhttps://t.co/exgNRcgzw8
— Reuters Institute (@risj_oxford) September 3, 2021
At a Glance – What if deepfakes made us doubt everything we see and hear?
A wide range of malicious uses have been identified, including fraud, extortion and political disinformation. The impacts of such misuse can be financial, psychological and reputational.
Congrats to Tallin #EUGreenCapital 2023 winner
and Valongo, Portugal and Winterswijk, Netherlands for winning the 2022 #EUGreenLeaf Award.
@tallinnofficial @cmvalongo @Gem_Winterswijk #greencities #urbanliving https://t.co/rlVDq5VyYu
— EU EnvironmentAgency (@EUEnvironment) September 10, 2021
How have you been sleeping lately?💤
RESEARCH: Over 22,000 adults from 13 countries were surveyed about their sleep and psychological symptoms in May-Aug 2020.
Over a third of all respondents reported symptoms of clinical insomnia.
Read more ⬇️ https://t.co/j0VMq2ypOS
— University of Oxford (@UniofOxford) September 10, 2021
Could you live in a floating house? 📕 Read more: https://t.co/nHEQupB9Z3 pic.twitter.com/HG3kn4GhHY
— World Economic Forum (@wef) September 10, 2021
Back to school! 📚🎒 Check out our 5 animated videos + quiz for kids & teachers!
🔹What is energy ?
🔹What is #energyefficiency?
🔹What is #renewableenergy ?
🔹What are the 🇪🇺 energy sources?
🔹What could be the ⚡️ of the future? https://t.co/nyxbRffWmY #Energy4Youth pic.twitter.com/ptOWR5kqte
— Energy4Europe 🇪🇺 (@Energy4Europe) September 9, 2021