ESMH Media Review – March 30, 2022

Cybersecurity, energy and more on Ukraine: check out the ESMH selection of 27 science & tech news published in the last weeks on the web.

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The hard truth behind Biden’s cyber warnings
politico, 27.03.2022
Hackers from Russia and elsewhere have repeatedly breached companies and agencies critical to the nation’s welfare. “We should consider every sector vulnerable,” one of the president’s top cyber aides says.
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Inside Ukraine’s cyber guerrilla army Pro-Ukrainian hackers have launched cyberattacks against Russian targets. Who are they, and what do they want?
deutschewelle-en, 26.03.2022
For decades, countries have deployed cyber operations to sabotage their enemy, obtain sensitive information or sow confusion and thicken the fog of war. But the war in Ukraine has given rise to an unprecedented form of online guerrilla warfare.
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Hackers are targeting European refugee charities
ibtimes, 23.03.2022
Hackers are targeting European charity groups working to help Ukrainian refugees fleeing the country following Russia’s invasion, a senior Ukrainian cybersecurity official said on Wednesday. Victor Zhora, the deputy chief of Ukraine’s State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection, did not provide much further detail.
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Digital transition

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How ‘sponge cities’ use nature to tackle climate-fuelled floods
trust, 24.03.2022
A new study compares cities’ trees and lakes to its concrete levels to gauge how well they will respond to climate shocks.
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Environmental sustainability

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Is space the next frontier for agriculture and biology?
forbes, 24.03.2022
Space exploration is very much in vogue again in recent years thanks to the exploits of billionaires like Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson. But while their high-flying tourism-focused adventures may have grabbed the headlines of late, an active industry has been more quietly pressing on with experiments and projects that could have a huge impact on the future of humanity – both here on Earth and when we are eventually ready to head out and settle other worlds.
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Mobility & Energy

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EU countries seek alternatives to Russian energy
euractiv-en, 24.03.2022
A few countries view renewable energies as a pivotal solution and the plans for greener energy production are generally postponed. Coal remains a backup option for Germany and the Czech Republic.
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Agriculture & Food

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The world’s forests do more than just store carbon, new research finds
guardian, 24.03.2022
The world’s forests play a far greater and more complex role in tackling climate crisis than previously thought, due to their physical effects on global and local temperatures, according to new research. The role of forests as carbon sponges is well established.
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Science policy & Communication

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How Russia sowed a conspiracy theory about U.S. bioweapons in Ukraine
forbes, 10.03.2022
Russia claimed to discover U.S.-funded biological weapon facilities in Ukraine this week, an evidence-free allegation the United States quickly denied and cast as another Kremlin attempt to weaponize conspiracy theories to justify its invasion of Ukraine—and a possible precursor to a Russian-sponsored biological or chemical attack.
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EU initiatives

Commission launches support platform for Ukrainian scientists
sciencebusiness, 22.03.2022
The European Commission today launched a portal that pulls together information and support services for researchers in Ukraine and those fleeing the Russian invasion of the country, amid calls for coordinated EU action. The portal offers help with finding housing, job opportunities and recognition of education qualifications.
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STOA Study – Privacy and security aspects of 5G technology
europarl, 17.03.2022
STUDY Panel for the Future of Science and Technology EPRS | European Parliamentary Research Service Scientific Foresight Unit (STOA) – Privacy and security aspects of 5G technology Privacy and security aspects of 5G technology.
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STOA Study – How are we coping with the pandemic? Mental health and resilience amid the Covid-19 pandemic in the EU
europarl, 16.03.2022
STUDY Panel for the Future of Science and Technology EPRS | European Parliamentary Research Service Scientific Foresight Unit (STOA) – How are we coping with the pandemic?
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