ESMH Media Review – December 7, 2022

In the spotlight

EU warns Elon Musk to strengthen Twitter safety controls
deutschewelle-en, 01.12.2022
The EU’s commissioner for digital policy, Thierry Breton, has warned Twitter owner Elon Musk that the company must work hard to comply with new social media laws. Musk, who bought Twitter in October , has expressed an interest in scrapping the platform’s own rules aimed at combatting misinformation.
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TikTok used to promote Russian mercenary group Wagner
LeMonde-en, 01.12.2022
Threatening words in Russian and the image of a large metal sledgehammer held by an executioner: On TikTok, dozens of hate videos of this type are circulating widely, promoting the Wagner Group, a Russian militia present on the Ukrainian front and controlled by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a close associate of Vladimir Putin.
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Digital transition

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China fights lockdown protests by targeting smartphones
deutschewelle-en, 01.12.2022
Beijing’s vast surveillance apparatus is being used to track and intimidate protesters. Several people told DW they suspect their phones were hacked.
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EU hit by cyber attack from pro-Kremlin’s group Killnet
MaltaToday, 23.11.2022
The European Union suffers a cyber attack by a pro-Kremlin group after MEPs voted to designate Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism.
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Environmental sustainability

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Nature positive and 30×30 – just soundbites or the foundations of a Cop15 deal?
guardian, 01.12.2022
As participants arrive in Montreal to negotiate this decade’s targets for protecting biodiversity, two themes are getting the lion’s share of attention.
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Mobility & Energy

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Why is energy efficiency being ignored?
forbes, 02.12.2022
Kim Fausing, chief executive of Danish multinational Danfoss argues that the problem lies in a lack of understanding, which leads to a lack of demand. Europe still has 500 million radiators without a thermostat – adding them could have an immediate impact.
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New energy storage facilities in high demand
deutschewelle-en, 30.11.2022
Wind and solar farms do not generate enough electricity at all times and in all weather conditions. Germany’s energy transition hinges on the storage of power from renewables — and batteries come to the rescue.
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Science policy & Communication

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European Commission supports establishment of Bulgarian-Romanian hub to combat disinformation
BulgariaTelegraph-en, 01.12.2022
The European Commission said Thursday it is providing EUR 8 million for the establishment of six new anti-disinformation hubs that will become part of the European Digital Media Observatory (EDMO), the independent platform for fact-checkers, academic researchers and other relevant stakeholders contributing to addressing disinformation in Europe.
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#ClimateScam: denialism claims flooding Twitter have scientists worried
guardian, 02.12.2022
Twitter has proved a cherished forum for climate scientists to share research, as well as for activists seeking to rally action to halt oil pipelines or decry politicians’ failure to cut pollution. But many are now fleeing Twitter due to a surge in climate misinformation, spam and even threats that have upended their relationship with the platform.
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Agriculture & Food

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Alzheimer’s lecanemab drug slows down disease after clinical trial
oxfordtimes, 30.11.2022
A new drug that has been shown to slow down the destruction of the brain in Alzheimer’s patients has been marked as a historical breakthrough.
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What is the 50,000 year old ‘Zombie Virus’ uncovered in Siberia?
standard, 29.11.2022
There are now a number of “zombie viruses” that have been revealed from the Siberian permafrost.
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EU initiatives

European Parliament launches permanent forum on academic freedom
sciencebusiness, 29.11.2022
Forum is to highlight the extent of the threat by conducting an annual analysis of the limitations put on academics and scientists, and will debate new policies and laws aimed at safeguarding academic freedom in the EU.
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Curious news

Inside the high-tech vault using robots to keep rare trading cards safe
zdnet, 02.12.2022
Forget the shoebox – for collectors with precious cards, there are more innovative ways of keeping them safe.
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