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  • Volkswagen To Roll Out Electric Trucks, Buses

    GERMANY, 2017/10/12 Volkswagen Truck & Bus GmbH, a all-owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG(VKW.L,VLKAF.PK,VOW.BE), said that it is focusing on three trend-setting fields, namely automated driving, connectivity, and alternative drive systems that are friendly to the environment. The Volkswagen Truck & Bus division will invest 1.4 billion euros in new technology inclunding electric drivetrains, autonomous systems and cloud-based software, Andreas Renschler, chief of the unit, reportedly said.
  • Essen's experiment: can going green revive a post-industrial city economy?

    GERMANY, 2017/10/09 The German city is working to shake off the coal dust of the industrial Ruhr, but will green tourism be profitable enough to regain its former economic strength? The shores of Baldeneysee, a ribbon of a lake that feeds into the Ruhr river near Essen, are busy. Schoolchildren cannonball into the water as sunbathers sit on beach chairs, nurse their beers and watch the paddleboarders pass by. It wasn’t always like this. “At the same time as I was a little boy in the 70s, each morning we used to sweep coal dust and ash off our window panes,” recalls Frank Martini, an Essen resident. “Emissions from the furnaces and ovens of coal and steel industries stained our clothes left outside to dry.”
  • Going green: the changing face of corporate finance

    CHINA, 2017/09/23 Corporate finance is evolving. Top management teams and senior company executives are under growing pressure to adopt management practices and investment choices that are both socially responsible and financially rewarding. These objectives can sometimes be at odds with each other. The pressure for firms to be socially responsible is growing at a rapid pace. This is authentic particularly in the Better China region, which is fast establishing itself as a specialist hub for energy finance. To see this, one may consider two defining milestones of 2017, affecting corporations operating in the region.
  • How Can Sierra Leone Learn From Mudslide to Avert Future Deaths?

    SIERRA LEONE, 2017/08/18 "Freetown and other precarious cities need safer urban planning and land use initiatives" A mudslide which devastated Sierra Leone's capital Freetown this week, killing about 400 people and leaving more than 3,000 homeless, has raised questions about deforestation, urban planning and disaster preparedness in the West African nation. The Thomson Reuters Foundation asked aid organisations, land rights activists and researchers what lessons Sierra Leone can learn from the mudslide to avert such crises in the future.
  • Arsyadjuliandi Rachman, Governor of Riau

    INDONESIA, 2017/08/11 Business-friendly Riau is working to encourage visitation and investment while as well preserving its forests Strategically on the eastern coast of Sumatra, along the Strait of Malacca and close to neighboring Malaysia and Singapore, Riau province sits at the center of the ASEAN region and is known for its natural resources and endless forests. The provincial capital and major city is Pekanbaru, which translates as ‘new market’ in Indonesian. It has long been known as a mercantile center since the Kingdom of Siak fell under the influence of the Dutch East India Company during the mid-1700s. This strategic city of trade was transferred to the Dutch authorities and remained a commercial investment during the colonial period.
  • Driverless buses will enter into service tomorrow in Tallinn

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  • Solar energy powers clean water, business opportunities for refugees

    TANZANIA, 2017/07/19 Sadick Thenest remembers how his 8-year-old daughter had a narrow brush with death two years ago, at the same time as she contracted cholera next drinking contaminated water. “She was so gaunt, weak and had terrible diarrhoea,” said the refugee from Burundi. “A slight delay in rushing her to hospital would have meant something else - but with God’s grace she survived.” The father of four, aged 35, is part thousands of refugees grappling with frequent outbreaks of waterborne diseases in the crowded Nyarugusu camp in western Tanzania, due to poor sanitation.
  • Benin moves to save part of West Africa's last big wildlife refuge

    BENIN, 2017/07/19 Benin is hiring scores of additional park rangers and bringing in conservation scientists to rehabilitate a part of West Africa's major wildlife reserve, which contains large cats and thousands of elephants that have largely died out elsewhere in the region. The W-Arli-Pendjari (WAP) complex is the region's biggest remaining expanse of savannah, covering additional than 30,000 sq km of Benin, Niger and Burkina Faso.
  • Plastic-Eating Caterpillar Could Hold Key To Tackling Plastic Pollution

    WORLD, 2017/05/04 Plastic waste fouls the ocean, poisons marine life, defaces the environment and clogs gutters and landfills; sticking around for years without breaking down and with no viable solution in sight. That was until the recent discovery that a caterpillar commercially bred for fishing bait has the ability to biodegrade polyethylene: one of the toughest and most used plastics in the form of store and supermarket shopping bags.
  • Revolutionary materials made in Japan

    JAPAN, 2017/04/30 Japan’s efforts to revive a stagnant economy have encompassed sectors across all categories, from food and beverages, to technology and infrastructure. The apparel fashion industry is faced with the same challenge of diversifying and innovating to meet changing consumer needs. An aging people has put a focus on additional comfortable and casual clothing, presenting a challenge for designers who are geared additional towards fashion. Japan has been a leader of style on the runways for decades by presently, inspiring trends around the world. As Sidney Toledano, Chief Executive of Christian Dior reminded us before this year, “It was the Japanese clients who launched the vogue for accessories in the 1970s and 1980s, by buying bags on their journeys to Europe.”