The youth for today: the 2017 election changed UK’s political landscape

The “youthquake” was a key component of Corbyn’s 10-point advance in Labour’s share of the vote  exceeding even Blair’s nine-point gain in his first 1997 landslide. No official data exists for the scale of the youth vote but an NME-led exit poll suggests turnout among under-35s rose by 12 points compared with 2015, to 56%.… Lire la suite The youth for today: the 2017 election changed UK’s political landscape

Australia produces enough renewable energy to power 70% of homes

Between July 2016 and July 2017, Australia generated enough energy from renewable sources to provide electricity to 7.1 million homes, roughly 70 percent of the country’s total households, according to a newly released report produced by Green Energy Markets. The Australian Renewable Energy Index is a country-wide report that analyzes the impact of renewables on the nation’s overall… Lire la suite Australia produces enough renewable energy to power 70% of homes

An entire region of China ran on 100% renewable energy for 7 days

There’s been a lot of scepticism about whether renewable energy can produce all our future energy needs. So last week, a Chinese province went out of their way to show it was possible for the entire region to run solely on green energy. And it seems they did just that. For seven continuous days, over… Lire la suite An entire region of China ran on 100% renewable energy for 7 days

10 years after ban, the number of UK smokers falls to record low

It’s been ten years since the United Kingdom introduced a ban on smoking inside enclosed public spaces – and the legislation has clearly paid off. According to research recently released by Cancer Research UK, the amount of British smokers has fallen to a new record low of 8 million – a decline of roughly 2… Lire la suite 10 years after ban, the number of UK smokers falls to record low

Norway makes unprecedented pledge to ban the use of oil for heating by 2020

In 2020, Norway will become the first country in the world to ban the use of oil and paraffin to heat buildings. Vidar Helgesenlaid, the nation’s Environment Minister, laid it out clearly in a statement: “Those using fossil oil for heating must find other options by 2020.” The nation recommends citizens look into alternatives such as heat… Lire la suite Norway makes unprecedented pledge to ban the use of oil for heating by 2020

Majority of people keen for their wealth to have positive impact

More than half of people in the UK are keen for their wealth to have a positive impact on society, research finds. A study by positive savings and investment platform Ethex suggests that more than half of people in the UK are keen for their wealth to have a positive impact on society. The Understanding… Lire la suite Majority of people keen for their wealth to have positive impact

France to ban sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040

France will end sales of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 as part of an ambitious plan to meet its targets under the Paris climate accord, Emmanuel Macron’s government has announced. The announcement comes a day after Volvo said it would only make fully electric or hybrid cars from 2019 onwards, a decision hailed as… Lire la suite France to ban sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040

German nonprofit creates new open-source license for seeds

We know about open-source software and hardware, but can the concept – decentralized development and open collaboration for the common good – be expanded to address other global challenges? The nonprofit OpenSourceSeeds based in the German town of Marburg has just launched a licensing process for open-source seeds, to create a new repository of genetic material that… Lire la suite German nonprofit creates new open-source license for seeds

Ireland’s first gay prime minister is formally elected

Leo Varadkar has made history in Ireland by becoming the country’s first openly gay prime minister, as well as the youngest Leo Varadkar was formally elected taoiseach at a confirmation ceremony in the Dáil in Dublin on the June 12th after winning the Fine Gael party leadership earlier this month. The former GP and son… Lire la suite Ireland’s first gay prime minister is formally elected