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

Hawaii becomes first U.S. state to adopt goals in paris climate accord

Hawaii has just become the first American state to ensure their accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement. The announcement came just days after President Trump announced that the United States would be pulling out of the treaty. Though the details and deadline of this proposal are limited, thousands of American mayors and state Governors have insisted that… Lire la suite Hawaii becomes first U.S. state to adopt goals in paris climate accord

Despite slowdown, India could achieve double-digit growth with more jobs for women

The numbers just came in , and India’s economic growth rate is the lowest it’s been in two years. But according to a new report by the World Bank, it could achieve double-digit growth if it brings large numbers of women into the workforce with “safe, flexible and well-paying jobs.” According to the report, India… Lire la suite Despite slowdown, India could achieve double-digit growth with more jobs for women

New DeIhi: new anti-rape law comes into force

NEW DELHI: President Pranab Mukherjee has given his assent to the Anti-rape Bill which provides for life term and even death sentence for rape convicts besides stringent punishment for offences like acid attacks, stalking and voyeurism. Mukherjee accorded his assent to the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill-2013 on Tuesday, brought against the backdrop of the country-wide… Lire la suite New DeIhi: new anti-rape law comes into force

France decrees new rooftops must be covered in plants or solar panels

All new buildings in commercial zones across the country must comply with new environmental legislation Solar panels in Crucey-Villages, central France, part of the building site of a photovoltaic park built by French Energy Giant EDF. New legislations forces all new commercial zone buildings to have panels or plants on top.  Rooftops on new buildings… Lire la suite France decrees new rooftops must be covered in plants or solar panels

(10/07) WORLD DECENT DAY: Trade union organizations promote decent work governance in African countries

Supporting trade union action on economic issues to make decent work a reality in Africa’: such is the title of an international trade union cooperation project initiated by ITUC-Africa in collaboration with two French trade union centres, namely CFDT (Confederation Française Democratique du Travail) and CGT (Confederation Generale du Travail), and co-financed by AFD (French… Lire la suite (10/07) WORLD DECENT DAY: Trade union organizations promote decent work governance in African countries

Virginia Raggi elected Rome’s first female mayor

  An anti-establishment party founded by a comic has triumphed in Italian mayoral runoff elections, trouncing Premier Matteo Renzi’s candidates in Rome and another key city. The 5-Star Movement candidate in Rome, Virginia Raggi, a lawyer with a three-year stint as a city councilwoman, took 67.2 percent of the vote in a two-person runoff on Sunday,… Lire la suite Virginia Raggi elected Rome’s first female mayor