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The brave new world
Until now, global efforts such as the Paris climate agreement have tried to limit global warming to 2C above pre-industrial levels. However, with latest projections pointing to an increase of 3.2C by 2100, these goals seem to be slipping out of reach.

The regional impact of these changes is highly uneven, with four out of five people affected living in Asia.
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May's Florence speech venue represents European unity, not division
Europe is an idea, not just a geographical accident.

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On skill gaps in the UK and how EU migrants contribute to the British economy
A small exposé by Jack Graham. Widely shared but a good read for understanding the background to the immigration debate that proved so decisive in the Brexit debate.

The government opened borders to eastern European workers in 2004 because it was in the country's clear economic interest - not because Brussels told them to.

EU migration was a blessing for the UK economy. From 2004 to 2014, EU migrants contributed £5bn more in tax than they took in benefits, and there is very little evidence of wages being depressed or jobs being taken from native-born people. Britain has received young, skilled workers contributing to the public purse and taking little from it.

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On sovereignty in the 21 century
Chris Grey, Professor of Organization Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London, blog on "Brexit", i.e. the UK leaving the EU and giving up it's position in Europe.

Sovereignty, the right of a governing body over itself, without interference from outsiders, were one of the key arguments in the "Brexit" debate for leaving the EU. In his latest post "What the OECD aid rules row tells us about Brexit" Professor Chris Grey takes the latest row in British politics, that OECD air rules prevent the UK from counting aid efforts after Hurricane Irma in overseas British territories as foreign aid, as an example of how countries that do participate in any form of international collaboration pool sovereignty with each other.

What does the row over the OECD aid rules tell us?
Typically, Theresa May has played to the Brexiters’ gallery by announcing her ‘frustration’ with the OECD. But when a Prime Minister does that it makes it a matter of international moment rather than just a domestic [tabloid story]. [Only a year ago] Britain helped to draft these rules that she [now] objects to, so what is she saying about Britain? Convulsed in a nationalist frenzy which now makes central what were once just fringe voices, Britain, long considered the most reliable of international partners and the most stable and pragmatic of countries, is becoming absurd and flaky.

And she does that during what could very well be the most important international negotiations in a century for the UK.

Brexit will leave Britain less sovereign, not more
[Brexit] will not much diminish the need for Britain to conform to many EU regulations. The inevitable regulatory pull of a much larger nearby market makes that inevitable, and not just in relation to trade but also, for example, air travel and nuclear safety. [Brexit] is largely about recreating in new form all kinds of agreements and rules – such as those on data protection – to conform with EU standards and systems. The main difference is that, post-Brexit, ‘sovereign’ Britain will have less, not more, control over these than it had as an EU member.

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One of world's largest marine parks created off coast of Easter Island
"The Rapa Nui have long suffered from the loss of timber, declining ecosystems and declining populations. Now they are experiencing a resurgence based on ensuring the health of the oceans.", Matt Rand, the director of the Pew Bertarelli ocean legacy project.

The 740,000 sq km Rapa Nui marine park is roughly the size of the Chilean mainland and will protect at least 142 endemic marine species, including 27 threatened with extinction.
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The song contest that matters, now more than ever
Once again, that great campfire is lit up. Saturday night is Eurovision night and Europeans cuddle together to watch in awe, and sometimes in horror.

»Created to unite a continent divided by war
The Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) was created in 1956 to help heal a continent divided by war and conflict. It was the brainchild of Marcel Bezençon, and based on the famous Sanremo Festival of Italy. Seven countries took part in the inaugurating show broadcast from Lugano, Switzerland.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) had been founded only a few years earlier in Torquay in Great Britain. Ian Jacob from the BBC became the union’s first President, and he remained at the helm for a decade. Today, the EBU has 73 members, public service broadcasters from 56 European countries, and 34 associate members in Asia, Africa and the Americas. And it is still broadcasting the only live TV show watched in all European countries. In this year's edition, 42 countries take part in the two semifinals and the big final on Saturday night, and 200 million people or more are expected to watch the drama unfold.

»A Europe of diversity and inclusion
It’s often said that culture brings countries and people together. The Eurovision Song Contest is organized by an institution that has nothing to do with the EU, but that was born out of the same ideas and was realized in the same moment of European history. The symbolism of unity and shared cultural heritage is identical, but with the Eurovision Song Contest the EBU has perhaps succeeded in manifesting Europe's unity even better than its big brother.

»A European Campfire
Today the Eurovision Song Contest is an important common cultural reference; all Europeans, wherever you go, know about the contest, and everyone has an opinion about it. The Eurovision Song Contest is an important campfire in a colder Europe that is down but not out from Brexit, the conflict with Russia and nationalist movements once again showing their true colors. The contest has a role to play to keep the fire alive.

Yes, we might get slightly annoyed at times, by the fans hysterical flag-waving, by the retro disco, by a massive ballad overdose, by the occasional singing out of tune, or by countries' companion voting. The wrong song always seem to win, and yet; Europe wins. And maybe that’s what really matters.

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He made data sing
Hans Rosling has sadly left us today, leaving the wold one visionary, fact-loving statistician and explainer poorer.

"Statistician and development champion, whose gift for making data sing brought his innovative ideas to a worldwide audience."

"Given the timing, with all the talk about fake news, alternative facts, concern over misinformation and propaganda-by-numbers, Rosling stood for the exact opposite – the idea we can have debates about what could or should be done, but that facts and an open mind are needed before informed discussions can begin."
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Stopped by the Volvo Museum in Gothenburg briefly, and came out with a few C30 related objects.

Volvo C30 Electric
82 kW (111 bhp) engine, 24 kWh battery, range 150 km.
Photos of interior (note the gear lever) and engine compartment.

Volvo 3CC
EV concept with a unique two-plus-one configuration, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2005, only one year before the C30 made its official debut.
Photos of front and rear (note the unmistakable C30 lines).

Volvo SCC
The Volvo Safety Concept Car was first shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit back in 2001. Most of the technical solutions actually made it into production, and the concept car heavily inspired the lines of the Volvo C30.
Photos of front (note the see-through A-pillars) and rear (the hatch design clearly borrows from the P1800ES, and the glass hatch from the 480ES).

Volvo 480ES
This C30 predecessor launched in 1986 was Volvo's very fist front-wheel drive model, a four seater sports coupe.
Photos front (note the long hood and the pop-up headlamps) and rear (ES through and through).

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An open source font for all languages
The font family called Noto, as in no "tofu", is intended to support all languages, from Arabic and Cherokee to Tibetan and Zhuang. Some of the languages supported have never even had a typographical tradition. Now they do.

It took Google and Monotype five years to complete the typeset. Watch the video to learn more about the challenges they faced, and how it was done.

Noto is available for download here:
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Clean Disruption: Why Energy and Transportation will be Obsolete by 2030
Keynote by Tony Seba based on his book "Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation" (

"Clean Disruption is a technology disruption. Just like digital cameras disrupted film and the web disrupted publishing, Clean Disruption is inevitable and it will be swift."

»Technology categories that are disrupting energy and transportation:
1. Energy Storage
2. Electric Vehicles
3. Autonomous Vehicles
4. Solar Energy

»Outcome of the Clean Disruption by 2030
- All new vehicles will be electric
- All new vehicles will be autonomous (self-driving)
- Oil, coal, fossil gas and nuclear will be obsolete
- >80% of parking spaces will be obsolete
- Individual car ownership will be obsolete
- All new energy will be provided by solar (and wind)

»Automotive industry takeaways
The winners in the industry will be the companies that can utilize both disruptive technologies and business models - not only going electric and autonomous but to "car as a service".

»About Tony Seba
Tony Seba, author and "serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur" is an instructor in Entrepreneurship, Disruption and Clean Energy at Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program. His work focuses on clean energy, entrepreneurship, market disruption, and the exponential technology trends, business model innovation, and product architecture innovations that are leading to the disruption of some the world’s major industries, such as energy, transportation, infrastructure, finance, and manufacturing.
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