Pesticide sales drop 44% in 2019 after 2018 increase

According to the government, which provided these “provisional data”, this drop is the effect of measures taken since 2018 to reduce the use of plant protection products. Pesticide sales fell in France by 44% in volume in 2019, after the surge in sales in 2018 (+ 18%), the government announced on Tuesday. The quantities sold of glyphosate, a controversial weedkiller, “decreased by 35% (-3,358 tonnes) … Continue reading Pesticide sales drop 44% in 2019 after 2018 increase

France wants to produce “clean hydrogen” from nuclear power, with Germany

The recovery plan for the French economy will include elements of development in hydrogen as part of a partnership with Germany, said Bruno Le Maire, the Minister of Economy and Finance, on Tuesday. While France has set itself the objective of regular funding of 100 million euros per year in favor of hydrogen in 2018, Germany announced in June that it planned to invest 9 … Continue reading France wants to produce “clean hydrogen” from nuclear power, with Germany

App against the virus How Singapore uses cell phone data

The Singapore government is already using an app to fight the pandemic and is using Bluetooth to transmit cell phone data. The government claims that privacy remains protected. The fight against the corona virus sounds like this in Singapore: “Singapore, we stick together – Singapore, we win together”, sings the choir of the Fairfield Methodist School. The songs about Corona could now fill an entire … Continue reading App against the virus How Singapore uses cell phone data

Prague aims to get a grip on Airbnb with coronavirus crisis laws

Officials in Prague are using the coronavirus crisis to get a firmer grip on short-term rentals like Airbnb, which they say have squeezed locals out of the Czech capital’s centre. Using state of emergency powers in place during the coronavirus pandemic, the Czech parliament’s lower chamber fast-tracked a plan allowing local authorities to better collect tax and other information on short-term lets. Tourists crowding Prague’s … Continue reading Prague aims to get a grip on Airbnb with coronavirus crisis laws

Coronavirus: Brussels mayors now recommend masks in public

Local authorities in Brussels have begun advising residents to wear mouth covers when going outdoors, going beyond official federal guidelines. The mayors of five municipalities in Brussels have officially issued advice to residents recommending them to cover their mouths with a protective mask or a scarf in public. Woluwe-Saint-Lambert Mayor Olivier Maingain was the first to say that he “warmly recommended” residents of the southern … Continue reading Coronavirus: Brussels mayors now recommend masks in public

Frankfurt Airport sees 95% drop in passenger traffic during closures

Frankfurt Airport is refocusing all its passenger traffic through one area during the suspensions and closures due to Covid-19 Frankfurt Airport is running all of its passenger operations through Terminal 1, Concourses B and C from today. The temporary measure comes as the airport announces a 95% fall in passenger traffic for the week commencing 30 March, due to ongoing travel suspensions. Aircraft movements at … Continue reading Frankfurt Airport sees 95% drop in passenger traffic during closures

Berlin Cancels All Planned Events Through June; Bathtub Races Could Be Rescheduled

BERLIN –   In an effort to err on the side of caution during the ongoing health crisis, the Berlin Chamber of Commerce has canceled all events through June. The announcement means that the Berlin Jazz and Blues, Wine and Brews Festival, the Spring Cruisers Classic Car Show and the Berlin Bathtub Races will not take place as scheduled. Steve Frene, president of the chamber, stressed … Continue reading Berlin Cancels All Planned Events Through June; Bathtub Races Could Be Rescheduled

This Swedish start-up wants to reinvent the profession of truck driver

Driving trucks from the couch with beer in hand, it could happen in the near future. The Swedish start-up Einride is developing a new kind of autonomous truck, which can be controlled remotely, if necessary, by operators installed in what resembles simulators. Technological advances that could well redefine the profession of truck driver. In the future (in confinement or not), a truck driver could very … Continue reading This Swedish start-up wants to reinvent the profession of truck driver

The automotive industry faces the worst crisis in its history

The coronavirus crisis affects an automotive industry already under pressure. Industry experts fear a strong impact on certain suppliers. This is the worst crisis that has ever hit the auto industry, “warned director general of the Association of European Automobile Manufacturers (ACEA) Eric-Mark Huitema at the end of March. For the past quarter, actions around the world to stem the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic … Continue reading The automotive industry faces the worst crisis in its history

BMW prepares its first hydrogen production models

BMW has been working with Toyota since 2013 on hydrogen. The German group unveils the second generation of powertrain with a hydrogen fuel cell. The first fitted models are not expected before 2025 at the earliest. BMW is betting on hydrogen in its energy mix. The Bavarian manufacturer has been working on this technology since 2013 with the Japanese Toyota. On March 30, it presented … Continue reading BMW prepares its first hydrogen production models