Monthly Archives: January 2016

U6 – Can Russia be a superpower?

A one-sided viewpoint on this matter

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U6- Is India likely to be a superpower of the world in the future?

Sashi Tharoor makes some very interesting points in this TED presentation

 

 

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UK demand for electric and hybrid cars soars

Demand for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles is soaring, according to new figures released today by the UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The data shows the number of new cars eligible for the government Plug-in Car Grant scheme rose from 14,532 in to 28,188 last year, an increase of 94 per cent.

Zero and low emission vehicles still make up only a fraction of an overall market, with total new vehicle registrations reaching a record 2.6 million.

However, demand for alternative fuelled and low emission vehicles is outperforming the wider market across all categories. The auto market as a whole grew 6.3 per cent, but demand for pure electric vehicles rose 48 per cent to nearly 10,000 vehicles and demand for plug-in hybrids soared 133 per cent year-on-year to over 18,000 vehicles.

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Human Impact on earth has brought us to new geological epoch?

There is now compelling evidence to show that humanity’s impact on the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and wildlife has pushed the world into a new geological epoch, according to a group of scientists.

The question of whether humans’ combined environmental impact has tipped the planet into an “Anthropocene” – ending the current Holocene which began around 12,000 years ago – will be put to the geological body that formally approves such time divisions later this year.

The new study provides one of the strongest cases yet that from the amount of concrete mankind uses in building to the amount of plastic rubbish dumped in the oceans, Earth has entered a new geological epoch.

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