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AUTOMATED RECHARGING SYSTEMS FOR EV’S MOVE FROM LABORATORY TO PUBLIC ROADS

BY SARAH GIBBONS, in London

AS the drive to encourage electric vehicle (EV) ownership gathers momentum, so does the desire to install automated recharging systems, such as devices built into roads that top up batteries as autos motor on.

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RESEARCHERS PUSH AHEAD WITH INNOVATIONS TO INTEGRATE GRAPHENE IN TEXTILES

BY SARAH GIBBONS, in London, and KATHRYN WORTLEY, in Tokyo

SMART e-textiles are set to revolutionise the industry in the coming years as the wonder material of the 21st century is introduced into an array of innovative applications.

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ICAO CLIMATE DEAL FOR AVIATION EMISSIONS FACING MAJOR CHALLENGES IN BRUSSELS AND WASHINGTON

BY SARA LEWIS, in Brussels

OCTOBER’S ground-breaking deal in the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to curb global aviation emissions growth after 2020 through a global market-based measure (GMBM) is facing major challenges in the months ahead to gain political acceptance in both the European Union (EU) and the United States.

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EXPERTS URGE MORE GULF STATE ACTION TO CURB TERRORIST FINANCING

BY PAUL COCHRANE, in Beirut

ARAB Gulf governments are repeatedly accused of aiding terrorist financing on and, more often, off the record. Calls to get tough on these states have been sidelined by political and economic expediency, while Gulf moves to curb terrorist financing have been lacklustre and there may be risks ahead, reports Paul Cochrane, in Beirut.

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AIRLESS PACKAGING BECOMES MORE ACCESSIBLE FOR COSMETICS BRANDS

BY MJ DESCHAMPS



WHILE oxygen is essential to human life, it can of course also be a cosmetic product's worst enemy.

For most cosmetics manufacturers, prolonging the life of their products means creating packaging with as tight a seal as possible - hence, the industry's growing demand for airless packaging, helping assure both a brand and its consumer that a cosmetics product will be good to the last drop.

"Airless packaging protects the contents [of a cosmetics or personal care product] from degradation; ...
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SMALL UNRECOGNISED STATES CREATES HEADACHES FOR AIRPORT ADMINISTRATION

BY MARK ROWE, MICHAEL KOSMIDES, IN ATHENS, AND MOHAMMED YUSUF, IN NAIROBI



INTERNATIONAL civil aviation procedures are designed to create predictability. But they are not usually applicable for airports in territories that have declared independence, but have not achieved full international recognition, or a seat at the United Nations. What are the implications for airports in a country that does not officially exist?

Europe has a clutch of these territories. Kosovo's Pristina Adem Jashari airport is a case in point. Opened in ...
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SOUTH AFRICA AWARDS CONTRACTS AS IT LAUNCHES PROGRAMME TO DEVELOP GREEN ENERGY

BY BILL CORCORAN, IN CAPE TOWN



WHEN the South African government signed contracts in early November with 28 independent renewable energy providers, the moment marked a significant milestone in the country's efforts to reduce its reliance on coal-fired plants for power.

To date, the power needs of Africa's largest economy have primarily been met by its numerous coal-fired power plants, although around 6.5% of its electricity is also provided by the Koeberg nuclear power station's two reactors outside Cape Town in the Western ...
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Climate change spreads infectious diseases worldwide

mosquitoBy Alyshah Hasham, International News Services

As negotiators at the recent United Nations climate change conference in Cancun wrapped up their work, one problem concentrating minds enough to secure a partial deal was the spread of disease on the coat-tails of global warming. Infectious diseases are spreading to regions where they were previously absent, driven by warmer temperatures and changing rainfall patterns. Europe and North America have been seeing an increase in cases of West Nile disease, which as the name suggests thrives in tropical and sub-tropical regions. Warmer temperatures are allowing the mosquitoes that carry the disease to roam further north. It’s a similar story for diseases such as dengue fever or tick-borne encephalitis (which causes brain inflammation).

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