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Emily Digby

Snapshot Update: The Self-driving Apple Car

Apple will commence production of its ‘Apple Car’ – an autonomous vehicle with innovative battery technology – in 2024. Whilst analysts claim its launch might be delayed until 2028, the electric vehicle (EV) and self-driving car market is gaining traction. For example, Volkswagen has pledged to invest €2bn into expanding EV production in China and …

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Rio Tinto’s Destruction Of an Aboriginal Heritage Site: Cultural Warfare and ‘Environmental Vandalism’

Rio Tinto – a leading global mining group – has come under intense scrutiny over its destruction of a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal heritage site. The fact that iron ore is one of Australia’s largest exports makes it a difficult topic, especially considering the commercial value of the site in question. Whilst the Western Australian government gave …

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Is Smiling the Key to Increasing Happiness?

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A ground-breaking study has revealed that the action of moving the facial muscles to smile tricks the mind into contentment: ‘the happiness formula’. Moving the facial muscles triggers the amygdala, which generates positive emotions. This study is important, considering that on average adults only smile 20 times per day, in comparison to children who smile …

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The ‘doomsday’ glacier: the key to understanding our future?

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A recent paleoclimatology (the study of the climate history of Earth) investigation has revealed that we are experiencing global warming at levels we have not seen for 6,000 years, showing the increasing severity of climate change.  To put this into context, global warming over the past 150 years has undone the earth’s cooling process that …

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Snapshot: Oil prices during the pandemic

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The pandemic reduced demand for oil by nearly a third, leading to overproduction, a lack of storage facilities and, for the first time in history, oil prices fell below zero. This coincided with production cuts, as oil producer Opec and its allies such as Russia, had pledged to cut 10% of its global supplies from …

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Ancient fish fossils: hidden gems to uncover historic global climate change?

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Having always loved history and with that, archaeology, this article excites me! Before you think that this is just another article about the environment and global warming, think to yourself: when have I read an article about the relationship between ancient fossilised fish remains, rare metals, climate change and renewables before? Probably never!  The pot …

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China’s manufacturing exports: carbon emissions and consumption

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Our current world is filled with uncertainty. The global arena has recently been shaken, all walks of life have been impacted, businesses have been driven to the ground and patterns of behaviour have changed. Or have they? By evaluating China’s carbon emissions since February, it seems that consumer habits remain potent. One constant has remained …

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