Europe’s green ambitions will largely hinge on being able to finance a transition away from polluting energy sources. But where will the money actually come from? The impact of the transition to net-zero emissions will be positive for the European economy as a whole, despite the significant additional investments it will require, the European Commission said in its 2050 climate strategy, unveiled in November last year. This includes a positive impact on the economy “equivalent to 2% of GDP by 2050,” the EU executive said. Overall, savings from a reduced fossil fuel import bill “will amount to €2-3 trillion over the period 2031-2050, freeing resources for further potential investments into the modernisation of the EU economy,” the Commission argued. The transition to clean energy will also bring an estimated €200 billion a year in health cost savings, and a net increase of one million jobs, both by 2050, according to EU estimates. But … [Read more...] about Climate cash cow: Where EU countries can get their funding
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Donald Trump has finally found an international organization he likes — a highly select club whose members preside over a frozen wasteland atop of the world. The Trump administration will throw a spotlight this week on America’s presence in the Arctic, a region the president’s team sees as “an arena of global power and competition,” as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will put it in a speech Monday in Finland. “Just because the Arctic is a place of wilderness does not mean it should become a place of lawlessness,” he’ll say, according to advance excerpts obtained by POLITICO. Pompeo’s address, which comes ahead of meetings with officials from the seven other countries with Arctic territory, will take aim at America’s two main strategic rivals, Russia and China. Pompeo will put special emphasis on Chinese behavior, suggesting that Beijing is using the region as the latest venue for its territorial aggression. “Do we want … [Read more...] about Pompeo aims to counter China’s ambitions in the Arctic
The country was tied with Uganda this year for having the most physically fit population, with the WHO citing a three-decade cultural shift that has resulted in Finns eating more vegetables, exercising more, and smoking less. Interestingly, the rankings were unveiled on the same day that a FinHealth study found that over half of young Finnish men and a third of young women are overweight, the highest level in recorded history. In other news, the culture and lifestyle sections of various broadsheets have been focusing on Helsinki’s emergence as a major foodie destination, with one outlet describing the city as “the next Copenhagen”, a nod to the Danish capital’s influence on the ‘New Nordic Cuisine’ movement. Finally, foreign policy hawks have been paying increasing attention to China’s latest activities in Finland and the wider Baltic Region, expressing concern that planned funding and infrastructure initiatives … [Read more...] about Finnish fitness, a foodie revolution, and “China’s newest playground”
opinion Foster Friess Opinion contributor Published 10:29 AM EDT Apr 4, 2019 Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, I hope you will say “yes” to the invitation we sent to your office last week to be my dinner guest Friday, April 5th? The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans will induct 12 new members for 2019 that evening in Washington D.C.. From Oprah Winfrey, President Ronald Reagan, Maya Angelou to Condoleezza Rice, Horatio Alger members started life in “humble” conditions and worked hard to achieve the American dream. Over 100 students who receive Horatio Alger college scholarships will be in attendance. All of which overcame challenging life and economic adversity and worked hard to achieve remarkable success in their high school years. Meeting these amazing students inspires us to remember our own humble starts and to celebrate all that is special about the unique opportunities that … [Read more...] about Dear Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, will you honorself-made success stories?
The World Health Organization (WHO) has established the target goal of a 25% relative reduction in risk of premature mortality from cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, or chronic respiratory diseases by 2025 in Europe . Connected care is viewed by many governments as essential to enable more efficient, patient-centric and continuous care for the aging EU population. However, while many local connected care pilot programs are successful, they fail to scale to their full potential. [email protected] builds on the expertise and successful experiences of the ACT program, leveraging tested collaborative methods and tools to implement improvements, and is fully aligned with the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Aging objectives to deploy integrated care for chronically ill patients. The EU-sponsored project comprises 16 partners from eight EU countries, including 14 programs in six regions coordinated by Philips. "The [email protected] program delivers a clear methodology … [Read more...] about Philips Presents Results from 3-Year Telehealth Program Impacting over 100,000 Patients across Europe