G20 EMPOWER: advancing women’s leadership in Private Sector

first_imgG20 EMPOWER: advancing women’s leadership in Private Sector Representatives of private and public sector work together to plan policies aimed at developing companies’ ecosystems that can promote women’s empowerment.February 2nd, 2021The G20 Alliance for the Empowerment and Progression of Women’s Economic Representation (G20 EMPOWER) brings together Private Sector leaders and Government counterparts to jointly advocate for and enact women’s advancement to leadership positions in the private sector.Launched during the 2019 G20 Summit in Japan and established during the Saudi Presidency, it includes, to date, 27 Members from G20 and guest countries. The Italian G20 Empower Presidency, held by the business association Valore D, has launched its plan of work – with the unanimous support of the Italian Department for Equal Opportunities and of the G20 Empower membership – to further progress women’s empowerment across the three cross-cutting areas of the G20 agenda for 2021: people, planet and prosperity.As stated by Paola Mascaro, Chair of G20 EMPOWER, on December 21st 2020, during the opening meeting with the Co-Chairs – Canada, Japan, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia – “this Alliance provides us with an important opportunity to have an impact: utilizing the best practices of the private sector to plan and implement, adopting a pragmatic and bottom-up approach, policies aimed at developing companies’ ecosystems which can promote women’s empowerment at the top level”.The Alliance is also intended to build, in each G20 country, a network of “advocates” within the private sector, with the aim of identifying challenges and sharing evidence-based analysis, practical lessons learned, knowledge and best practices that support the greater recruitment and advancement of women as business leaders. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:business, Canada, empowerment, G20, Government, Impact, Indonesia, Japan, leadership, planet, presidency, Saudi Arabia, womenlast_img read more

The High Country trim Chevrolet Silverado HD dials back the bold

first_img“That insight shaped our strategy for the next-generation Silverado franchise, providing customers more differentiation between the Silverado 1500 and the Silverado HD as well as more personalization and differentiation between individual trim levels,” Mike Simcoe, vice-president of Global Design at General Motors says.RELATED It may be a coincidence, but just days after the internet basically screamed it didn’t like the face of Chevrolet’s new 2020 Silverado HD, the automaker decided to show off some of the truck’s new trim levels, ones that don’t look as—bold as the base model.The 2020 Silverado HD was instantly polarizing, with a massive black front grill reminiscent of a void in time and space, and a huge chrome bar with CHEVROLET across it.Chevrolet must have heard our cries, and the new trim options it’s sharing now look much more appealing. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD looks really damn toughChevrolet shared some images of the High Country trim, and it looks way better than the standard model, in our opinion. The grille is more classically styled with chrome slats across the front, and the traditional bowtie logo sits front and centre. The High Country also adds more bling to the wheels, and chrome side-steps. ‹ Previous Next › As with the Silverado 1500, a range including Work Truck, Custom, LT, LTZ and range-topping High Country trims will be available. Chevy says customers do not want one truck that fits most, but specific trucks tailored to their needs.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The High Country is one of five trim levels for the all-new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD – each offering a different level of design, features and technology to meet the individual and rigorous demands of HD owners Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD High Country RELATED TAGSChevroletSilverado HDNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Trending Videos See More Videos We’ll have to wait until the 2020 Silverado HD’s official reveal in February to see more photos of the truck, which is slated to launch mid-2019. Trending in Canada advertisementlast_img read more

Watch the 2021 Jaguar F-Type hit 480 km/h (in Hot Wheels form)

first_img RELATED TAGSF-TypeJaguarCoupeLuxuryLuxury VehiclesNew VehiclesInstagram We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Here at Driving, we don’t usually cover mid-model refreshes — you know, those largely cosmetic functionally-unchanged updates automakers try to pass off as all-new models.But we’re making an exception for Jaguar’s new 2021 F-Type because a) the already-sexy sports coupe has been rendered even more sensuous; and b) it was introduced with a tremendously cool Hot Wheels track that ran through Jaguar’s entire Gaydon design facility.Indeed, Jag says the entire track stretches 232 metres – 761 feet – from its top-of-stairs, soapbox-style launch to its outdoor, running-into-the-real-F-Type finale. And, according to our count, there are no less than 25 of Hot Wheels’ famous loop-the-loops and three – Jaguar calls them “gravity-defying” – jumps that I am sure, what with my experience some 50 years ago, took multiple takes. See More Videos Car Review: 2020 Jaguar F-Type CoupeThe Hot Wheels team also faithfully recreated the new Velocity Blue colour – which Jaguar is making a big noise about – from the SVO Premium Palette, and even hand-painted the F-Type badge on the back before the model was camouflaged ahead of its own ‘reveal’ in the film.As for the car itself, the 2021 Jaguar F-Type’s powertrains – turbocharged 2.0-litre four, 3.0L supercharged V6 and supercharged 5.0L V8 – remain largely unchanged, although the all-wheel-drive R’s honking V8 gets a “boost” from 550 hp to 575, good enough, says Jaguar, to scoot to 100 kilometres an hour in just 3.7 seconds.Coping with that increased power is the R’s uprated chassis that includes stiffer springs and anti-roll bars, beefier rear knuckles and ball joints and revised adjustable shock damping.As for styling, a new “clamshell” bonnet is bordered by super-slim “Pixel” LED headlights and a subtly enlarged grille. There’s also something Jaguar calls “Liquid Metal” surfacing, but if you’ve got any idea what that is, let me know.The hind end likewise gets a design, this time with what Jaguar’s styling boffins call an “unmistakeable chicane signature” to its LED lights. Again, I will plead artistic cretinism, but the automaker says they’re “inspired by the Jaguar I-PACE all-electric Performance SUV, with subtle monogram pattern detailing and a fine ‘pinstripe’ beneath.”Inside, there’s the aforementioned Windsor leather and something called satin finish “Noble Chrome.” Details include monogram stitch patterns in the seats and door trims, Jaguar Leaper motifs in the headrests and subtle ‘Jaguar Est. 1935’ markings on the centre console.First Edition F-Types – powered by either the 2.0L turbocharged four or the 3.0L supercharged V6 – will be available with an Exterior Design Pack, Black Contrast Roof, unique 20-inch wheels and those 12-way Windsor Leather Performance Seats. These are the 5 cheapest cars that can do 200 mph The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS In between, the camouflaged – it is a super-secret prototype after all! – miniature raced past CAD/CAM prototyping computers, a pretty nifty clay model of the Jag two-seater, through the headrest of the revised Windsor leather front seats and through the prototyping final assembly area. In between, Mattel estimates the tiny F-Type reached scaled speeds of 480 kilometres an hour!According to Jaguar, Mattel used the company’s own CAD drawings to craft the ultra-precise 3D-printed model, recreating, says the company, “every beautiful detail of the new F-Type, including its striking new clamshell bonnet, distinctive super-slim Pixel LED headlights and more sculpted front and rear bumpers.”RELATEDcenter_img Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Trending Videos advertisement Trending in Canada Pricing for the 2021 Jaguar F Type starts $73,000. ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

Ride The Rockies Cycling Tour Kicks Off At CU-Boulder June 19

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Approximately 3,500 cyclists, support staff and fans will converge June 19 at the University of Colorado at Boulder to begin the 431-mile Ride The Rockies bicycle tour. Registration, seminars, food and entertainment will be available on campus from 9:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. Organizers expect about 850 tour participants to camp in designated areas on campus June 19. All Ride The Rockies events, except for the bicycle tour and camping, are open to the public. The bicycle tour begins June 20 with opening ceremonies at 7 a.m. in campus lot 430, across from the Coors Events Center on Regent Drive. Motorists can expect very brief traffic stops as the initial group of 400-500 cyclists leaves Boulder around 7:30 a.m. From Regent Drive and Colorado Avenue, the riders will move west with a police escort to Folsom Street, north to Jay Road, east to U.S. 36 and north out of town, eventually turning west at Left Hand Canyon. A total of 2,000 riders will spend six days pedaling from Boulder to Estes Park, then Steamboat Springs and will finish in Idaho Springs on June 25. Created by The Denver Post in 1986, Ride The Rockies is a noncompetitive event that annually attracts riders ages eight to 82 from all over the United States and as many as 18 foreign countries. Organizers receive twice as many rider applications as there are spots available, so participants are selected by lottery drawing. Winners were notified in March. Different routes through Colorado are chosen each year. This year’s event is only the second time there has been an overnight tour stop in Boulder. “We are very excited to be visiting CU and Boulder again this year,” said tour director Paul Balaguer. “We look forward to another great experience for all the cyclists and our hosts.” Host communities provide inexpensive community meals, entertainment and lodging. In the past, riders have spent an average of $175,000 per day in each community along the tour. Organizers said Ride The Rockies annually generates more than $1.5 million in tourism business for the state. The tour also attracts extensive local and some national media coverage. CU-Boulder’s Community Relations Office and the Boulder Convention and Visitor Bureau have joined forces to coordinate the 2004 tour start in Boulder. On June 19, University Memorial Center Catering will provide lunch on Observatory Field from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and dinner on the lawn outside of the University Club from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Breakfast the next morning will be served at Observatory Field from 5 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. A variety of low-cost items will be available at all the meals. Room 100 of the Mathematics Building, located just south of the intersection of Colorado and Folsom, will host a number of seminars and guest speakers June 19. Dr. Deb St. Phard of the CU Health Sciences Center and University Sports Medicine in Denver and Bob Cranny of Wardenburg Student Health Center will make presentations at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively. At 4:30 p.m., Olympic cycling medalist and U.S. National Champion Ron Kiefel will speak along with Dr. Andrew Pruitt, director of the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine. CU-Boulder Vice Chancellor Paul Tabolt and Boulder Mayor Will Toor will offer remarks at the 7 a.m. opening ceremony on June 20 just before cyclists take to the road. Cyclists will have the option of parking their cars in campus lot 436, north of the Regent Drive Autopark, for the duration of the tour at a cost of $15. Proceeds from Ride The Rockies benefit Post-News Charities. CU-Boulder’s ArtsBridge program, which sends outstanding CU-Boulder arts students to metro area school districts to help teach art classes, was awarded $5,000 by the Post-News Community grant group. Since 2001, the grant group has awarded funds to nonprofit agencies based in Ride The Rockies host communities that serve children and promote literacy. For more information about Ride The Rockies, call the tour office at (303) 820-1338, or CU-Boulder Community Relations at (303) 492-8384, or visit http://www.ridetherockies.com/. Published: June 13, 2004 last_img read more

CU Boulder scholars ranked among most influential in bringing educational ideas to the public

first_imgIn “Public Influence Rankings” released today, two members of the CU Boulder School of Education faculty were recognized as among the nation’s top 200 researchers whose scholarship bridges academic and public audiences. Professor Kevin Welner ranked No. 47, and Professor Bill Penuel ranked No. 101.The Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings are the creation of Rick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute and is published on Hess’ blog in Education Week. He began this project 11 years ago to recognize “scholars who work to move ideas from the pages of barely read journals and to practice and policy. One small way to encourage academics to step into the fray and revisit academic norms is by doing more to recognize and value those scholars who do step out.”Each scholar on the list was scored by Hess and his colleagues across nine metrics, including Google Scholar, book points, Amazon rankings, syllabus points, education press mentions, web mentions, newspaper mentions, congressional record mentions, and Twitter score.“Our faculty, researchers and doctoral students in the CU Boulder School of Education are united by a deep-seated commitment to public scholarship,” said Dean Kathy Schultz. “We understand the importance of grounding our research in practice to generate policy-relevant solutions and working with community partners and educators as close collaborators in our work. Together with our partners, we are focused on transforming the educational opportunities in historically marginalized communities and learning from and with our colleagues.”Together with our partners, we are focused on transforming the educational opportunities in historically marginalized communities and learning from and with our colleagues.”Schultz welcomed the Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings as an example of thinking holistically about measures of scholarly impact along with broader impact on public discussions. At the same time, Schultz urged the scholarly community to follow Hess’ lead and work together to create other so-called “alt-metric” approaches to account for public scholarship, that use weights, criteria, and approaches that more closely reflect a community-based set of values and priorities. “While I imagine many of us don’t believe that these particular criteria or rankings are the only or even best way to recognize public scholarship efforts and influence, I am happy to see our School of Education featured on the list,” Schultz added.Welner, professor and chair of the Educational Foundations Policy and Practice program and director of the National Education Policy Center housed at CU Boulder, was part an ideologically diverse committee that worked with Hess to nominate scholars to be considered for ranking.Categories:Faculty NewsOutreach News Published: Jan. 6, 2021 last_img read more

AHLL ties up with Medvarsity

first_img News To train more than 250 nursesMedvarsity has been appointed by Apollo Health & Lifestyle Limited (AHLL), for training for more than 250 nurses. The programme will make the nurses well versed with current trends and technologies in managing a ward or unit in any healthcare setting through an exclusive Ward Sister Course. This initiative aims to bring more value to the nursing community and aims to make nurses proficient in the specialised area of ward management.“We are privileged to partner with AHLL and collaborate with the leadership team to impact the quality of nursing skills. Training and upskilling is a critical part of healthcare management and we believe that the investments made will have direct results in quality and tenure of the nurses,” said Gerald Jaideep, CEO, Medvarsity Online.“Nurses form an integral part of the team that delivers healthcare in any modern hospital nowadays. Due to the current surge of specialised care and trainings necessitated, it is imperative that nurses refresh and upgrade their skills. In this regard, the training imparted by Medvarsity is important for nurses to be aware about and utilise, to enable them and the hospitals concerned to give the best care possible to patients for the best outcomes,” said Dr Ajay H Gangoli, Director Medical Services, AHLL. WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals AHLL ties up with Medvarsity Read Article Share By Sanjiv Das on November 12, 2018 Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care appcenter_img The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Related Posts MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025last_img read more

Global Hospital, Parel, Mumbai launches Neuro Critical Care and Stroke Unit

WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Comments (0) Share Global HospitalintensivistsNeuro Critical Care and Stroke Unitneurological patientsneurosurgical patientspulmonologists Related Posts MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha By EH News Bureau on November 5, 2019 Read Article The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” The unit is designed to address clinical needs of neurological and neurosurgical patients to improve their outcomesGlobal Hospital, Parel, Mumbai recently launched a dedicated Neuro Critical Care and Stroke Unit with modern ventilators and with latest invasive and non-invasive facilities for monitoring of vital functions. The Neuro Critical Care and Stroke Unit is designed to address the clinical needs of neurological and neurosurgical patients to improve their outcomes and a committed team of intensivists, pulmonologists, infectious diseases specialists, nephrologists and cardiologists will provide support round the clock in this Neuro Critical Care and Stroke Unit. Neurological disorders can be termed as the diseases of the brain, spine, and nerves that connect them.Millions of people are affected by neurological conditions like stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, memory disorders and many more posing a large burden on the healthcare system. Furthermore, the number of patients needing neurological care will continue growing. Thus, to help patients with neurological conditions get top-notch treatment and care, Global Hospital has inaugurated a 10-bedded Neuro Critical Care and Stroke Unit which includes two isolation beds under the able leadership of Dr Shirish Hastak, Regional Director – Neurology, Stroke and Neuro Critical Care.The Neuro Critical care and Stroke Unit has special equipment for monitoring the electrical activity of the brain and the pressure inside the brain. Round the clock emergency care will be provided to the patients by a specialised team of doctors, nurses and paramedical staff which is supported by 64 slice CT Scan, 3 Tesla MRI imaging followed by specialised neuro intervention/ surgery is also available.Speaking on the occasion, Dr Vivek Talaulikar, Chief Executive Officer, Global Hospital, Mumbai said, “With state-of-the-art Neuro Critical Care and Stroke Unit, Global Hospital, Mumbai has made a commitment to provide a level of complex and comprehensive care for patients affected by neurological disorders. From a specially trained care team to the most advanced technology, everything in the unit is designed to accommodate the unique intensive care needs of neurological- neurosurgical patients.”Dr Shirish M Hastak, Regional Director, Neurology, Stroke and Neurocritical Care, Global Hospital, Mumbai, added, “Patients in the Neurological ICU receive skilled care from an interdisciplinary team that includes physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, dietitians, and pharmacists. The team physicians are specialists with training in neurology, stroke, intensive medicine, and interventional neuroradiology. The team nurses are trained in techniques for examining the brain and central nervous system. Detection of subtle changes in the neurological states of patients is extremely important as this may be lifesaving in certain cases. This needs expertise in neurocritical care.”Dr Prashant Borade, Head- Critical Care Unit, Global Hospital, Mumbai said, “Several research studies have shown patients with neurological disorders have lower mortality and better outcomes when cared for in specialised neuro-intensive care units. Every minute of early detection of neurological problems by specially trained staff, meticulous patient monitoring with advanced equipment and multidisciplinary team treatment approach in these neuro-intensive care units, make this difference in the outcome.” News Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Global Hospital, Parel, Mumbai launches Neuro Critical Care and Stroke Unit Add Comment read more

Ko holds off Park at Kia for 11th LPGA win

first_imgCARLSBAD, Calif. – Lydia Ko won the Kia Classic on Sunday at Aviara, reaffirming her position as the top player in the world heading into the first major championship of the season. Ko birdied the final three holes for her third straight 5-under 67 and a four-stroke victory over second-ranked Inbee Park. A week after finishing second in Phoenix at the Founders Cup, Ko heads to Rancho Mirage for the ANA Inspiration with her first LPGA victory of the year and 11th overall. The 18-year-old New Zealander also won the Ladies European Tour’s New Zealand Women’s Open in February. Ko finished at 19-under 269. Park closed with a 67. The 2013 winner at Rancho Mirage, Park appears to be over the back problem that forced her to withdraw from the first event of the season. The South Korean player tied for 30th in Thailand and Singapore in her first events back and missed the cut in Phoenix. Playing two groups ahead of Ko, Park pulled within two shots with birdies on the par-4 16th and par-5 17th. Ko pushed the lead back to two with a birdie on the short par-4 16th, holing a 10-foot putt after driving the green and racing her first putt past the hole. Ko made an 8-foot birdie putt on 17, and finished with a 15-footer on 18. She bogeyed the par-5 10th after double-hitting a putt from the fringe. The ball popped out of a divot and caught her club in the follow-through, costing her a one-stroke penalty. Japan’s Ai Miyazato was third at 12 under after a 66. South Koreans Sung Hyun Park and Jenny Shin each shot 72 to tie for fourth at 11 under. Sung Hyun Park received a sponsor exemption. Brittany Lang closed with a bogey on 17 and a double bogey on 18 – hitting into the water twice – for a 74 that dropped her into a tie for 10th at 9 under.last_img read more

Bomb discovered near Strabane Police station

first_img Facebook Pinterest By News Highland – December 1, 2009 Previous articleDerry man facing jail for indecent picturesNext articleFoyleside Shopping Centre extension plans announced News Highland Bomb discovered near Strabane Police station Google+ Twitter LUH still not ready to restore IT systems Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project There has been widespread condemnation of those repsonsible for placing an explosive device outside a police station in Strabane.Residents of the Courtrai Park area were evacuated after the discovery last night, there were allowed to return home once the device was removed by army bomb disposal experts.Ulster Unionist Strabane District Councillor Derek Hussey said the attack targeted not only the police but also the local community:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/der.mp3[/podcast] Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ WhatsApp News 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pregnant women can receive Covid vaccine at LYIT’s vaccination centre last_img read more

Warming climate prompts Europe to think outside the box

first_img Also On POLITICO Climate activists sour on Paris accord By Sara Stefanini COP23 7 people to watch at the climate summit By Kalina Oroschakoff and Emily Holden COP 23 How the world’s warming By Marion Solletty and Ginger Hervey COP23 Europe’s energy realities bite into climate spin By Sara Stefanini Climate change is linked to heat waves, floods, shrinking glaciers and forest fires. Those conditions have been the inspiration for European countries to find ways to keep some of the effects at bay. Here are six of those attempts:Illustration by David Doran for POLITICORoofs in Rotterdam: Some 80 percent of this Dutch city is below sea level, so it wants to turn its rooftops into a second ground level to deal with flooding, bad air quality and a lack of green space. The city already counts around 250,000 square meters of green roofs, and is trying to financially encourage more people to join the effort. Green roofs are covered with soil and plants — and some host solar panels to make them even more energy efficient. They cool buildings during increasingly hot summers and can become mini-gardens for residents to grow vegetables. Green roofs also allow rainwater to slowly trickle down to the sewers, reducing the risk of flooding on the city’s small and winding streets. The municipality is offering a €20 subsidy on the cost of creating each square meter of green roof this year and next, and €15 for 2019 and 2020, after which the incentives are expected to end.Illustration by David Doran for POLITICOSchoolyard oases in Paris: City authorities think schoolyards can be used for more than play: They can work as cooling spots for the city’s vulnerable population during heat waves. Parisian playgrounds total more than 600,000 square meters but are largely covered with asphalt and closed to the wider population, even though most Parisians live within 200 hundred meters of a school. The authorities’ vision is to gradually replace asphalt with vegetation or other environmentally friendly materials and use the transformed yards as educational programs on climate change open to the public. Several research labsin the city are interested in monitoring the process, according to information compiled by a network called 100 Resilient Cities. The idea will be tested on a few schools, with the first “oasis schoolyard” expected to open in September 2018. If all goes well, 700 Parisian schools could take part. Illustration by David Doran for POLITICOSnowy homes for Finnish seals: Saimaa ringed seals — which number only about 360 in Finland’s Saimaa Lake — need deep snow to breed and protect their newly born pups from predators and harsh weather. Warming temperatures and scarce snow threaten the seals’ survival. To step in where nature has flagged, more than 200 people built 519 artificial snowdrifts during the previous three winters. The plan, developed at the University of Eastern Finland, is part of the country’s national conservation strategy. The volunteers gathered nearby snow and sculpted it into snowdrifts about 15 meters long and 1 meter high. Seals used more than three-quarters of these man-made snowdrifts, significantly increasing their pups’ chances of survival, according to the European Climate Adaptation Platform, which showcases adaptation examples across Europe.Illustration by David Doran for POLITICOPortugal’s killer forests: Wildfires are becoming an annual scourge in Portugal, made worse by rising temperatures. The future looks grim, with even hotter summers that could lead to tinderbox conditions. Past decisions to plant vast areas with eucalyptus trees for use in the country’s paper industry have exacerbated the problem. The trees are highly flammable, turning normal brush fires into raging infernos, as happened this year, killing more than 100 people. Thousands of people protested in Lisbon in late October, and the government promised more than €400 million in aid in response. When planting choices were made, climate change wasn’t much of a concern. Now that it is, the country is being forced to reconsider the trees it uses. “You can no longer grow your forests like you used to do or they will be just ravaged,” said Yvon Slingenberg, director for climate negotiations at the European Commission.Illustration by David Doran for POLITICOPetting zoos for would-be skiers: Snowless slopes are becoming a growing worry as Alpine glaciers retreat and annual snowfalls shrivel — shrinking the length of the season and making lower mountain ranges increasingly inhospitable for skiers. A new report  this year in the European Geosciences Union journal Cryosphere found that Alpine ski resorts may lose up to 70 percent of their snow cover by the end of the century. Ski resorts are trying to adapt. In Chamonix, France, local authorities opened a petting zoo in 2015 to entertain children who lost access to skiing. Faced with a shrinking glacier, France’s Tignes resort is building a 400-meter indoor ski slope for about €62 million to allow for year-round skiing. The indoor slope will be powered with hydroelectricity from the town’s dam and will feature other energy-saving measures: solar panels on the roof and a biomass boiler.Illustration by David Doran for POLITICOFlood protection in the Netherlands: The Dutch have been working over the last decade on a strategy  to protect their cities from flooding by making more room for their rivers. With about a fifth of the country lying below sea level, the Netherlands experienced massive floods in the early 1990s that led to 250,000 people — and almost as many cows and pigs — being evacuated. With climate change set to bring more rainfall and increase the risk of flooding, the Netherlands kicked off the Room for the River program in 2007, with measures to give the country’s main rivers, the Rhine, the Meuse, the Waal, and the IJssel more room to flood safely. How? By relocating dikes farther from the river banks, increasing the depth of side channels, lowering the flood plains or creating water retention spots along rivers. There are over 30 projects included in the €2.3 billion program and the goal is to complete it by 2019.Marion Solletty and Sara Stefanini contributed reporting.This article is part of the special report COP23: Turning climate promises into realitylast_img read more