UK scientists already at risk of exclusion from EU projects in wake of Brexit vote

Speaking moments before his brother, Boris, withdrew his name from the Conservative party leadership contest, Jo Johnson sought to reassure scientists that the government would fight to ensure British research did not lose out in the future deal. “It’s obviously going to be important that the UK remains open to the brightest and best in […]

It’s not ‘business as usual’ until Brexit. UK scientists are already feeling the effects

So how are people around Europe going to behave, in the short term, regarding the involvement of partners from the UK in new consortia? My expectation is that people will at the very least think twice. Who wants to risk involving a partner that may be forced to abandon ship while the project is running? […]

Covid-19 puts workers in danger. It’s another reason we need unions

For many frontline workers, one of the most maddening aspects of the pandemic is that their employers have often ignored their concerns and suggestions about health and safety, even though workers arguably know best about what they need to stay safe on the job. This frequent failure of employers to listen to their workers – […]

Uber Pledges to Go All-Electric, but It Doesn’t Own the Cars

Then there’s the cost. Electric cars are more expensive than similar conventional vehicles. “Even if there are incentives, EVs are not very accessible for Uber and Lyft drivers,” says Giovanni Circella, director of the 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program at UC Davis. According to Kelley Blue Book, the average small car costs $20,000; the average […]

Uber says it will offer rides only in electric vehicles in US, Europe by 2030

Uber says it will take steps to ease drivers’ transition to electric vehicles. In the US and Canada, drivers with electric vehicles with now receive an extra $1.50 per trip, Uber said, with $0.50 cents coming directly from the passenger. Drivers of hybrids will receive an extra $0.50 per trip. Uber also said it would […]

Uber Says It Will Offer US Rides Only In Electric Vehicles By 2030

Uber said in a Europe-focused report that it released Tuesday, that many drivers would face a significant earnings reduction unless they have access to a home charger and a generous subsidy to close the gap for the total cost of owning an electric vehicle.

Group led by Thomas Piketty presents plan for ‘a fairer Europe’

The limits of voluntary cooperation were also exposed in Europe’s search for a financial transaction tax. In 2014 a coalition of 10 willing EU member states embarked on plans for the so-called Robin Hood tax on shares and derivatives, but five years later that agreement remains elusive and some countries have dropped out.

Brussels failing to protect bees, says watchdog

Samo Jereb, the member of the European court of auditors responsible for the report, said: “Pollinators play an essential role in plant reproduction and ecosystem functions, and their decline should be seen as a major threat to our environment, agriculture and quality food supply. The EU initiatives taken so far to protect wild pollinators have […]

GMB fans slam ‘painful to watch’ row over blaming young people for coronavirus rise

While another commented: “Of course the young people are going to be at higher risk of the virus. Of course we’re gonna have it more because we’re the people working the underpaid jobs to serve others. Whether it be in the EOTHO scheme, in retail stores or the such.”

Germans fear Trump more than coronavirus, survey shows

“Particularly notable are the trade-war-like conflicts with China and trade and security policy attacks against allies, including Germany. In addition, the withdrawal of the United States from international cooperation and the confrontation with Iran,” said Schmidt who advises R+V on the annual survey.