Paris climate target seems unattainable
A research group used computer-aided assessment models to recalculate the development of global CO2 emissions in the energy sector. It used the short-term containment efforts as a basis and two assumptions about how these will continue after 2030. They come to the conclusion that neither the 1.6 nor the 2 degree target of the Paris Agreement can be achieved, even if all states meet their climate targets for the next nine years. Even the most optimistic description of the situation is not enough to limit global warming to 2 degrees, writes the team in its study published in the journal “Nature Climate Change”. An average global warming of 2.2 to 2.9 degrees by 2100 is more likely.
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Million fine for Apple and Amazon in Italy
In the summer of 2020, the Italian antitrust authorities initiated competition proceedings against the e-commerce giant Amazon and the iPhone group Apple. Now both parties have to pay a total of 200 million euros because of possible sales agreements and inadmissible exclusive contracts. In addition, the companies must lift restrictions on third-party providers so that they can access products from Apple and its audio subsidiary Beats “in a non-discriminatory way” and sell them on the Italian Amazon site.
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Sexism allegations against the Max Planck Society
After a director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Man lost her post, the pressure on the research society increased. 145 women academics from all over the world accuse that female executives are judged more strictly. Women are also more often accused of not fulfilling their leadership role. Society should review its statistics and determine whether women disproportionately often lose their jobs before retirement or have to endure sanctions or downgrades, the US science magazine Nature quotes from the letter. The Max Planck Society has rejected the allegations.
Netflix buys Scanline VFX
Netflix buys the VFX studio Scanline VFX. The special effects studio was founded in Munich in 1989 and is now headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. It is one of the most important suppliers of visual effects for films and series. In the takeover, Netflix claims that it is not aiming for exclusive work for Scanline: The studio should continue to be able to work with other clients.