Month: December 2019

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How charity apps may be making us more generous

Every time Victoria Alderman eats out, she donates 10% of the bill to fight hunger and malnutrition via a charitable giving app. And each time the 25-year-old receptionist from Cambridge, Massachusetts, takes an Uber 2% of the cost of the journey is automatically sent to climate change charities. By using an app from Momentum to …

How an economist helped thousands get a new kidney

If you have needed a kidney transplant in the last few years your chance of getting one has improved dramatically because of an economist called Alvin Roth. Roth, working with Tayfun Sönmez and Utku Unver, has revolutionised kidney donation around the world by using an economic theory to make kidneys more available. Without the trio’s …

Japan’s workplaces rethink ‘drinking with the boss’

Riku Kitamura remembers his first “drinking party” as a new graduate in Japan. The 28-year-old worked for a market research firm and the team would regularly socialise over drinks in the evening. “[At first] I did feel the pressure that I had to drink more, that I had to catch up to others. It got …

China to cut import tariffs on pork and tech parts

China will cut tariffs on hundreds of products ranging from frozen pork to high-tech parts next year, lowering trade barriers to support the economy. In a statement, Chinese authorities said import tariffs on 859 items would be reduced from 1 January. The world’s second largest economy has typically used high tariffs to protect local industries. …

‘I spent £40 on an album I already own’

“New Mariah Carey music – that’s always a reason to get me out spending money!” says Jeffrey Ingold, who reckons he has spent about £8,000 on the singer’s music over his lifetime – including going to international concerts. While he may already own her classic Merry Christmas album from 1994, that certainly hasn’t stopped him …

Farewell from Dave Lee – the BBC’s man in Silicon Valley

Today, I end what has been four and a half years as the BBC’s North America technology reporter. Or, as our presenters mostly put it: “The BBC’s man in Silicon Valley.” When I started, I predicted my time here would be spent witnessing the arrival of the next big thing, whatever on Earth (or beyond) …

Climate emergency declaration ‘has not led to action in Wales’

Several months after declaring a “climate emergency”, the Welsh Government has been accused of continuing “business as usual”. The Welsh assembly’s climate change committee claimed the declaration had not resulted in urgent action. Committee chairman Mike Hedges AM said the announcement “could be seen as just words”. The Welsh Government rejected the claims and said …

Education Authority relied on help from charity to repair solar panels

The Education Authority (EA) had to rely on financial help from an environmental charity to repair solar panels in 36 schools. Action Renewables donated £15,000 to the authority for the maintenance work. BBC News NI understands that was half of the total cost of £30,000 for the repairs. In a statement, the EA said that …

Sir David Attenborough to make climate change plea in Edinburgh

The naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough is to travel to Edinburgh to make an impassioned plea for urgent action to protect biodiversity and fight climate change. Sir David will address charity workers at Edinburgh University’s McEwan Hall on Wednesday 11 March. He will be the guest of honour at the People’s Postcode Lottery annual …

Waste: How will Wales end landfill and incinerator use by 2050?

Repair cafes, apps for selling clothes, and treatment facilities for hard-to-recycle items like nappies are some of the proposals in a new Welsh Government strategy on reducing waste. The goal is to ensure no waste is sent to landfill or incinerators by 2050. They are also considering a ban on disposable cups in sports stadiums. …