Today’s other headlines | 30th May 2016

Ikea plans to be a net exporter of renewable energy within four years

The Swedish giant furniture retailer wants to have a positive impact on the climate and plans to invest in renewable energy to boost sustainability. Ikeas has announced an initial investment of 600 million euros to aid renewable energy projects and a further 400 million euros injection to support communities vulnerable to the effects of climate change. 

Global warming and dangerous coal culpable of the death of 1/3 of the Great Barrier Reef Coral 

A huge bleaching event that happened earlier this year has been found responsible of the death of one-third of the Great Barrier Reef. Abnormal conditions such as warm seas produced these kind of events that make corals turn white and die. 

Mafia expert, Roberto Saviano, says that the UK is the most corrupt country in the world

According to Saviano, it is not the police, nor the politicians nor the bureaucracy but the financial power what makes the UK the most corrupt country. The journalist, author of the bestseller Gomorra, supports his words on the fact that 90% of the owners of capital in London have their headquarters offshore. 

Four young Egyptians in custody after publishing a video making fun of the government

On a video posted on social media, the group known as Street Children, mocked at the government for the devaluation of the Egyptian pound and handing over two islands to Saudi Arabia. The video seems to have offended the Egyptian president,  Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, particularly after the protests against him that took place in April. 

From the chemist who engineered the artificial leaf, the superbug that inhales CO2 and produces energy

Harvard Professor of Energy Daniel G. Nocera has announced that he has engineered bacteria to absorb hydrogen and carbon dioxide and transform them into alcohol fuel. This, Nocera says, won’t solve the problem of CO2, because the bacteria takes carbon dioxide and converts it into energy that when burnt it becomes CO2 again. However, he concludes, there is no need to use more resources straight out of the ground. 

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