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Why Biden’s Cryptocurrency Approach is Good News for The Sector

The US could play a leading role in helping to drive cryptocurrency adoption and innovation domestically and globally. The regulatory clarity that seems likely to emerge from President Biden’s recent executive order on cryptocurrencies could further boost adoption and stimulate innovation in the US by reassuring risk-averse consumers and providing entrepreneurs with a thoroughgoing framework …

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Agriculture 4.0: The Future of Farming

Food. The world loves it and needs it. In the past few years, a combination of consumer-driven trends, concerns towards climate change and a global food shortage crisis have inspired leaps in innovation across the agriculture industry. Coinciding with great advancements in technological capability and the increasing affordability of devices, it is of little surprise …

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Cryptocurrency donations to Ukraine highlight the changing face of humanitarian aid

They may be dwarfed by the sums of international aid war-torn Ukraine is receiving, but surging cryptocurrency donations are playing a critical role in helping the country withstand the Russian invasion, highlighting the importance of borderless digital coins in emergency situations. Since the conflict broke out, Ukraine has raised tens of millions of dollars’ worth …

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Decentralise, distribute, democratise — what is Web3?

Web3 has become a notable topic in the technology world over the past year. With interest in the concept showing no signs of slowing, we must return to the basics: what exactly is Web3? The internet has evolved significantly since its initial creation the late 1990s. Supposedly, Web3 is the incoming generation of the internet, …

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Are robots and drones the answer to supply chain challenges

Though relatively rare sights on our high streets, trundling along pavements, almost inconspicuous in the crowds of pedestrians, odd-looking robot delivery carts could in future become as common as dispatch riders or even parcel vans. The rapid expansion of e-commerce during the pandemic coupled with advances in automation have spurred growth in the autonomous last-mile …

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Battery-powered trains: The future of railway transport

In the last year, there has been a major push towards decarbonising railway transport. Across the globe, the increasingly pressing concerns of humanity’s detrimental effect on climate change has led to a sort of green revolution in masses of industries. In the transport, energy and resource sectors, companies have been declaring sustainability goals and investing …

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Decarbonising transport

How the electrification of high-mileage fleet vehicles can speed decarbonisation All levels of the automotive industry are feeling the pressure to adapt to the energy transition. From automobile manufacturers to individual consumers, there has been a global push for electric vehicles, especially for personal EVs. While it is important to continue to support this global …

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The Middle East’s green energy transition is underway

Saudi Arabia’s planned smart city Neom, expected to be home to one million people, is set to issue its first tenders for a renewables power grid later this year. The move underscores the gathering green energy transition taking shape in Middle East countries, as they seek to shift away from their longstanding dependence on oil …

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Smart Floating Farms: sustainably solving the global food crisis

The world of food production is an industry essential to our everyday living, and recent years of growing climate volatility have highlighted the worrying fragility of our current systems. Too heavily reliant on non-renewable energy and resources, growing concerns of climate change, land and water consumption, and a growing global population put major strain on …

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E-Micromobility: The Future Of Urban Transportation

In the past decade, we have seen the growth of ridesharing services across the globe. Recently, the rideshare industry has expanded to include e-bike and e-scooter providers, indicating a revolution in the world of urban transportation is well and truly underway. Using the already familiar hire-and-ride model, many companies have established themselves in cities around …

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The Future of Central Bank Digital Currencies

The media cannot get enough of crypto. What started as a subject discussed in niche technology and finance outlets has become a global phenomenon, with crypto-related topics trending on social media and dominating the front page of prominent international outlets such as Financial Times, New York Times, Al Jazeera, and countless others. As we continue …

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Lithium-ion, hydrogen, and the future of mobility

If you had to pick which technology most defined the 20th century, you could do worse than choosing the internal combustion engine (ICE). Flight, construction, shipping, personal mobility – none would be possible in a recognisable way without it. Even so, while hydrocarbon engines have allowed us to travel further faster and build bigger, they …

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Can rail modernisation help to deliver net-zero goals?

Founder of the Institute for Emerging Technologies & Social Impact (ITSI) Guo Qiang discusses the future of transport in the UK. Britain is pursuing the simultaneous expansion, upgrade and decarbonisation of the country’s railways, as it strives to achieve its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. Yet reports of plans to cut expenditure on the …

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Green hydrogen and the future of energy

The UK’s hopes of meeting greenhouse gas emission targets received a boost in late November when energy giant BP announced plans for a large-scale ‘green hydrogen’ production plant in northeast England. The facility, together with news of a key development in a major new clean hydrogen project in Egypt, underlines the confidence being placed in …

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Crypto Regulation Needs to Strike a Balance

India has become the latest country to clamp down on the trading of increasingly popular cryptocurrencies amid mounting international concern over their exploitation by criminals and potential impact on monetary policy. But while the misuse of these digital assets needs to be curbed, there’s concern that excessive regulation could undermine the sector’s decentralised appeal and …

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What the future of energy looks like post COP26

The fanfare around COP26 has come and gone, but the energy conversation remains at the top of everyone’s agenda. Following the vague promises of the final agreement, a result of India and China’s last-minute politicking, the question of what the future of energy looks like is still largely undefined. This period of reflection allows both …

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Green innovation vs bilateral cooperation: Why we need a planetary vision for climate change

At every turn, the development of sustainable technologies has met walls. Intellectual property, trade wars, regulations, energy diplomacy, geopolitics: if we’re going to avoid a climate disaster, we need to cooperate on a far greater scale. I am optimistic we can do it, but we must overcome a lack of planetary vision from the public and …

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