Carmageddon: its killing urban life. We must reclaim our cities before its too late | George Monbiot

Land Rovers latest ads tell us that gas guzzlers contribute to urban culture. They do the opposite, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot What is the best way of wrecking a city? Pour cars into it. Heavy traffic, they use 60%. The car eats the public space that could otherwise become parks, cycle lanes, markets and playgrounds. Land Rovers new advertisements for its marketed as the Range Rover for the city, which sounds like a contradiction: SUVs like this were originally designed for dirt roads in the countryside. But now, according to the agency behind this revolting campaign, we are features the supermodel Adwoa Aboah driving through Brixton, staring at the interesting street life as if on a human safari and …

Climate crisis: aviation industry hears clamour for electric planes

Shift from fossil fuels top of agenda for Paris air show, industry having lagged behind other sectors Faced with growing calls for action on the climate crisis, aerospace companies gathering for the Paris air show next week are turning their thoughts to a future run on electricity rather than fossil fuels. The scale of the challenge is considerable. The target for net zero carbon emissions by 2050, recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and emissions laggard compared with the car industry or power generation, but improvements in the German startup Lilium and US firm Bell Helicopter small hybrid-electric commuter aircraft to market in the early 2020s, and Aurora Flight Sciences, which is also targeting air taxis. Yet for …

Facebook plans to launch ‘GlobalCoin’ cryptocurrency in 2020

Mark Zuckerberg met governor of Bank of England last month to discuss decision Facebook is planning to launch its own cryptocurrency in early 2020, allowing users to make digital payments in a dozen countries. The currency, dubbed GlobalCoin, would enable Facebooks 2.4 billion monthly users to change dollars and other international currencies into its digital coins. The coins could then be used to buy things on the internet and in shops and other outlets, or to transfer money without needing a bank account. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and chief executive of Facebook, last month met the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, to discuss the plans, let users transfer money using WhatsApp, its encrypted mobile-messaging app. Payments is …

Turkey insists on right to drill for energy reserves off Cyprus

Dispute likely to escalate after Nicosia said it would seek to arrest anyone caught drilling Tensions over energy resources in the eastern Mediterranean have risen sharply after Turkey said it would exercise its sovereign rights to drill off Cyprus in flagrant defiance of warnings from western allies. As the dispute over the race to tap underwater spoils is becoming ever more intense. Israel, Egypt and Lebanon, which have also discovered hydrocarbons off their coasts, have all signed delimitation agreements with Cyprus. In recent years, international oil companies, including ExxonMobil, Total and Eni, have acquired search rights in licensed blocks off the island. Three months ago the US energy company announced it had found one of the biggest deposits of natural …

AFL-CIO tweets then deletes meme with guillotine and reference to Delta CEO

New York (CNN Business)The AFL-CIO, a federation of labor unions, posted and then deleted a tweet Thursday night that featured a picture of a guillotine and a suggestive reference to Delta CEO Ed Bastian. Carolyn Bobb, a spokeswoman for the AFL-CIO, said the organization did not create the image, but rather found it on the internet and tweeted it. “We strive to keep our Twitter account actively engaging and real to advocate for working people,” she said. “We came across and shared this Internet meme. We realize it was in poor taste that doesn’t reflect the values of the AFL-CIO and it has been taken down.” The tweet was up for a couple of hours before being deleted. The meme …