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Posts written in September 2015

Volkswagen: Diesel duping scandal


Car manufacturing giant, Volkswagen, has admitted that approximately 11 million vehicles worldwide are effected by the recent scandal involving the rigging of car emissions test results. The discovery was initially made public by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the US which led to the US government ordering the recall of around 500,000 vehicles. This then led to the admission from Volkswagen that this issue is far more widespread and not limited to the US, but is a global issue. Volkswagen is now in a state of panic and is… Read more

Apple’s security flaw and ad-blocking decision highlight two key technology trends


In quick succession, Apple has been subject to some perfect examples of two key current issues in the technology industry. Firstly, much of the free content on the internet is driven by advertising revenues and the long-term implications of using ad-blocking software could see the end of free content provision together with a shift to more and more online subscription services. On the flipside of this, the obtrusive use of data-heavy adverts across websites slows down internet use for consumers and can spoil the browsing experience. Secondly, the battle between… Read more

Airlines: strategies of the world’s largest carriers


Worldwide, airline passenger volumes have been increasing steadily for decades, with only the occasional temporary downturn. Air transport of both passengers and freight is vital for the globalized economy. In the BRIC countries and other emerging economies, personal incomes are rising and making air travel accessible to a greater proportion of the population. This ought to be a good time to be in the airline industry, right? Wrong. Airline profit margins are among the thinnest of any industry sector. According to IATA data, the global industry had an average operating… Read more

Denmark is a renewables leader, but its ambitious policy has caused problems


Denmark is one of the most progressive countries in the world when it comes to energy, and is aiming to be fossil free by 2050, in both electricity production and transportation. The optimistic strategy was announced in 2011. By 2020, the government aims to generate half of electricity from wind power. This ambitious policy is well on its way – the country generated 39% of its electricity by wind power in 2014, dropping slightly from the 41.2% generated in the first six months of the year. Former Climate Minister Rasmus… Read more