TUM, partners to present electric aCar prototype at IAA; transport for sub-Saharan Africa

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Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and partners will present their new prototype of an electric four-wheel drive utility vehicle designed for Africa—the aCar — at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt next month. The Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule Rosenheim) and the University of Bayreuth are scientific partners in the project. Augustine University of Tanzania (SAUT) Tanzania.

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Global study shows uneven urbanization among large cities in the last two decades

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Kathmandu in Nepal, Dar es Salaam in Tanzania). Credit: The University of Hong Kong. The world has experienced significant urbanization in recent decades. According to the latest report from the United Nations (UN), the global population in 2018 was 7.6

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Drivers from the world’s poorest cities who keep their windows down are exposed to 80% more air pollution

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Car users from the world’s least affluent cities are exposed to a disproportionate amount of in-car air pollution because they rely heavily on opening their windows for ventilation, according to a new global study led by researchers at the University of Surrey. —Professor Prashant Kumar, Director of GCARE at the University of Surrey. CArE-Cities is a seed funding project, awarded by the University of Surrey under the Research England’sGlobal Challenge Research Funds.

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Researchers castigate planning bodies for ill-conceived Jatropha programs

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Research on Jatropha planting in Tanzania found the net present value of a five-year investment in Jatropha plantation was negative with a loss of US$ 65 per ha on lands with yields of 2 tons/ha of seeds and only slightly beneficial at US$9 per ha with yields of 3 tons when the average expected Jatropha seed yield on poor barren soils is only 1.7 The results of massive plantings of Jatropha worldwide for use as a biofuel feedstock—some 12.8

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Researchers Finds Lake Tanganyika Has Experienced Unprecedented Warming Over Last Century

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A team of researchers led by Brown University has found that Lake Tanganyika in east Africa—the second-oldest and the second-deepest lake in the world—has experienced unprecedented warming in the last century. Cores were taken by Andrew Cohen, professor of geological sciences at the University of Arizona and director of the Nyanza project, and James Russell, professor of geological sciences at Brown.

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Study Finds Indian Ocean Sea-Level Rise Threatens Coastal Areas; Climate Change Partly Responsible

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The study, led by scientists at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo., The study indicated that the Seychelles Islands and Zanzibar off Tanzania’s coastline show the largest sea level drop. Indian Ocean sea levels are rising unevenly and threatening residents in some densely populated coastal areas and islands, a new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience concludes.

Perspective: Why Carbon Emissions Should Not Have Been the Focus of the UN Climate Change Summit and Why the 15th Conference of the Parties Should Have Focused on Technology Transfer

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Post Bali, two approaches to Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) have been articulated: Cuba, India, Tanzania, Indonesia, China and others argue that IPRs needs to be addressed as a barrier within the technology transfer discussion; Australia and the US argue that IPRs is a catalyst, rather than a barrier, to technology transfer. Perspective by Brian J. Donovan, CEO of Renergie, Inc.