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EU greenhouse gas emissions: more than half way to the '20 % target by 2020'

June 3, 2010 5:22 am | by European Environment Agency | News | Comments

The European Union's greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory report, compiled by the European Environment Agency (EEA), shows that emissions have not only continued their downward trend in 2008, but have also picked up pace. The EU-27's emissions stood 11.3 % below their 1990 levels, while EU-15...

Green Economy : Mayors, Ministers Call for Joint Action at OECD Roundtable

May 31, 2010 9:25 am | by OECD | News | Comments

The Third Annual Meeting of the OECD Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers on “Cities and Green Growth” concluded that national and city leaders must work together to increase cities’ ability to promote green growth.

Statistics: Fourth consecutive quarter of GDP growth in the OECD area

May 31, 2010 9:25 am | by OECD | News | Comments

Gross domestic product (GDP) in the OECD area rose by 0.7% in the first quarter of 2010, the fourth consecutive quarter of growth for the area.

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Fighting Corruption : US Attorney General Eric H. Holder on efforts to fight international corruption

May 31, 2010 9:24 am | by OECD | News | Comments

“For the global economy, corruption is dangerous,” he said at the OECD in Paris on 31 May. “The consequence is economic decay, not development. And that’s why corruption demands a truly global response – one that knows no limits on collaboration.”

Press briefing: US Attorney General Eric H. Holder on efforts to fight international corruption

May 31, 2010 1:24 am | by OECD | News | Comments

The US Attorney General Eric H. Holder will give a keynote speech on the US efforts to fight international corruption, on 31 May at the OECD Conference Center.

Conclusions of the OECD Meeting of the Council at Ministerial Level, 27-28 May 2010

May 28, 2010 7:24 am | by OECD | News | Comments

Read the conclusions of the 2010 Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level and watch the webcast of the closing news conference.

Accession : The OECD Council at Ministerial level welcomes its new members Israël, Estonia and Slovenia

May 27, 2010 10:24 am | by OECD | News | Comments

A ceremony to celebrate the accession of Estonia, Israel and Slovenia was organised during the OECD Ministerial meeting. Watch the webcasts of the accession ceremony and press conference with the OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi - Chair of this...

Economics: Innovation central to boosting growth and jobs, says OECD

May 27, 2010 12:24 am | by OECD | News | Comments

“Knowledge is the main driver of today’s global economy,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría at the launch of the OECD Innovation Strategy in Paris. “Countries need to harness innovation and entrepreneurship to boost growth and employment. This is the key to a sustainable rise in...

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Mini-projectors – maximum performance

May 26, 2010 9:32 am | Blogs | Comments

The combination of a new kind of optical structure with high-performance LEDs enables completely new compact and brilliant lighting and projection systems.

Economy: easy credit, welfare threaten new economic crisis, warns OECD Committee chair

May 24, 2010 1:21 am | by OECD | News | Comments

Are the policies that governments have put in place to stabilise the global economy and restore growth sowing the seeds for a new economic crisis? While more welfare spending and easier credit can temporarily help to shore up economic activity, they could in the medium term make the...

Cities and Green Growth : Mayors and Ministers Roundtable

May 18, 2010 4:23 pm | by OECD | News | Comments

Mayors from many of the world’s most influential cities, with Ministers and senior business executives, will exchange ideas about how cities and regions can grow their economies and create jobs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and providing high quality urban services for their citizens.

Tax : Average tax burden on workers’ earnings fell in most OECD countries last year

May 11, 2010 6:30 pm | by OECD | News | Comments

Average tax and social security burdens on employment incomes fell slightly in 24 out of 30 OECD countries last year as governments struggled to shore up faltering economies amid the worst recession in decades. But whether this trend will continue this year is uncertain given the...

Luxembourg : Labour market, pension reforms needed

May 11, 2010 5:30 pm | by OECD | News | Comments

The future growth path in Luxembourg is likely to be weaker than in the past. Pension reform, together with fiscal consolidation, is required to put the public finances on a sustainable footing, while adaptability of the labour market needs to be improved to avoid long-term unemployment...

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Statistics : Unemployment rate remains broadly stable at 8.7% in March

May 11, 2010 5:30 pm | by OECD | News | Comments

The unemployment rate for the OECD area was broadly stable in March 2010 at 8.7%; a rise of 0.1 percentage point compared with February.

Economics : OECD Forum and Ministerial meeting to focus on innovation, growth

May 7, 2010 12:28 pm | by OECD | News | Comments

New OECD forecasts for economic growth and strategies to boost innovation will be at the heart of discussions at the OECD’s annual Forum and Ministerial meeting in Paris on 26-28 May 2010. The OECD’s latest Economic Outlook will be released by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría with...

Artificial nose gives as good as it gets

May 3, 2010 2:23 pm | by European Commission | News | Comments

Is smell a personal sense, one that is specific to culture? No, says an Israeli team of scientists who have successfully 'trained' an electronic system capable of predicting the pleasantness of new odours. Their study, presented in the journal Public Library of Science (PLoS)...

Envisat monitoring changes in oil spill

May 3, 2010 6:53 am | News | Comments

ESA’s Envisat has captured the changes in direction of the rapidly-growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as strong winds over the weekend pushed it around and hampered clean-up efforts. In these latest images, the oil spill is visible due east of the Delta National Wildlife Refuge extending into the Gulf.

Economy: innovation and pro-green policies offer new sources of growth

April 29, 2010 10:27 am | by OECD | News | Comments

Faced with unprecedented levels of unemployment, unsustainable fiscal deficits and public debt and low economic growth, governments need to focus on innovation and pro-green policies as potential new sources of growth, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría told a meeting of heads of...

Eurotech Demos Latest Microsoft Windows Embedded Technology at ESC Silicon Valley

April 27, 2010 9:13 am | News | Comments

Eurotech will demonstrate the Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 7 operating system on the Catalyst FX development system at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Silicon Valley in San Jose, CA.

Planck highlights the complexity of star formation

April 26, 2010 6:44 am | News | Comments

New images from ESA’s Planck space observatory reveal the forces driving star formation and give astronomers a way to understand the complex physics that shape the dust and gas in our Galaxy. Star formation takes place hidden behind veils of dust but that doesn’t mean we can’t see through them.

New way to guide a car: With your eyes, not hands

April 26, 2010 6:40 am | News | Comments

Tired of spinning that steering wheel? Try this: German researchers have developed a new technology that lets drivers steer cars using only their eyes. Raul Rojas, an artificial intelligence researcher at Berlin's Free University, said Friday that the technology tracks a driver's eye movement and, in turn, steers the car in whatever direction they're looking.

Vodafone to sell Google phone in UK from April 30

April 26, 2010 6:27 am | News | Comments

Vodafone will be Europe's first carrier to sell Google's Nexus One phone, starting in Britain on April 30, in a boost for the operator beaten to Apple's iPhone by O2. Vodafone said on Monday it would give away Google's first own-branded phone for free to customers who take out a two-year, 35 pounds ($54)-per-month contract.

Pirates rewrite script for Apple's China iPad launch

April 26, 2010 5:34 am | News | Comments

Just three weeks after the global launch, bootleg versions of Apple Inc's hot-selling iPad tablet PCs have begun showing up on the shelves of online and real-world shops in piracy-prone China. Apple recently delayed the iPad's international launch after huge demand in the United States caught the maker of trendy iPhones and MacBooks off guard.

Biggest study on cellphone health effects launched

April 22, 2010 9:02 am | News | Comments

The biggest study to date into the effects of mobile-phone usage on long-term health was launched on Thursday, aiming to track at least a quarter of a million of people in five European countries for up to 30 years.

SKorea targets Internet addicts; 2 million hooked

April 22, 2010 8:52 am | News | Comments

Day and night, Lee Mi-hwa's son stays on his computer, slaying dragons in his online fantasy world while his dinner and homework sit untouched. Lee says the 15-year-old fights her attempts to get him to log off, screaming and physically lashing out at her entreaties.

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