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Global liveability report reveals which cities offer the best quality of life

ECA International is the market-leading provider of knowledge, information and technology that enables businesses to manage their international reward programmes. Updated annually, ECA International's Location Ratings system measures the quality of expatriate living conditions in over 480 locations around the world.

Contributor: Neil Ashman, Senior Location Ratings Analyst - ECA International | Published: 25 February 2020

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Poor choice of music in workplace seriously impacts performance

With 253 working days in 2019, this works out as 44 hours per year, or 5.84 working days. Taking into consideration the 32.53 million people that are employed in the UK, over 190 million days of productivity are forfeited due to office acoustics.  

Contributor: Mark Clisby | Published: 1 May 2019

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More than 70 percent of England’s water industry foreign owned

If Michael Gove is serious about taking back control he must put England’s water back in public hands, says GMB Union. Shock findings by GMB, the union for water industry workers, show that almost three quarters of England’s water industry is currently owned from overseas.

Contributor: Tim Roache | Published: 1 October 2018

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Thames Water massive fine highlights skills crisis

News that Thames Water must pay a £120 million bill for failing to tackle leaks has highlighted the industry’s yawning skills gap, says a leading training specialist. The water sector urgently needed to attract more people and to invest in apprenticeships and skills training.

Contributor: Chris Wood | Published: 11 June 2018

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Renewable power picks up speed

Renewable power accounted for 70 percent of net additions to global power generating capacity in 2017, the largest increase in renewable power capacity in modern history, according to REN21’s Renewables 2018 Global Status Report (GSR). The GSR, is the most comprehensive annual overview of the state of renewable energy worldwide.

Contributor: Arthouros Zervos | Published: 5 June 2018

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“Triple whammy” puts fleets in state of policy flux

A “triple whammy” means that fleets are in their biggest ever state of policy flux. The WLTP fuel and emissions measurement changeover, the “demonisation” of diesel and the lack of information about company car taxation after 2020 are creating a high degree of confusion and frustration.

Contributor: Peter Golding | Published: 21 May 2018

Turning up the heat on Trumpberg

Will the carving of Donald Trump’s face on an arctic iceberg melt or last for a thousand years? Project Trumpmore is aiming to demonstrate climate change in a monumental way. A Finnish NGO wants to commission a 115-foot tall ice sculpture of Donald Trump’s face in the arctic region to demonstrate that climate change is happening.

Contributor: Contributor | Published: 11 May 2018

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Are fears of crash in used diesel car values diminishing?

Fears of a crash in used diesel car values prompted by emissions scandals and other factors “should now have passed". Widespread belief that diesel values are set for a sharp decline is understood to be one of the main factors behind the current double-digit, year-on-year falls being seen in new diesel cars sales – but such concerns are unfounded.

Contributor: Glenn Sturley | Published: 21 April 2018

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Green jobs booming – recycling up, solar down

Job opportunities treble for Recycling Workers as Britons become more eco-conscious. Demand also rises for Environmental Scientists, Environmental Technicians and Wind Turbine Technicians. But is the sun setting on solar? Solar Technician job opportunities slump by 79 percent.

Contributor: Bill Richards | Published: 20 April 2018

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Are clean air cities a near reality?

We're urging businesses to be part of this drive for change by taking part in the ground-breaking Air.Car initiative, as the countdown to its launch beings in earnest.  The trial is part of Tantalum’s development of a way to accurately estimate NOx emissions, in real-time, a crucial part in the quest to tackle air pollution.

Contributor: Matthew Pencharz | Published: 19 October 2017