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Air pollution causes lung cancer

The latest research made at Sir Gangaram Hospital in India, reveals that today children are exposed to toxic air right after birth. That leads to the increase of lung cancer among non-smokers and women.  According to the data of the Lung Care Foundation, 50% of people, who have a lung cancer, are non-smokers. The study took 6 years (2012-2018) to research 150 lung cancer patients. It was also disclosed that 70% of these people were less than 50 years old and they didn’t ever smoke.  Pollution and lung cancer An oncologist and a chairman of the hospital, Dr. Arvind Kumar, assures that today the air we breathe contains the same element as cigarette smoke. This element is called carcinogen whose particulate matter reaches 2.5. This amount is harmful for human beings. “These fine particles can...

London Rejected from the 10 best European cities for Property Investment

At the top of the EU property market we find Birmingham, Berlin and Hamburg. London has been overtaken by cities such as Budapest and Istanbul This is the first time since 2012 that London has slipped out of the top 10 best cities in Europe for investment prospects. Prices are high and yields aren’t as good as they used to be. PwC Report A report done by by PwC and the Urban Land Institute, showed that Berlin and Hamburg took the top two positions in the Emerging Trends in Real Estate, while Birmingham came in sixth. This report collated interviews with more than 500 developers, investors and property managers across Europe and is a useful guide to where experts think the market might be heading Cities were rated based on investment prospects, and for their impressions on the future of the...

Idyllic Italian Islands Ban Plastic Cups, Plates and Utensils

From the beginning of this summer, plastic plates, cups, utensils and other packaging was made illegal on the Isole Tremiti, a chain of islands off Italy’s eastern coast. Alarming levels of plastic Alarming levels of plastic particles in the waters surrounding the archipelago were measured recently which is what inspired the new law. These islands lie within a protected marine reserve off the coast of Puglia. Local mayor steps up Antonio Fentini, the local mayor, proposed a solution of imposing fines of up to €500 on anyone (businesses or individuals) caught using plastic cups, plates or utensils on any of the archipelago’s three islands. People have been encouraged to change to using reusable or biodegradable picnicware. Are plastic bottles next? Fentini has not yet banned pla...

Climate change and laziness killed our genetic ancestors

What did affect their fate? The latest archeological study at the Australian National University revealed that Homo erectus (“upright human”) might die because of being too chill. The lead researcher, Dr. Ceri Shipton,  claims that their laziness is revealed by the way these archaic humans made their tools. Dr. Shipton and his team were exploring some territory in Saudi Arabia, where they were focusing on stone axes made by Homo erectus. Interestingly, the excavation site proved that our genetic ancestors were simply choosing something that was lying nearby their camp instead of going further away to pick some better-quality rocks for their tools. Their carefree perspective didn’t help them to survive during the climate change. When the rivers in the Arabian Peninsula dried up,...

The decrease in Swiss citizenship applications

Switzerland brought in a new requirement for foreigners who want to apply for citizenship. From now on, foreigners must complete a formal test of one of four national languages in order to prove to be a suitable level. It is expected that this new rule will result in  quite a dramatic decrease of applications in the first six months after becoming effective. One more indicator is simply naturalization, which allows the foreign spouses and children of Swiss citizens to receive the citizenship much easier, which has dropped by a third in the last two last years. Moreover, the number of applicants was extremely low in French-speaking regions like Geneva and Vaud. New citizenship rules This year, the Swiss government approved new regulations that made the citizenship process even more complica...

Polish your recycling habits: the non-recycled plastic penalty in France

The current project  The French government is planning to set penalties on non-recycled plastic in 2019. The country is planning to start using only recycled plastic by 2025. Thus, the penalty system is related with raising the expenses for consumer goods that come in packages which are made of non-recycled plastic.   The new regulation introduces the law system which is based on 10% lower costs for products that contain recycled plastic, opposed to products with non-recycled material which will cost 10% more. The French government is expecting that higher non-recycled plastic expenses will help eliminating the excessive packaging. The future  This change is to improve the environmental state and is one of the few that are going to be carried out in the following years. The next step conce...

What do Spaniards Find Surprising About Living in the UK?

There are many British people living in Spain. And many of them have opinions – often contradictory – about daily life and work in the country. But we don’t stop to think of the reverse very often, if at all. So, what is it that Spaniards find surprising about living in the UK? Wearing long socks, carpeted rooms and potato crisps inside sandwiches are just some of the things Spaniards living in London have been perplexed about. Almost a quarter of a million Spaniards living in the UK There are 240,934 Spanish people currently living in the United Kingdom, according to the National Institute of Statistics (INE). To obtain their impressions on UK life, two groups of London living Spanish expats on Facebook were surveyed. These groups have over 90,000 members and they were asked what surprise...

The Danish unemployment rate is the lowest since 2009

The unemployment rate in Denmark is falling. The number of people who receive social welfare support diminished by 1,400 in June.  Statistics Officially, there are 107,300 people who aren’t working currently and who receive government support. According to the statistics department, the unemployment level is the lowest since 2009 taking into account both the percentage of people who aren’t working and the number of individuals in full-time positions. Even though there has been a steady decrease since 2009 there were some insignificant increases of unemployment in 2016 and 2017. Moreover, the number of people, who are suitable to work but aren’t employed yet, reach 152,000. Meanwhile, it was 148,000 in March last year. So, as we can see, not all numbers are looking better. The labour market...

Millennials are poorer than previous generations

Each generation has their standards of living. Millennials aren’t an exception. Even though their economic situation is discussed aloud as the most challenging, there are some reasons for this. University loans and the coinciding debts (especially in USA), the outcomes of the latest recession, higher expenses towards housing and living costs, excessively competitive job markets, etc. don’t make their life easier. Let’s take a closer look at the financial situation of millennials.  The fundamentals Millennials are people between 18 and 35 years old, also known as generation Y. It’s the largest and most powerful consumer generation (1.8 billion) surpassing Baby Boomers (1.1 billion). These young adults have totally different habits of buying, spending, and saving. This generation grew ...

Tuscan city bans fast food, sex shops, and non-Italian shop signs

Pistoia, a charming Tuscan city, has banned new fast-food restaurants and sex shops from opening in the historic centre. In addition, they have ordered that all store signs must be written only using the Latin alphabet. Tough new rules Earlier this year these tough new rules were set out by the city council and these rules apply to the entire historic centre of the medieval city. Neon cannot be used in any new shop signs or window decals. Signage must all be composed of the Latin alphabet’s own characters, except for texts translated for communication with tourists. In addition to signage, the aesthetic impact of new businesses in the historical sense will be considered and new businesses will have to submit applications of their proposed impact to the city hall. Quality standards Qu...

8 worldwide facts from the 2018 report

These facts are taken from the 2018 best countries ranking report. The survey, based on more than 21,000 people’s opinions, reveals the worldwide condition of global affairs.  1.     The common view about the general situation of the world seems quite somber. 57% of respondents think that the world became less of a nicer place in the last year. A third of them do believe that it’s safe. And around 70% of people assume that the world’s economy is declining, despite the country, reports say. 2.     Over 60% of respondents count more on private companies rather than governmental ones. Moreover, at least three-quarter claims that the internet impacts them to act like a global citizen. 3.     Switzerland is recognized as the best country to live in (the second year in a row) and as a place whic...

Why we can’t stop going back to the same places?

Have you ever noticed that usually when we are meeting our besties, we choose the same places to hang out most of the time? Researchers, who are studying the nature of human behavior, revealed that a groups of friends stick to a small number of certain places. A specific number of places Even though there is always something new in town that people are up to trying, in most cases, we end up going to a maximum of 25 already tried and approved places at any given time.  Basically, when we are extending our geographic circle with a new bar or restaurant, a previous one is taken away from our list. Yes, it is all about the number. The researchers explain this situation as a result of our laziness and curiosity.   Laura Alessandretti, co-author and Ph.D. researcher at University of London, clar...