The Dutch Parliament is putting the finishing touches on the first nationwide curfew since WWII, and the citizens aren’t happy. But the curfew allows exceptions for essential workers, deliveries, and walking your dog. Those exceptions spell opportunity. People are signing up for borrow-a-dog services and ordering the uniforms of home delivery companies. A website matching
China famously joined the Paris Agreement, pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and later announced it would move toward net-zero emissions by mid-century. But it looks like the Middle Kingdom is moving backward. The country’s coal output rose in 2020 to the highest level since 2015. China is the world’s biggest coal miner and consumer.
A Reuters poll of economists showed that more than 70%, or 28 out of 39, believe that the ECB’s policy moves won’t do much good when it comes to shoring up the economic bloc’s economy. The central bank increased its emergency bond purchases during the pandemic from 1.35 trillion euros to 1.85 trillion. The economists
When the world hands you lemons… Schuerner’s Baking Paradise in the German town of Dortmund likes to poke at current events with its baked goods. Early in 2020, when consumers stock-piled toilet paper, the bakery created cakes that looked like rolls of toilet paper. Now they’ve turned their attention to the COVID-19 vaccine by making
One country has clearly taken electric vehicles (EVs) to heart. Last year in Norway, sales of EVs surpassed those of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles for the first time ever. EVs made up 54.3%R of all new cars sold in the country, a global record and far ahead of the 42.4% of sales in 2019.