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EUCDoYouKnow - September 2020


30 September 2020​​​​​​​​​​​​
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Do you know over 15 million people worldwide are currently learning German?

A survey conducted by the German Foreign Office together with the Goethe Institute and Deutsche Welle indicates that there are about 15.4 million people learning German in 2020. Most are based in Europe, but the African continent is catching up: In countries like Egypt, the Ivory Coast and Algeria, the number of German learners has recently increased by 50%. In China, there is also increasing interest in learning the language.

With regard to native speakers, German ranks 11th worldwide on the list of most spoken languages. German is the most widely spoken native language within the European Union. Apart from Germany, it is an official language in five other European countries, and was one of four working languages back in the early days of the EU.

Read more: https://www.dw.com/en/some-germane-facts-about-the-german-language/a-55072870​​



23 September 2020​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Do you know Airbus has unveiled plans to produce the world’s first zero-emission commercial planes to run on hydrogen by 2035?

On Monday (21 September), the European aerospace company released three different aircraft concepts, each exploring a different approach to achieving zero-emission flight but all relying on hydrogen as a primary power source.

Airbus engineers are to start working on hydrogen demonstrator programmes over the coming months to test hydrogen fuel cell and hydrogen combustion technologies with the aim to have a full-scale aircraft prototype ready by the late 2020s.

Read more: https://www.euronews.com/20​20/09/21/airbus-unveils-concepts-for-zero-emission-planes-powered-by-hydrogen




16 September 2020​​​​​​​​​​​​
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Do you know marine heatwaves can have a devastating effect on marine ecosystems, especially on creatures like corals which are havens of biodiversity?

Marine heatwaves are generated by warmer weather, just as heatwaves are on land. Because of climate change, they’re becoming more frequent, more intense, and they’re lasting longer.

In Europe, August was warmer than average, with temperatures 1.1ºC above the 1981-2010 reference period. On one day in the Brussels suburb of Uccle, the temperature reached 35.9ºC, a record for August.

Read more: https://www.euronews.com/2020/09/14/marine-heatwaves-their-devastating-impact-on-wildlife




9 September 2020​​​​​​​​​​​​
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Do you know that 1 in 8 deaths in the EU are linked to pollution?

The European Environment Agency (EEA) published a report on Tuesday (8 September) highlighting the fact that 13% of deaths in the EU are linked to pollution.

According to the report, Europeans are constantly exposed to environmental risks like air pollution, noise and chemicals. In order to improve health and the environment in Europe, “green and blue spaces” should be favoured, as they “cool cities during heatwaves, alleviate flood waters, reduce noise pollution and support urban biodiversity”. In addition green spaces providing “public space for relaxation and exercise facilitate community interactions” helps “reduce social isolation”. Other proposed measures to improve the environment include reducing road traffic, cutting meat consumption and removing fossil fuel subsidies.

The current pandemic has put environmental health factors in the spotlight, with the report warning that the emergence of zoonotic pathogens such as the coronavirus that caused Covid-19 is linked to environmental degradation and human interactions with animals in the food system.




2 September 2020​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Do you know sniffer dogs are now being trained to check air passengers in Finland for Covid-19?

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The dogs will be working at the airport test centres in September but will have to get accustomed to the airport noise and bustle first.

Read more: https://www.euractiv.com/section/all/short_news/sniffer-dogs-to-check-air-passengers-in-finland-for-covid-19/

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