Telekom and Samsung want smartphones to be more sustainable

Deutsche Telekom and Samsung are cooperating on sustainability. Among other things, the circulation system for used smartphones is to be expanded. […]

When it comes to the cell phone cycle, the focus is on the useful life of smartphones (c)

With a strategic cooperation for more sustainability in smartphones, Telekom and Samsung now want to implement the topic in the mass market. Of particular interest among the four parts of the project is the development of a “green” 5G smartphone, which should be on the market by the end of 2022 and which can be easily repaired with a battery that can be replaced by the user.

When it comes to the cell phone cycle, the focus is on the useful life of smartphones. Samsung is already part of the telecom cell phone cycle in Germany and Poland, in which the network operator buys back used telephones, reprocesses them and puts them back into circulation. The concept is currently being expanded and is expected to be relaunched in October. Among other things, it is planned that Samsung will supply used smartphones into the cycle.

In addition, the companies are developing a joint concept for offsetting costs incurred in recycling old devices. For example, with every device sold, a donation should be made to an NGO. This organizes the proper recycling of old devices.

The fourth pillar comprises the end device portfolio, which is to be made more sustainable overall. Samsung is an important partner of Telekom in this regard. Both companies are already partners in the Eco Ranking initiative, which is introducing a sustainability rating for smartphones.

* Boris Boden heads the test editorial team for the magazines Telecom Handel and com! And is also deputy editor-in-chief of Telecom Handel. He has been working with cell phones, smartphones and tablets for many years. No device is safe from his urge to try technical toys.


Global regulators want to protect investors from “greenwashing”

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The industry agree on common terms and definitions for sustainable investments in order to achieve global consensus.

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London The international securities supervisors want to keep a closer eye on asset managers in order to prevent fraudulent labeling of “green” investments. The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), which includes regulators in the US, Europe and Asia, put forward proposals on Wednesday on how inspectors can better protect investors from so-called “greenwashing”. At the same time, they made suggestions as to which sustainability standards the supervisors should expect from asset managers.

The flow of money into funds that advertise the benefits of their investments in environmental protection, social standards and good corporate governance (ESG) has increased significantly in recent years. Such investments are becoming more and more important for both large and private investors, so that there is now no getting around the topic of ESG in the industry. But regulators are concerned about the reliability and comparability of information on ESG criteria that asset managers publish.

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In the Brazilian Amazon, deforestation is reaching new records

Never before has so much been cleared in the rainforest in Brazil as last May. For the first time, more than 1,000 square kilometers were cleared. Criticism comes from the USA, among others.

In the Brazilian Amazon region, 1,180 square kilometers of rainforest were cleared in May alone – a little more than the total area of ​​Hong Kong. This is a 41 percent increase compared to May last year and the third month in a row that Amazon forest deforestation has peaked. That said data from the National Institute for Space Research (Inpe), which were released on Friday. In addition, for the first time since records began, an area of ​​over 1,000 square kilometers was cleared in May.

Brazil’s share of the Amazon region, which extends over nine Brazilian states and is considered to be an important CO2 storage facility, corresponds to the size of Western Europe in terms of area. The South American country is therefore assigned a key role in climate protection. The US climate commissioner John Kerry recently made Brazil responsible in the fight against climate change and to preserve the Amazon region.

“The preliminary data on deforestation make it even more clear how much one of the largest biodiversity reserves on the planet is exposed to risks every day,” said Greenpeace Brazil in a statement. For the climate think tank “Observátorio do Klima”, the May data are all the more worrying as the dry season in the Amazon region is only just beginning: “If the trend continues in the next two months, the deforestation rate could end with an unprecedented high in 2021.” The rate refers to the period from August to July.

Criticism of President Bolsonaro

Both organizations also criticized President Jair Bolsonaro and Environment Minister Ricardo Salles, where the federal police carried out house searches on suspicion of illegal timber export. Bolsonaro advocates opening up the Amazon to economic exploitation. He is accused of having created a climate in which farmers feel increasingly encouraged to land for agricultural use. At the same time, environmental and control authorities were weakened. Illegal gold mining is also increasingly destroying indigenous areas. He is often at the beginning of a chain that is followed by lumberjacks and ranchers.


Sea ice in the Arctic is melting much faster than expected

When investigating the Arctic, researchers came to a frightening result: the thickness of the sea ice there is decreasing significantly faster than previous models have shown. This has serious consequences for the climate.

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British climatologists have sounded the alarm in a new study and warned of dramatic ice melt in the Arctic. The sea ice thickness in the coastal regions of the Arctic is decreasing 70 to one hundred percent faster than generally assumed, according to the study published on Friday in the specialist magazine “The Cryosphere”. The sea ice in the Arctic keeps the earth cool – its disappearance would therefore exacerbate climate change from the point of view of scientists.

“From our point of view, our calculations are a huge step forward when it comes to the more precise interpretation of data from satellite data,” said co-study author and professor at University College London (UCL), Julienne Stroeve. According to the scientist, the affected Arctic region is warming three times as much as the earth as a whole.

Determination using satellite data

To determine the thickness of the sea ice, scientists measure the part of the ice that protrudes from the ocean. However, the values ​​are distorted by the snow that lies on the clods and pushes them down. For their study, the UCL researchers said they used more up-to-date satellite data from the European Space Agency (ESA) than were used in previous studies and combined them with calculations from a new climate model that they had developed together with US scientists from the University of Colorado.

“Previous measurements of sea ice thickness were based on a snow map that was last updated 20 years ago,” said PhD student and lead author Robbie Mallett. “Because the sea ice started to form later in the year, the snow on top of it has less time to pile up,” he said. The study presented by him and his colleagues takes this phenomenon into account for the first time. The result is that “the sea ice is thinning out faster than we thought”.

Sea ice thickness as an important indicator

The sea ice thickness is an important “indicator of the health of the Arctic,” stressed Mallett. Thick layers of sea ice served as a type of thermal insulation that prevented the Arctic Ocean from warming the earth’s atmosphere in winter. In summer, the floes protected the ocean from solar radiation. “Thinner ice also has a poorer chance of survival during the Arctic summer melt,” said Mallett.

The melting of ice in the Arctic is also fueling geopolitical tensions in the region, as neighboring states see opportunities for the development of previously unused resources and the potential for new sea routes in the disappearance of the floes. At a meeting of foreign ministers at the end of May, eight countries bordering the polar region, including the USA and Russia, agreed on peaceful cooperation to combat global warming.


Neuromarketing: Gratitude, an inexhaustible source of physical and emotional well-being


Generally speaking, we all want to have a happy life, to be surrounded by wonderful family and friends, to enjoy financial stability and unwavering health. But, in this indefinite search for happiness, which is mostly seen as a mirage, how often do we take a minute to be grateful for what we already have right now?

The contemporary branch of psychology, known as’ positive psychology, has a wealth of clinical research suggesting that the practice of expressing gratitude has long-lasting and extraordinary effects on a person’s life.

In fact, the conceptualization of this practice is being used as an alternative in the management of mental health illnesses derived from depression and anxiety.

What happens in the brain when we are grateful?

Giving thanks produces a lasting sense of happiness and satisfaction, the physiological basis of which is at the level of neurotransmitters.

When we express gratitude and receive gratitude, our brain releases dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine, these are the neurotransmitters that control our emotions, anxiety, and immediate responses to stress.

Our brain automatically directs attention to what we have, which produces intrinsic motivation and a strong awareness and attention to the present.

By practicing gratitude regularly, we can help these neural pathways to strengthen and ultimately create a permanent positive nature within ourselves.

It’s all in the power of intention

It must be emphasized that, although it seems easy to give thanks for the things, situations, and people that are around us, the real challenge is faced when it is necessary to establish the intention behind the gratitude.

This process of being willing to give thanks also invites us to be grateful for painful memories and difficult situations.

For example: For many it would not make sense to give thanks for moments of pain in connection with the challenges related to the pandemic and Covid-19; However, the practice of gratitude fosters healthy coping skills and improves our emotional resilience, developing our inner strength to combat stressful situations.

Gratitude in moments of grief and pain may not provide instant relief, but it restores a sense of control and self-power.

Contemplative therapies and gratitude

In the Post-Covid era in which we are all living a hurried life, full of fear, pain, suffering, difficulties, turmoil, disappointment and regrets, a simple gesture of thanks could stimulate us to feel valued and that we have the right to exist in the earth.

Daily Practices:

• Mindful pause and breath control: Take a few moments, wherever you are and in what you are doing, to pause and breathe deeply. This will allow your mind to calm down, recover, feel more relaxed and connected with yourself.

• Thank you list: After you have relaxed and connected with yourself, make a list of all those people who offered you support when you needed it most. They can be recent and past situations. The effects of gratitude don’t have time or space. As you write, try to feel the gratitude in the center of your heart.

• Thanksgiving Contemplation: Once you are done with your list, look at it and read it silently for a few minutes and see how contemplating what you have written makes you feel more grateful for the present in which you are living. When we meditate focused on gratitude, our inner strength begins to be accentuated and we begin to feel more secure in ourselves, gaining strength to combat stress.

Remember that gratitude is not a natural inclination and takes time, effort, and discipline. This practice will certainly remind you of the many reasons why you can be grateful and it is ultimately a worthwhile way of life.