As the Coronavirus continues to take thousands of lives around the world, many wonder exactly how the pandemic began. It’s well-documented that the virus originated in Wuhan, China, likely from infected bats that made contact with humans in the region. From there, the virus began spreading from person to person, eventually leaving China’s borders and affecting nearly every nation in the world. However, there are still a lot of question marks surrounding one of the worst pandemics to hit the planet since the Bubonic Plague.
Since the outbreak, both foreign governments and media outlets have been skeptical about the information coming out of China. Many experts question the number of active cases, the number of deaths, and other information that the Chinese government has promoted as factual. The ruling party in China says that they have been truthful from the start, but it’s hard to believe it when the information doesn’t align with the experiences of most other countries.
In any case, for those living and working in China, it’s even harder to access factual information about the Coronavirus. In order to get relevant, unsuppressed information, Chinese citizens and ex-pats living in the country will need a VPN to enable access to restricted siteswhich willalter a user’s location, giving them unfiltered access to trustworthy Coronavirus resources.
How Is China Suppressing Coronavirus Research?
Unfortunately, the fact is that China has not been forthcoming with Coronavirus information. Studies have already been conducted into the novel Coronavirus, but so far, much of the research has not seen the light of day. In many cases, the Chinese government refused to allow the academic research to be published at all. In others, the government limited public access to the study results. Without this research, scientists around the world can’t effectively study the origins of the virus.
How It Could Affect the Planet
In many ways, the Chinese government’s disinformation campaign has already severely impacted millions (if not billions) of people. The greatest disservice is to people living in Wuhan and the surrounding region. The Chinese government is notorious for withholding information and limiting access to online resources within its borders. Now more than ever, people living in China need access to accurate and trustworthy information about the novel Coronavirus.
Outside of China’s borders, the lack of trustworthy information makes it difficult for foreign governments to effectively contain the novel Coronavirus. Experts rely on active cases and death counts to track the spread of the virus. Since the Coronavirus began in China, it stands to offer some of the most useful information, making the Chinese government’s actions even more egregious.
Not only does this raise questions about China’s transparency, but it also hinders potential efforts to create a vaccine. Information about the precise origins of the virus could help scientists understand how the Coronavirus first jumped from animals to humans and how it mutated from its original form. Without the information about its origins, those racing to create a vaccine are left in the dark.
Trustworthy Resources for Coronavirus Information
Whether you’re trying to access reliable Coronavirus information inside or outside of China’s borders, you’ll need to know who to trust. Thankfully, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are both authoritative resources. Additionally, MedlinePlus, the Associated Press, and BBC News all provide accurate, up-to-date information on the following topics:
- Active Case Counts – This tells you roughly how many people in your city or region have contracted Coronavirus. It may be stressful, but learning the risk level for your area can help you to know if you can safely go to the grocery store, pick up medication from the pharmacy, or run other important errands.
- Symptoms – This will help you to know if you or one of your loved ones may have Coronavirus. So far, Coronavirus patients exhibit symptoms similar to the common flu. In some people, the symptoms are more severe (and dangerous), while in others, the symptoms are non-existent.
- Health and Government Advisories – Knowing how to respond to the Coronavirus is the most important information for individuals around the world. In some areas, you may be required to wear a mask, while in others, you may not even be able to leave your home. Keeping track of the latest advisories will help you understand what kind of behavior to adopt and avoid.
Access What Is Happening in Real-Time
In these trying times, information is a very powerful tool. Unfortunately, China has been suspected of suppressing information from its citizens. By using a VPN from within China, one can break through what’s known as “The Great Firewall”. It might come with some risk, but there are people trying to ascertain the truth from all corners of the world.
Standards & Digital Transformation – Good Governance in a Digital Age
In celebration of World Standards Day 2021, celebrated on 14 October every year, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is pleased to announce the launch of a brochure, “Standards and Digital Transformation: Good Governance in the Digital Age”.
In the spirit of this year’s World Standards Day theme “Shared Vision for a Better World”, the brochure provides insights into the key drivers of the digital transformation and its implications for sustainable development, particularly people, prosperity and planet. Noting the rapid pace of change of the digital transformation, with the COVID-19 pandemic serving as an unanticipated accelerator, the brochure highlights the role of standards in digital transformation governance. It further considers the principles necessary for guiding the collaborative development of standards in the digital technology landscape to ensure that the technologies remain human-centered and aligned to the goals of sustainability.
This year’s World Standards Day theme highlights the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) representing a shared vision for peace and prosperity, for people and planet. Every SDG is a call for action, but we can only get there if we work together, and international standards offer practical solutions we can all stand behind.
This brochure is a summary of a publication set to be released in November 2021.
Download it here.
AutoFlight presents V1500M – an autonomous passenger eVTOL aircraft
Shaping the future of urban air mobility: The tech company AutoFlight shows an autonomous passenger eVTOL aircraft: the V1500M. It will change the face of personal air transportation. AutoFlight debuted its autonomous fixed-wing passenger electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (“eVTOL”) to the world at the China Airshow in Zhuhai.
With its sleek looks and innovative technology the V1500M doesn’t rely on runways and airports. It can vertically take-off and land anywhere anytime. Virtually any rooftop or flat surface becomes a vertiport. When it reaches a certain altitude, the power system turns on the dual prop pusher, so that V1500M is able to cruise at speeds of a fixed-wing airplane. And in low-altitude airspace, the all-electric design enables the aircraft to operate at a very low noise level.
As the energy consumption in the fixed wing mode is much lower than in the multirotor mode the V1500M can fly much further than any pure multicoptor eVTOL.
Being able to fly without a pilot, the V1500M’s uses eight lifting motors to take off and land vertically like a multi-rotor aircraft, and fly as far as 250 km when carrying up to four passengers. At the moment, a safety pilot is still mandatory. Yet as technology advances and regulations become increasingly refined, that space can later be allocated to another passenger or extra luggage.
“The V1500M is a milestone – not only for AutoFlight but also for the global development of the urban air mobility“, so Tian Yu, founder and CEO of AutoFlight. “Our company is committed to developing safe and reliable passenger eVTOL aircraft and helping to create a better mobility future.”
In terms of safety, AutoFlight with its rich experience in aircraft design, manufacturing and its dedication to make reliable flying cars, following aviation industry’s standards. The lifting rotor’s and prop pusher’s redundant power system guarantees that the aircraft could hover safely when two of the rotors malfunction. In case of one propeller failure, the other still ensures safe flight and landing. The V1500M also has an whole-aircraft parachute, which is designed to act as the last line of safety to protect passengers so they enjoy safe flying.
V1500M will accomplish its first flight in the near future. The goal is to certify the aircraft with the aviation authorities by 2024.
Tian Yu: “AutoFlight will keep contributing to the eVTOL industry. Through building safe, efficient, systematic R&D and AC processes, leveraging domestic and international resources and establishing partnerships across industries, AutoFlight strives to accelerate the practical implementation of eVTOLs in commercial applications and lead us into a better future with UAM.”
With its tradition and the experience, AutoFlight aims to create cost-effective, safe, and reliable eVTOL
AutoFlight is one of the earliest tech companies in China to start making autonomous eVTOL, including large payload logistic and autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Logistic UAVs were introduced first. They have now accumulated over 10,000 hours of flight time and been tested in all kinds of extreme conditions.
AutoFlight owns proprietary intellectual property rights in key technologies such as flight control systems, electrical systems or other core components. They have obtained over 200 domestic and international patents for its self-developed modules including highly efficient electric motors, electronic control systems, and durable lightweight carbon-fiber composite materials.
“Following our cargo-to-passenger-strategy we go ahead step-by-step but very straight forward“, says Tian Yu.
|V1500M’s Key Specifications|
|Aircraft length||10.3 m|
|Fuselage height||3.1 m|
|Maximum take-off weight (MTOW)||1500 kg|
|Typical seating||3 – 4|
|Cruise speed||200 km/h|
|Flight range (fully seated)||250 km|
AutoFlight is a global high-tech startup, born in China, specializing in developing and manufacturing autonomous aerial vehicles. AutoFlight’s mission is to provide safe and reliable aerial logistic systems and urban air mobility solutions for human society. By leveraging new technologies in aviation, new material, artificial intelligence, autonomous driving, and 5G, AutoFlight actively drives development in eVTOL (electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing) industry.
Critical Decarbonization Technologies Need at Least “10x” Investment
Breakthrough technologies such as hydrogen-based fuels, bioenergy and carbon-capture storage solutions are needed to hit the global goal of zero emissions by 2050.
To scale these technologies and take them to market, at least a tenfold increase in investment is needed, according to the How to Finance Industry Net-Zero report.
Released by the World Economic Forum and Oliver Wyman, the report outlines how to address the supply-and-demand-side gap and take these technologies to the next level.
Part of the Forum’s Financing the Transition to a Net-Zero Future Initiative, the report brings together input from over 50 financial institutions and the public sector. Their focus is on how to steer capital to breakthrough technologies and drive a more sustainable future.
· The innovative blending of capital supported by an enabling ecosystem is needed, where different sources of public and private capital are brought together in technology-specific financing blueprints. To do this effectively, mechanisms that activate collaboration among multiple stakeholders are necessary.
· Transformative business models are essential, where industry participants and capital providers work together to establish new contracts and ways of doing business to increase the probability of commercial success.
· Targeted public intervention is critical, focused on the design of incentive schemes rewarding early movers adopting innovative technological solutions and de-risking schemes to mitigate investment risks unique to these innovative solutions.
“The challenge ahead is significant, but not insurmountable,” said Derek Baraldi, Head of Sustainable Finance and Investing, at the World Economic Forum. “If executed thoughtfully, the mobilization of finance to breakthrough technologies presents a tremendous investment opportunity. This study found that there is a real appetite from industry for thoughtful partnership and collaboration between private and public capital providers.”
“Organisations have announced ambitious pledges to finance the transition to net-zero but the progress made to date is not enough,” added Ted Moynihan, Managing Partner and Global Head of Industries, Oliver Wyman. “There is a huge gap in financing of early-stage decarbonization technologies, which will be absolutely critical to achieving our targets from 2030 to 2050. With more research breakthroughs coming, we are now in a vital moment to accelerate the mobilization of capital towards decarbonization technologies in hard-to-abate industries.”
By proposing an initial set of financing approaches and de-risking solutions, the report seeks to initiate an important discussion on how to rapidly accelerate the deployment of capital towards breakthrough technologies.
The report launched at the Mission Possible Partnership event Supercharging Industrial Decarbonisation. It brought together public and private sectors from shipping, aviation, and steel. The Mission Possible Partnership will share learnings across these critical industrial sectors and present sector-specific blueprints for industrial decarbonisation.
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