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#Transportation and mobility

The Baltic Performer, a 150-metre cargo ship operated by a Swedish subsidiary of the Russian company Baltic Shipping, arrives in the Swedish port of Helsingborg on April 4, 2022. Photo: Camille Bas-Wohlert / AFP
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Europe warms up to Russian shipping blockade

One of Sweden's two main dockworkers' unions decided at the end of March that it would not unload vessels with ties to Russia, in protest against Moscow's invasion of Ukraine
The last Allegro train from St Petersburg in Russia arrives at the central railway station in Finland's capital Helsinki on March 27, 2022. Photo: Alessandro Rampazzo / AFP
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Last EU train out of Russia arrives in Helsinki

Just after 7pm on Sunday, the Allegro express train from St Petersburg pulled into the Finnish capital Helsinki, marking the closure of the last rail link between Russia and the EU
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Inspiration4 crew launches from Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on September 15, 2021. Photo: Chandan Khanna / AFP
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In space race, Europe faces choice: passenger or pilot?

As the race to send people to the Moon and beyond heats up, Europe faces a choice: keep paying for seats on spacecraft or finally fly its own manned vehicle
The Toyota Corolla Hybrid was named the 2020 Green Car of the Year at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Photo: Mark Ralston / AFP
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Hybrid cars’ green credentials under scrutiny

Hybrid cars are increasingly popular in the European Union as eco-conscious drivers turn away from their more polluting counterparts, but environmentalists warn they're not as green as they seem
An obsolete vehicle is moved at the Indra Automobile Recycling facility in Romorantin, central France. Photo: Eric Piermont / AFP
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Auto sector shifts gear towards recycling parts, batteries

From ageing electric batteries to old engines to rearview mirrors, the auto industry is revving up its recycling efforts as it faces pressure to reduce its colossal carbon footprint
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says it is aiming for "net zero carbon emissions" by 2050, a bold but necessary goal according to its CEO Willie Walsh. Photo: Daniel Slim / AFP
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Zero net emissions by 2050: a huge challenge for the airline industry

How can passengers take 10 billion flights a year without contributing to global warming? The question of "greening" the international aviation sector by 2050 constitutes a huge task whose stakes can make the head spin, according to the airlines themselves
Greece was the 'new destination' this year as Europeans began to venture abroad as Covid restrictions eased for the summer. Photo: Aris Messinis / AFP
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European tourists boost sector, but can’t top Americans, Asians

European travellers helped plug a gap left by Asian and American tourists stranded at home by the pandemic, staving off a total washout this year for Europe's hospitality industry
An employee at a Nordisk Film cinema in Copenhagen checks the "Coronapas” of a customer as they come to watch a film on the first day that cinemas in the Danish capital reopened on May 6, 2021. Photo: Tom Little / AFP
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Picking up pace: Health passes in Europe

Health passes are increasingly being adopted by European countries and limit entry to certain public places to those who have been vaccinated, recovered from Covid-19 or tested negative
"I'm going to be isolating for 10 days, fully vaccinated, which seems incredibly cruel," says Joan Corrigan, a 41-year-old from Northern Ireland who lives in Malaga.
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For British expats, Covid makes visits home almost impossible

After being double jabbed in Spain, Joan Corrigan thought she'd get home to see family before realising the UK authorities wouldn't recognise her vaccination and she'd have to quarantine