Brief information: Climate emergency, VW Holding, Activision Blizzard, Instagram

Around two years after more than ten thousand scientists from around 150 countries had jointly declared a global “climate emergency”, they have now reiterated this and demanded immediate changes. These are more urgent than ever to protect life on earth, according to an article published in the specialist journal BioScience. Since the original declaration of the “climate emergency”, numerous events such as flood disasters, forest fires and heat waves have made it clear what consequences it would have if things continued as before on earth. Among other things, the researchers are calling for an end to the use of fossil fuels and better protection of biodiversity.

In the dispute over possible claims for damages by shareholders of the VW holding company Porsche SE (PSE) in connection with the diesel scandal, the long-awaited test case has begun at the Stuttgart Higher Regional Court. The plaintiffs are of the opinion that the Stuttgart-based PSE informed them too late about the financial consequences of the affair. The holding rejects the allegations. Basically, it should now be legally clarified which side is right.

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Activision Blizzard has introduced measures to improve the work environment. The company was responding to a lawsuit by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, which accuses Blizzard of a sexist culture and regular harassment of female employees. Now, among other things, a law firm is to help examine internal processes and practices of the game company, announced CEO Bobby Kotick. In order to improve the work culture at Activision Blizzard, which is described as “toxic” in the lawsuit, executives are to be evaluated and open positions filled in a variety of ways.

Instagram accounts of users under the age of 16 will in future be proposed as “private accounts” by default, but they can still be set to public. In addition, it should be made more difficult for suspicious adult accounts to contact young people and there should also be restrictions on advertising. The measures are intended to better protect young people on Instagram, according to a blog post by the Facebook subsidiary. AI is the cornerstone of the efforts aimed at this.


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