2 Фев, 2022

Earth temperature rise

Compared to the second half of the 19th century, the temperature of the Earth has now risen by about a degree on average. Due to this, extreme climate events have already begun to occur noticeably more frequently.

Abnormal heat is now observed 2.8 times more often than in the second half of the 19th century;
Droughts became 1.7 times more frequent;
Heavy showers have increased by 1.3 times

In 2030, temperatures are predicted to rise by another half a degree, resulting in 4.1 times more extreme heat waves, 2 times more droughts, and 1.5 times more rainstorms. In the future, as the weather warms, the frequency of these events will only increase.

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The Reserve Bank of India will issue its digital currency in the fiscal year starting April 1, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in a speech on Tuesday. The country also plans to tax income from digital currency trading at 30%, effectively eliminating uncertainty about the legal status of such transactions.

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Biden appointed an interagency coordinator to investigate manifestations of «Havana syndrome» in US officials, the White House said. It was the senior director of intelligence programs at the White House National Security Council, but the name was not released.

Biden informed the secretary of state, the head of the Pentagon, the attorney general, the secretary of homeland security, the director of national intelligence and the head of the CIA about the appointment, and also asked them to appoint a representative as soon as possible to cooperate with the new coordinator.

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U.S. government debt hits historic high, surpassing $30 trillion for the first time

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The Telemark District Court in Norway has refused to release Anders Breivik early, reports Norway Today. Breivik had the right to file a petition, since he spent half the time appointed by the court in prison. In 2011, he carried out two terrorist attacks that killed 77 people.

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The Prosecutor General’s Office of Belarus opened a criminal case against Warsaw District Judge Dariusz Lyubovsky for inciting ethnic hatred and social hatred (part 3 of article 130 of the Criminal Code of Belarus), follows from a message on the agency’s website.

Lyubovsky refused to extradite to Belarus Stepan Putilo, the creator of the opposition Telegram channel Nexta, which covered the protests after the presidential elections in August 2020. The KGB of the republic put the young man on the list of terrorists. He is accused of grave and especially grave crimes against public safety and law and order.

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Heating and electricity in Germany have risen in price for the year by 107% and 41%, respectively, writes Spiegel. In January 2021, the average household had to pay 1193 euros for gas and fuel oil, now it is 2472. 5 thousand kWh of electricity cost 1508 euros, now it is 2130, and the current price is a record high.

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EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell confirmed in an interview with Dozhd (the organization is recognized in Russia as a foreign agent) that Russia had signaled a suspension of gas supplies to Europe, but noted that this was limited to «words and intentions»

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16.5 trillion rubles, or $214 billion, is the amount of cryptocurrency in the hands of Russian residents — this estimate was obtained by analyzing the IP addresses of users of the largest crypto exchanges, Bloomberg reports, citing sources familiar with the calculations of the Russian government. It is this figure, according to the agency, that the government of the Russian Federation uses to develop a concept for regulating the industry.

If you believe them, then the Russians have invested in «cryptocurrency» 6 times more than in the shares of domestic companies (2.6 trillion rubles, according to the Central Bank) and 2.2 times more than in the entire stock market (both national and and foreign).

The amount of crypto-investments exceeds the own budget revenues of all regions of the Russian Federation combined (13 trillion rubles) and is equal to a quarter of the annual income of the population, which Rosstat estimates at about 60 trillion rubles.

According to estimates, Russians hold in cryptocurrencies an amount equal to 60% of the ruble deposits of individuals in banks (27.8 trillion rubles as of January 1).

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President Vladimir Putin met with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in the Kremlin. In the open part of the meeting, Mr. Orban said that he would ask for an increase in Russian gas supplies and called his visit a «peace mission.»

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A visit to Moscow by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban ended with a decision on a large loan for a project to build a railway bypassing Budapest. According to Vladimir Putin, we are talking about a loan for $2 billion. Also during the meeting, Russia and Hungary agreed to increase gas supplies by one billion cubic meters.

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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine voted to create a commission that will investigate the events that led to the annexation of Crimea to Russia in 2014. 229 deputies voted for the resolution — 3 more than necessary for adoption. The commission will include ten representatives of the ruling Servant of the People and Batkivshchyna parties.

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A department of projects and programs in the field of education has been created in the structure of the presidential administration of Russia, three sources in the presidential administration themselves told Kommersant. Irina Pleshcheva became the head of the new structure, before this appointment she was the executive director of the Russian Movement of Schoolchildren.

Alexei Avetisov, deputy head of the presidential administration for public projects, will oversee the work of the department, whose area of ​​responsibility includes counteracting the spread of extremism among young people.

It is assumed that the new department will combine all existing projects to involve children and youth in the «positive agenda».

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The Ministry of Justice of Russia explained the inclusion of Rosbalt in the register of media-“foreign agents” by receiving 90 thousand rubles for organizing the conference from the SOVA center, which, according to the department, received from the EU

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In Belarus, a 52-year-old woman was fined $1,855 for making several drawings with hearts and slogans «Long Live Belarus» in an apartment building’s elevator.

The prosecution considered that the inscriptions and drawings «symbolize an obvious protest orientation, violate the architectural appearance and significantly reduce the aesthetic characteristics of the property.»

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North Korea has released a documentary about Kim Jong-un. The creators of the tape paid special attention to the sharp weight loss of the North Korean leader. Such changes in appearance were explained not at all by a disease, but by a difficult year in which the politician suffered greatly and worried about his people. And it has been a really tough year. North Korea is hit by a food crisis — so much so that Kim Jong-un asked the inhabitants to eat less until 2025

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South Korean zombie apocalypse series tops Netflix list. The show “We are all dead” in just a few days became the leader in views in 25 countries at once. The series tells the story of high school students who turn into zombies due to an unknown virus.

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Digitalization of the Accounts Chamber of Russia will cost 1.78 billion rubles. This is the amount that the federal budget will allocate for the creation of a digital infrastructure for audit and analytics

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Experts from French, Israeli and Australian universities conducted a large-scale experiment involving 2550 devices. They found that through a method called DrawnApart, you can find out the unique features of a particular video card and use this to collect various data about the user, writes Bleeping Computer.

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The Belgian government has decided to reduce VAT on electricity from 21% to 6%. In addition, it was decided to extend the benefits associated with the pandemic and pay all households 100 euros in compensation.

The total cost of the package to support the population will be 1.1 billion euros. According to the calculations of the authorities, on average, Belgians’ electricity costs will decrease by 165 euros. The measures will come into effect on March 1.

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The United States will allocate 400 thousand dollars to Ukraine for a program to protect human rights. The State Department explained that the program may be aimed at protecting religious and ethnic minorities, refugees and displaced persons, representatives of the LGBT community, as well as other vulnerable groups of the population.

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Parliament of Kazakhstan canceled the need to coordinate the country’s policy with ex-president Nazarbayev

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The United States invited Russia to check the absence of offensive Tomahawk cruise missiles at bases in Poland and Romania. According to Bloomberg, the Biden administration thus wants to find common ground with Russia and dispel Moscow’s fears that the launchers could be used against it.

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The Turkish Air Force carried out an operation against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq and Syria, the Turkish Ministry of Defense said.

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Israeli media reported that in recent weeks, the US Air Force and Israel conducted joint military exercises to practice a large-scale attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

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Iran’s Ambassador to International Organizations in Vienna, Mohammad Reza Gaebi, said the IAEA will not have access to the new Iranian nuclear facility in Isfahan until the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program is restored.

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Avito will start checking user accounts through «Gosuslugi». Such a decision should help secure transactions on the site.

To pass identification, you will need to download the application «Goskey» and register. With the help of it, the account on the «State Services» is checked. So far, identity verification is only available in Avito on iOS, but later it will also appear on Android

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In Hungary, from February 1, public access to the register of pedophile criminals was opened. Relatives of a minor can now check whether an adult who interacted with their child had a criminal record for such crimes. The received data will be confidential, their disclosure is a criminal offense.

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Chinese scientists have warned that China will suffer more losses than the United States from the «technological decoupling» and concede to its rival in key areas.

The report, published by the Institute of International and Strategic Studies at Peking University, compares the development of China and the United States in competing fields, including information technology, artificial intelligence, space and aerospace technology.

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In 2021, virtual real estate sales in the four largest metaverses (Sandbox, Decentraland, Cryptovoxels and Somnium) reached $501 million, according to the MetaMetric Solutions analytical service.

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In Russia, they began to study the possibilities of regulating the metaverses. The main risks of the metaverses, according to the authorities: regulators will not be able to control the sales chains, virtual political parties will arise, new forms of agitation and protests, as well as “mechanisms that contribute to the decrease in morality in society.”

There is also the risk of creating drugstores in virtual spaces and using augmented reality (XR) to feel tactile impulses. And this increases the threats in the possibilities of cybersex with minors and in the formation of various deviations.

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As CNews found out, in Russia they decided to significantly reduce the cost of frequency conversion for 5G networks: from 43 billion rubles. up to 7.85 billion rubles. The launch of 5G networks in Russia has not yet begun, and experts note that a full-fledged conversion of radio frequencies will require changes in legislation and years of work.

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According to the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration, trade between Iran and the United States reached $69.594 million in the 10 months of the current Iranian year (March 21, 2021 to January 20, 2022).

During this period, Iran exported $248,000 worth of goods to the US, the value of imports from the US amounted to $69.345 million. The largest exporter to Iran during this period was the UAE, followed by China, Turkey, Germany and Switzerland, the US ranked 23rd.

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Russia banned the entry of the State Secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Montenegro because this country gave asylum to Telman Ismailov (former owner of the Cherkizovsky market in Moscow) — Russian Foreign Ministry

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The launch of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline cannot take place as long as so many Russian soldiers are concentrated on the border of Ukraine, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, head of the German Bundestag Defense Committee, said at a press conference

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The units of the Belarusian and Russian armies involved in checking the response forces of the Union State have begun combat coordination at the Brestsky training ground, the Belarusian Ministry of Defense reports. In the course of combat coordination, Belarusian and Russian servicemen will work out the issues of conducting defense and combating illegal armed groups.

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Tactical exercises of combat crews of anti-aircraft missile systems (SAM) S-400 «Triumph» started in the Leningrad Region, the Western Military District (ZVO) said.

«Combat crews of the S-400» Triumf «will destroy the air targets of a mock enemy as part of the exercise,» the ZVO press service said in a statement. According to her, the exercises are planned.

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The exercise of the crews of the S-400 «Triumph» air defense systems of the Central Military District (CMD) to repel a massive missile strike of a mock enemy took place in Siberia, the press service of the CMD reports.

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The Taliban (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) appointed the first two women to leadership positions in Afghanistan. Malalai Rahim became the headmistress of a specialized maternity hospital, and Dr. Arian became the head of a gynecological clinic in the capital’s Shahrar quarter.

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Members of the European Parliament urged to consider the occupation of Belarus if the Russian troops do not leave Belarus. 75 MPs from different factions and countries have published an open letter in defense of the independence of Belarus, said Franak Vyachorka

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In 2021, sales of hybrid electric vehicles in Europe grew by 60% and accounted for almost 20% of the total market share, according to the Association of European Automobile Manufacturers. The European Commission intends to ban sales of cars with internal combustion engines by 2035.

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Five hydroelectric power plants in central Portugal will be almost completely closed, and another reservoir in the southwest will stop irrigation, the environment ministry said. Now the authorities give priority to the water supply of the population.

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India is introducing a new mechanism to increase demand for electric vehicles in the country. At special replacement stations, the owners of this type of transport will receive fully charged batteries instead of discharged ones. This is a forced measure resorted to by the Indian government due to the lack of space for charging stations in cities.

At the same time, authorities are aiming to increase interest in electric vehicles in order to meet the goal of reducing carbon emissions by 35% by 2030. This is done within the framework of the obligations under the Paris climate agreement, which this country has undertaken.

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During the ceremony of awarding the title of Hero of Labor, the general director of the Kuban Cossack Choir, People’s Artist of Russia Viktor Zakharchenko said that Russian President Vladimir Putin is fulfilling «royal duty.»

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Scientists have created the first artificial muscle from human protein. The elastin prototype shrinks under the influence of temperature changes and acid-base balance. German experts hope that the promising development will be used in prosthetics, pharmaceuticals or soft robotics in the future.

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The Media Supervision Commission has banned RT DE from broadcasting in German in Germany due to lack of a license — German regulator Medienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg (MABB) has decided that RT DE Productions should stop broadcasting

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Reuters, citing informed sources and the tanker navigation service, wrote that an Iranian tanker carrying 2 million barrels of gas condensate this week began unloading cargo at the main port of the Venezuelan National Oil Company (PDVSA).

The Venezuelan National Oil Company and the National Iranian Oil Company began a swap agreement in the second half of last year to exchange Iranian gas condensate for Venezuelan heavy oil. The deal plays a vital role in Venezuela’s continued oil production, as it needs diluents such as natural gas condensate to transport and export the oil.

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The Austrian Raiffeisen Bank (the parent structure of the Russian Raiffeisenbank) has created reserves in case of an escalation in Ukraine and the imposition of sanctions against Russia

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OPEC + approved an increase in oil production in March by the planned 400 thousand barrels per day, the next meeting is on March 2, a source told RIA Novosti

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Belarus introduces a ban on rail transit from Lithuania for a number of goods, the Foreign Ministry announced

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