18 Дек, 2021

Electric vehicles and charging stations

The most developed network of charging stations for electric vehicles turned out to be in Korea: there is one charging station for every two electric cars.

A surprisingly good result of Mexico (three cars per station), the country is not rich and there are few electric vehicles. Six cars per station in China. In the USA, there are 18 electric vehicles per station, and in the main outsider of the countries included in the rating — New Zealand — there are as many as 52 electric vehicles per station!

 

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Pussy Riot participant Maria Alekhina was sentenced to 15 days of administrative arrest, Novaya Gazeta reports, citing a member of this punk group, Alexander Sopheev. Another Pussy Riot member Lyusya Stein was also sentenced to administrative arrest for 14 days.

Both were detained in Moscow on December 16. According to Alekhina, she was accused of posting an image with President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on Instagram in 2015, which depicts a symbol similar to a swastika.

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The Moscow City Court upheld the seizure of $ 22 million in state income, which, according to its version, belonged to ex-minister Mikhail Abyzov. This is money from the accounts of a foreign company and a Swiss citizen, previously invested in the cryptocurrency of Pavel Durov

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Peskov answered a question about Putin’s successor. There are no talks about the transit of power, this issue is not on the agenda either, “there is a lot of ongoing work,” said presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov in an interview with Tina Kandelkai on RTVi.

«Many of them do not like Putin very much, and they want the Russian Federation to have another president, so that Russia has a president who will not talk about red lines, <…> who turns a blind eye to the work of foreign-paid media outlets , <…> which will allow gay pride parades, which will squander Russian territory, <…> which would turn a blind eye to the nuclear missiles that are in Dnepropetrovsk, «he said.

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The Russian Foreign Ministry announced that it is imposing sanctions against seven «representatives of Great Britain who are closely involved in anti-Russian activities.»

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Former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko refused to receive a summons from the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) of the country for interrogation in a criminal case on illegal supply of coal from the territories of the «occupied» Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, according to the website of the Bureau.

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Poroshenko flew abroad on the same day when they tried to serve him a summons for interrogation in the case of coal supplies. The party «European Solidarity» says that it is about a pre-planned visit to Turkey and Poland

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The Law on Foreign Media Agents requires revision of the «omissions», but the necessity of the law is not disputed. This was stated by the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov in an interview on the RTVI TV channel.

Peskov admitted that the law could be finalized in order to prescribe a scheme for the media and NGOs to leave the status of a foreign agent, to enable the media to correct the situation.

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The Russian Ministry of Justice has included two more organizations in the register of foreign agents. The list of foreign agents includes the NGO Lilit and the Far Eastern public movement Mayak, which helps LGBT people and women who have suffered from violence.

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The German media regulator launched an investigation against the RT channel on suspicion of violating broadcasting rules in Germany (lack of a license).

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The claims of the German media regulator against RT are unfounded, since they were presented not to the RT DE channel, which broadcasts from Moscow, but to RT DE Productions, which produces content for the TV channel. This was announced to RBC by the deputy editor-in-chief of RT, Anna Belkina. At the same time, according to her, RT DE has the corresponding licenses obtained in accordance with German laws.

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The United States is ready to negotiate the restoration of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program.

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Russia on December 18 officially terminated its participation in the Open Skies Treaty (OST), thus suspending the fulfillment of its obligations under this agreement.

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Israel has developed a smart weed spraying system. A special AI processes information from cameras and recognizes a weed among crops and treats it with a herbicide. And so each weed separately, which will both significantly save farmers and improve the quality and safety of the crop.

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In Russia, an application «People’s Inspector» is being created, which will allow citizens to record the cars of violators using a smartphone camera. The app should be ready by the summer of 2022. Both pedestrians and drivers will be able to complain about violation of parking rules or driving through a red light.

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Venezuela and Belarus signed an agreement on the establishment of air communication between the countries. This was announced by the President of the South American Republic Nicholas Maduro, reports Notitarde.

In his opinion, the establishment of air links will increase the flow of tourists to Venezuela. As Maduro noted, during the meeting of the commission, “documents on cooperation in the field of food production, trade, petrochemistry and restoration of the work of the plant for the production of trucks and agricultural machinery were also signed.

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The Swiss Federal Court rejected the cassation appeal of the Russian businessman Vladislav Klyushin against the decision to extradite him to the United States.

The Russian was detained on March 21 at the airport in the city of Sion, where he arrived with his family to spend a vacation in the resort of Zermatt. Klyushin is accused in the USA of «hacking against IBM, Tesla and other American multinational companies»

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Friedrich Merz was elected as the new leader of the CDU / CSU (Merkel party) — he represents the conservative wing of the party and is considered an expert in the field of economics and finance.

Merz acts as a candidate for the establishment, for many years he has been engaged in business lobbying, that is, connections between the largest companies in Germany and politics.

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The Russian government will provide an additional 5.5 billion rubles. to support Russian cinema in 2022. As a result, the total amount of state support will amount to 11.63 billion rubles, which is higher than the indicators of previous years — in 2020, the Ministry of Culture and the Film Fund jointly distributed only 7.73 billion rubles. At the same time, the government demands from them new KPIs for state support of films.

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The volume of counterfeit products in the children’s industry in Russia reaches 40 percent. Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko proposed to oblige children’s stores to track the origin of goods and be responsible for the sale of counterfeits.

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The United States will not discuss European security with Russia without the participation of Europe itself, said a senior US administration official.

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The NASA Perseverance rover has found the «building blocks» of life on the Red Planet — carbon-containing organic chemicals. They have been found in some of the rocks the rover is exploring at the bottom of Jezero Crater on Mars. This was announced by the members of the mission on Wednesday, December 15.

It is important to note that we are not talking about the discovery of life on Mars. Organic matter can be produced both biologically and non-biologically. Researchers still have a lot of work to do to figure out how the compounds found in Jezero Crater were formed.

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A law protecting libraries has been passed by the French Parliament. The document defines and establishes fundamental principles concerning these institutions: equal and free access, pluralism of foundations, inadmissibility of ideological, political or religious censorship and commercial pressure.

The law will be named after Senator Sylvie Robert, who proposed it, reports Ouest France. She previously explained that France has laws on public archives or museums, but never has a law on libraries.

There are 16 thousand libraries in the country. The law stipulates that no one should be prohibited from visiting the library for financial reasons. At the same time, the issue of season tickets and membership cards remains at the discretion of local authorities.

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The Central European Free Trade Association did not make Kosovo a full member. To make a positive decision, the consent of all members of the Joint Committee of the Association is required, but Serbia and Montenegro opposed it. In addition to them, CEAST includes Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova and North Macedonia.

Transport corridors to Western Europe, where Kosovo exports goods, pass through Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia, and membership in CEAST would free the republic from customs duties and transport charges.

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Wood-burning stoves in cities emit more carcinogens than cars. This conclusion was made by Greek scientists. They took baseline air samples in Athens every day for a year. It turned out that the share of carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) emitted when burning wood in stoves is 43%. The combustion of diesel fuel and oil produced 36% of PAHs, and gasoline — 17%.

Scientists are urging European authorities to take action to regulate emissions from wood burning.

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American researchers used rectal ventilation to increase blood oxygen saturation by 15 percent in pigs inhaled with smoke. In order to deliver oxygen to the rectum of animals, they used microbubbles surrounded by a lipid membrane. In the future, the method described in the preprint with bioRxiv is planned to be applied to patients with respiratory distress.

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