15 Sep, 2021

Gas reserves in Europe and the USA

Natural gas reserves for the winter in Europe and the United States were significantly below the average over the past five years, reaching critically low levels, writes CNBC.

Experts believe that if prolonged cold weather sets in, gas prices in the United States may double, and fuel shortages in Europe will become serious. The shortage of gas in this region could force the whole world to pay more for its supplies, analysts say. In August alone, the cost of fuel rose by 35 percent.

In the United States, the volume of gas in storage was 7.6 percent below the five-year average, and in Europe – 16 percent. At the same time, the occupancy rate of storage facilities is a record low for September. The turning point may come in a few months, when it becomes clear what kind of winter awaits Europe and the United States.

During trading on September 14, the cost of fuel rose by almost 7 percent compared to the previous day’s high, exceeding $ 800 per thousand cubic meters.

The sharp rise in the cost of gas in Europe is associated not only with the low occupancy of storage facilities, but also with the uncertainty around the commissioning of Nord Stream 2, as well as the tactics of Gazprom after the launch of the project, Group Director for Natural Resources and Commodities told RIA Novosti Fitch agency Dmitry Marinchenko. Prices could also be affected by a decrease in wind generation due to calm weather, he added.

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The total world energy consumption by Bitcoin miners in 2021 reached a new record and exceeded the peak of last year, 67 terawatt-hours per day. According to Bloomberg estimates, by the end of 2021, up to 91 terawatt-hours will be spent on cryptocurrency mining. This puts bitcoin on a par with the whole country – the whole of Pakistan consumes the same amount of energy per day, Bloomberg writes.

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The majors want to know everything too

The state company “Rostelecom” proposes to replace foreign servers with those that are under its control. The company also proposes to prohibit the use of public servers Google and Cloudflare, i.e. refuse to encrypt network traffic.

According to RBC, “DoH protocol is implemented on the public DNS servers of Google and Cloudflare, which allows encrypting web traffic so that operators do not see which resource the subscriber is accessing. Thanks to this, the user, among other things, can get to the resources prohibited in the country ”.

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American scientists received $ 15 million from investors, they are going to recreate the population of extinct woolly mammoths using CRISPR / Cas9 gene editing technology.

Scientists want to mix the genes of woolly mammoths with the genes of Asian elephants, so that, from a genetic point of view, the resulting hybrids are 100% woolly mammoths. The created embryos will carry either live elephants or artificial queens. Scientists are expected to receive the first living mammoths in 5 years

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SpaceX has unveiled the first civilian crew that will go into space aboard the Crew Dragon for 3 days on September 16. Billionaire and Shift4 Payments CEO Jared Isaacman has redeemed all 4 tickets for the Inspiration4 mission. Along with him will be a college professor from Arizona, Cyanne Proctor, an employee of the Children’s Hospital in Tennessee, Haley Arsenault, and an engineer and former US Air Force mechanic Christopher Sembroski.

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The Ministry of Justice saw an outrage over the coat of arms of Russia in the logo of “Sitting Russia”, which depicts a two-headed eagle with shackles and a club in its paws, dressed simultaneously in a prison uniform and a warden’s uniform. The department promises to take measures “up to liquidation” if the fund does not give up this logo

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In Moscow, a court fined Anna Rivina, head of the Vosiliya.net center, 400,000 rubles, for not marking a “foreign agent” on the website of the Utopia publication, which Roskomnadzor considers it to be a Vosiliya.net project.

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Kent, Camel, Rothmans, Lucky Strike and Pall Mall cigarettes will not be sold in Belarus. British American Tobacco terminates cooperation with Neman tobacco factory due to human rights violations

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Personal data of almost 2 million out of 2.86 million subscribers of VimpelCom’s wired broadband Internet were freely available from August 27 to September 13, Kommersant writes. In terms of volume, the incident could be one of the largest personal data breaches this year.

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A few days after Roskomnadzor began to restrict the work of a number of Google services, the Bank of Russia faced a major failure of its Internet systems, reports 3dnewss.ru. As a result, difficulties began for the Central Bank’s regular operations, such as providing ruble loans and placing funds on deposits. It was officially announced that the difficulties were related to the ongoing technical work.

As a reminder, last week Roskomnadzor began blocking six VPN services, including Nord VPN. At the same time, the partial blocking of the DNS addresses of Google and Cloudflare began. Rostelecom has already imposed restrictions on interaction with public DNS servers Google and Cloudflare, as well as on the operation of the DoH protocol.

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Nearly half of the electricity generated in the United States by 2050 can be generated from solar power, according to the US Department of Energy’s Solar Futures Study. According to the ministry, expanding the use of solar energy will create an additional 1.5 million jobs without increasing electricity tariffs.

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The OCCRP Investigative Journalists Association will completely cease operations in Russia. The chief editor of the project explained that now working in Russia “can bring local journalists more harm than good.”

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China demanded that the US be held accountable for “war crimes committed in Afghanistan over the past 20 years.” Beijing’s official position was voiced by the Permanent Representative of China to the UN Office in Geneva, Chen Xu.

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Dmitry Baranov, General Director of the Progress Rocket and Space Center (RSC), said that Russia had stopped designing a super-heavy rocket for flights to the moon.

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Rogozin said that the Russian super-heavy rocket will be created later than planned, the money will be redirected to the creation of methane engines

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Visa and Mastercard will introduce new fees for online payments for banks. The commission will start operating at Visa on October 16 for 3D Secure 1.0.2 and will be $ 0.02 per request. For the 3D Secure service from 2.1, the commission will take effect from October 15, 2022. For MasterCard, the commission will begin on March 1, 2022. She will have a fixed part – € 1000 per month from both acquirers and issuers.

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A teenager in Spain was hospitalized for two months due to a strong addiction to video games, this is the first clinical case in the world of hospitalization of a minor due to addiction to games, according to radio station Onda Sero.

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