The UN, together with the University of Washington, has published a report that talks about the problem of plastic waste on the planet.
About 90.5% of the 6.3 billion tons of plastic waste produced since the start of mass production about 60 years ago, are currently on our planet in landfills and in the oceans or have been burned. If this continues in the future, then by 2050 there will be about 12 billion tons of plastic waste.
If someone could collect and recycle all non-recycled plastic on Earth, this person would be richer than any other on this planet ever. Assuming that the production of a plastic bottle costs 3.25 cents, one can calculate that a grocery bag filled with such a 31st bottle costs about $ 1. Thus, 7.2 trillion food packages is the equivalent of 7.2 trillion dollars.
What you can buy with this money: Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Walmart, Exxon, GM, AT & T, Facebook, Bank of America, Visa, Intel, Home Depot, HSBC, Boeing, Citigroup, Anheuser-Busch, all NFL teams , all MLB teams and all Premier League football teams.
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China will spend 3 trillion. RMB for water treatment
In 2017, the Chinese authorities have calculated that it is necessary to spend 3 trillion. yuan ($ 441 billion) over the next five years for a groundwater treatment program in the country. According to the data of the Ministry of Environmental Protection of China, in 2018 surface water quality has generally improved.
Xiaomi opened a regional unit in Africa
The Chinese company has reorganized a number of regional divisions. In particular, units of South Asia, Southeast Asia and Indonesia were merged. To promote Xiaomi products to the markets of African countries, a separate division was created, headed by Wang Lingming
Black Sea Fleet began tracking the destroyer Donald Cook
“The forces of the Black Sea Fleet started tracking the American destroyer of guided missile weapons of the US Navy USS Donald Cook immediately after its entry into the Black Sea,” the Ministry of Defense of Russia said in a statement.
Court in Congo announced Felix Chisikedi winner of presidential elections
The court rejected the claim of another candidate, Martin Fayyulu, who took second place. The COP considered that Fayyulu did not provide the necessary evidence that the declared initial data were invalid. The presidential elections were held in the country on December 30
“Right Sector” promised to fight for Lukashenko
In the event of termination of the contract, the PS promises to support the Belarusian leader and “by all available methods” lobby to provide assistance to Minsk both in Ukraine and abroad. It is noted that the organization considers it its duty “to help the Belarusian nation in its historic desire for independence.”
Estonian journalist urged to send missiles to St. Petersburg
Estonian journalist Vahur Koorits called for the deployment of missiles on the territory of his country that could hit St. Petersburg, reports Sputnik Estonia. In addition, he called for the purchase of warships to interfere with the Russian merchant fleet. He also proposes to seize and sink the merchant ships heading to Russia until shipowners refuse to trade with our country, Sputnik Estonia reports
“Protest marches” were held in a number of US cities
“Women’s marches” of the protest took place on Saturday in many US cities, organizers said. Participants in the marches called for respect for the rights of women, racial and sexual minorities, and also protested against the policies of President Donald Trump.
The United States gave the Syrian Kurds modern weapons, they write to the media
American opponents of the withdrawal of US troops from Syria handed modern weapons to the Syrian Kurdish self-defense forces (YPG), writes Yeni Akit, citing local sources. It is noted that we are talking about a huge number of modern anti-tank missile systems “Javelin” and “Tou”.
Indian women allowed to serve in the military police
Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that the government had made a “historic decision”: women would be able to serve in the country’s military police units. This is done to increase the number of women in the Indian Armed Forces.
Tulips season opened in Amsterdam
The tulip season was officially opened in the Netherlands: a solemn ceremony, during which more than 200 thousand flowers were distributed to everyone, was held on Saturday in the central Dam Square in Amsterdam.
In Paris, journalists organized a rally in defense of media workers
The protest action was supported by central French TV channels, radio stations and print media. Earlier, the international organization Reporters Without Borders prepared an appeal calling for an end to attacks on journalists, insults and threats against journalists.
Uber will launch aerotaxis in 2023
In 2023, Uber will launch aerotaxi for the convenience of US residents. The first electric aircraft will appear in Dallas and Los Angeles. Information provided the company’s press service.
Doctors do not have to wait soon, because they have a blockage
On the night of January 20, the mother of a three-year-old allergic child with high fever called an ambulance, which as a result went to the call for more than two hours. The emergency dispatcher told the boy’s mother that “doctors should not wait soon, as they have a blockage.”
The ambulance call to the dispatcher’s 112 remote control desk in the city of Mytishchi was fixed in 19.09. As a result, the doctors arrived at the site at 21.20, when all the emergency measures were taken by the parents of the child themselves.
Anti-government protests in Serbia
According to the agency, the protesters demanded the resignation of Serbian President Alexandar Vucic. As noted, the most massive action took place in Belgrade. Earlier it was reported that a protest of “yellow vests” had passed in Belgrade.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE intend to create a joint cryptocurrency
UAE and Saudi Arabia have announced plans to create a joint cryptocurrency to strengthen the strategic partnership between the countries, the Emirates news agency WAM said on Saturday
Syria has bought 200 thousand tons of Russian wheat
Syria bought 200 thousand tons of Russian wheat in January, and it is planned to purchase the same amount in February against the background of a record low harvest in 2018, said the general director of the State Organization for Trade and Grain Production Yusef Qasim
India will move to the Euro 6 environmental standard from April 2020
Indian Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari stated that the Euro-6 environmental standard will come into force in India on April 1, 2020. This was reported by the Indian news publication “Patrick”.
The “Golden Mask” festival opens the special project “Big Drama Theater in Moscow”
The troupe of the St. Petersburg Bolshoi Drama Theater named after George Tovstonogov (BDT) opens on Saturday in Moscow. The performances of a famous team are organized as part of a special project of the anniversary, XXV Golden Mask Festival, TASS was informed by the press service of the Golden Mask.
In the Tretyakov Gallery – a retrospective of films directed by Lev Kuleshov
To the 120th anniversary of the birth of Lev Kuleshov, the Tretyakov Gallery has prepared a retrospective of his films. Stanislav Anisimov understood the master’s handwriting. The first films of the retrospectives – “Nabat” and “For Happiness”. They were shot by Eugene Bauer. Lev Kuleshov participated in them as an artist, this hypostasis of the future classic is especially relevant for the cinema hall of the Tretyakov Gallery. Future plans – the fullest display of the director’s heritage.
Edward Munch exhibition
The largest exhibition of Edvard Munch, which is made in recent years in the world, will open in the spring in the Tretyakov Gallery. The exhibition will present about 70 paintings and 30 graphic works, photographs and objects, mainly from the Munch Museum in Oslo. And the main exhibit is one of the versions of the legendary “Scream”. But the option that will be brought to Moscow is not as picturesque as the original, but made with colored pencils …
Archive of the punk band “Civil Defense” will be sold at auction
The archive of the Civil Defense group will be sold at auction on January 24th. The starting price of the lot, which includes manuscripts, photographs, audio and video tapes of the members of the Civil Defense group and its frontman Yegor Letov, is 340-350 thousand rubles.
“This archive, associated with the activities of the legendary Civil Defense Group, is one of the few remaining documentary sources of the musical and creative activities of Egor Letov and the company,” the text of the Literary Fund states
Postponed the shooting of the third part of “Fantastic Beasts”
Film Warner Bros. moved the shooting of the third part of the film “Fantastic Beasts” from July 2019 to late autumn. About this writes Variety with reference to the representative of the company. More accurate filming dates for Warner Bros. did not indicate.
Jesse Eisenberg in the trailer “Operations” Hummingbird “”
The story is centered on the cousins of Vincent and Anton (Eisenberg and Skarsgard) living in the world of high-frequency trading, where every millisecond can cost billions
The series “First” with Sean Penn closed
Company Hulu decided to close after the first season of the fantastic series “First”, in which the main role played by Sean Penn.
Konstantin Raikin releases “Nonsense”
A performance based on a play by a modern playwright and screenwriter Victoria Nikolskaya, staged by Konstantin Raikin, will appear in the repertoire of Satirikon on February 6. The premiere will be held on February 6 on the stage of the Educational Theater of the Higher School of Performing Arts (the main building of the theater is still under reconstruction).
In the Perm region began shooting the series about dispossessed 1930s
The director of the television series is Yegor Anashkin. The actions of the literary basis for the film – the novel by Guzel Yakhinoy – and the series itself begin in the 1930s in one of the Tatar villages. In the story the main character, a peasant Zuleikha, is dispossessed and exiled to Siberia.
Festival of Puppet Theaters “Festival of the Mountains” will be held in Ingushetia
The First International Festival of Puppet Theaters “The Feast of the Mountains” will be held in Ingushetia as part of the Year of the Theater in Russia, which was spread by the press service of the head of the republic
A trailer for the drama about the roots of Norwegian black metal Lords of Chaos
A trailer of intensely and skeptically awaited by the progressive public of the musical youth feature film biopic “Lords of Chaos”, setting out milestones in the formation of the root wing of Norwegian black metal, was published.
The events of Lords of Chaos, which premiered on February 8, will focus on the 1980s and 1990s, telling about the participants of such respectable genre formations as Mayhem, Darkthrone, Emperor and Burzum. Where, as we know, was full of violence, tragedies, misunderstandings, ideological conflicts, deaths and sadness
Italian film won the main prize of the film festival in Norway
The Italian film “Happy Lazar” directed by Alice Rorvakher received the main award “Aurora” at the International Film Festival in the Norwegian city of Tromsø, which is considered the largest and most prestigious cinema forum of the kingdom, the Russian tapes “Heart of the World” and “The Man Who Surprised Everyone” were left without prizes, RIA Novosti correspondent reports from the closing ceremony of the festival.
Lenovo introduced an ultraportable phone-sized speaker
Lenovo has introduced another new product. This time we are talking about an ultraportable speaker with a phone-sized Bluetooth speaker. The thickness of the device was 11 mm.
Wear OS can get an ECG sensor
If Google’s Wear Smart Watch is currently unable to measure heart rhythms, a new FDA decision can make a difference. In the last few hours, Verily announced that her Study Watch had received FDA approval for an on-demand ECG reading.
Gaming Mouse Aorus M2 is equipped with reliable switches Omron
New received optical sensor Pixart 3327, the resolution of which is adjustable in the range from 200 to 6200 DPI (dots per inch) in steps of 100 DPI. The main buttons are equipped with reliable Omron switches, designed for 50 million actuations
Huawei smart panoramic surveillance camera costs $ 44
Huawei today introduced the Huawei Panoramic Camera Smart Version smart surveillance camera, which is priced at $ 44. The device is equipped with a rotating system that allows it to rotate 360 ° around the vertical axis and 105 ° around the horizontal.
Russian tanks on parade in Laos
In the military parade dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Army of Laos, the modernized T-72 tanks and the BRDM-2M armored cars took part. About this on Saturday, January 19, told reporters in the press service of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.
A rally against the transfer of the Kuriles to Japan was held in Moscow
A meeting was held on Suvorov Square in Moscow against the possible transfer of part of the Kuril Islands to Japan. The event was agreed with the authorities. The rally was organized by the Left Front, the Party of Affairs, the unregistered party Other Russia, the movement Novorossiya and a number of other organizations.
Abe has declared determination to achieve the peace treaty with Russia
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to continue consultations on a peace treaty with Russia and achieve the signing of the document. He announced this on January 20 on the eve of his visit to Moscow.
Russia is developing a new unmanned hybrid helicopter
The terms of reference stated that it is necessary, in particular, to develop and submit requirements for the promising software and hardware platform of the helicopter. In addition, it is also necessary to determine the parameters and internal characteristics of the device.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation called the number of mines found during the year of the Great Patriotic War times
It is clarified that each year there are about 130 thousand explosive objects – in this case we are talking about mines and other similar items since the Second World War. Nevertheless, the Russian military annually find mines and times of civil war.
Producers Guild of America announced the best film of the year
Peter Farrelli’s Green Book film, starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen, won the United States Producers Guild Award for Best Film. This is reported on the organization’s twitter.
Scientists have found a new substance that can effectively repel mosquitoes.
Experts analyzed various representatives of the animal world and were able to detect the desired chemical compound. This remedy turned out to be even stronger than similar substances that were discovered and synthesized by scientists before. It turned out that it is the parasite Xenorhabdus, which lives in the stomach of nematode worms. Unfortunately, the necessary lablins are produced by Xenorhabdus exclusively at a certain point in the life of the bacteria and can only be obtained in incredibly small quantities.
Italian bank employees were allowed to hire dogs
One of the branches of Unicredit Bank in Milan (Italy) allowed employees to bring their dogs to the office. If the project “Dogs at work” is successful, it will be extended to other departments.
Ireland opposes agreement with Britain
The Irish government excludes the possibility of signing a separate bilateral agreement with the UK to solve the problem of the border with Northern Ireland after Brexit
Automobile tunnel worth $ 4.6 billion opened in Hong Kong
A new automobile tunnel, in the construction of which $ 4.6 billion was invested, opened on Sunday in Hong Kong. The implementation of this infrastructure project took 10 years, the authorities of the metropolis said
The method of classification of Russian hotels will be prepared in two months
The classification methodology for Russian hotels will be approved by the end of the first quarter of 2019, Minister of Economy Maxim Oreshkin said at a working meeting with participants in the tourist market.
In Buryatia, they are going to create a gambling zone
At the regular session of the Council of Deputies of the Pribaikalsky District, people’s representatives discussed the initiative to create a gambling zone in the territory of Baikal Gavan. This discussion was the first stage in the advancement of the initiative. If the regional authorities give the go-ahead, the next step is approval at the republic level. If there is agreement here, the initiative will go to the federal level, where the final decision will be made.
The French government will develop a tax for large IT-companies
In the spring of 2018, the European Commission prepared a draft digital tax, which should be levied at the level of 3% from the revenues of companies in the EU countries, including transnational ones operating in the field of digital technologies. Their annual turnover should exceed € 750 million.
By the end of February, a bill on the taxation of transnational technology companies, primarily those in the “big four”, will be submitted to the French government for review, – Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple said in an interview with Le Journal du Dimanche in France Bruno Le Mayor.
In Georgia, talked about the negotiations on a new agreement with Gazprom
According to the latest agreement between Georgia and Gazprom Export, in 2017 gas transit to Armenia was paid by a mixed system – partly in cash and partly in raw materials, and in 2018 – only in cash.
Glavstroy attracted nearly 8 billion rubles in project financing
As it is specified, project financing is provided for the first stage of the project, within the framework of which it is planned to build 149.7 thousand square meters of housing and infrastructure.
“Donstroy” in 2018 increased revenues by half
Moscow development company Donstroy in 2018 increased its revenue in comparison with the previous year by 49% – to 68 billion rubles, the developer said in a statement.
“This is the absolute maximum in the 25-year history of the company,” it says.
Russians, who were bathing in an ice-hole, hijacked a car with a child
Under the Krasnoyarsk, a car was hijacked with a child sleeping inside, while his parents were swimming in the hole in baptism. This is reported on the website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia.
Krasovsky’s film “Holiday” about the blockade of Leningrad removed from YouTube
Aleksei Krasovsky’s film “Holiday” about the blockade of Leningrad has been removed from YouTube due to violations of the conditions for the use of video hosting. About it on the page in Facebook the director of the picture reported.
Sergei Solovyov Studio Theater opens in Moscow
A studio theater under the direction of People’s Artist Sergei Solovyov will open in Moscow, the Moscow TV channel reported January 24. On January 24, 2019, the grand opening of a cultural institution is planned. This event will open the year of theater in Russia.
Premiere of Mick Jagger’s debut ballet will be held in St. Petersburg
The leader of the legendary rock band of the Rolling Stones group Mick Jagger has always been far from the world of ballet and classical music. However, his acquaintance with the 29-year-old prima ballerina of the American Ballet Theater in New York, Melanie Hemric, and subsequent marriage to her, apparently, completely changed his taste.
The X-Files Star Will Play Margaret Thatcher
American actress Gillian Anderson will play British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on The Crown, Deadline.
At the Berlinale-2019 hit the Georgian film “Lullaby of the war”
The animated film “Lullaby of War” (Armed Lullaby) was included in the program of the Berlin International Film Festival, which will be held in the German capital from February 7 to 17, 2019.
“Real Detective” will tell a new story
How did the third season of the TV show Home TV premiere of January turn out: a new season of “The Real Detective” appeared on the screens. HBO’s TV series has received rave reviews from critics – in particular, they praise the lead actor
Apple returns to the sale of iPhone SE
Most likely, according to users, the company is selling the remaining devices in stock. Recall, iPhone SE is an inexpensive Apple model, made in a classic package. In September last year, the company removed it from production, along with the iPhone X.
Road cameras appeared in Google Maps
Users of the Google Maps application in different countries of the world noticed that new objects appeared on the maps – road speed cameras. This was the first reported edition of the Android Police. Among the countries that will be affected by the update, there is Russia.
Scientists have discovered life under the ice of Antarctica
In the subglacial lake Mercer, located in Antarctica, the researchers found the remains of slow-moving and crustacean creatures. As it became known 15-news.ru, a surprise for scientists was that these creatures live on the surface of the Earth.
DNA fragments from GMO products remain in human cells
Some DNA fragments from genetically modified products get into human cells, but so far they should not be afraid of their influence, experts say. Scientists are sure that nothing terrible will happen if their RNA controls human genes, N + 1 writes
Scientists have found a way to “turn off” the emotional response to pain
American scientists told how to block the emotional reaction to pain. It turned out that all emotional experiences and the negative reaction of a person to external stimuli are controlled by a special amygdala.
The emotional sphere of man is poorly studied by science. So far, scientists say only that it is necessary for a person to warn him of the potential danger from a particular source.
Pharmaceutical AI taught to circumvent patents
Relying on the articles on chemical reactions published in the last 250 years, the algorithm finds highly efficient ways of synthesizing the necessary molecules. The program was bought by the pharmaceutical giant Merck in 2017. With its help, new ways of synthesis were discovered.
Physicists have discovered a new way to control light
A team of specialists from the National Physical Laboratory of the United Kingdom and Heriot-Watt University (Scotland) investigated the process of controlling light in optical ring resonators — tiny devices that accumulate high luminous intensity values. Analysis of the change in the time between pulses of light and its polarization led to the discovery of a new method of controlling light, writes Phys.org.
Scientists have named the main cause of the destruction of bee colonies.
The syndrome of the destruction of bee families is being actively investigated by scientists, who cite three possible causes: the lack or insufficient variety of food, the spread of parasitic varroa mites, and the toxic effect of sprayed pesticides, primarily neonicotinoids.
Three viruses were found in a well at a two-kilometer depth.
The 5P well was drilled in the vicinity of the village of Chazhemto in the Tomsk region in the 50s of the last century in the hope of obtaining oil. Instead of oil from the well went hot water. The well was mothballed, all these years it has not been used. In April 2016, scientists from Moscow and Tomsk took a water sample from it. In laboratory studies, it turned out that there is approximately a microgram of various genetic material in the water left by microorganisms living deep underground. And besides them, scientists were able to detect DNA fragments, probably belonging to viruses. Those were at least three. Scientists have concluded that these underground viruses, which lived at an approximate depth of two kilometers, are among the bacteriophages of the order Caudovirales. What kind of bacteria they infected is now unknown. Read the details in the article published in ScienceDirect.
97.7% UV disinfection is effective in eliminating pathogens in hospitals
The use of ultraviolet (UV) disinfection technology to reduce the risk of nosocomial infections eliminates up to 97.7% of pathogens in operating rooms. This is reported by the results of a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control.
Craftsmen remade “VAZ-2108” in the supercar Lamborghini
Who was the author of the project to transform the “VAZ-2108” in a supercar Lamborghini not reported, but it is known that this is a Russian craftsman
AvtoVAZ was going to produce electric cars
Experts told about an unknown fact from the history of AvtoVAZ. It turns out that in the depths of the automobile plant in Togliatti a prototype of an electric-powered machine was created. The conceptual model called “Rapan” was even shown on a separate booth of the Paris Auto Show in 1998.
Honda introduced the new crossover Honda CR-V 2019 in Detroit
The exterior design of the model has changed only in details – the crossover has received modified fog lights, and the lower edging of the bumpers is now painted in body color, a powerful crankcase is installed on the bottom and a “shark fin” disappeared from the roof. The salon stands out for its high ergonomics and intuitive understandable simplicity, Tarantas News experts noted.
The motor range of the model is quite wide and is represented by a 2.0-liter i-VTEC rated at 150 hp, a 2.4-liter i-VTEC Earth Dreams selling 188 hp, and a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine 175 hp Under the hood there will be 1.6-liter diesel engines with a capacity of 120 or 160 hp. depending on the modification. Drive – front or full to choose from.
Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport will be the new rally sports car
The German company Porsche has announced plans to return to the rally, for which work is already underway to create a special version based on the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport model.
A copy of the Hyundai Santa Fe for 900 thousand rubles is preparing for sale
Pictures of the Haima SG00 serial SUV appeared on the website of the Ministry of Industry of China. The new serial crossover Haima SG00 is a copy of the updated Hyundai Santa Fe. Concept novikas showed last spring