Europe’s largest floating solar power plant finally opens in France

Europe’s largest floating solar power plant finally opens in France

The most powerful floating solar PV plant in Europe was inaugurated in southern France on Friday (18 October), marking another milestone in the development of solar energy. The Rhône valley in southern France is best known for its fine wines and gorgeous food. Now, it can also add solar power to its list of attractions. The O’MEGA1 project is a 17 megawatt (MW) solar plant situated in Piolenc, a commune in the Vaucluse department, near Orange and Avignon. The project is unique in several ways. To start with, it is…

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“Women bring crop failure”: fighting stereotypes in agriculture

“Women bring crop failure”: fighting stereotypes in agriculture

There is an urgent need to fight gender stereotypes in EU agriculture as women’s multilevel skills have a lot to offer in the future of the field, centre-left MEP Isabel Carvalhais said. Speaking at an event organised by EU farmers and cooperatives union (Copa-Cogeca) yesterday (15 October) in the European Parliament, the socialist MEP illustrated the stereotypes in agriculture citing a personal experience from her father’s farm in Portugal. Carvalhais said in her family, and in most families with small farms, there has been a tradition that the first crop…

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Why is oligarch Kolomoisky helping Putin to lift sanctions for the annexation of Crimea?

Why is oligarch Kolomoisky helping Putin to lift sanctions for the annexation of Crimea?

On October 1, Ukraine resumed commercial import of electricity from Russia, which captured Crimea in 2014 and conducted a military intervention in the Donbass in eastern Ukraine. Electricity is sold by the company of a friend of Russian President Putin and bought by the company of an oligarch close to Ukrainian President Zelensky. The aggression of Russia against Ukraine has outraged democratic countries. To support Ukraine, they introduced unprecedented sanctions against Russia. Ukraine also imposed sanctions against Russia. After 2014, she reduced economic and diplomatic relations with Moscow. There are…

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East-West corridor: “hard” and “soft” connection? Global eurasia conference

East-West corridor: “hard” and “soft” connection? Global eurasia conference

A conference organised on ‘Global Eurasia – connectivity as a driver for peace, stability and security’ raised questions such as “greener” connectivity, in line with Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen’s priorities. But diplomats from the region were more focused on infrastructure. The panellists on Tuesday (8 October) were the ambassadors to the EU of two countries from the Eastern Partnership, Azerbaijan and Georgia, and two from Central Asia – Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The EU has separate tracks with both groups of countries, but “connectivity” seems to be the overarching,…

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Pioneer batteries awarded the Nobel Prize

Pioneer batteries awarded the Nobel Prize

Three scientists have won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for putting power in peoples’ pockets by developing rechargeable lithium-ion batteries which made the global information technology, mobile and fossil-fuel free revolutions possible. American John Goodenough, at 97, became the oldest winner of a Nobel prize and shares the award with Stanley Whittingham from Britain and Akira Yoshino of Japan, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Nobel Committee said on Wednesday (9 October). “Lithium-ion batteries have revolutionised our lives since they first entered the market in 1991. They have laid…

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White House refuses to comply with impeachment requirement

White House refuses to comply with impeachment requirement

Donald Trump pushed the United States towards a constitutional crisis on Tuesday when his legal counsel said the White House would refuse to cooperate with Congress’s impeachment inquiry. “Given that your inquiry lacks any legitimate constitutional foundation, any pretense of fairness, or even the most elementary due process protections, the Executive Branch cannot be expected to participate in it,” the counsel Pat Cipollone said in a letter to Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives. The eight-page missive came after the Trump administration abruptly blocked a key witness in the…

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What is the best way to deal with the Joker?

What is the best way to deal with the Joker?

Donald Trump’s looming tariffs on European products will be the most serious and irrational attack against its main trade partner. Europe is still clueless about how to deal with a man whose impulsive behaviour is bringing down the international system. Our closest ally became our worst nightmare (terrorism aside) since Trump took over in the White House. He slapped tariffs on steel and aluminum exporters and Spanish olives. He dumped the Paris Agreement and the Iran deal, two initiatives behind which the Europeans threw all their weight. He is about…

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Air traffic growth suggests that “sustainable” and “development” are incompatible

Air traffic growth suggests that “sustainable” and “development” are incompatible

Air travel is not the only threat to life on earth, but it is a useful barometer of runaway economic growth and development that, if allowed to continue unmitigated, will irreparably harm the planet, writes Jonathan Gornall. Jonathan Gornall is a British journalist, formerly with The Times, who has lived and worked in the Middle East and is now based in the UK. Gornall contributed this op-ed for the Syndication Bureau, an opinion and analysis article syndication service that focuses exclusively on the Middle East. Last month, the European aerospace…

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Why is the death of the tone tells about the aging of Europe?

Why is the death of the tone tells about the aging of Europe?

The EU’s ageing problems can’t be stopped by either fertility or migration. But labour participation and education trends offer clear reasons for optimism, writes Nicholas Gailey.​ Nicholas Gailey is the co-author of Demographic Scenarios for the EU. In prosperous countries – including every single EU member state – long life spans and low birth rates are driving the average age upward. This byproduct of medical success and personal choice has set the stage for labour force decline, risking Europe’s ability to support itself. Many prominent voices clash over ways to…

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According to the representative of Bayer, in the next 5 years there is no “magic” alternative to glyphosate

According to the representative of Bayer, in the next 5 years there is no “magic” alternative to glyphosate

In the next five years, no alternative to glyphosate is going to “magically” appear in the market, Dr Bob Reiter, a high-ranking official from Bayer, told EURACTIV.com, referring to the controversial herbicide that has been the subject of heated debates across Europe. Speaking to EURACTIV on the sidelines of the Future of Farming Dialogue event in Monheim, Dr Reiter, who is the head of research and development, crop science at Bayer, said glyphosate might be a “once in a lifetime product”. Last year, Bayer bought US-based Monsanto, which produces glyphosate,…

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