Resistance in Sweden to Selling, Rather Than Closing, Lignite Mines and Plants in Eastern Germany

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Megan Darby for Climate Change News:The Swedish government is expected to decide this week whether to allow the sale of some of Europe’s most polluting assets. At issue are state-owned Vattenfall’s brown coal mines and plants in Germany, which it wants to offload to Czech firm EPH.Olivia Linander of 350.org urged the ruling parties to “show they take the Paris Agreement seriously” by blocking the transaction.An opinion poll commissioned by Greenpeace, WWF and Swedish Society for Nature Conservation suggests the public is inclined to agree. Nearly half (49%) oppose the sale, compared to 27% in favour.The figures are similar among voters for the Social Democrats, whose minister Mikael Damberg is responsible for the decision: 49% against, 32% for.Vattenfall expects to lose US$2.7-3.3 billion in the transaction, yet argues it is cheaper than holding onto the loss-making business.Shedding the five opencast mines and four power stations will shrink the firm’s carbon footprint by two thirds – seen as desirable for its reputation and bankability.Gerard Wynn, analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis, questioned whether it would really be more expensive for Vattenfall to decommission the mines.“If it is about brand, it is not great if you are potentially going to create a big mess in Eastern Germany,” he said. “Which is more important, bankers or your voters?”Sweden faces climate test as voters oppose brown coal sale Resistance in Sweden to Selling, Rather Than Closing, Lignite Mines and Plants in Eastern Germanylast_img read more

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Wigwe Salutes Access Bank Games’ Participants

first_imgHe added that the Games will be an annual event with more games to be introduced in the next edition.“We just devote ourselves to living healthy. We are determined as a starting point to put Nigeria in the international map of tourism as we did with Access Lagos Marathon last year. Many people now see Lagos as a tourist centre.”“The Games also help us to build good brotherliness and togetherness among our staff. It is going to part of our corporate calendar. This is the first edition of the Access Games and we hope to sustain it as part of our contribution to sports development and healthy living,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Access Bank GMD/CEO, Herbert Wigwe has commended the team spirit displayed by all the participants at the maiden edition of the Access Games at the Teslim Balogun, Surulere, Lagos on Sunday.Wigwe said that the Games aside from keeping staffers fit, is also aimed at fostering good relationship among bankers.“It’s a game that has several activities and it is for the whole country with different houses that are competing among themselves. It is one way to build our team spirit in the bank but it is not just about our staff, we also engage our friends and customers.last_img read more

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HTCs new Exodus 1s costs 250300 runs full Bitcoin node

first_imgHTC U12+ Factory Unlocked Phone TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days ago $919.04 HTC has unveiled its new Exodus 1s smartphone which will be capable of running a full bitcoin node according to HTC, with the new Exodus 1s launching in Q4 2019 for just $250-300.   The new Exodus 1s will also have improved support for decentralized browsing, messaging, and social media apps. With the full bitcoin node sitting on the Exodus 1s you’ll be able to have the entire bitcoin blockchain chilling on your phone, verifying transactions at the snap of its digital fingers. The original Exodus debuted at $699 and didn’t make a dent in the market, but with a new $250-$300 price tag the Exodus 1s will get much more attention. HTC has been making inroads into the blockchain-on-your-phone market for a while now, with a renewed focus since the original Exodus smartphone. But now the company is doubling down with the new Exodus 1s with Phil Chen, HTC’s Chief Decentralized Officer explaining: “We think that’s foundational to the whole decentralized internet and just the whole fundamental premise. If you don’t own your keys, you don’t own your bitcoin, you don’t own your crypto”. Now, to make it clear you won’t be mining Bitcoin on the Exodus 1s or any other phone that has an entire Bitcoin node. Instead, your full Bitcoin node makes you an important part of the blockchain for verifying transactions, as you can still use regular crypto wallet software on the HTC Exodus 1s. You’ll just be one of the extremely cool kids with an entire Bitcoin node in your pocket. Chen explains that the Exodus 1s achieves this by routing the information that flows in and our of your phone through peer-to-peer connections in a distributed network “instead of passing through cloud or mainframe boards”. The company and its Exodus team want to tap the blockchain to keep your financial assets secure and within your personal control, so they are making blockchain-focused smartphones like the Exodus 1s to keep your information more secure than ever before. Most people will think that housing the entire bitcoin node on your phone is crazy and requires huge amounts of storage, but you’d be wrong. Chen added: “The bitcoin blockchain is about 200 [gigabytes], and it’s growing about 60 gigs per year. And those numbers are reasonable to hold on a smartphone. Imagine the iPod with 256 gigs … of course the music fan wants to keep the whole music library but the crypto fan wants to keep the whole bitcoin blockchain”. Chen continued: “Full nodes are the most important ingredient in the resilience of the Bitcoin network and we have lowered the barrier to entry for any person to run a node, which is simply a computer, mobile in our case, participating in a global bitcoin network that propagates transactions and blocks everywhere, which is the foundation and fundamental definition of a peer-to-peer cash system”. $797.47 center_img $919.04 US$919.04 Buylast_img read more

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