Europe

Polio virus detected in wastewater from London and New York
United States, UK

Polio virus detected in wastewater from London and New York

The polio virus was detected in wastewater from New York City, United States of America. This signal suggests that there is “local transmission of the virus”, according to information provided by the authorities, this Saturday. This confirmation comes less than a month after the country reported the first case of the disease in almost a decade. Given this scenario, the authorities have already warned the population to get vaccinated, especially children, who are the group most affected by the disease. "The risk to New Yorkers is real, but the defense is so simple - get vaccinated against Polio," Ashwin Vasan, New York City's health commissioner, said in a statement. However, London, the capital of the United Kingdom, also reported evidence of the virus in sewers at the end of June, an...
Norway prepares to limit gas sales to the EU and worsens energy crisis
Norway

Norway prepares to limit gas sales to the EU and worsens energy crisis

The Norwegian government has announced that it is planning to reduce energy exports to European Union countries. As one of the continent's main electricity providers, Oslo's retreat will further exacerbate the energy crisis that has intensified since Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February. This Monday, the Norwegian Minister of Energy, Terje Aasland, said that the country will give priority to the security of its own energy reserves, which, if they fall below the minimum levels established, will lead Norway to suspend the sending of energy abroad. Norway produces much of its electricity through hydroelectric power plants, so if water levels fall below normal levels, the country will trigger a cut in exports, a possible scenario given that in the spring it rained less than anticipated, a...
Official: Strategy for cutting gas consumption has already been published in the Journal of the EU
European Union

Official: Strategy for cutting gas consumption has already been published in the Journal of the EU

The regulation was published this Monday, establishing the strategy to reduce gas consumption by up to 15% in the European Union until March 31, 2023. As of tomorrow, August 9, Member States will have to start tightening the “energy belt” to ensure that Europe has enough gas reserves to face the coming winter. The text determining the standards for saving gas in the European Union was published in the Official Journal of the EU and enters into force the next day, that is, tomorrow. The proposal was approved by the European Council, with 25 votes in favor and two against (Hungary and Poland), after the first version of the plan put forward by the European Commission under Ursula von der Leyen was strongly criticized by a majority of States. members, who accused the initial strategy of b...
Romanians advised to buy iodine pills over risk of nuclear disaster
Romania

Romanians advised to buy iodine pills over risk of nuclear disaster

Romania's Health Minister Alexandru Rafila today urged the population under 40 to stock up "as soon as possible" with iodine tablets, given the risk of a nuclear disaster in neighboring Ukraine. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) warned Sunday of the risk of a “nuclear disaster” at the Ukrainian power station in Zaporijia, which has been occupied by Russia since March after the installations were attacked again on Friday, including Kyiv and Moscow accuses each other. This power station, the largest in Europe, is located in a region 700 km from the border with Romania. The Minister of Health, Alexandru Rafila, urged those under 40 to “present themselves as soon as possible to the family doctor from whom they must ask for a prescription”, reports the Romanian news agency Agerp...
NASA: Russia could be burning gas that was supposed to reach Europe
Space, Russia, Ukraine

NASA: Russia could be burning gas that was supposed to reach Europe

NASA has recorded fires at a Russian compressor station since the day that gas supplies to Europe began to be cut off. And the Ukrainian energy minister confirms burning. The amount of gas that reaches Europe from Russia has been decreasing since the war on Ukrainian territory began, and now there is a hypothesis that Moscow could be burning this surplus of gas. The images from the satellite that monitors the fires by NASA, advances the Finnish station Yle, show that every day, since June 17, there have been flames recorded at the Portovaya compression station - which is managed by the Russian company Gazprom and is also responsible for the transporting gas from one location to another. The 17th of June is, in fact, a milestone, since it was from this date that the delivery of gas to G...
Gazprom suspends gas supply to Latvia
Latvia

Gazprom suspends gas supply to Latvia

The Russian consortium Gazprom announced today the immediate suspension of gas supplies to Latvia, alleging violation of supply conditions. “Today Gazprom suspended gas supplies to Latvia […] due to breach of supply conditions,” the company announced in a statement. The decision comes at a time when Gazprom decided to lower deliveries of Russian gas to Europe through the Nord Stream pipeline, citing the need for maintenance of the turbines. Source: With Agencies
Germany is on the brink of recession
Germany

Germany is on the brink of recession

“Germany is on the brink of recession”, warned this Monday the IFO, the country's main economic think tank, which periodically publishes a survey of entrepreneurs. “Germany is on the brink of recession”, warned this Monday the IFO, the country's main economic think tank, which periodically publishes a survey of entrepreneurs. This time, these entrepreneurs “indicated that they anticipate a significant deterioration of conditions in the coming months”, which portends “uncomfortable times” for the largest European economy. Activity in the industrial sector “declined sharply”, raising levels of pessimism in that sector to the lowest levels that marked the beginning of the pandemic. In the services sector, “the business climate [also] has deteriorated significantly”. Germany faces unc...
Ukrainian ports hit hours after grain deal
Ukraine

Ukrainian ports hit hours after grain deal

Several explosions hit the port city of Odessa on Saturday morning. Russian forces have already started bombing Ukrainian ports again, hours after they signed the agreement on exports. Several explosions hit the port city of Odessa on Saturday morning. The cause of the explosions is still unclear, according to the British channel BBC. Under the terms of Friday's agreement, brokered by the UN and Turkey, Russia agreed not to attack ports while grain shipments are in transit. This agreement was described by the UN Secretary-General as "a beacon on the Black Sea" after months of conflict. But according to what Oleksiy Honcharenko, a parliamentarian from Odessa, wrote on Telegram, there were six explosions in the city and the port caught fire after this morning's attack, which goes agai...
Cereals. Agreement sealed between praise for Guterres and doubts about Russia
Ukraine, Russia

Cereals. Agreement sealed between praise for Guterres and doubts about Russia

Doubts about Russia's good faith in the agreement to export Ukrainian grain withheld overshadowed the signing of the documents today in Turkey, a long-awaited moment that earned António Guterres and the UN's mediation praise. The distrust between the Russian and Ukrainian parties was evident even in the highly choreographed signing ceremony: rejecting any agreement with invading Russia, Ukraine signed a separate "twin" agreement with Turkey and the UN. After two months of intense negotiations, the documents aim to create a control center in Istanbul, headed by representatives of the parties involved: a Ukrainian, a Russian, a Turkish, and a United Nations representative. These should establish the schedule for rotating ships in the Black Sea, starting with an inspection of ships carry...
Kyiv will only sign agreement to unlock cereals with Turkey and the UN
Ukraine, Turkey

Kyiv will only sign agreement to unlock cereals with Turkey and the UN

Ukraine assured today that it will only sign an agreement to unblock grain exports with the UN and Turkey, indicating that Russia will have to sign a parallel and separate agreement with the same mediators. Kyiv's clarification was advanced by a Ukrainian presidential adviser, just moments from the signing of the agreement in the Turkish city of Istanbul. The same representative also stressed that Ukraine rejects having Russian escorts to its ships or Moscow representatives in the country's ports. "Ukraine will not sign any document with Russia. We have only signed an agreement and we have only made commitments with Turkey and the UN", said the adviser to the Ukrainian Presidency, Mikhaïlo Podoliak, in a message posted on the social network Twitter. "Russia will sign a separate mirror...