Germany's target for renewable energy sources to deliver 65% of its consumed electricity by 2030 seemed on track Wednesday, with 52% of electricity coming from renewables in 2020's first quarter. Renewable energy advocates, however, warned the trend is imperiled by slowdowns in building new wind and solar plants. … [Read more...] about Renewables make up over half of Germany’s power mix
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To set up a backdoor financing mechanism allowing European firms to do business with Iran, and dodge US sanctions, France, Germany and the UK established INSTEX, or Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges. On Tuesday, INSTEX was implemented for the first time to facilitate the export of medical devices to Iran from Europe. … [Read more...] about Is Iran using the coronavirus crisis to bolster its nuclear program?
One of the strongest curry tastes is spignel, a plant related to carrots. It’s pleasantly scented with clusters of tiny white flower heads and dark green feathery leaves, and the seeds taste of curry. For a real kick, the spear-like leaves of water pepper give a burning chilli heat, although it’s deceptive at first before the burning sensation comes out. The plant looks a bit like dock and grows in wet fields, bogs and swampy riversides. For an intense peppery taste, try pepper dulse seaweed, a remarkable little reddy-brown seaweed with fern-like fronds that clings to rocks and revealed at low tide. … [Read more...] about Britain’s native plants put the taste of spices in easy reach
Ms Hudson said: “This statement confirms that the government has broken the promise to MPs that the decision to build nuclear warheads would be taken by parliament. Instead, this deal has been agreed in secret with the United States, and the government has admitted it only after Pentagon officials let the cat of the bag. … [Read more...] about UK quietly admits it’s buying new nuclear warheads – after being forced to by US
Slovenia's government has also found itself back-pedalling. Recently installed right-wing Prime Minister Janez Jansa wanted to give police powers to track phones, use facial recognition and enter homes. But he's been forced to give up these plans after the country's information commissioner warned that Slovenia would become a "police state" if he went ahead. … [Read more...] about ‘Deep concern’ over coronavirus emergency powers