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The European Commission wants to declare nuclear and gas energy “green”

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The European Commission wants to classify some natural gas and nuclear power plants as “green”, with the caveat that these energy sources are “transitional”. In the final rule, published on Wednesday, gas-fired power plants in this decade will be considered “green” if they emit less than 270 g of CO2 equivalent per kWh of electricity produced or their annual emissions do not exceed 550 kg of CO2 equivalent for 20 years per kW.

The European Commission wants to declare nuclear and gas energy

These could be plants with relatively high CO2 emissions, provided they switch to low-carbon gas or reduce hours of operation in subsequent years. They should move to work with low-carbon gases by 2035. The requirement contained in the previous draft, according to which plants must begin the transition in 2026, has been removed.

New nuclear power plants must obtain a building permit before 2045 to receive the green investment label, and must be located in a country with a plan and funds to safely dispose of radioactive waste by 2050.

The reaction of countries to this proposal depends on the extent to which they depend on gas and nuclear power plants. For example, France, which gets about 70% of its electricity from nuclear power, leads the camp of proponents of the proposed rules, which also includes Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

On the other hand, Germany, which will shut down its three remaining nuclear power plants by the end of this year, will instead rely on natural gas, which it calls a “transitional technology.” Germany says it will replace natural gas with cleaner alternatives like hydrogen by 2045.

Belgium plans to phase out nuclear power by 2045. Switzerland also intends to phase out its nuclear power plants. Denmark and Luxembourg oppose nuclear power, and Austria has even repeated its threat to sue if nuclear power is classified as a renewable energy source.

EU countries and the European Parliament have four months to potentially block the rules, which could be done by a qualified majority in 20 of the 27 EU countries. However, this is considered unlikely. If approved, the new rules will take effect from January 2023.

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The electric version of the best-selling car in the US. Ford F-150 Lightning finally started shipping to retail customers

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The electric version of the best selling car in the US

Ford has finally begun shipping its F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck to retail customers.

The electric version of the best-selling car in the US.  Ford F-150 Lightning finally started shipping to retail customers

The company started production of the machines last month, and now the machines have begun to arrive to customers. The very first such lucky person is captured in the photo above.

A resident of Michigan booked a Platinum Trim Lightning package on May 20 last year, and he received the car on May 26 of this year, that is, almost exactly a year later. Interestingly, this person owns a Tesla Model 3, has already posted a Cybertruck deposit, and was considering buying a Rivian R1T.

Since the Ford F-Series is the best-selling car in the US, it’s no surprise that the company has amassed a huge amount of pre-orders for the electric version, and right now Ford can’t say exactly when it will be able to fulfill all these orders. This year, the company is going to produce only 40,000 cars, despite the fact that orders have been collected at least 200,000.

Including subsidies, the car in the US starts at $40,000.

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Telegram Premium is getting closer – the messenger will no longer be “free forever”

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Since its global launch, the Telegram messenger has positioned itself as a “free forever” product. This message appeared when installing the program on Android. More precisely, the slogan was: “Telegram is free forever. Without advertising. No subscription fees.” But now it looks like things are about to change.

Telegram Premium is getting closer - the messenger will no longer be “free forever”

Developer Alessandro Paluzzi said that the text of the slide has changed in the section with translations for the client applications of the messenger. Now it looks like this: “Telegram offers free unlimited cloud storage for chats and media files.” Although there has been no official statement from the developers so far, it can be assumed that this is preparation for the launch of Telegram Premium.

In the fall of 2021, advertising appeared in the messenger: ads began to be displayed in large channels and groups. Premium features were also previously announced: in particular, paid account holders will receive a special badge next to their name, full-screen emojis and some other features will be available to them.

Thus, Telegram plans to improve the monetization of the product.

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A brand new Apple product could be unveiled in a week. The company registers the trademark realityOS

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It seems that Apple may at least nominally introduce its mixed reality headset in the near future.

A brand new Apple product could be unveiled in a week.  The company registers the trademark realityOS

Shortly before the WWDC 2022 event, which starts in a week, two company applications for the registration of the realityOS trademark were discovered on the Web at once. Recall that this will be the name of the operating system for the Apple headset.

These applications were filed back in December, but the important thing is that they have a foreign filing deadline – the date by which an applicant must file a foreign patent application in order to claim an earlier domestic patent application – June 8th. That is, two days after WWDC. That is, it is very likely that it is at WWDC 2022 that the Cupertino giant will for the first time tell something about its headset, or at least its OS.

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