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Mon, 08 Mar 2021 17:18:01 UTC

The 800-MW Vineyard Wind 1 moves closer to starting construction

The Department of the Interior today announced that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has completed the environmental analysis of the proposed Vineyard Wind I offshore wind project. This is the final analysis that BOEM needs to either approve the project or request additional modifications. Vineyard Wind is proposing what is expected to be […]

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Mon, 08 Mar 2021 16:23:19 UTC

Jigar Shah to head up U.S. DOE loan programs office

Longtime renewable energy expert and founder of Generate Capital, Jigar Shah, has been appointed to head up the Loan Programs Office (LPO) of the US Department of Energy (DOE).   According to the website, LPO manages a portfolio comprising more than $30 billion of loans, loan guarantees, and conditional commitments covering more than 30 projects. […]

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Mon, 08 Mar 2021 15:55:20 UTC

A deeper dive into BP and Chevron’s backing of a Canada-based geothermal startup

by Jane Marsh, Blogger Renewable energy businesses can be promising investments for larger companies looking to improve their carbon footprints. Sometimes, what some might assume to be the least likely investors will pour funds into renewables. That’s the case with Eavor Technologies’ most recent round of fundraising. Oil giants BP and Chevron were among the […]

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Mon, 08 Mar 2021 14:36:38 UTC

Meet the UK’s female innovators who are disrupting business

Visionary British female entrepreneurs are receiving government backing to drive forward their novel innovations and business ideas. Announced today by Science Minister Amanda Solloway to mark International Women’s Day, 40 of the country’s top female innovators will be awarded a cash injection of £50,000 ($69,000) each, as well as bespoke mentoring, to scale up and […]

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Mon, 08 Mar 2021 08:55:00 UTC

Names of women victimized by violence painted on metal barriers protecting Mexico's National Palace

Near the front of the colonial-era presidential building, activists wrote: “Victims of Femicide” in huge letters across the top of the 3-meters barriers Reuters – The names of women victimized by violence were painted late on Saturday on metal barriers erected around Mexico's national palace ahead of a major women's march as activists turned the fencing into a makeshift billboard for their movement.

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Mon, 08 Mar 2021 08:55:00 UTC

Brazilian state of Mato Grosso admits its hospital network has collapsed

The health authorities of Mato Grosso said in a statement that 59 patients needing intensive care beds have been turned away from the state's hospitals Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, the largest grain producer in the country, announced on Sunday that its hospital network has begun to collapse, as there is a lack of intensive care beds due to the increasing number of patients suffering from COVID-19.

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Mon, 08 Mar 2021 08:35:00 UTC

Maduro and wife Cilia Flores receive first doses of Sputnik vaccine, as shown by state television

Images of both Maduro and Flores receiving their doses were broadcast on state television. Maduro said he felt “fine” after receiving the injection. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and first lady Cilia Flores have received their first doses of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, Venezuelan state television reported, while the country received a second shipment of the vaccine.

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Sat, 06 Mar 2021 09:59:00 UTC

Bolsonaro tells Brazilians stop whining about the pandemic and Sao Paulo governor calls him "crazy guy"

“Stop whining. How long are you going to keep crying about it?” Mr Bolsonaro said at an event. President Jair Bolsonaro has told Brazilians to "stop whining" about Covid-19, as he criticized measures to curb the virus despite a surge in cases and deaths. His comments came a day after Brazil saw a record rise in deaths over a 24-hour period.

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Sat, 06 Mar 2021 09:59:00 UTC

World Bank approves US$ 420 million loan to Argentina for sanitation and housing

In the Buenos Aires suburbs, 3.7 million people do not have access to water mains and 6.8 million do not have sewers The World Bank Board of Directors approved a US$ 300 million loan to expand and improve water and sanitation services in Metropolitan Buenos Aires, particularly in the most vulnerable areas. An additional US$ 120 million will be available for the construction of social housing, benefiting nearly 10,000 inhabitants of Buenos Aires Province.

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Sat, 06 Mar 2021 09:55:00 UTC

Bolsonaro confirms his trip to Argentina and supports negotiations with IMF

Last month Argentine ambassador in Brazil, Daniel Scioli anticipated that Bolsonaro was prepared to travel to Argentina to meet his peer Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro confirmed he will be traveling to Argentina on March 26th for the celebration of Mercosur's 30th anniversary, and also offered support for the president Alberto Fernandez administration negotiations with the IMF.

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Sat, 06 Mar 2021 09:50:00 UTC

Social uprising in an ultra Kirchnerite province; UN and Amnesty warn about repression

Gildo Insfran, the governor who has dominated the Formosa province for the last 25 years, is praised by president Alberto Fernandez Formosa in the north of Argentina, next to Paraguay is one of the poorest provinces in the country and has been under the iron fist control and patronage of governor Gildo Insfran, who rules as a feudal lord, with virtual control of the three branches of the local government and excellent relations with the federal government in Buenos Aires where his deputies and senators support the ruling coalition in exchange for fat checks that ensure his perpetuity.

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Sat, 06 Mar 2021 09:49:00 UTC

Maersk forecasts 3% world trade growth; regulations a challenge in Mercosur

The Danish company wants to make the handling of a container as easy as sending a letter by mail or buying food. Photo: Reuters The shipping company Maersk expects world trade to grow by 3% or more in 2021. The company sees global trade recovering, but there is still a lot of uncertainty about the size of the impact of Covid-19 on the world economy in 2021. So it is implementing a global strategy that positions it for growth in several countries, including Mercosur members.

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Sat, 06 Mar 2021 09:35:00 UTC

Norway's Equinor, YPF and Shell will operate a block in North Argentine basin

Equinor and YPF currently both hold 50% equity in the license. After the transaction each will hold 35%, with Shell holding the remaining 30% in the block Norway's Equinor and YPF have entered into an agreement with Shell to jointly farm-down 30% non-operated interests in the CAN 100 block in the North Argentine basin, offshore Argentina.

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Sat, 06 Mar 2021 09:23:00 UTC

Pandemic has pushed 20 million Latin Americans into poverty, UN report

Poverty as a whole rose to afflict a total of 208 million people — 33.7% from 30.5% of the population — in a year when the overall GDP collapsed by 7.7%. More than 20 million people were pushed into poverty during pandemic-plagued 2020 across Latin America and the Caribbean, the U.N. economic agency for the region announced this week.

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Sat, 06 Mar 2021 08:40:00 UTC

Casino supermarkets sued under French law for selling beef linked to deforestation

The groups linked Casino meat to an area of deforestation “five times the size of Paris”. Casino said it took a “rigorous” approach to its supply chains. French supermarket chain Casino is being sued by indigenous groups from the Amazon, for allegedly selling beef linked to deforestation. The 11 indigenous groups, backed by NGOs in the US and France, are seeking €3.1m in damages.

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