24th Mar 2023


Danish permit helps Russia to evade US pipeline sanctions

Russia is free to use its own ship, the Akademik Cherskiy, to lay the last 160km of the Nord Stream gas pipeline after the Danish Energy Agency, on Monday, gave the go-ahead for a ship of its class, which uses anchors, to do the work because there were no old WW2-era chemical munitions in the area. US sanctions had previously forced Swiss pipe-laying firm Allseas to abandon the project.

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EU's new critical raw materials act could be a recipe for conflict

Solar panels, wind-turbines, electric vehicle batteries and other green technologies require minerals including aluminium, cobalt and lithium — which are mined in some of the most conflict-riven nations on earth, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, and Kazakhstan.


Okay, alright, AI might be useful after all

Large Language Models could give the powers trained data-journalists wield, to regular boring journalists like me — who don't know how to use Python. And that makes me tremendously excited, to be honest.

Polish abortion rights activist vows to appeal case

Polish abortion rights activists Justyna Wydrzyńska was last week sentenced for giving abortion pills to a 12-week pregnant woman. She will appeal. But with a court stacked by politically-appointed judges, her chances of overturning it are slim.

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