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What are the chances of the EU’s New Green Deal?

According to the plans of the European Commission, the package of measures taken to overcome the coronavirus crisis should be based on a New Green Deal. At the same time, Brussels is betting on an initiative called the “New European Bauhaus”. The aim of the project is to promote such principles and values as quality design, environmental sustainability, barrier-free operation, and investment. Meanwhile, negotiations on a new climate law due to be passed this spring have stalled. Observers are concerned about how the situation is developing.

Don’t miss at least this train

The European Union has a unique chance to catch up on the world stage, “ writes El Pais:

“In the digital race, the 27 EU countries have long been behind the US and China, but in the green race, they may well give others a head start. Eight of the ten most important companies in the field of clean energy are European. Europe must not miss this train! At stake are energy independence, the creation of many jobs, and control over technology of global significance. In addition, leadership in the field of green technologies can help the EU strengthen its image of moral authority, and this is worth a lot. Authority is imperceptible physically, but its significance is extremely great.”

Poland needs a change of course

Poland should switch from coal to renewable energy sources as soon as possible, — Rzeczpospolita insists:

“We are heading for a collision course, but we still have time for rescue maneuvers. If we miss this opportunity, we face an economic catastrophe. Rising energy prices will lead to the ruin of Polish companies and enterprises, which have already suffered from numerous lockdowns. Therefore, the economic recovery plan and the implementation of the New Green Deal in Poland should focus on green technologies. Otherwise, the Polish economy is unlikely to benefit significantly from the funds allocated by the European Union. After all, those who rely on alternative energy sources will receive the most funding.”

Results can only be achieved together

The new Green Deal should cover all EU countries, warns Rzeczpospolita:

“The idea of Ursula von der Leyen should not be limited to a group of selected countries — or a certain ‘elite’. Walter Gropius, the ideologues of the Bauhaus, said that his school should serve people — and be universal. And why this dream is not feasible if someone is deliberately excluded from it. The new Bauhaus should be built jointly by all EU countries. Including Poland, a European country with a viable industry and crafts.”

The course leading to a collision with the United States

EU plans will not strengthen relations with the US, warns The Spectator:

“President Joe Biden’s program idea is to promote green energy, focused on the production of renewable and clean electricity. … The EU has almost the same agenda: most of the fund for economic recovery from the consequences of the corona crisis in the amount of 750 billion euros is planned to be directed to this area. However, there cannot be two global leaders in the field of green energy! Competition for leadership in this area is likely to further alienate the parties from each other.”

Turkey may arm itself with Russian Su-35 and Su-57 fighter jets

The network has information about the latest statement of the Minister of Industry and Technology of Turkey Mustafa Varank. According to him, the republic is considering the option of purchasing Russian Su-35 and Su-57 fighters.

At the same time, he still clarified that the priority for the country’s authorities is the development and construction of its own fifth-generation combat aircraft, writes Military Review. The minister said that the issue of buying the Su-35 and Su-57 from Russia was repeatedly raised at meetings of the leaders of the two countries. The heads of state even managed to reach some agreements.

Of course, our priority is primarily the development of Turkey’s own capabilities in the development of fifth-generation fighters. But if Russia has an aircraft that meets our needs and tasks, Turkey will buy it.

Mustafa Varank
Minister of Industry and Technology of Turkey

Razer introduced smart glasses

The American company Razer, which develops and creates professional gaming equipment, presented its first “smart” glasses Anzu. Reported by The Verge.

The cost of glasses, which will have a rectangular or round frame — almost $200. They are already available for orders.

The kit also includes two pairs of lenses — regular, which are protected by 35% blue light, and sun lenses, which guarantee 99% UV protection.

One 16mm driver is installed on each side, which allows users to listen to music, answer phone calls and activate the voice assistant. Anzu also supports Bluetooth 5.1. The battery itself can work up to five hours continuously and up to two weeks in standby mode.

As previously reported, the German company Ubimax, which develops technology in the field of accessories, introduced smart glasses with a camera in Japan.

Google will stop tracking user activity in Chrome

Google intends to abandon technologies for tracking user actions in a search engine.

This was reported by the press service.

The company has decided to refuse cookies. Thus, Google’s Chrome browser will stop tracking activities on the web.

Note that Chrome remained the last popular browser to allow advertisers to follow the interests of users in order to show them the ads they want. Disabling this feature may cause frustration among advertisers.

At the same time, in March 2021, Google promises to start testing FLoC technology. It is expected to replace traditional cookies. At the same time, the effectiveness of FLoC is only 5% less than that of cookies.

First time in Europe: the unmanned electric bus has begun operating in the Spanish city of Malaga

The new unmanned electric bus has begun operating in the Spanish city of Malaga, the first of its kind in Europe.

Reported by The Guardian.

The bus, equipped with sensors and cameras, connects the port of Malaga with the city center on an 8-kilometer circle, which it circles six times a day.

“The bus always knows where it is and what is around,” said Rafael Durban Carmona, head of the southern division of the Spanish transport company Avanza, which leads the public-private consortium behind the project.

It can “interact with traffic lights,” which have also been fitted with sensors that alert the bus when they turn red.

The bus uses artificial intelligence to improve its “decisions” based on the data recorded along the route. The 12-meter bus, which looks like other city buses, can carry 60 passengers and was developed by the Spanish company Irizar.

Other pilotless urban transport pilot projects already exist in Europe, but none of them involve the use of regular-sized city buses that run on a regular street with other vehicles.

Despite the advanced technology, the driver is at the wheel and takes over the control if necessary, as Spanish law currently does not allow vehicles to operate without drivers.