Argentina and Iran to join BRICS

Iran and Argentina seek to join the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa economic bloc known as BRICS. In 2022 the GDP Purchasing Power Parity (PPP **) of the 5 existing members of BRICS is greater than that of the G7 bloc. Argentina has applied to join BRICS. President Alberto Fernandez on Friday urged the creation of cooperation mechanisms that could represent the alternative to ostensibly private institutions run by – and in the interest of – the West. The Islamic Republic of Iran has also officially submitted its application to join the group of five leading economies made up of Brazil, Russia, India, … Continue reading Argentina and Iran to join BRICS

Cuban International Renewable Energy Fair

Cuba’s energy minister says the country’s long-term goal is to generate 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources. The second International Renewable Energy Fair, was held on June 22 to 24 at the Pabexpo fairgrounds in the Cuban capital, Havana, and featured the participation of important institutions and foreign companies from 29 countries. The event sought to promote foreign investment emphasizing solar energy and biomass and their efficient use in the local development and residential sectors for the gradual transition of Cuba towards an energy matrix based on renewable energies, for which foreign and national investors will be presented … Continue reading Cuban International Renewable Energy Fair

China’s wind and solar potential nine times that needed for carbon neutrality

In September 2020, China pledged to peak its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2030 and achieve “carbon neutrality” by 2060. In a new study, published in Carbon Neutrality, Drs Qingchen Chao and Wang Yang at the National Climate Center of the China Meteorological Administration explore … Continue reading China’s wind and solar potential nine times that needed for carbon neutrality

Is the West finally realizing that Russia will win the war in Ukraine?

Source: Monthly Review Online, June 23, 2022. https://mronline.org/2022/06/23/is-the-west-finally-realizing-that-russia-will-win-the-war-in-ukraine/ This article is one in a series of articles written by Mark Rolofson covering the US proxy war against Russia in Ukraine.  While this civil war in Ukraine actually began 8 years ago in 2014, the Western media narrative has portrayed this conflict as an unprovoked invasion by Russia that began on February 24, 2022.  The 8 year civil war in the Donbass Region is a direct result of the US backed coup and color revolution known as the Maidan Revolution, that ousted the democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych and installed an ultra-nationalist, anti-Russian, … Continue reading Is the West finally realizing that Russia will win the war in Ukraine?

Chinese e-vehicle battery enables 1,000-km journey on single charge

China’s leading automotive lithium-ion battery maker, Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Ltd. (CATL), revealed on Thursday a new battery that provides electric vehicles with a driving range of over 1,000 km on a single charge. With the third generation of cell-to-pack (CTP) technology, the battery named Qilin, or CTP 3.0 battery, has a volume utilization efficiency of 72 percent and an energy density of up to 255 Wh/kg for ternary battery systems, giving it the highest integration level in the world, according to CATL. The battery is named after a legendary creature named “Qilin” in Chinese mythology. By directly integrating cells … Continue reading Chinese e-vehicle battery enables 1,000-km journey on single charge

The United States – the Pacific bully

By Brian Toohey, June 24, 2022. Pearls and Irritations: https://johnmenadue.com/the-united-states-the-pacific-bully/ The US conducted 105 nuclear tests in the Pacific, mainly in the Marshall islands, between 1946 and 1962. Image: Wikipedia The US dominates the Pacific Islands to an extent China can never hope to achieve. With Australia’s support, the US is now engaged in an arms build-up in its Pacific territories and de-facto colonies in a little known boost to its containment of China. The US has three self-governing territories in the Pacific: Guam, American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands. Guam hosts some of the US’s most important bases the … Continue reading The United States – the Pacific bully

EU states returning to coal, using West’s own sanctions on Russia as excuse 

European Union countries were this time last year among those who were attacking China for using coal for energy despite the fact that China leads the world in the use of renewable energy. Now these same critics are backsliding on their much vaunted shift from coal. The Netherlands has joined Germany and Austria in reverting to coal power amid the energy crisis – a “crisis” created by the US and its NATO military apparatus. RT News reports:Dutch Climate and Energy Minister Rob Jetten has announced that the Netherlands is lifting all restrictions on coal-fired power stations to reduce natural gas … Continue reading EU states returning to coal, using West’s own sanctions on Russia as excuse 

Indonesia and China have a rapidly growing ties

China’s growing role in Indonesia’s economy is now becoming a crucial source of growth for the two nations. China has emerged as the third largest source of investment in Indonsesia, just behind Singapore and Hong Kong SAR. The combined Hong Kong and Chinese mainland investments accounted for 25 % of the total overesas invbestment in Indonesia in 2021. This only behind Singapore which accounts for 30.2 % of overesas investment, and far above Japan at 7.3 % and the USA at 8.2 %. The rapid growth in Chinese investment is a recent phenomena which only took off in the period … Continue reading Indonesia and China have a rapidly growing ties

World facing climate catastrophes – China hit by floods

Levels of rainfall not seen since the early 1960s. Authorities across much of southern China have issued weather advisories for heavy rain and severe flooding. Over 80 rivers have already seen waters exceed warning levels after days of heavy rains.  Over 1.79 million people in central China’s Hunan Province have been affected by heavy rain and more than 2,700 houses have collapsed or been seriously damaged. Around 286,000 people have been evacuated in the province, according to the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters. In Fujian Torrential rain has caused landslides and blocked roadways throughout the province and more than 63,000 residents in Fujian have been evacuated … Continue reading World facing climate catastrophes – China hit by floods