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Portugal Preparing Several Billion Dollar Clean Energy Projects for Post-Coronavirus Future

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Saved from the assaults of COVID-19 endured by her neighbor Spain, Portugal is expecting to jump, instead of pussyfoot, out of their lockdown activities by propelling a progression of clean vitality extends that could create 5.5 billion euro in European vitality speculation.

The new solar-powered hydrogen plant near the port of Sines is a modern “green” hydro-electric project that generates electricity through a process called electrolysis, and it could contribute 1 gigawatt of power by 2023 if investment arrives.

“The economy can’t develop along the lines of the past and our post-coronavirus vision is to make riches from ventures that decrease carbon outflows and advance vitality change and feasible portability,” Portugal’s Minister of Environment and Energy Transition, Joao Matos Fernandes, told Reuters.

Fernandes detailed that both Portuguese energy firms, and Dutch firms are already showing interest in the hydrogen plant, and it is shaping up to be one of the biggest industrial projects and opportunities in the country.

Matos also said that Portugal will be launching a solar energy licensing auction, where international energy firms will have a chance to bid for prime solar real estate, as Portugal is one of Europe’s sunniest nations.

Initially scheduled to kick off in April, the auctions were delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak, which has taken the lives of fewer than 1,000 Portuguese, out of 24,500 confirmed cases according to Reuters. Up for bidding are 16 sites worth a combined total of 700 megawatts of solar capacity in the southern regions of Algarve and Alentejo.

Portugal has had past progress with vitality permitting barters previously, similar to last June when she sold 1,150 MW of sun based vitality limit at a record-low cost of 14.8 megawatts every hour—for the most part to global vitality speculators from Britain, Spain, France, and Germany.

Already in 2016, 28% of nationwide power came from renewables. During that year they set a European record for entirely powering the country with renewables for four straight days.

Though just 11 years ago, Portugal was generating more CO2 than Bangladesh, despite having one-sixteenth the population density, their plans for 2030 are to be producing 7,000 MW per hour of clean energy and close to all their remaining coal plants.

Meanwhile, in Germany a string of recent sunny days in April led to record-setting clean-energy production. The solar power was generating around 40% nationwide, with all their renewables together accounting for a whopping 78%—while coal and nuclear less than a quarter.

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US Unemployment Rate Declines as 2.5 Million Workers Return to Work

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After the US business rate has been soaring in the midst of the novel coronavirus lockdowns, market analysts were satisfied that their increasingly critical gauges weren’t right, when the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) gave an empowering report for the long stretch of May.

The most recent BLS report on US work misfortune demonstrated the terrible joblessness numbers really fell after 2.5 million representatives had the option to come back to work in the relaxation and cordiality, development, instruction and wellbeing administrations, and retail enterprises.

Market analysts initially foreseen jobless numbers to top 20% in May, however the complete presently evaluated by the bipartisan profession authorities in the BLM tumbled to an expected 16.3%.

Despite the level of jobless populace being more terrible than the Great Depression, the report is an invited decrease—and it is generally credited to social limitations being consistently moved back over the US.

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New Zealand lifts all Covid restrictions, proclaiming the country infection free

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New Zealand has lifted practically the entirety of its coronavirus restrictions subsequent to revealing no active cases in the nation.

At 12 PM local time (12:00 GMT), all of New Zealand moved to level one, the most minimal of a four-level alert framework.

Under new rules, social distancing is not required and there are no limits on public gatherings, but borders remain closed to foreigners.

New Zealand has reported no new Covid-19 cases for more than two weeks.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters she did “a little dance” when she was told the country no longer had any active virus cases.

“While we’re in a safer, stronger position, there’s still no easy path back to pre-Covid life, but the determination and focus we have had on our health response will now be vested in our economic rebuild,” Ms Ardern said.

“While the job is not done, there is no denying this is a milestone. So can I finish with a very simple, ‘Thank you, New Zealand’.”

‘A sustained effort’

New Zealand initially went into lockdown on 25 March, setting up another four-phase alert framework and going in at level four, where most organizations were closed, schools shut and individuals were advised to remain at home.

After more than five weeks, it moved to level three in April, allowing takeaway food shops and some non-essential businesses to re-open.

As the number of community cases continued to decline, the country moved into level two in mid-May.

The move to level one comes ahead of time – the government had originally planned to make the move on 22 June, but it was brought forward after no new cases were reported for 17 days.

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Under the new standards, all schools and work environments can open. Weddings, burial services and open vehicle can continue with no limitations. Social separating is not, at this point required yet will be empowered.

The country’s borders remain closed to foreign travellers, and rules remain in place requiring New Zealanders arriving from abroad to go through a 14-day period of isolation or quarantine.

Ms Ardern warned that the country would “certainly see cases again”, adding that “elimination is not a point in time, it is a sustained effort”.

New Zealand has recorded 1,154 confirmed cases and 22 deaths from Covid-19 since the virus arrived in late February, but has been widely praised for its handling of the crisis.

For some, the most recent declaration is a reason for festivity – however not without alert. Auckland-based lorry driver Patrick Weston told the that: “Everyone is so happy we’re finally through this, but we’re still nervous.

“I think the main thing people are worried about is the economy – so many people out of work, so many people looking for work at the same time.

“[On Tuesday] all limitations are lifted and we can carry on as ordinary. Games, music occasions would all be able to happen with no limitation of numbers. We’re despite everything being urged to social separation obviously, so we trust individuals will be sensible.

“We’re glad, however nervous about what’s to come.”

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Italians Turn Old Tradition of Charitable Giving into Modern COVID Response

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Italians Turn Old Tradition of Charitable Giving into Modern COVID Response With ‘Suspended Shopping’

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Caffe sospeso—an Italian term which means ‘suspended coffee’—is what someone says in a Naples café when they’re feeling generous and want to pay it forward to someone less fortunate.

The tradition has come back into fashion in the last decade, but suspended coffee is an old Napolitano custom that actually arose after World War II, according to Luciano de Crescenzo’s book Caffe Sospesoperhaps as a result of people wanting a release for their charitable urges.

Now, in their COVID-conscious culture, a more generous version of the tradition is sweeping Italy with ‘suspended shopping’ (la spesa sospesa).

COVID-19 has accomplished more harm in Italy than anyplace else, and due to the outrageous troubles, individuals are going into shops and covering the basic food item bills for outsiders who may be jobless.

An estimated one in every two Italians has been out of work—or in ‘lavoro sospeso’, suspended work—since early March, and people are beginning to wonder how they will be able to afford to feed their families.

Shop owner Michela Buccilli in Rome’s Piazza San Giovanni della Malva, says she has been matching the donations of anyone who has something to spare. One customer told NPR news, after she asked to donate a kilogram (2.2 pounds) of oranges to a local aid group, the store owner went ahead and sent a whole crate.

The Power of the Internet

COVID-19 has shuttered two million Italian businesses, and citizens often compare such challenges to the ones posed by World War II.

In 1940s and 50s, a happy-go-lucky person in Naples might make a humanitarian gesture, after picking up a coffee from a street vendor, as if he were “buying a coffee for the world.” Italy was in economic straights after World War II, and it was common for people not to have enough money for a coffee.

Presently with the web on their side, cutting edge Italians have more chances to help neighborhood organizations. One Italian foodie site, Puntarella Rossa, as of late propelled il calice sospeso “the suspended wine glass,” where perusers can purchase vouchers worth 1 glass, or 1 jug of wine from a neighborhood bar—redeemable after the lockdown orders are lifted.

“We did it as a way to help these businesses economically,” Livia Belardelli, the site’s wine blogger told NPR. But it also nourishes the communities that support the shops.

Since April 1st, Belardelli says more than 150 readers and patrons have paid for wine-in-waiting at over 30 wine bars.

But wine, coffee, and groceries aren’t the only things being “suspended.” From sustainable clothing brand Re-Bello comes a crowd-funding campaign called One-for-One Mask.

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An Italian news organize depicted it as ‘La Mascherina Sospesa’— you got it, the suspended cover. An individual can get one launderable, antibacterial veil, and the benefits go to giving a second cover to a displaced person in Cyprus through an European guide association Refugee Support Europe.

On the inside of every mask lies a simple line bending into a smile alongside an embroidered message “The world will smile with you”. So far, 7700 of the 27,000 Euro needed for the project has been accumulated. You can contribute to it on Indiegogo by buying masks for yourself and a refugee, (1 mask for you, and 1 for a refugee) or 2 for 2, or 5 for 5.

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