German bid to tweak EU gas car phase-out peeves partners
25 March 2023 | 1:08 pm
Berlin wants last-ditch changes to the landmark EU law spelling the demise of the combustion engine from 2035. It’s not a good look on the international stage, observers in Brussels warn.
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A gas leak at an informal settlement claimed 17 lives, with several others hospitalized. The incident has been linked to a nitrate oxide gas leakage from a cylinder used in an illegal mining activity.
Fresh figures have shown the extent of the European Union's efforts to reduce its energy dependency on Russia, with Moscow accounting for just 3 percent of the bloc's oil imports in the first quarter of this year, compared to 26 percent during the same period in 2022. The EU has also moved away from Russian natural gas, relying more heavily on Norway, the UK and Algeria. This comes as the decline in Moscow's export revenues weakens its currency.
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India on Friday sent its Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft on a mission to land on the moon, hoping to join the three other countries that have managed the feat.
Germans are losing interest in starting their own business or becoming self-employed. The German Chambers of Industry and Commerce see the trend as a threat to the country's economic development.
Cars and roads damaged after gas explosion rips through Johannesburg CBD.
Dutch harbors are gearing up to import, store and distribute the clean fuels set to drive Europe’s decarbonization. Businesses see big money on the horizon as the EU moves away from fossil fuels.
Nigerians, like Justice Ojah, have been converting their generators to run on gas after the West African country removed the popular fuel subsidy which saw the petrol price triple.
A powerful explosion rocked a gas station in Russia's city of Makhachkala, located in the Caucasian Dagestan region, killing 35 people and injuring 80 others. The explosion, which occurred Monday evening, caused a major fire, which spread to an area of more than 600 square meters (6,458 square feet), region's Governor Sergey Melikov said in a statement.
The European Commission estimates that the bloc now has enough gas to cover a third of its winter needs. It says the EU energy market is in a much more stable position than it was this time last year.
A year ago, Russia stopped gas flows to the EU via the Nord Stream pipeline to inflict pain on the bloc for its overwhelming support for Ukraine. The weaponization of its gas supplies has ended up hurting Moscow more.
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