December 7, 2015
Municipalitatea din Beijing a avertizat că poluarea va atinge niveluri foarte ridicate în intervalul de timp de marți până joi.
China se luptă să reducă poluarea atmosferică de notorietate de la Beijing de mai multă vreme, însă rezultatele nu sunt mulțumitoare.
Un prim obiectiv este legat de reducerea densității particulelor PM2,5, particule dăunătoare cu diametrul mai mic de 2,5 microni, aflate în suspensie în atmosferă.
În urmă cu o săptămână, la Beijing, nivelul din aer al particulelor PM2,5 a atins valoarea de 650 micrograme pe metru cub. Conform Organizației Mondiale a Sănătății (OMS), nivelul maxim dincolo de care aceste particule ajung să pună în pericol sănătatea este de 25 micrograme pe metru cub de aer.
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Olli Ruutu appointed Deputy Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency (EDA)
The EDA Steering Board today appointed Mr Olli Ruutu as next Deputy Chief Executive of the Agency. He will take up his duties in March 2018.
Mr Ruutu is currently the Deputy National Armaments Director at the Finnish Ministry of Defence and Director of the Materiel Unit at the Resource Policy Department. He chairs the Defence Administration Commercial Board and the Export Control Advisory Group and is also Deputy Chairman of the Defence Materiel Steering Group, as well as a member of the Defence Forces’ Technology Board and the Defence Administration’s Industrial Cooperation Group. Also Mr Ruutu worked at the EDA between 2009 and 2014, in the Strategy and Policy Unit.
Mattis visits India to ask more help in Afghanistan
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was in the Indian capital on Tuesday, marking the first visit to the country by a Cabinet-level official from President Donald Trump’s administration. In meetings with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other officials, Mattis was expected to focus discussions on security in Afghanistan, military technology and a possible deal on fighter jets. Over the weekend, the US Defense Department said that the “US views India as a valued and influential partner.” Last month, Trump urged India to help more with security efforts in Afghanistan, as Washington steps up its own military campaign against Taliban insurgents who have gained ground. (AP)
North Korea fires second ballistic missile over Japan
North Korea has fired a ballistic missile across Japan, creating new tension in the region after its nuclear bomb test less than two weeks ago. The missile reached an altitude of about 770km (478 miles), travelling 3,700km before landing in the sea off Hokkaido, South Korea’s military says. It flew higher and further than one fired over Japan late last month.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his country would “never tolerate” such “dangerous provocative action”. South Korea responded within minutes by firing two ballistic missiles into the sea in a simulated strike on the North. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also condemned the launch and the UN Security Council will meet later on Friday, 15 September 2017, in New York at the request of America and Japan.
Libya will hold election next spring
Libya’s two main rival parties announced a cease-fire on Tuesday and said they intend to hold elections next spring after they met in Paris for negotiations mediated by French President Emmanuel Macron.
US Navy commissions Aegis-capable destroyer for Asian deployments
The US Navy has commissioned its latest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, the USS John Finn, at the joint naval base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Stars and Stripes reported on Sunday, July 16, 2017. The 9,100-ton vessel carries a crew of roughly 300 people and is armed with the Aegis Baseline 9 ballistic missile defense system. It is expected to be deployed in Asian waters, according to Adm. Harry Harris, commander of US Pacific Command. The ship was named after John Finn, a Marine who received the first Medal of Honor of the WWII during the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Meeting Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu in Istanbul
China dispatches military vessels & fighter jets to warn off US warship
China has sent military vessels and warplanes to “warn off” USS Stethem, a guided-missile destroyer, that sailed near a disputed island in the South China Sea, according to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang. “Under the pretext of ‘freedom of navigation,’ the US side once again sent a military vessel into China’s territorial waters off the Xisha Islands without China’s approval,” the spokesperson said in a statement, adding that such US behavior “violated Chinese law and relevant international law, infringed upon China’s sovereignty, and disrupted the peace, security and order of the relevant waters.”
Ukrainian military intelligence colonel killed in car explosion in Kiev