The Daily Populous

Friday May 6th, 2022 night edition

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Talk about an army of seed-firing drones, however, and suddenly you’re the coolest person there.

"Each of our drones can plant over 40,000 seed pods per day and they fly autonomously," says Andrew Walker, CEO and co-founder of AirSeed Technologies.

These pods are manufactured using waste biomass, providing a carbon rich coating that protects the seeds from birds, insects and rodents.

Once airborne, the drones navigate fixed flight paths, planting to predefined patterns and recording each seeds' coordinates.

The company has already planted more than 50,000 trees, and aims to plant a total of 100 million by the year 2024.

It's calling for this figure to be halved by 2025 and for an end to net deforestation globally by 2030.

Two other start-ups - Dendra and Biocarbon Engineering - are also aiming to help fight deforestation with seed-dropping technology. »

Court in Fiji approves U.S. warrant to seize Russian-owned mega-yacht

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Fiji's High Court on Tuesday ruled that a massive Russian-owned yacht can be seized by U.S. authorities.

The Amadea berthed in Fiji on April 13, according to local reports and the maritime analytics website Marine Traffic.

"We're going to seize their yachts, their luxury homes and other ill-begotten gains," Biden said on April 28 at the White House. »

Scarborough: GOP believes ‘life begins at conception but ends at childbirth’

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“The Republicans say ‘oh we’re going to replace and reform.’ They haven’t done anything,” Scarborough said on his show, “Morning Joe.”

But more and more this seems to be a party that really believes that life begins at conception but ends at childbirth.”.

Several GOP senators and governors have cheered news of the draft opinion from the court, which currently has a conservative majority. »

The New Cold War Could Soon Heat Up

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Liz Truss, the British Foreign Secretary, has called the war in Ukraine “our war.”.

The result is a new Cold War between Russia and its opponents—one that promises to be less global than its twentieth-century counterpart but also less stable and predictable.

In contrast to the twentieth-century Cold War, the United States is now the most politically divided and dysfunctional member of the G-7. »

Leaked data: Shell paid $2bn to three big companies for Russian crude in 2020

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The identity of the Russian companies with which Shell has ongoing contracts remains unclear.

Shell paid around $600 million to Surgut for Russian crude in 2020, more than to any other single company, according to the leaked data.

Surgut has a reputation for driving a hard bargain in contracts, which are reportedly negotiated personally by the firm’s senior management in Siberia. »