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Monday July 25th, 2022 evening edition

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Nearly 40GW of solar PV will be rolled out across Europe by the end of the year, according to SolarPower Europe (SPE), as the continent scrambles to deploy renewables and wean itself off Russian gas.

The expectation-beating figure of more than 39GW of solar PV is a significant jump on last year’s figure of 27GW, itself a decade-long installation record.

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the subsequent rise in energy prices it has caused, European governments have looked to accelerate renewables deployment as a means to reduce their reliance on Russian energy imports.

SPE said Russia’s “weaponisation of energy supply” has turbocharged renewables deployment in the region this year, with 39GW of additional solar PV equivalent to 4.6 BCM of Russian gas.

“Every megawatt of energy generated by solar and renewables is fewer fossil fuels we need from Russia,” said Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO of SPE.

“European solar is rolling out as fast as possible in anticipation of a difficult winter.”.

More: Europe to rollout nearly 40GW of solar PV by end of 2022 in record year for deployment. »

China confirms warnings to U.S. on Pelosi's possible Taiwan visit

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BEIJING, July 25 (Reuters) - China delivered sterner warnings to U.S. officials about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's possible visit to Taiwan, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday, confirming a report by the Financial Times (FT).

The private rhetoric suggested a possible military response, the FT cited several people familiar with the situation as saying.

China has been stepping up military activity around Taiwan seeking to pressure the democratically elected government there to accept Chinese sovereignty. »

Neil Druckmann Shuts Down The Last of Us Skins in Fortnite Rumours

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Naughty Dog co-president Neil Druckmann has poured cold water on rumours that popular characters from The Last of Us would be appearing in Fortnite as skins in the near future.

Speculation began over the weekend after apparently prominent Fortnite leaker Shiina tweeted that skins of Joel and Ellie would be available in the Battle Royale title in September.

They then deleted the post once Druckmann quote tweeted them saying: "Love me some Fortnite… but there are no plans for this. »

Trump says 'Americans kneel to God, and God alone' as support for Christian nationalism grows among Republicans

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His comments come as the concept of Christian nationalism grows among the far right.

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Former President Donald Trump said during a speech on Saturday that "Americans kneel to God" alone, as the concept of Christian nationalism continues to gain traction among conservatives. »