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China positioned to lead Africa’s renewable energy revolution

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China is positioned to spearhead Africa’s transition to renewable energy, according to a recent report from Boston University’s Global Development Policy Center and the African Economic Research Consortium.

  • Beijing has emerged as the continent’s biggest bilateral trading partner since the start of the century.

  • In 2022, fossil fuels accounted for around 75% of total electricity generation in Africa and about 90% of energy consumption.

  • “…African countries are not yet receiving the full benefits of renewable energy technologies,” the report said.

Angola’s President Joao Lourenco, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing September 3, 2018.

With China’s significant investments and expertise in renewable technologies, the continent could see a substantial shift towards cleaner energy sources, reports Reuters.

The report highlights China’s increasing role in Africa’s energy landscape, noting its investments in solar, wind, and hydropower projects across the continent.

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These investments not only aim to bolster Africa’s energy infrastructure but also foster economic growth and sustainability.

As Africa faces challenges like energy access and climate change, China’s involvement offers potential solutions.

By harnessing renewable energy, African nations can reduce reliance on fossil fuels, mitigate environmental impact, and meet growing energy demands sustainably.

 

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China conducts ‘punishment’ war games near Taiwan

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China initiated military ‘punishment’ exercises in the waters surrounding Taiwan in response to the newly inaugurated President Lai Ching-te.

These drills come amid escalating tensions in the region, with Beijing asserting its sovereignty over Taiwan, denouncing the inauguration of President Lai Ching-te and labelling this one of several “separatist acts”, as reported by Reuters.

These military manoeuvres are seen as a show of force and a warning to Taiwan and its supporters against any moves perceived as challenging China’s territorial claims.

President Lai has repeatedly offered talks with China but has been rebuffed.

He says only Taiwan’s people can decide their future, and rejects Beijing’s sovereignty claims.

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Apple Music’s controversial top 10 albums of all time

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Apple Music has released its highly anticipated “100 Best Albums of All Time” list, with the top 10 rankings causing a bittersweet symphony of destruction for some music lovers.

The list was curated by a panel of experts and based on various factors including cultural impact, critical acclaim, and commercial success, with the aim to celebrate the most influential and timeless albums across genres.

As reported by the official Apple Music Newsroom blog post, the top ten best albums of all time are the following:

10. Lemonade (2016), Beyoncé

9. Nevermind (1991), Nirvana 

8. Back to Black (2006), Amy Winehouse

7. good kid, m.A.A.d city (2012), Kendrick Lamar

6. Songs in the Key of Life (1976), Stevie Wonder

5. Blonde (2016), Frank Ocean

4. Purple Rain (1984), Prince & The Revolution

3. Abbey Road (1969), The Beatles

2. Thriller (1982), Michael Jackson

1. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998), Lauryn Hill

In other news, Apple recently became the first company to hit a $3 trillion stock market value, before falling just below that milestone, as reported by Reuters.

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Essential daily protein needs for better health

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Protein is a fundamental macronutrient essential for various bodily functions, including muscle repair, enzyme production, and immune system support.

Daily protein requirements can vary significantly based on factors such as activity levels, age, and gender.

To help unpack this topic, Kate Save from BeFitFood joins to share her key insights. #featured

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