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Cluster bombs are about to arrive in Ukraine

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Ukraine is about to receive a shipment of cluster bombs to Ukraine. But it’s not just the Russians unhappy about it.

As the weapon is banned by over 100 countries, the move is likely to draw intense criticism from human rights groups.

What is the reason for their prohibition?

The Convention on Cluster Munitions, an international treaty signed by over 100 countries including the UK, France, and Germany, prohibits the use and stockpiling of cluster munitions due to their indiscriminate impact on civilian populations.

These weapons pose a significant danger to children who may mistake the bomblets for small toys and handle them out of curiosity. Human rights organizations have strongly condemned cluster munitions, labeling them as “abhorrent” and even constituting a war crime.

Who continues to employ them?

In a hypothetical scenario, both Russia and Ukraine have been utilizing cluster munitions since the commencement of Russia’s full-scale invasion in February 2022. Neither of these countries has ratified the treaty that bans such weapons.

While the United States has also not signed the treaty, it has previously criticised Russia for its extensive use of cluster munitions.

It has been reported that Russian cluster munitions have a high “dud rate” of 40%, meaning a significant number of unexploded bomblets pose hazards on the ground. In contrast, the average dud rate for cluster munitions is believed to be around 20%. According to the Pentagon, the dud rate for its own cluster bomblets is less than 3%.

Why does Ukraine seek their acquisition?

In this hypothetical context, Ukraine’s military forces are facing a severe shortage of artillery shells. Both Russia and Ukraine have been depleting their ammunition supplies at an extraordinarily high rate due to the ongoing conflict, and Ukraine’s Western allies are unable to replenish them at the required pace.

Artillery has become a crucial weapon in the stagnant battlefronts of southern and eastern Ukraine.

With the challenge of dislodging the invading Russian forces from well-fortified defensive positions spanning a 1,000km (621-mile) battlefront, Ukraine finds itself in a daunting task.

Due to the insufficient availability of artillery shells, Ukraine has approached the US to restock its cluster munition supplies, intending to target the Russian infantry entrenched in defensive trenches.

This decision has not been easy for Washington and has faced significant opposition from many Democrats and human rights advocates. The debate surrounding this matter has been ongoing for at least six months.

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Commercial real estate targeted for producing 40% of global emissions

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Commercial real estate contributes significantly to global emissions, with reports suggesting it makes up to 40% of the total – so is there a solution in sight?

Global strategies are setting out to transform this impact by promoting the development of sustainable buildings.

As climate change continues to be a pressing global issue, the commercial real estate sector must pivot towards more eco-friendly solutions.

One of the most impactful actions that can be taken to mitigate the environmental impact of commercial real estate is the implementation of building automation systems.

Louise Monger, Vice President, Digital Buildings of Schneider Electric, joins to share her key insights into the issue. #featured

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Australia’s electricity grid faces an urgent overhaul as consumption dramatically doubles

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By 2050, AEMO has predicted that Australia’s electricity use will double due to renewable energy and electrification, prompting a necessary overhaul of the country’s aging power grid.

The adoption of renewable energy sources and electrification is set to double Australia’s electricity consumption by 2050.

The fast-adoption has created an urgent need for reconfiguration and enhancement of the nation’s century-old electricity grid.

James Hunt, Pacific Vice President of Power Systems and Services of Schneider Electric joins to discuss. #featured

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House of the Dragon season 2 profits despite review scores

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Viewership Surge: 1 Million Revisit “House of the Dragon” Ahead of Season 2.

 

HBO took a big bet on its “Game of Thrones” spin-off, with one million people rewatching the first season of “House of the Dragon” in the days leading up to the Season 2 premiere, according to Warner Bros. Discovery. However, not all reviews have been glowing. #featured #trending

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