Varmlandsmetanol wants to build €350M biomethanol plant in Estonia

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Estonian media reports that Swedish bioenergy company Varmlandsmetanol AB is interested in building a €350-million (US $412 million) biomethanol plant in Estonia. The company is in discussions with the Estonian government over whether it would be possbile to tax biofuel less and whether legislation could be amended to allow for the production and sale of motor fuel containing three to 30 percent methanol.

Estonia launches nationwide fast charging network

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Estonia has become the world’s first country to launch a nationwide fast-charging network for electric vehicles, using technology provided by ABB. —Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, Estonia’s Minister of the Environment. Alongside the comprehensive charging infrastructure, Estonia offers subsidies of up to 50% of the purchase price of electric vehicles to encourage their adoption.

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Mitsubishi i-MiEV to charge up Estonia

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Estonia is serious about electric vehicles, and to prove it, it has invested in 507 Mitsubishi i-MiEVs, the largest single provision since sales of the vehicle began. Electric cars Green cars Latest news Mitsubishi Estonia Estonia electric cars Mitsubishi i-MiEVIt is the first case of a provision of electric vehicles under the Green Investment Scheme which was established in article 17 of the Kyoto Protocol with proceeds [.].

ABB, KredEx and Estonia’s Ministry of Economic Affairs deploy first of 200 web-managed DC fast chargers in Estonia

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Power and automation technology group ABB, KredEx and the Ministry of Economic Affairs of Estonia, announced the first public installation of an ABB Terra 51 DC fast charging station for electric vehicles in Estonia. The fast charger is located at the Innovation Center in Tallinn and is the first of 200 chargers that will be installed at multiple locations throughout the country comprising the first nationwide network of DC fast chargers. Map of the Esontian fast chargers.

IEA: Estonia is pioneering technologies for more efficient and cleaner use of oil shale

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An article in the latest issue of IEA Energy: The Journal of the International Energy Agency reports that Estonia, which has the most developed oil shale industry in the world, is collaborating in pursuing wider use of oil shale in a cleaner, more sustainable manner. Estonia has more than 4 billion tonnes of estimated reserves—just over 1.1% In 2012, 70% of Estonia’s total primary energy supply (TPES) came from oil shale. In 2012, Estonia mined 15.86

Want Govt To Pay For Half Of Your Electric Car? Try Estonia

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We don't do that here, but that practice would be even more tempting in Estonia--which gives a whopping $22,900 (18,000-euro) incentive on every electric car sold in the small Baltic republic. Some electric-car makers (they know who they are) tend to quote base prices after subtracting the U.S. Federal income tax credit of $7,500.

Estonia takes the lead in electric car infrastructure

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Estonia has become the first country in the world to have a complete national network of DC fast chargers. The tiny eastern European country contracted ABB to install around 200 DC fast charger across the state, creating in the process, the highest concentration of fast chargers anywhere in Europe. The chargers are installed in urban [.]. Electric cars charging network electric car EV

Refineries in the Americas produce a greater share of gasoline per barrel of crude oil than refineries in other world regions

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OECD Europe: Austria; Belgium; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; Ireland; Italy; Latvia; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Netherlands; Switzerland; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Slovak Republic; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Turkey; United Kingdom. When processing petroleum, refineries can produce products in varying amounts to meet regional demands.

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One DC Quick-Charge Station For Every Four Electric Cars! But, Where?

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It's called Estonia. Imagine a paradise for electric-car drivers, where half the car's cost is subsidized and there's a nationwide network of DC quick-charging stations so plentiful that there's one for every four cars. Such a place exists, actually. The tiny country of 1.2 million people, nestled on the Gulf of Finland between Latvia and Russia

Nissan has more than 550 electric taxis on European roads

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Estonia. In Estonia, it has been reported that a Nissan LEAF owned by taxi company, Elektritakso, has clocked up more than 218,000 kilometres (135,459 miles) on its original battery pack. In total, there are 80 electric taxis and counting in Estonia, while in Lithuania, Nissan is poised to deliver its first eight electric taxis to the Smart Taxi Company, based in the country’s capital, Vilnius, for late 2015.

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Mitsubishi begins delivery of the largest order of i-MiEVs to date; 50 of 507 to Estonian government

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MMC plans to complete shipment of the entire order to Estonia by the end of the 2011 fiscal year. MMC will work to popularize EVs in Estonia by providing technical support to the Estonian government in monitoring CO 2 reductions and planning to start sales of the i-MiEV to the public in Estonia this coming November.

Estonian PPP GoSwift wins global Transport Award for smart border crossing point service; traffic queue management

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The service was developed as a response to kilometer-long queues of vehicles waiting to cross the EU border from Estonia into Russia. Between 2010 and 2013, exports from Estonia to Russia grew by more than 66%, and the number of Russian visitors to Estonia increased by 35% in 2013. An innovative solution for managing traffic queues at international borders is the winner of the 2015 Transport Achievement Award offered by the International Transport Forum at the OECD.

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Motor vehicle taxation brings in €440.4B for governments in major European markets

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The three countries that do not apply CO2-based taxation are Estonia, Lithuania and Poland. New data shows that motor vehicles generate more than €440 billion in taxation per year for national governments in the major EU markets plus the UK, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) reports. The taxes fall into three broad categories: vehicle acquisition (VAT, sales tax, registration tax); ownership (annual circulation tax, road tax); and motoring (fuel tax).

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More than 500,000 Mercedes me Adapters activated

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With Estonia, Lithuania and Cyprus, three more markets will be added this year. Since 2016, Mercedes-Benz has been offering its customers the option of equipping as yet unconnected vehicles from older model series dating back to 2002 with the Mercedes me Adapter. Connecting the adapter with a smartphone means that connectivity services are no longer solely reserved to customers buying new cars. More than half a million vehicles worldwide have been equipped with the adapter to date.

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Mitsubishi Motors delivers 635 Outlander PHEVs to Ukranian police; largest PHEV fleet order yet for MMC

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This marks the second time MMC has supplied vehicles under the Green Investment Scheme, the first being to deliver 507 units of the i‐MiEV all-electric model to the Government of Estonia that began in October 2011. Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) delivered 635 Outlander PHEV vehicles to the National Police of Ukraine on 25 May through its local importer and distributor MMC Ukraine.

Ultracapacitor manufacturer Skeleton Technologies raises €3.9M (US$5.2 M) in Round A financing

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Skeleton Technologies is located in Bautzen, Germany and Viimsi, Estonia. Skeleton Technologies, a manufacturer of high power- and energy-density ultracapacitors ( earlier post ) has completed Round A financing of €3.9 million (US$5.4 million). The financing will be used for production scale-up and product development in addition to sales and marketing efforts. The total Round A financing, led by Estonian venture capital investor UP Invest AS includes the first financing tranche of €2.2

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ACEA: EU commercial vehicle registrations: down 23.2% in Q1 2020; -47.3% in March

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Germany (+11.8%), Austria (+12.3%), Estonia (+800.0%) and Cyprus (+33.3%) were the only markets in the region to post growth last month. In March 2020, demand for new commercial vehicles fell by 47.3% across the EU, as measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 lead to the closure of dealerships, according to the ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers Association).

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Volvo Buses has sold 3,000 electrified buses worldwide

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Over the past two years, demand for Volvo hybrid buses has also increased in eastern Europe, with a healthy sales trend in Estonia (44) and Poland (48). Volvo Buses has sold 3,000 hybrid, electric hybrid and electric buses to customers in 22 countries in Europe, South America, Asia and Australia. In 2016 alone, Volvo sold 533 electrified buses.

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Estonian shale oil company acquires shale interests in Utah

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With the recent approval of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), Eesti Energia (internationally known as Enefit) of Estonia has purchased a 100% interest in Oil Shale Exploration Company ( OSEC ) of Alabama, which has significant oil shale interests in Utah. Enefit has more than 30 years of ongoing operational experience in the commercial production of shale oil, with facilities located in Narva, Estonia.

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EEA report finds most Europeans in cities still exposed to levels of air pollution exceeding WHO guidelines

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The long-term WHO AQG for PM 10 was exceeded at 51% of the stations and in all of the reporting countries, except Estonia, Finland and Ireland. was exceeded at 69% of the stations located in all of the reporting countries, except Estonia, Finland and Norway.

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Electric Qashqai becomes first EV to cross Gobi Desert

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Crossing through Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Russia, Mongolia, [.]. A couple of Danish travel writers have successfully travelled around the world in a converted Nissan Qashqai electric car. Crossing three continents in 10 months, Nina and Hjalte from the Moto Mundo challenge have become the first people to cross the Gobi Desert in an electric vehicle. Electric cars Nissan Denmark electric car Gobi Moto Mundo Qashqai travel

Skeleton Technologies raises €9.8 million; ramping up production of graphene-based ultracapacitors

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Based in Estonia and Germany, Skeleton Technologies currently has 42 employees and plans to increase the headcount with a focus on expanding the mid-scale Estonian manufacturing facilities and acceleration plans for mass manufacturing in Saxony, Germany. Ultracapacitor company Skeleton Technologies ( earlier post ) closed Series B financing of €9.8 million ($10.7

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Nissan to lead EC-backed multi-standard rapid charge network project in UK and Ireland

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The project, named Rapid Charge Network (RCN), was presented at the Trans European Transport Network (TEN-T) event in Tallinn, Estonia, which was hosted by European Commission Vice President Siim Kallas. Estonia was the first country in the world to open a nationwide EV fast-charging network. Nissan is leading a consortium which aims to establish a network of rapid chargers for electric vehicles running the full length and breadth of the United Kingdom and Ireland.

JATO: European car registrations up 5.2% in November; SUVs post record market share

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Latvia and Estonia held their positions as the European markets where SUVs are most popular, with market shares of 44.1% New car registrations in Europe climbed 5.2% year-on-year in November 2017 to 1,250,281 units, according to JATO Dynamics. France, Spain and Germany, along with mid-sized markets including the Netherlands and Austria, experienced the biggest increases in volume for the month, off-setting a decline in the UK market where registrations were down 11.2%.

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ACEA: data show EU market for electric cars highly fragmented; need for inclusive measures

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Estonia. Five EU member states don’t offer any incentives at all: Croatia, Estonia, Lithuania, Malta and Poland. The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has published new data demonstrating the correlation between the market uptake of electrically-chargeable vehicles (ECVs) and both GDP and customer incentives.

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Mitsubishi Corp. to provide 507 i-MiEVs to Estonian Government; CHAdeMO quick charging network for the country

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The 507 units will be shipped to Estonia by end of fiscal 2011. Estonia has set of goal of achieving a 10% share of renewable energy use in the transport sector. million people, Estonia may end up possessing the most dense and modern EV charging infrastructure and with most electric cars per capita.

ABB launches Terra 53 DC fast charger in NA; SAE Combo and CHAdeMO

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To date, the company has helped facilitate the creation of nationwide charging infrastructure networks throughout Northern Ireland, Denmark, the Netherlands and Estonia. ABB has introduced the Terra 53 for North America, showcasing it at the Plug-in 2013 conference in San Diego. This 50 kW DC fast charging station meets both SAE Combo and CHAdeMO standards for battery electric vehicles.

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I.M. Group to Import Great Wall Vehicles Into Europe Starting in 2010

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Initially, the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will be targeted. Group, the UK-based automotive importer and distributor for Subaru, Isuzu and Daihatsu, has signed an agreement that will see it import vehicles from Chinese auto maker, Great Wall Motor Company Limited, into Europe starting next year. Then, from 2011, launches in Scandinavia, the UK and Ireland are planned.

Global Gas Prices | Hybrid Sales

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Estonia. sales of hybrid SUVs and other fuel efficient vehicles will prove interesting to watch this year, especially if fuel prices remain relatively low. Expert predictions about where oil and gas prices are headed vary widely. Some expect both to remain steady due to global economic conditions while others point to the return of $3/gallon gas (in the states) fueled mainly by an increase in foreign demand.

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EEA: small increase in EU’s total greenhouse gas emissions in 2017, with transport emissions up for the fourth consecutive year

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The largest increases in relative terms in 2017 occurred in Malta, Portugal and Estonia. Total greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union (EU) increased by 0.7% in 2017, according to latest official data published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA). Less coal was used to produce heat and electricity but this was offset by higher industrial and transport emissions, the latter increasing for the fourth consecutive year. Source: EEA.

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Jordanian cabinet OKs $2.4B oil shale project with Enefit; largest in region and world

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An article in the January 2014 issue of IEA Energy: The Journal of the International Energy Agency reported that Estonia, which has the most developed oil shale industry in the world, is collaborating in pursuing wider use of oil shale in a cleaner, more sustainable manner. Jordan’s Council of Ministers on Sunday endorsed all agreements prepared by the national electricity company with Estonian company Enefit which will carry out a mega oil shale energy project in the Kingdom.

Nordic green signs Agency Agreement with BioMCN for bio-methanol

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Nordic Green, a company focused on the introduction of bio-methanol, has signed an Agency Agreement with BioMCN , a producer of bio-methanol, for the representation and sales of bio-methanol in Nordic (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland) and Baltic (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) countries.

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IONITY partners with Shell, OMV, Tank & Rast and Circle K on sites for high-power charging network; 18 countries, >200 sites

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By teaming up with Circle K in Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden, IONITY will be able to forge ahead with the construction of its fast charging network in Northern Europe. IONITY , the joint venture of BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen with Audi and Porsche that is developing and implementing a High-Power Charging (HPC) network for EVs across Europe ( earlier post ), has formed initial strategic partnerships for the realization of its HPC network.

EEA: average CO2 emissions from new cars and new vans in Europe increased in 2018

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Together with Estonia, Finland and Malta, these were the only countries where the average emissions of new cars decreased from 2017 to 2018. According to provisional data published by the European Environment Agency (EEA), the average CO 2 emissions from new passenger cars registered in the European Union (EU) in 2018 increased for the second consecutive year, reaching 120.4 grams of CO 2 per kilometer. For the first time, the average CO 2 emissions from new vans also increased.

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ABB launches 22 kW AC & DC fast charging station

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Since launching Europe’s first commercially operated fast charging station in May 2010, ABB has delivered and installed hundreds of charging stations throughout Estonia and Belgium in an effort to encourage and proliferate e-mobility programs.

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New cars sold in Europe in 2011 were 3.3% more fuel efficient than those sold in 2010; increasing diesel uptake

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Between 2010 and 2011 the number of new car registrations increased in many Member States, notably Latvia (71%), Lithuania (68%) and Estonia (66%) , but fell in others, including Greece (-31 %), Portugal (-31%) and Spain (-17 %). At the less efficient end of the spectrum, new cars registered in Estonia, Latvia and Bulgaria had more than 150g CO 2 /km on average.

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Study finds that EV-specific factors rather than socio-demographic variables better predictors of EV uptake

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Estonia deciding to buy 500 MiEVs in 2012 or Belgium offering high financial incentives but perhaps not to the right market, noted lead author Will Sierzchula. Data came from Australia; Austria; Belgium; Canada; China; Croatia; the Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Greece; Germany; Iceland; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Japan; the Netherlands; New Zealand; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey; the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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Jordan signs $2B oil shale investment agreement with Saudi company

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The Saudi company will use the Russian Oil Shale Technology ( UTT3000 ) which has proved its success internationally in developing oil shale since 1950 in Estonia, which is currently producing around 10 thousand barrels a day of shale oil.

European car market logs best year for alternative fueled vehicles, lowest diesel share since 2001

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Poland, Slovakia, Luxembourg and Lithuania all posted record levels of volume, while it was the best year since 2007 for Spain and Estonia, and the best year since 2008 for Romania, Hungary, Croatia and Latvia. The European car market remained stable during 2018, as 15.6 million vehicles were registered—just 346 more than in 2017— according to JATO Dyanmics. It was the best result since 2007, when the market peaked with 16.02 million registrations.

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Molycorp purchases remaining shares of European rare earth processing company

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Molycorp now owns 100% of the Sillamäe, Estonia-based facility, known as Molycorp Sillamäe. Molycorp, Inc. has purchased the remaining shares of Molycorp Silmet AS, one of only two rare earth processing companies in Europe. On 1 April 2011, Molycorp purchased a 90.023% stake in AS Silmet in a transaction valued at approximately $89 million. The purchase price for the remaining shares was proportionately the same as the price of the original share acquisition. Mark A.

JRC report finds electric vehicles in Europe on the way to full-scale commercialization

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The Netherlands and France have the highest number of electric vehicle registrations in the period 2010-2014, while the Netherlands and Estonia have the largest shares of registered EVs on the passenger car market – between 1% and 2%. The European Union appears to be undergoing a transition from the testing of and experimentation with electric vehicles to full-scale EV commercialization, according to a new report from the EU’s Joint Research Center (JRC).

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VTT-led project to develop enzymes found in India’s wildfire-prone areas for biorefineries; IndZyme

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The IndZyme project consortium comprises VTT (Finland), VINSTROM (India), RWTH (Germany) and the University of Tartu (Estonia). Micro-organisms found in the wildfire-prone rainforests of India are an potential resources for biochemical production, as they are accustomed to the challenging conditions following a forest fire. The enzymes they produce are likely to also have a higher-than-normal resistance to the substances released from biomass in high-temperature industrial processes.

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UN: world population is expected to reach 9.7 billion in 2050 and could peak at nearly 11 billion around 2100

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Belarus, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, the Russian Federation, Serbia and Ukraine will experience a net inflow of migrants over the decade, helping to offset population losses caused by an excess of deaths over births. The world’s population is expected to increase by 2 billion persons in the next 30 years, from 7.7 billion currently to 9.7 billion in 2050, according to a new United Nations report.

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