🌎 The US warns Russia

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🌎 The US warns Russia

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The US cautioned Russia about using nukes in Ukraine. In private conversations with Russian officials, the US warned that “catastrophic consequences” would follow a nuclear attack.

China brought up Taiwan at the UN. Foreign minister Wang Yi told the organization on Saturday that the democratically governed island is China’s sovereign territory, but stopped short of calling out recent US action in Taiwan. The UN General Assembly isn’t over yet—follow the latest with our Need to Know: UNGA 2022 pop-up newsletter.

Banks are preparing for sanctions on China. Wall Street giants like JPMorgan Chase and UBS are reviewing contingency plans to manage their financial exposure to China, in case the US imposes sanctions over Taiwan.

Italy is set to elect a far-right leader, who would also be its first female prime minister. Exit polls favor Giorgia Meloni, who leads the Brothers of Italy party, which has roots in the neo-fascist movement.

The pound fell to a record low. Markets took a dim view of Prime Minister Liz Truss’s economic plan and its effect on government finances, sending the pound to $1.03.

NASA’s Moon rocket launch was delayed by a storm. A potential hurricane threat means Artemis I won’t take off from Florida on Tuesday as planned, further delaying its launch.

What to watch for

The US space agency NASA will test humanity’s defense against potentially dangerous asteroids that could devastate cities or regions on Earth. On Sept. 26 at 7:14pm ET, the DART (Double Asteroid Redirect Test) spacecraft is expected to crash into an asteroid 7 million miles (11 million kilometers) away from our planet, broadcasting all the while.

The robot, just larger than a meter cube, will navigate autonomously to locate and collide with an object, called Dimorphos, that is smaller in diameter than two football fields. Scientists will assess the results using telescopes on Earth and in space, as well as with follow-on spacecraft built by European collaborators. Their analysis will reveal new information about asteroids, which may be more like plastic ball pits than solid chunks of rock, and provide hard data for scientists planning to protect the planet from space threats. The dinosaurs could never!

It’s not easy being green

Here on Earth, India’s coal consumption is expected to increase by an estimated 40% in the coming decade. But over that same period, the country aims to boost its solar and wind capacity to eventually support 45% of its energy needs.

It’s an ambitious undertaking that will require an investment of about $41.8 billion (₹ 3.4 trillion) in battery-energy storage systems, and $154.1 billion (₹ 12.52 trillion) in renewables.

Here’s a quick look at where India’s national electric grid started, and where it’s headed.

1947: The newly independent India has just 1.36 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity.

2022: India has 399.49 GW of installed capacity, over half of which is powered by coal, and about 10% by renewables.

2032: India aims to double its installed capacity to 865.94 GW in the next decade, adding 279.48 GW from solar, and 93.6 GW from wind to hit 45% reliance on renewables.

Are companies ready for so much remote work?

From the rise of remote work to demands for innovative, user-friendly systems, the tech needs of the workforce have never been harder to meet. While the tools to move businesses into this next era of work are advancing, many companies aren’t keeping up or using them to their full potential.

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