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Can Solar Panels Cause Plane Crashes?

TAGES ANZEIGER(Switzerland)

ZURICH – Clear, sunny skies typically make for safe airplane travel. But according to the Swiss Tages Anzeiger newspaper, airport officials in Zurich are worried that the reflected sunlight from solar panels planned for a nearby church steeple could blind pilots while they are landing.

This is not the first time this issue has arisen in Switzerland. Experts using 3-D technology to calculate the exact path of the sun's rays determined that changes had to be made to a "green" home whose solar panels were blinding fighter pilots landing at a nearby military airport.

In the vicinity of Zurich Airport, there have been problems in the past regarding windows reflecting the sun at an angle that could be dangerous for pilots. As there are more and more solar panels, the glare from sunlight is becoming a real issue.

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FOCUS: Russia-Ukraine War

A New Survey Of Ukrainian Refugees: Here's What Will Bring Them Back Home

With the right support, Ukrainians are ready to return, even to new parts of the country where they've never lived.

photo of people looking at a destroyed building with a wall containing a Banksy work

People look at a Banksy work on a wall of a building destroyed by the Russian army, in the town of Borodyanka, northwest of Kyiv.

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Daria Mykhailishyna

After Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine began, millions of Ukrainians fled their homes and went abroad. Many remain outside Ukraine. The Center for Economic Strategy and the Info Sapiens research agency surveyed these Ukrainian war refugees to learn more about who they are and how they feel about going home.

According to the survey, half of Ukrainians who went abroad are children. Among adults, most (83%) are women, and most (42%) are aged 35-49.

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Most Ukrainian refugees have lost their income due to the war: 12% do not have enough money to buy food, and 28% have enough only for food.

The overwhelming majority of adult refugees (70%) have higher education. This figure is much higher than the share of people with higher education in Ukraine (29%) and the EU (33%).

The majority of Ukrainian refugees reside in Poland (38%), Germany (20%), the Czech Republic (12%), and Italy (6%). In these countries, they can obtain temporary protection, giving them the right to stay, work, and access healthcare and education systems.

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