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February 25, 2017
Oil and gas wastewater spills alter microbes in West Virginia waters

New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Wastewater from oil and gas operations - including fracking for shale gas - at a West Virginia site altered microbes downstream, according to a Rutgers-led study. The study, published recently in Science of the Total Environment, showed that wastewater releases, including briny water that contained petroleum and other pollutants, altered the diversity, numbers and functions of microbes. The shifts in the microbial community indicated changes in their respiration and nutrient cycling, along with signs of ... read more

Oil production from Kazakhstan on the rise
Astana, Kazakhstan (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
Production from part of Kashagan oil field in the Kazakh waters of the Caspian Sea should reach capacity by the end of the year, an operating company said. ... more
Norway's energy sector rebounding from historic lows
Stavanger, Norway (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
A modest increase in investments in the Norwegian oil and gas industry is expected, though pressures on the overall energy sector remain, the government said. ... more
FAR makes further progress offshore Senegal
Perth, Australia (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
Drilling of a fifth appraisal well into what may become one of the more promising basins off the West African coast is completed, FAR Ltd. announced. ... more
US authorities clear Dakota pipeline protest camp
Chicago (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Law enforcement with armored vehicles and bulldozers entered a North Dakota campsite on Thursday, clearing out dozens of people who had refused to vacate an oil pipeline protest. ... more
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Investment decision reached for Israeli gas giant
Tel Aviv, Israel (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
The partnership in control of Leviathan, among the largest gas fields in the world, said they reached an investment decision that envisions flows by 2019. ... more
Transocean says its phone is ringing
Zug, Switzerland (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
Rig company Transocean said that, after reporting an increase in revenues for the fourth quarter, recovery for offshore drillers was evident on the horizon. ... more
Spain's Repsol says 2016 was one for the record books
Madrid (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
Spanish energy company Repsol said Thursday a strategy to navigate the recent market downturn paid off with its highest net income in four years. ... more
Oil prices in the black on declining reserves and stockpiles
New York (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
Crude oil prices moved into positive territory early Thursday after U.S. powerhouse Exxon Mobil cut its reserve estimate and supply-side pressures waned. ... more
Kurdish oil export options shift
London (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
A major player in the oil sector of the Kurdish north of Iraq said it was re-routing exports by government orders, but that won't impact production levels. ... more
Under deadline pressure, Dakota pipeline protesters leave camp
Chicago (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
After nearly a year of occupying North Dakota prairie land to block the route of a controversial oil pipeline, many of the camp's holdouts finally marched out Wednesday to meet an evacuation deadline. ... more

Study finds 6,600 spills from fracking in just four states

Texas energy leader touts strength
Austin, Texas (UPI) Feb 22, 2017
The Texas oil and gas industry is job-creating and economic machine, contributing more than $20 million a day in revenue, an industry body said. ... more
U.S. shale company Whiting expecting more production
Denver (UPI) Feb 22, 2017
More than $1 billion in spending will go to developing U.S. shale basins where production is on pace to increase this year, Whiting Petroleum said. ... more
Oil prices move lower after testing new water
New York (UPI) Feb 22, 2017
Crude oil prices moved lower early Wednesday after running into a wall in the midst of the euphoria surrounding OPEC's latest rhetoric. ... more
Report: Rosneft builds Middle East portfolio with Kurdish deal
London (UPI) Feb 22, 2017
Russian oil company Rosneft continued building its Middle East portfolio by signing an agreement with the Kurdish government of Iraq, media reports said. ... more

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Scientists use nanoparticles, ultraviolet light to turn CO2 into fuel
Durham, N.C. (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
Scientists at Duke University have developed a new method for catalyzing the conversion of carbon dioxide into methane, a component of many alternative fuels. The reaction is bolstered by the presence of rhodium nanoparticles and ultraviolet light. Rhodium is known to accelerate, or catalyze, a variety of reactions used for industrial processes, but the energy boost offered by the rare ... more
Edmonton, Alberta (UPI) Feb 10, 2017
Alberta backing bioenergy programs
Syracuse NY (SPX) Feb 01, 2017
A better way to farm algae
Leiden, The Netherlands (SPX) Jan 31, 2017
DuPont Industrial Biosciences to develop new high-efficiency biogas enzyme method
Dream of energy-collecting windows is one step closer to reality
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Researchers at the University of Minnesota and University of Milano-Bicocca are bringing the dream of windows that can efficiently collect solar energy one step closer to reality thanks to high tech silicon nanoparticles. The researchers developed technology to embed the silicon nanoparticles into what they call efficient luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs). These LSCs are the key eleme ... more
Bangkok, Thailand (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Prime Road and First Solar complete 18MW of Thai solar farms
Washington (UPI) Feb 22, 2017
U.S. renewables a job engine, trade groups say
Zug, Switzerland (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
meeco installed biggest solar energy plant in Zimbabwe
US grid can handle more offshore wind power
Newark DE (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Injecting large amounts of offshore wind power into the U.S. electrical grid is manageable, will cut electricity costs, and will reduce pollution compared to current fossil fuel sources, according to researchers from the University of Delaware and Princeton University who have completed a first-of-its-kind simulation with the electric power industry. The researchers consulted with PJM Inte ... more
Lansing, Mich. (UPI) Feb 16, 2017
Michigan meets renewable energy targets
Stavanger, Norway (UPI) Feb 9, 2017
British grid drawing power from new offshore wind farm
Milan, Italy (SPX) Jan 31, 2017
Prysmian UK to supply land cable connections for East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm
German energy giant RWE posts 5.7-bln-euro loss in 2016
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
German energy provider RWE on Thursday announced a surprise loss of 5.7 billion euros for 2016, hit by writedowns on its plants and one-off costs related to the country's exit from nuclear power. "The difficult market environment made impairments necessary. In addition, the nuclear energy fund imposed a substantial one-off burden on us," chief executive Rolf Martin Schmitz said in an unsched ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 22, 2017
Russia's Rosatom Subsidiaries Produced 7,900 Tonnes of Uranium in 2016
Paris (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
China delays nuclear reactor start again
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
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Warming ponds could accelerate climate change
Exeter, UK (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Rising temperatures could accelerate climate change by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide stored in ponds and increasing the methane they release, new research shows. The scientists experimentally warmed an array of ponds over seven years by 4-5+ C and studied the impacts on greenhouse gas emissions and rates of metabolism. Changes observed after the first year became "amplified" over a ... more
Quixeramobim, Brazil (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
Brazil's poorest region suffers worst drought in a century
Paris (AFP) Feb 16, 2017
Climate study delivers dire warning on Alpine snow
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
Gas hydrate breakdown unlikely to cause massive greenhouse gas release
Kymeta aimes to deliver terabyte connectivity to the car of the future
Redmond WA (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Kymeta, has announced that its 20 cm mTenna satellite antenna subsystem module (ASM) for the consumer connected car industry, successfully connected to the Intelsat satellite constellation. This successful test continues Kymeta's progress toward bringing high throughput, secure mobile connectivity to the automotive industry and follows the partnership announced with Toyota Motor Corporation at t ... more
San Francisco (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Tesla slips back into red but revenue grows
Hanover NH (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Roads are driving rapid evolutionary change in our environment
Atlanta GA (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Four-stroke engine cycle produces hydrogen from methane and captures CO2
Iraq forces enter IS-held Mosul airport
Mosul Airport, Iraq (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Iraqi forces on Thursday thrust into Mosul airport on the southern edge of the jihadist stronghold for the first time since the Islamic State group overran the region in 2014. Backed by jets, helicopter gunships and drones, forces blitzed their way across open areas south of Mosul and entered the airport compound, apparently meeting limited resistance but strafing the area for suspected snip ... more
Aqrab Checkpoint, Iraq (AFP) Feb 20, 2017
Iraq forces battle IS to close in on Mosul's west bank
Washington (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
US forces have come under fire in Mosul fight: official
Al-Buseif, Iraq (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Iraq forces poised for Mosul airport assault
S. Korea blasts news of Kim murder via loudspeaker to North: report
Seoul (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
South Korea is using giant loudspeakers to blast news of the dramatic assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's half-brother across the border with its reclusive northern neighbour, it was reported Thursday. Kim Jong-Nam - the eldest son of the North's late leader Kim Jong-Il - died on February 13 after being attacked by two women at a Kuala Lumpur airport in what is suspected to ... more
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
N. Korea more isolated than ever after Malaysia killing
Beijing (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
China move puts onus on US in N. Korea impasse: experts
Pyongyang (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
No major impact from China coal ban, says N.Korea official
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Over 30,000 gather to support jailed Hong Kong cops: reports
Hong Kong (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
More than 30,000 people gathered in Hong Kong Wednesday to show their support for seven police officers who were sentenced to two years in jail for beating up a pro-democracy activist in 2014, reports said. Television news footage showed long queues leading up to the packed football pitch of the Police Sports and Recreational Club in Kowloon, with off-duty and retired members of the force ma ... more
Beijing (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
China jails safety boss who was sacked over huge blast
Beijing (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
China muzzles feminist group over anti-Trump posts
Shanghai (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
China selfie-app leader seeks to 'beautify the world'
16 killed in three days of DR Congo clashes
Goma, Dr Congo (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Sixteen people have been killed in three days of fighting this week that pitted the Democratic Republic of Congo's army against a rebel militia, a military spokesman told AFP Thursday. Guillaume Djike, a spokesman for the army in troubled North Kivu province in the east of the nation, said 16 people had been killed from Monday to Wednesday, while five rebels from the M23 militia had been cap ... more
Abidjan (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
I.Coast hosting bid to save its last chimpanzees
Kinshasa (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
DR Congo investigating alleged army massacre video
Kampala (AFP) Feb 20, 2017
A tonne of ivory, hacked into pieces, seized in Uganda
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Russia-UAE 5th-generation fighter jet to be developed no earlier than 2025
Abu Dhabi (Sputnik) Feb 22, 2017
The development of a Russia-UAE fifth-generation fighter jet based on the MiG-29 (NATO reporting name: "Fulcrum") will be completed no earlier than 2025, the CEO of the Rostec State Corporation said Monday. "We shall probably begin this work next year. The project is difficult, I think the plane will be created in seven or eight years, no earlier, Sergei Chemezov said during the IDEX-2017 ... more
Paris (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Airbus profits hit by military plane woes
Cambridge, UK (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Liquid hydrogen may be way forward for sustainable air travel
Moscow (UPI) Feb 20, 2017
Russian Helicopters in talks with India for 200 aircraft
Trump plots 'tough policies' to return jobs from China
Washington (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
President Donald Trump huddled with US manufacturing moguls at the White House Thursday, discussing "tough policies" to bring "our jobs back" from places like China and Mexico. Seeking to codify protectionist rhetoric that helped propel him to an historic election win, Trump renewed his promise to overhaul the way America does business with the world. Between banter with CEOs from two do ... more
Washington (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
US Treasury's Mnuchin dials back Trump economic promises
London (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
HSBC profits plunge as bank navigates political storms
Beijing (AFP) Feb 20, 2017
China's huge debt poses big headache for central bank
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Property and credit booms stablise China growth
Beijing (AFP) Oct 19, 2016
Chinese growth stabilised in the third quarter, data showed Wednesday, as ample credit and hot property markets propped up the world's second-largest economy. But while the forecast-beating reading was in line with state targets, it came as experts warned that authorities have relied too much on easy credit, which has in turn increased financial risks. The economy grew 6.7 percent in Jul ... more
New York (AFP) Oct 14, 2016
China data and US banks propel equities higher
Beijing (AFP) Oct 11, 2016
No debt-for-equity cure for zombie firms, says China
Beijing (AFP) Oct 13, 2016
China's ranks of super-rich rise despite economic slowdown
Germany to boost troops as US urges more defence spending
Berlin (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
Germany will increase its military to nearly 200,000 troops over the next seven years, the defence ministry said Tuesday, a day after US Vice President Mike Pence urged European allies to boost their defence spending. Berlin had already announced last May its first increase in troop count since the Cold War, but the ministry said it was further revising numbers upwards. The Bundeswehr is ... more
Warsaw (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Poland ousts 90 percent of top brass in defence overhaul
Brussels (AFP) Feb 20, 2017
Pence reassures Europe, demands NATO funds
Washington (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Trump security advisor McMaster: tank battle hero of the Gulf War
Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage on Philippine miners
Manila (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
After two decades as a yoga missionary, Philippine Environment Secretary Regina Lopez is unleashing her inner rage on the mining industry while aiming for Bhutan-style gross national happiness. Lopez has in recent months moved global commodity markets with a campaign to close roughly two-thirds of the existing mines in the Philippines, which is the world's biggest supplier of nickel ore and ... more
Hanoi (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Vietnam to punish officials over mass fish deaths
Geneva (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
Tiny plastic particles from clothing, tyres clogging oceans: report
Ithaca NY (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Underwater seagrass beds dial back polluted seawater
Civilians trickle towards Iraq forces in new Mosul assault
Al-Buseif, Iraq (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
On the edge of the village of Al-Buseif, captured overnight from the Islamic State group by Iraqi forces advancing on western Mosul, a federal policeman signalled to fleeing civilians. The small group of villagers, some carrying makeshift white flags, walked slowly along a dirt road in the valley below, metres (yards) from the western bank of the Tigris river. They were the first civilia ... more
Rome (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Berlusconi lunch on auction to help Italy quake victims
Hong Kong (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Hong Kong 'Snowden refugees' sought by Sri Lanka agents: lawyer
Berlin (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
'Anybody could be a refugee': Ai Weiwei films global crisis

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