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March 28, 2017
Novel oil spill cleanup technology tested

Worcester MA (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Tests conducted last week of a novel technology that can greatly accelerate the combustion of crude oil floating on water demonstrated its potential to become an effective tool for minimizing the environmental impact of future oil spills. Called the Flame Refluxer, the technology, developed by fire protection engineering researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) with funding from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), could make it possible to burn off spilled oil quickly ... read more

New study defines best materials for carbon capture, methane selectivity
Houston TX (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Natural gas producers want to draw all the methane they can from a well while sequestering as much carbon dioxide as possible, and could use filters that optimize either carbon capture or methane fl ... more
Oil streak continues offshore Senegal
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
After going eight-for-eight in oil discoveries off the coast of Senegal, Australian energy company FAR Ltd. said it expects a revision to reserve estimates. ... more
More than $2 billion in spending slated offshore Norway
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
Norwegian energy company Statoil said it submitted plans to the government to spend more than $2 billion to revitalize operations in the Norwegian Sea. ... more
Maersk Oil gets new oil out of the North Sea
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
Calling it a driver for value, Maersk Oil said oil started flowing from its Flyndre field in the British and Norwegian waters of the North Sea for the first time. ... more
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Russia's Lukoil to invest more offshore this year
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
Russian oil company Lukoil aims to invest at least four-times as much on offshore oil and gas exploration than it did last year, a resources minister said. ... more
Development progressing for new Gulf of Mexico field
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
In a sign of sector confidence, French energy services company TechnipFMC said it got a contract to help build new production components in the Gulf of Mexico. ... more
Oil loses out after weekend meeting of OPEC
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
Crude oil prices lost traction early Monday after parties to an OPEC-led production deal delayed action on a possible extension until next month. ... more
China oil giant Sinopec posts 44% jump in net profit
Shanghai (AFP) March 27, 2017
State-owned Chinese energy major Sinopec said 2016 net profit jumped 44 percent, its first annual profit rise in three years, as strong demand and better margins in its downstream refining business helped offset low oil prices. ... more
Energy sector gains having spillover effect for Texas
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
Gains in the energy sector are spilling over into other parts of the economy, with manufacturing getting some secondary support, a Texas economist said. ... more
Keystone approval spells headache for Canada's Trudeau
Ottawa (AFP) March 25, 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was quick to welcome Washington's approval Friday of a major new pipeline from Canada into the United States, but observers say it creates political headaches for his administration. ... more

Hurdles remain for Keystone XL oil pipeline

Trump approves Keystone XL pipeline, hails 'great day' for jobs
Washington (AFP) March 24, 2017
True to his pledge, President Donald Trump gave final approval on Friday for TransCanada to build the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, overriding environmental concerns in favor of boosting jobs and energy supply. ... more
Iranian oil docked for market in Belarus
Washington (UPI) Mar 24, 2017
Iranian state media reported Friday a batch of Iran's oil purchased by Belarus was docked at the Port of Odessa and in the processing steps for refining. ... more
Shell dumps assets onshore Gabon
Washington (UPI) Mar 24, 2017
As part of an effort to streamline its portfolio after acquiring BG Group, Royal Dutch Shell said Friday it was leaving parts of Africa behind after 55 years. ... more
Russia trying to gain influence in Libya: US general
Washington (AFP) March 24, 2017
Russia is trying to expand its influence in Libya through a combination of military means and oil and weapons sales, a top US general said Friday. ... more

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Community in chaotic Jakarta goes green to fight eviction
Jakarta (AFP) March 20, 2017
Brightly coloured wooden and brick houses line a clean riverside path amid trees and vegetable gardens, a tranquil scene in the normally chaotic Indonesian capital Jakarta. Residents have transformed the "kampung", as traditional neighbourhoods are known in Indonesia, into a model of clean and green living in an effort to fight off the threat of eviction. Tongkol kampung was once much ... more
Upton NY (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Chemists ID catalytic 'key' for converting CO2 to methanol
Upton NY (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Study IDs link between sugar signaling and regulation of oil production in plants
Hampton VA (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
NASA Study Confirms Biofuels Reduce Jet Engine Pollution
New Stanford study calls for US solar policy reform
Stanford CA (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
The rapidly expanding solar energy industry could meaningfully contribute to curbing climate change only if governments and the private sector approach it more economically and efficiently, according to a new Stanford study. Researchers from Stanford's Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance encourage the United States to reconsider a wide variety of its solar energy policies in ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Revealing the microscopic mechanisms in perovskite solar cells
Washington (UPI) Mar 20, 2017
Sea change needed for low-carbon economy
Dubai (AFP) March 20, 2017
Dubai harvests desert sun at vast solar plant
North Carolina offshore wind hailed as job creator
Washington (UPI) Mar 17, 2017
The results of an auction for the right to develop wind energy offshore North Carolina makes it a major low-carbon economic stimulus, a trade group said. Avangrid Renewables was the winner of an auction for a lease area offshore Kitty Hawk with a $9 million bid to develop wind energy in federal waters. Nancy Sopko, director of offshore issues for the American Wind Energy Association, pr ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
North Carolina ready for offshore wind energy auction
London (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Flagship English Channel wind farm nears completion
Paris (UPI) Mar 06, 2017
French, Spanish companies set for more wind power off coast of France
Loss-hit Toshiba nosedives on fears about future
Tokyo (AFP) March 15, 2017
Toshiba shares plunged Wednesday as fears grow about the future of one of Japan's best-known firms, hit by massive losses and accounting fraud allegations at its US nuclear unit. The Tokyo-listed stock dropped as much as 13.62 percent at one point, with concerns that the embattled company's shares could be delisted from the bourse. Toshiba ended the day at 189.5 yen ($1.65), down 12.22 p ... more
London, UK (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
The EIC and Nuclear AMRC sign MoU
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
German energy company RWE evolving for success
Manchester UK (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Potential approach to how radioactive elements could be 'fished out' of nuclear waste
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Tillerson alias emails from his ExxonMobil era prove elusive
New York (AFP) March 23, 2017
Emails sent under a pseudonym by current US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson when he was still CEO of ExxonMobil, and which are sought by a court, cannot be produced, lawyers for the oil giant said. According to a letter dated March 21 and sent Wednesday by ExxonMobil to AFP, these emails, sent under the name Wayne Tracker, cannot be recovered for the period from September 5, 2014 to Novembe ... more
Baidoa, Somalia (AFP) March 20, 2017
Cloaked in rags and dust, Somalis flee looming famine
New York NY (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Under the dead sea, warnings of dire drought
Geneva (AFP) March 21, 2017
2017 already marked by climate extremes: UN
Germany pushing e-mobility options
Washington (UPI) Mar 20, 2017
German energy company E.ON said Monday it was working within a government program to advance charging points for electric-powered mobility options. The company's subsidiaries submitted grant applications for more than 700 charging stations on behalf of the municipalities in which they operate. "Using various models, E.ON's regional companies are offering charging solutions for al ... more
San Francisco (AFP) March 27, 2017
Uber putting self-driving cars back on the road
London (AFP) March 22, 2017
China's Geely opens UK plant for electric London taxis
Jerusalem (AFP) March 17, 2017
Intel deal may fuel Israel's rise as builder of car brains
Iraq forces launch renewed attack on Mosul's Old City
Arbil, Iraq (AFP) March 27, 2017
Iraqi forces renewed their assault Monday against jihadists in Mosul's Old City, after days in which the battle was overshadowed by reports of heavy civilian casualties from air strikes. Iraqi forces began the massive operation to retake west Mosul from the Islamic State (IS) group last month and have recaptured a series of neighbourhoods, but the battle poses a major threat to civilians in ... more
Washington (AFP) March 26, 2017
Pentagon enjoying greater leeway under Trump
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) March 26, 2017
Iraqis remove bodies from rubble in west Mosul
Baghdad (AFP) March 24, 2017
Iraq's Sadr threatens boycott if election law unchanged
US leads boycott of nuclear weapons ban talks
United Nations, United States (AFP) March 27, 2017
More than 100 countries on Monday launched the first UN talks aimed at achieving a legally binding ban on nuclear weapons, as Washington led an international boycott of a process it deems unrealistic. Before the conference had even begun, the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, spoke out to reject the proposal in the light of current global security threats. "As a mom and a daughter th ... more
Seoul (AFP) March 22, 2017
North Korea's parliament to hold rare meeting: KCNA
Washington (AFP) March 23, 2017
China's ZTE pleads guilty to violating US sanctions on Iran, N.Korea
Washington (AFP) March 23, 2017
US sees 'activity' at N. Korea nuke sites: US official
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China's favourite Lam wins Hong Kong leadership, vows to heal rifts
Hong Kong (AFP) March 26, 2017
Hong Kong's new leader Carrie Lam pledged Sunday to mend political rifts after winning a vote dismissed as a sham by democracy activists who fear the loss of the city's cherished freedoms. The former career civil servant was chosen as next chief executive of the semi-autonomous city by a mainly pro-China committee. She was widely seen as Beijing's favourite candidate. Her main rival, ex- ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) March 26, 2017
Beijing favourite Lam wins Hong Kong leadership
Beijing (AFP) March 27, 2017
Australia-based professor blocked from leaving China
Hong Kong (AFP) March 27, 2017
Hong Kong targets activists day after vote
Benin's defence minister quits over constitutional reform
Cotonou (AFP) March 27, 2017
Benin's defence minister announced his resignation on Monday to protest President Patrice Talon's plans to overhaul the constitution. Candide Armand-Marie Azannai wrote on his Facebook page that he had decided to quit because of "recent developments in this country's politics". Businessman Talon, who was elected last year, has proposed amending the constitution to limit presidents to a s ... more
Washington (AFP) March 24, 2017
Operations against Kony's LRA 'coming to an end': US general
Bamako (AFP) March 27, 2017
Mali peace conference hit by boycott
Abuja (AFP) March 21, 2017
Nigerian rights group denounces 'attacks' on Amnesty office
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RAF getting new G-force centrifuge facility
Washington (UPI) Mar 23, 2017
Thales, in partnership with AMST, has begun work on the construction of a High-G force Training and Test Capability facility for Britain's Royal Air Force. The centrifuge facility at RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire will train RAF and Royal Navy pilots to counter the effects of G-forces on their bodies during combat missions. It is due to go online in October 2018. Thales said it wil ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 23, 2017
Lockheed transferring production site for F-16s
Washington (UPI) Mar 24, 2017
Raytheon tapped for Super Hornet, Growler radar upgrades
Washington (UPI) Mar 23, 2017
French government approves Rafale F4 upgrades
Unforeseen impacts of the fair trade movement
Newark DE (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Fair trade certified coffee is the kind of phrase that sounds good on a Whole Foods shelf, the type of marketing that merges first world affluence with third world resource. For the average consumer, it implies fairness in labor and wealth, the idea that small producers profit directly from the products and goods they produce. The reality is far more complex, says Lindsay Naylor, assistant ... more
Brussels (AFP) March 27, 2017
EU clears Dow-DuPont chemicals mega-merger
Geneva (AFP) March 21, 2017
China asks WTO to weigh in on EU anti-dumping measures
Tangiers, Morocco (AFP) March 20, 2017
Morocco's Tangiers to host Chinese industrial city
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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
Tillerson to meet allies as NATO races to save talks
Washington (AFP) March 25, 2017
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet with NATO members next week in Brussels, officials said Friday, as alliance diplomats worked to nail down the date. "We are currently planning to hold the meeting of NATO foreign ministers on 31 March. Consultations on scheduling among Allies are ongoing," a NATO official in Brussels said. The NATO foreign ministers meeting had been planned f ... more
Manila (AFP) March 27, 2017
Japan loans Manila military planes for South China Sea
Washington (AFP) March 27, 2017
US Senate advances approval of Montenegro into NATO
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
U.K. Typhoons to deploy to Romania for air policing mission
Paris mayor orders cleanliness blitz
Paris (AFP) March 27, 2017
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo on Monday unveiled a grand plan to clean up the French capital, putting teeth into the campaign by stepping up enforcement operations. The city will be "uncompromising with those who sully the public space," she said, addressing one of the main complaints of residents and tourists alike. The Socialist mayor said the squad of police handing out fines - dubbed the ... more
Bogota (AFP) March 27, 2017
Colombian town votes against gold mine, in vain
Minneapolis, MN (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
'Super sponge' promises effective toxic clean-up of lakes and more
Punta Gorda, United States (AFP) March 22, 2017
Florida eco-friendly town opens for business
Video game study suggests people will remain calm as the world ends
Washington (UPI) Mar 20, 2017
Many assume the world will end in chaos, a complete breakdown of the social order. The results of a new video game study suggest otherwise. Participants in a role-playing video game study engaged in acts of cooperation and assistance as their virtual world came to an end. Analysis of the virtual actions of 80,000 participants playing ArcheAge showed acts of violence were relatively rare ... more
Dhaka (IANS) Mar 27, 2017
Bangladesh to join India's South Asia Satellite initiative
Munich, Germany (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Extreme space weather: Protecting our critical infrastructure
Luxembourg (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
SES is enabling disaster response and connecting affected communities

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