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August 03, 2017
OIL AND GAS
China defends gasfield activity in East China Sea



Beijing (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
China on Wednesday defended its oil and gas activity in the East China Sea as occurring in areas "indisputably" under its jurisdiction, after Japanese protests stirred a longstanding dispute over the region. The two countries both claim islands in the East China Sea controlled by Japan, which knows them as Senkaku, and regularly send ships to nearby waters to assert their claims amid repeated diplomatic clashes. Talks between Tokyo and Beijing begun in June 2008 to cooperate over oil and gas re ... read more

OIL AND GAS
Europe mulling its options with Venezuela
Washington (UPI) Aug 2, 2017
With oil so far spared from the target of sanctions, the European Commission said Wednesday it was discussing a range of potential options for Venezuela. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Oil muted, but could get lift from demand
Washington (UPI) Aug 2, 2017
Crude oil prices were standing still in early Wednesday trading after the market turned south on signs of easing supply-side strains in the United States. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Russian oil producer highlights Asian reach
Washington (UPI) Aug 2, 2017
Russian oil producer Rosneft highlighted its focus on operations offshore Asia by boasting of its future exploration and production plans for Vietnam. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Strong performance for Norwegian oil player, Lundin
Washington (UPI) Aug 2, 2017
Strong revenue growth for the second quarter and a pipeline of high-profile developments sets up Lundin Petroleum as a premier European player, the CEO said. ... more
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Azeri oil exports moved higher in July
Washington (UPI) Aug 2, 2017
A party to an OPEC-led consortium working to balance an oversupplied market, Azerbaijan reported oil exports were higher in July than in June. ... more
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Iran making pipeline strides
Washington (UPI) Aug 2, 2017
Iran is becoming less dependent on its neighbors for natural gas with the launch of a pipeline to the northern provinces, the government said. ... more
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Oman takes $3.55 bln China loan to cover budget deficit
Muscat (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
Oman on Wednesday announced it has taken out a $3.55-billion loan from Chinese banks to cover its budget deficit for the current fiscal year. ... more
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Oil prices drop after Venezuelan risk wanes
Washington (UPI) Aug 1, 2017
The rally in crude oil prices halted early Tuesday after Washington spared Venezuelan oil from sanctions, though market indicators could keep the bulls running. ... more
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U.S. gas prices for August could be the highest for the year
Washington (UPI) Aug 1, 2017
Peak summer demand and declining levels of supplies, both domestic and foreign, mean spikes in the price of gas for U.S. consumers, market analyses find. ... more
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U.S. insists all options are on the table with Venezuela
Washington (UPI) Aug 1, 2017
All options remain on the table for U.S. sanctions on Venezuela, including oil, though industry reports were mixed on the potential impact. ... more


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OIL AND GAS
Japan protests Chinese gasfield activity in East China Sea
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Japan has lodged a protest with China over what it described as suspicious activity in a maritime area rich in gas deposits in the East China Sea, officials said Tuesday. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Canadian oil struggling for world position
Washington (UPI) Aug 1, 2017
The Canadian oil sector should expect growth in exploration and production, but its place on the global stage is still uncertain, a trade group said. ... more
OIL AND GAS
BP's CEO: Prepare for the new oil price environment
Washington (UPI) Aug 1, 2017
Production from British supermajor BP edged higher, though income was lower and the company's CEO said he was positioning the company for a new market climate. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Turkey, Qatar launch joint military exercises: reports
Istanbul (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Turkey and its main regional ally Qatar on Tuesday launched military exercises in the emirate that will involve some 250 Turkish troops and 30 armoured vehicles, reports said. ... more



Biochar could clear the air in more ways than one
Houston TX (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Biochar from recycled waste may both enhance crop growth and save health costs by helping clear the air of pollutants, according to Rice University researchers. Rice researchers in Earth science, economics and environmental engineering have determined that widespread use of biochar in agriculture could reduce health care costs, especially for those who live in urban areas close to farmland ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
New light-activated catalyst grabs CO2 to make ingredients for fuel
Pullman WA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Algae cultivation technique could advance biofuels
Amherst MA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Fungi that evolved to eat wood offer new biomass conversion tool
A new picture emerges on the origins of photosynthesis in a sun-loving bacteria
Tempe AZ (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Every day, enough sunlight hits the Earth to power the planet many times over - if only we could more efficiently capture all the energy. With today's solar panels limited by their efficiency (currently, more than 80 percent of available solar energy is lost as heat), scientists have been looking into nature as inspiration to better understanding the way photosynthetic plants and bacteria ... more
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India facing renewable energy challenges
Washington (UPI) Jul 31, 2017
World Bank tries to make Pacific solar power decisions easier
Washington (UPI) Aug 1, 2017
Chinese renewable energy capacity growing rapidly
U.S. wind power momentum up 40 percent from last year
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017
About half of the population in the state of Kansas could now be drawing energy from wind power as the U.S. sector gains momentum, an industry report showed. A quarterly report from the American Wind Energy Association found the sector is gaining traction. Compared with last year, there were 40 percent more wind energy projects under construction or advancing through the development sta ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017
Shale-rich Oklahoma to host mega-wind farm
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
ABB wins $30 million order to support integration of offshore wind energy in the UK
Washington (UPI) Jul 21, 2017
GE's renewables not enough to boost overall revenue
Construction of two nuclear power plants in US halted
Washington (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Construction work on two nuclear power plants in the United States has been halted because of cost overruns, the companies behind them said. Santee Cooper, one of those firms, said that because of construction delays the two planned reactors in South Carolina could not come on line before 2024, four years behind schedule. This means only two nuclear plants are now in construction in the ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Aug 02, 2017
Areva signs MOX fuel fabrication contract with Japan
Paris (AFP) July 28, 2017
Nuclear contaminates earnings of France's EDF
Tokyo (AFP) July 21, 2017
Underwater robot probes inside Fukushima reactor
Small odds of reaching 2 C climate goal: researchers
Paris (AFP) July 31, 2017
There is a five-percent chance of limiting average global warming to under two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), the target set in the 2015 climate-rescue Paris Agreement, researchers said on Monday. And chances of meeting the lower, aspirational 1.5 C goal, also listed in the 196-nation pact, were a mere one percent, they wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change. A US-based ex ... more
Seattle WA (SPX) Jul 26, 2017
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Los Angeles (AFP) July 28, 2017
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Washington DC (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
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Volkswagen to refit 1 million more diesel cars in Germany
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) July 27, 2017
Carmaker Volkswagen said Thursday it would offer to refit almost a million more diesel cars in Germany to reduce harmful emissions, as the country's auto industry is racked by overlapping scandals. At an industry-government summit on August 2, Volkswagen "will offer to refit four million vehicles and thereby significantly reduce emissions" chief executive Matthias Mueller said after meeting ... more
Los Angeles (AFP) July 28, 2017
Los Angeles to have fully electric bus fleet by 2030
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) July 30, 2017
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Berlin (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
Germany's car bosses bid to head off diesel ban with software patch
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Two killed in IS-claimed attack on Iraq embassy in Kabul
Kabul (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Two people died in an attack on the Iraqi embassy in Kabul claimed by the Islamic State group, Afghan officials said, with analysts describing the attack as revenge for the group's defeat in Iraq. On Monday a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the embassy, allowing at least three other militants to breach the compound unleashing an hours-long gun battle. Afghan officials initially sa ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 2, 2017
FMS support deal in works for Iraqi vessels
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) July 30, 2017
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Mosul, Iraq (AFP) July 29, 2017
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N. Korea ICBM still facing technical hurdles: US expert
Washington (AFP) July 31, 2017
North Korea could field a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile able to strike America by next year, but Pyongyang must first overcome important technological hurdles, a US expert warned Monday. North Korea has alarmed the international community by the pace and progress of its missile development program, and this month leader Kim Jong-Un conducted two tests of an ICBM. The ... more
Manila (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
North Korea's Kim a 'maniac': Philippines' Duterte
Washington (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
US sets September 1 date for start of N. Korea travel ban
United Nations, United States (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
US, Europeans push UN for action over Iran rocket launch
China police arrest 230 over pyramid scheme
Beijing (AFP) July 31, 2017
Chinese police have arrested 230 members of a suspected pyramid scheme, a week after a rare demonstration in Beijing protesting a crackdown on the group. The scheme, known as Shanxinhui or "philanthropic exchange", is under investigation and the group's founder Zhang Tianming, along with several employees, was arrested earlier this month. But in an unusual display of public disobedience, ... more
Shenyang, China (AFP) July 15, 2017
Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo's ashes buried at sea
Gaborone, Botswana (AFP) July 25, 2017
Botswana confirms Dalai Lama visit despite China anger
Beijing (AFP) July 20, 2017
Chinese city leadership shake-up signals Xi power play
China opens first chamber of commerce in I.Coast
Abidjan (AFP) July 31, 2017
China, Ivory Coast's third biggest trading partner, has opened its first chamber of commerce in the country, its embassy announced Monday in Abidjan. It will house some 40 separate businesses involved in a range of projects, from supplying drinking water to Abidjan, to the expansion of the city's port and the construction of the stadium at Ebimpe, near Abidjan. Other projects include the ... more
Dakar (AFP) July 31, 2017
Senegal ruling party coalition claims election landslide
Bamako (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
European support for Sahel 'mutually reinforcing': Germany
Banjul, Gambia (AFP) July 27, 2017
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Bankrupted Russian firm's jets may become Air Force One
Washington (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
The US Air Force is about to buy two mothballed Boeing 747s that were abandoned by a bankrupt Russian airline - and convert these into the next Air Force One, a source said Tuesday. The sale could save the Air Force millions of dollars, and comes after then president-elect Donald Trump said in December that the Air Force One replacement project costs were "ridiculous." Speaking on condi ... more
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Aug 02, 2017
Supersonic technology designed to reduce sonic booms
Washington (UPI) Jul 14, 2017
France and Germany announce new joint fighter program
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Honeywell, Pratt and Whitney contracted by Air Force for power system support
China factory activity gathers steam in July: Caixin
Beijing (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
China's manufacturing activity increased last month as both production and new order rates grew rapidly, independent figures showed Tuesday, but analysts warned the economy still faces headwinds from policy tightening. The Caixin Purchasing Manager's Index - an indicator of conditions at small manufacturers - came in at 51.1 in the month, up from 50.4 in June as it marked a four-month high ... more
Beijing (AFP) July 31, 2017
China tells Trump not to link trade to N. Korea
Panama City (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
'Clear' risk of trade war from protectionist policies: WTO chief
Beijing (AFP) July 31, 2017
China orders Anbang to sell Waldorf Astoria, other foreign assets: report
US returns tiny portion of controversial Okinawa base
Tokyo (AFP) July 31, 2017
Japan said Monday the United States had returned a sliver of land at a controversial US air base on the southern island of Okinawa which has sparked a lengthy and fierce dispute. Tokyo said the return of the land, which accounts for less than one percent of the 481-hectare (1,188-acre) Futenma base, would improve conditions for locals. But many Okinawa residents want the Marine air base ... more
Tbilisi (AFP) July 31, 2017
Russia expulsions won't deter US 'commitment to allies': Pence
Ankara (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
Turkey replaces land, air, naval forces commanders: official
Beijing (Sputnik) Aug 02, 2017
Sky's the Limit for Joint Russian-Chinese Eurasian Air Defense Zone
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New catalysts remove 99 percent of BPA from water
Washington (UPI) Aug 2, 2017
Scientists have discovered a new class of catalysts that break down contaminants when combined with hydrogen peroxide. The catalysts are capable of removing 99 percent of bisphenol A from water. Bisphenol A, or BPA, is a synthetic chemical commonly used in plastics manufacturing. Though many manufacturing companies have adopted BPA replacements, the chemical has contaminated waterways t ... more
Gunjur, Gambia (AFP) July 30, 2017
Pollution clouds Gambia's efforts to woo China
Banjul, Gambia (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
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Elephants, tigers kill one human a day in India
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Endangered elephants and tigers are killing one person a day in India as humans put a growing squeeze on their habitat, according to new government figures. But man is in turn killing a leopard a day as the man-animal tussle for space reaches new heights. India has lost vast swathes of forests to urbanisation in recent decades, forcing animals into human-occupied zones. According to ... more
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