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August 04, 2017
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Wood Group, Amec Foster Wheeler merger under scrutiny



Washington (UPI) Aug 3, 2017
Energy companies Wood Group and Amec Foster Wheeler said they've done enough to address competition issues after the British government expressed concern. Wood Group announced plans in March to purchase AMEC Foster Wheeler for $2.6 billion in a move that will combine two of Britain's largest energy services companies. British regulator officials, however, said they had concerns because of the consolidation of engineering and maintenance services under one umbrella. Amec Foster Wheeler sa ... read more

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Several earthquakes strike shale-rich Oklahoma
Washington (UPI) Aug 3, 2017
Eight earthquakes were recorded Thursday in Oklahoma, a state at the heart of the shale oil and natural gas industry, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Poll: Shale drilling a new concept to the British public
Washington (UPI) Aug 3, 2017
With shale drilling about ready to go for the first time ever in the country, British opponents said public sentiment was moving against the practice. ... more
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Repsol suspends oil project in disputed sea off Vietnam
Hanoi (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
Spanish oil giant Repsol said it has suspended a multi-million-dollar oil exploration project in an area of the South China Sea off Vietnam claimed by both Hanoi and Beijing, amid reports of a spike in tensions between the communist neighbours. ... more
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Demand factors lift crude oil prices higher
Washington (UPI) Aug 3, 2017
Strong employment figures and signs of increasing U.S. demand offset low inflation in the OECD to push crude oil prices higher early Thursday. ... more
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Enbridge: Michigan, North Dakota pipelines working as planned
Washington (UPI) Aug 3, 2017
The source of opposition, pipeline company Enbridge said in its second quarter report that pipelines in Michigan and North Dakota were operating as expected. ... more
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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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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
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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. ... more


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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
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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
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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



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
India facing renewable energy challenges
(UPI) Jul 31, 2017
An effort in India, one of the world's strongest economies, to improve the renewable energy sector could face headwinds, Moody's Investors Service said. India aims to triple its renewable power capacity by 2022 to 175 gigawatts by drawing on new solar and wind energy sources. The country is No. 4 in the world in terms of new solar power, No. 4 in the world based on cumulative wind power ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 1, 2017
Chinese renewable energy capacity growing rapidly
Tempe AZ (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
A new picture emerges on the origins of photosynthesis in a sun-loving bacteria
Washington (UPI) Jul 31, 2017
World Bank tries to make Pacific solar power decisions easier
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
Could spraying particles into marine clouds help cool the planet
Los Angeles (AFP) July 28, 2017
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Washington DC (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Could a geoengineering cocktail control the climate
BMW sticks to cautious forecast as profits shift up
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
German carmaker BMW reported Thursday a leap in profits in the second quarter, but stuck to its cautious forecast for the full year as it spends on new models and research and development. Net profit at the group reached 2.2 billion euros ($2.6 billion) between April and June, a 13.6-percent increase compared with the same period last year. Operating, or underlying profit grew 7.5 percen ... more
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) July 27, 2017
Volkswagen to refit 1 million more diesel cars in Germany
Washington (UPI) Aug 3, 2017
Global momentum underway for electric vehicles
Los Angeles (AFP) July 28, 2017
Los Angeles to have fully electric bus fleet by 2030
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Iraq faces vast challenges securing, rebuilding Mosul
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
With Mosul in ruins and nearly a million displaced, Iraq now faces the enormous task of restoring order and rebuilding its second city after driving out Islamic State group jihadists. After eight months of gruelling fighting against IS, Iraqi forces are in control of Mosul. But the famed Old City has been reduced to rubble and the iconic leaning minaret of its Al-Nuri mosque, the image o ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 2, 2017
FMS support deal in works for Iraqi vessels
Kabul (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Two killed in IS-claimed attack on Iraq embassy in Kabul
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) July 30, 2017
Iraqis in Mosul markets both fear and hope for the future
North Korea's Kim a 'maniac': Philippines' Duterte
Manila (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is a "maniac" who could destroy Asia by triggering a nuclear war, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday, ahead of a regional summit to be attended by the regime's foreign minister. Using characteristically crude language, Duterte teed off against Kim ahead of a regional security meeting in Manila where the hermit state's ballistic missile tests w ... more
United Nations, United States (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
France wants UN to slap new sanctions on N. Korea in coming days
Washington (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
US sets September 1 date for start of N. Korea travel ban
Tehran (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
Iran says US breaching nuclear deal as Rouhani starts new term
Chinese man pays $10,000 for whisky shot at Swiss bar
Geneva (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
Have you heard the one about the guy who walked into a bar and ordered a $10,000 shot of whisky? A young Chinese man paid 9,999 Swiss francs ($10,000, 8,733 euros) last week at a Swiss hotel for a glass of whisky made in 1878 by the revered Scotch maker Macallan, the 20Minuten website said. The report was confirmed by an employee of the luxury Waldhaus Hotel in St. Moritz, northeast Swit ... more
Beijing (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
China accused of 'enforced disappearance' of Liu Xiaobo's widow
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
Hong Kong bishop says church could be 'bridge' with China
Beijing (AFP) July 31, 2017
China police arrest 230 over pyramid scheme
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
Bamako (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
European support for Sahel 'mutually reinforcing': Germany
Dakar (AFP) July 31, 2017
Senegal ruling party coalition claims election landslide
Banjul, Gambia (AFP) July 27, 2017
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Supersonic technology designed to reduce sonic booms
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Aug 02, 2017
Residents along Florida's Space Coast will soon hear a familiar sound - sonic booms. But instead of announcing a spacecraft's return from space, they may herald a new era in faster air travel. NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is partnering with the agency's Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, Langley Research Center in Virginia, and Space Florida for a program called Soni ... more
Paris (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
Air France extends no-fly zone around North Korea
El Calafate, Argentina (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
Perlan glider reaches 32,500 feet eyes world aviation record
Washington (UPI) Jul 14, 2017
France and Germany announce new joint fighter program
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
Wintershall warns U.S. against playing 'geopolitical football.'
Washington (UPI) Aug 3, 2017
German energy company Wintershall, a European partner with Russia's Gazprom, said the European energy sector can't be used for "geopolitical football." President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a bill into law that sanctions Iran, North Korea and Russia. The Russian measure in particular is significant given the election issue clouding the Trump administration. Trump in a signin ... more
Beijing (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
China unmoved as Trump rails over North Korea
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
Gambian environmentalists to sue 'polluting' Chinese firm
Phnom Penh (AFP) July 13, 2017
Cambodia bans overseas exports of coastal sand
Italy parliament approves Libya naval mission
Rome (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
The Italian parliament gave the go-ahead Wednesday to a naval mission aimed at boosting the Libyan coastguard in its fight against human traffickers and further reducing the number of migrant arrivals on Italy's coasts. Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti said Italy would provide technical support without infringing on the crisis-hit country's sovereignty but would not take part in a "hostile" ... more
Sydney (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
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