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August 15, 2017
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BP starts new gas production from Trinidad, a major exporter



Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
British energy company BP said it expected a ramp up in natural gas production from its second project to come online this year off the coast of Trinidad. Gas production started at the Juniper development about 50 miles off the coast of Trinidad. It's the second this year there and the first of its $2 billion overhaul. "It is the largest new project brought into production in Trinidad for several years and the second major project we have started here this year," Bernard Looney, the chie ... read more

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Moscow backs peace efforts by Libya rivals
Moscow (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday backed the efforts of Libya's military strongman Khalifa Haftar and his rival UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj to reach a peace agreement in the conflict-ridden country. ... more
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Kurdish oil player sees steady production course ahead
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
Production from the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq remains at the high-end of expectations for the year, a company said. ... more
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Maduro orders Venezuela military drill after Trump threat
Caracas (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro on Monday ordered his armed forces to carry out a national exercise next week in response to US President Donald Trump's threat of possible military action. ... more
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Iraq, Saudi Arabia express full commitment to OPEC balancing act
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
Oil production from Iraq and Saudi Arabia will remain subdued until the markets reach a target level that indicates a balanced market, leaders said. ... more
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Saudi Arabia to launch joint trade council with Iraq
Riyadh (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Saudi Arabia and Iraq are to launch a joint trade commission, the Saudi cabinet announced Monday, in a sign of a thaw in ties between the two neighbours. ... more
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Saudi Arabia reports higher oil revenue
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
Second quarter oil revenue was up nearly 30 percent from last year on the back of general improvements in the energy market, the Saudi government reported. ... more
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Oklahoma shale production could increase
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
After mixed results for the second quarter, U.S. shale player BNK Petroleum said it was anticipating more production from its assets in Oklahoma. ... more
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Oil prices edge lower on OPEC output
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
Crude oil prices edged lower early Monday on signals of declining volatility and reports of a stronger position from OPEC-member Libya. ... more
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Energy-rich Norway sees government debt drop
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
Norway, the European leader in oil and gas production, reported government debt declined nearly 20 percent from the first quarter of the year. ... more
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Canada: province hires special counsel to help fight pipeline
Ottawa (AFP) Aug 10, 2017
British Columbia's new social-democratic government hired external counsel Thursday to review a pipeline expansion in Canada's westernmost province, after vowing during a recent election to kill the project. ... more


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Saudis ready to export more oil to Iraq
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
After discussions on compliance with an OPEC-led effort to balance the market, Saudi Arabia's energy minister said Iraq could be the target for more exports. ... more
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Rig movements increase offshore Norway
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
A $68 million agreement puts a deep water rig on patrol offshore Norway for nine months starting in February, the companies involved said Thursday. ... more
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OMV posts production, but weak financials
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Austrian energy company OMV said it planned to spend less as the price of oil levels out, but boasted of production gains from Libya and offshore Norway. ... more
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Oil prices sink on IEA warning on balance
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
Crude oil prices drifted lower early Friday after a report from the International Energy Agency said the markets were balancing, but it's a stubborn process. ... more



Additive selectively converts CO2 to multicarbon fuels
Pasadena CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Chemists have figured out a new, more efficient way to create carbon-based fuels from carbon dioxide (CO2). In chemical reactions performed in the lab, a Caltech team has identified a new additive that helps selectively convert CO2 into fuels containing multiple carbon atoms - a step toward ultimately making renewable liquid fuels that are not derived from coal or oil. "The results were qu ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
New light-activated catalyst grabs CO2 to make ingredients for fuel
Houston TX (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Biochar could clear the air in more ways than one
Pullman WA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Algae cultivation technique could advance biofuels
ABB wins $30 million order to support integration of renewables in Germany
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
ABB has received an order of around $30 millon from the Dutch-German transmission system operator, TenneT, to supply a stabilization solution that will enhance the reliability and quality of power as the grid absorbs more renewable energy. The order was booked in the second quarter of 2017. Germany's "Energiewende" energy transition roadmap aims for a renewable energy target of at least 80 ... more
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Solar glasses generate solar power
Chicago IL (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
New method enhances broadband light absorption in solar cells
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Lightweight catalyst for artificial photosynthesis
Norway's Statoil reshapes hold of giant wind farm off the British coast
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Norwegian energy company Statoil said it swapped out some of its assets in order to share control over wind farms located off the British coast. Statoil signed a swap agreement with British energy company SSE and German energy company Innogy for interests in the Dogger Bank wind park. Innogy under the arrangement takes a 100 percent stake in the developments Teesside wind farms at Dogge ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Annual wind report confirms tech advancements, improved performance, low wind prices
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Vertical axis wind turbines can offer cheaper electricity for urban and suburban areas
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017
U.S. wind power momentum up 40 percent from last year
RWE optimistic for 2017, boosted by nuclear tax refund
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
German energy giant RWE said Monday it is on track to hit the upper targets of its 2017 forecast after a huge nuclear tax refund powered a strong second quarter performance. The Essen-based group said net profit rose to 1.72 billion euros ($2 billion) from April to June, compared to a net loss of 403 million euros over the same period a year earlier. Revenues fell by two percent to just ... more
New York, NY (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
The Roadmap for Increased Safety and Viability of Nuclear Power Plants
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Aug 02, 2017
Areva signs MOX fuel fabrication contract with Japan
Washington (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Construction of two nuclear power plants in US halted
Heat map showcases extreme temperatures in Southern Europe
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
A new heat map published by the European Space Agency offers a colorful, bird's-eye-view of last week's heatwave in Southern Europe. As showcased by the swath of organs and red hues blanketing much of the Mediterranean, much of Southern Europe experienced highs near 105 degrees Fahrenheit. During the string of extreme highs, ESA's Earth-observing and weather satellites helped tra ... more
Beijing (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Warm periods in the 20th century are not unprecedented during the last 2,000 years
Seoul (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
UNEP chief urges China to do more on climate
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 09, 2017
Can poor air quality mask global warming's effects
Uber board spat over ex-chief Kalanick goes public
San Francisco (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
A bitter fight over control of Uber has intensified in recent days with warring factions battling over the future role, if any, of ousted chief executive Travis Kalanick at the global rideshare titan. On Monday, a major investor fired off a message to Uber employees explaining why it filed suit last week against founder Kalanick, accusing him of covering misdeeds while rigging the board in o ... more
New York (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Shares of Fiat Chrysler surge on report of Chinese suitors
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Electric vehicles to eat into global oil demand by 6 million barrels
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
Czech Republic aims for nation-wide vehicle charging points
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Canada to contribute policing to liberated Iraq city
Ottawa (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
Canada will send up to 20 police officers to Iraq to help local authorities establish a police presence in Mosul, which was recently liberated from the Islamic State group, the government announced Wednesday. The officers are scheduled to arrive in the coming weeks, joining three Canadian police officers already on the ground. They are expected to stay until March 2019. "Progress has ... more
Washington (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Conviction, sentences upended in Blackwater case
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
Iraq faces vast challenges securing, rebuilding Mosul
Kabul (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Two killed in IS-claimed attack on Iraq embassy in Kabul
US-NKorea crisis tests Cold War's nuclear deterrence doctrine
Paris (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
The doctrine of nuclear deterrence, put to the test in the standoff between Washington and Pyongyang, dates to the Cold War when the world's two superpowers seemed hellbent on "mutually assured destruction". The arms race between United States and the then Soviet Union saw a proliferation of nuclear warheads as well as their vectors - missiles, planes and submarines. On the eve of the c ... more
Washington (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Mattis warns of risk of war, pushes diplomacy; CIA chief says 'nothing imminent'
Beijing (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
China bans North Korean iron, seafood imports
Jerusalem (AFP) Aug 13, 2017
Israel moves to curb strike at nuclear plant
Anger over calls to limit air-con for Hong Kong maids
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Calls to restrict air conditioning for Hong Kong's domestic maids amid sweltering summer temperatures were dubbed inhumane by rights groups Friday, after a politician suggested helpers should get "used to the hot weather". The southern Chinese city is home to over 340,000 migrant domestic workers mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia, but concerns have grown over their welfare after seve ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Hong Kong pro-democracy supporter says 'abducted' by Chinese agents
Shenyang, China (AFP) July 15, 2017
Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo's ashes buried at sea
Phnom Penh (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
Hundreds of Cambodian maids to work in Hong Kong
India Eyes Big Business with Africa in Space Exploration
New Delhi (Sputnik) Aug 09, 2017
The recent foray of Ghana into space exploration provides immense business opportunities for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), which boasts the most cost-effective launch vehicle. New Delhi (Spuntik) - Ghana recently launched its first ever satellite, GhanaSat-1, from NASA's International Space Station. A group of students at Ghana's All Nations University (ANU) built the sate ... more
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 12, 2017
Dalai Lama cancels Botswana trip with 'exhaustion'
Maiduguri, Nigeria (AFP) Aug 12, 2017
UN says Nigeria relations 'intact' after unauthorised raid
Kano, Nigeria (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Nigerian forces in 'unauthorised search' of UN camp
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NASA's Scientific Balloon Program Reaches New Heights
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
For decades, NASA has released enormous scientific balloons into Earth's atmosphere, miles above the altitude of commercial flights. The Balloon Program is currently preparing new missions bearing sensitive instruments, including one designed to investigate the birth of our universe and another with ballooning origins that will fly on the International Space Station. NASA's Primordial Infl ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Lockheed receives $9.4M contract for F-35 modifications
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Japan approves US Marine flights of Ospreys after crash
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
Air Force finishes ground testing of new highly efficient engine
Australia's Crown says all staff held in China now free
Sydney (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Australia's Crown Resorts said Monday that China had released all of the casino group's employees who were detained as part of a gambling crackdown last year. Mogul James Packer's gaming company said the last of the 19 current and former Crown employees had been set free after being held for 10 months. "Crown is pleased that all of our employees have now been released and reunited with t ... more
Beijing (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
China industrial output slows sharply in July
Washington (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Trump ups ante with China, orders inquiry over trade ties
Beijing (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
China factory gate inflation misses expectations in July
US rallies LatAm on Venezuela after Trump military warning
Bogota (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
The United States vowed Monday to stop Venezuela from becoming a "failed state," as it rallied Latin American allies after President Donald Trump warned of possible military action. US Vice President Mike Pence met in a church in Cartagena, Colombia with Venezuelan families who have fled their country's deadly crisis, as he wrapped up the first stop on a Latin American tour. "We will not ... more
Shanghai (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Now Chinese army takes aim at 'King of Glory'
Warsaw (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Poland 'centre of gravity' for US army in Europe: commander
Washington (AFP) Aug 10, 2017
North Korea: Trump fire talk singes Tillerson's wings
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Study finds that choice of cool roofing materials can potentially impact region's air pollution
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
In a groundbreaking study released this week, scientists at the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the University of Southern California have found that widespread installation of certain "cool roof" materials in the region could slightly increase ozone and fine particulate pollution levels. The study explains how the predicted increase in ozone levels can be minimized or poss ... more
Blacksburg VA (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Researchers discover potentially harmful nanoparticles produced through burning coal
Gabes, Tunisia (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Tunisian beachside town fights industrial pollution
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
To reduce exposure to pollution on your commute, crank the air conditioning
Urban flooding on the rise, as countryside dries up
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
New analysis of flow rates and precipitation totals suggest flooding in urban areas is intensifying while rural areas dry up. In an effort to identify links between rising global temperatures and river flow patterns, scientists at the University of New South Wales surveyed flow rate and rainfall data from 5,300 river monitoring sites and 43,000 rain gauges in 160 different countries. ... more
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 12, 2017
Hunter fells elephant that killed 15 in India
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Shoot-to-kill: India hunts serial killer elephant
Tripoli (AFP) Aug 10, 2017
Libya navy bars foreign ships from migrant 'search and rescue' zone


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