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August 24, 2017
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Shell starts new work in Nigeria's Niger Delta



Washington (UPI) Aug 23, 2017
The Nigerian subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell said Wednesday that hundreds of thousands of new barrels of product are expected from a project in the Niger Delta. Shell said it started production from the second phase of its Gbaran-Ubie project in Nigeria's Niger Delta region. The company said 18 wells have been drilled at the site already and a new pipeline connects it to a nearby plant. Peak production is forecast at 175,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day by 2019, though most of that ... read more

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Staff pulled from Gulf of Mexico platforms ahead of Harvey
Washington (UPI) Aug 23, 2017
With inclement weather brewing in the Gulf of Mexico, Anadarko Petroleum said it pulled non-essential staff from its offshore facilities. ... more
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ExxonMobil misled public on climate for decades: study
Paris (AFP) Aug 23, 2017
US oil giant ExxonMobil knowingly misled the public for decades about the danger climate change poses to a warming world and the company's long-term viability, according to a peer-reviewed study released Wednesday. ... more
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Cambodia starts uncertain path toward oil production
Washington (UPI) Aug 23, 2017
Cambodia's government signed off on the preliminary agreements necessary to implement its first offshore oil development ever, a Singapore-listed company said. ... more
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Oil prices inch lower on demand pressures
Washington (UPI) Aug 23, 2017
Indications of waning U.S. consumer demand overshadowed concerns about a storm in the Gulf of Mexico to help drag oil prices lower Wednesday morning. ... more
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Kuwait's economy bruised, but resilient, World Bank says
Washington (UPI) Aug 23, 2017
The OPEC-led effort to ease the global surplus of crude oil with production declines hurt Kuwait, but its economy is growing, a World Bank official said. ... more
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Some capital moves to fund early Cuban oil work
Washington (UPI) Aug 23, 2017
One of the only foreign energy companies there said the placement of shares raised more than $1.5 million that will help finance preliminary oil work in Cuba. ... more
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Colorado proposes oil and gas changes after fatal April explosion
Washington (UPI) Aug 23, 2017
Following a review triggered by a fatal April gas explosion, Colorado's governor unveiled seven proposals to address the ways the oil and gas industry operates. ... more
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Researchers devise microreactor to study formation of methane hydrate
Brooklyn NY (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Researchers at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering are using a novel means of studying how methane and water form methane hydrate that allows them to examine discrete steps in the process faster an ... more
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Discovery could lead to new catalyst design to reduce nitrogen oxides in diesel exhaust
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Researchers have discovered a new reaction mechanism that could be used to improve catalyst designs for pollution control systems to further reduce emissions of smog-causing nitrogen oxides in diese ... more
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Qatar, US stage joint military exercise
Doha (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
Qatari and US paratroopers held a joint training exercise in crisis-hit Doha on Tuesday which American officials said reinforced "the enduring military-to-military" partnership between the two countries. ... more


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Dakota pipeline company sues environmental groups
Chicago (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
The operator of a controversial US oil pipeline, which was the focus of months of protests by Native American tribes, on Tuesday sued several environmental groups, claiming they spread false information and incite violence. ... more
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sees Mexico as important gas export market
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
The state economy for Texas is capitalizing on cross-border movements of natural gas to Mexico, a director at a state energy regulator said. ... more
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Prep work begins at oil drilling site in
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
Melbana Energy, one of the few companies working in Cuba, said it started the preliminary work necessary to clear a site for eventual production. ... more
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BHP Billiton looking to unload its U.S. shale portfolio
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
An Australian energy giant said its assets in the U.S. waters of the Gulf of Mexico were promising, but said capital restraints meant it was leaving shale behind. ... more



Cyborg bacteria outperform plants when turning sunlight into useful compounds
New York NY (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Photosynthesis provides energy for the vast majority of life on Earth. But chlorophyll, the green pigment that plants use to harvest sunlight, is relatively inefficient. To enable humans to capture more of the sun's energy than natural photosynthesis can, scientists have taught bacteria to cover themselves in tiny, highly efficient solar panels to produce useful compounds. The researchers ... more
San Diego CA (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Stretchable biofuel cells extract energy from sweat to power wearable devices
University Park PA (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Potato waste processing may be the road to enhanced food waste conversion
Mexico City (AFP) Aug 17, 2017
Mexico's prickly pear cactus: energy source of the future?
Deep-UV probing method detects electron transfer in photovoltaic devices
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Sensitized solar cells consisting of a molecular or solid-state sensitizer that serves to collect light and inject an electron into a substrate that favors their migration are among the most studied photovoltaic systems at present. Despite its importance in determining the potential of a photovoltaic device, current methods for monitoring the interfacial electron transfer remain ambiguous. ... more
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
Midsummer receives two new orders for its DUO thin film solar cell manufacturing system
Onna, Japan (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
The power of perovskite
Dandong, China (AFP) Aug 20, 2017
China's solar panels shine spotlight on North Korea trade
Wind energy blows up storm of controversy in Mexico
La Ventosa, Mexico (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
Cain Lopez looks tiny standing near the seven enormous wind turbines that tower over his farm in the Mexican village of La Ventosa. In this gusty rural region near the Pacific coast, the wind is so strong it sometimes flips over cars and even trailer trucks. Lopez always considered it a curse, until an international energy company came along and said it wanted to build these 40-meter (13 ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
U.S. extends wind energy taproots into Zambia
Richland WA (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Night vision for bird- and bat-friendly offshore wind power
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Norway's Statoil reshapes hold of giant wind farm off the British coast
UAE nuclear programme edges toward 2018 launch
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
At first glance, the long hallway seems abandoned. But behind glass walls, in soundproof offices, engineers and physicists are putting the final touches to the Arab world's first nuclear programme. At the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) in Abu Dhabi, dozens of employees are reviewing the 15,000-page application for the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, scheduled to launch next ye ... more
Paris, France (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
129I waste used to track ocean currents for 15,000 km after discharge from nuclear plants
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Analysis highlights failings in US's advanced nuclear program
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
Clashes at anti-nuclear demo in France
Study gives first proof that the Earth has a natural thermostat
Paris (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
New data provides the first proof that the Earth has a natural thermostat which enables the planet to recover from extremes of climate change - but the recovery timescales are significant. This work was presented at the Goldschmidt conference in Paris, and has just been published in the peer-reviewed journal Geochemical Perspectives Letters*. The idea of a natural temperature thermostat wa ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
Incomplete drought recovery may be the new normal
Washington (UPI) Aug 17, 2017
Asian Development Bank finds new climate finance stream
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
Heat map showcases extreme temperatures in Southern Europe
Merkel wants to 'restore trust' in diesel after scandal
Berlin (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that trust must be restored in diesel cars after the emissions cheating scandal and spoke out against plans to ban them from some inner cities. She said she was "angered" by German auto giants who in the "dieselgate" scandal either broke the law or used legal loopholes, but also pointed to the at least 800,000 jobs in the crucial industrial sector. ... more
Washington (AFP) Aug 18, 2017
Uber's ousted CEO calls investor lawsuit unfounded
Beijing (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
China's Great Wall Motor plans Fiat Chrysler purchase
Manila (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
Uber bows to Philippines suspension after show of defiance
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Iraqi forces advance towards heart of IS-held bastion
Tal Afar, Iraq (AFP) Aug 23, 2017
Iraqi forces Wednesday recaptured several districts and advanced towards the centre of Tal Afar, one of the Islamic State group's last strongholds in the country, as aid workers braced for an exodus of civilians fleeing the fighting. Armoured personnel carriers full of soldiers and fighters of the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary coalition moved into Al-Nur district of southeast Tal Afar early ... more
Baghdad (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
Mattis in Baghdad as Iraq presses assault on IS bastion
Tal Abta, Iraq (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
Iraqi forces retake two districts of IS bastion
Tal Al-Hessan, Iraq (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
Iraqi forces close in on IS-held Tal Afar
Boeing, Northrop Grumman receive development contracts for new ICBM
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
Boeing and Northrop Grumman have received $349.2 million and $328.6 million contracts respectively for the development of the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent replacement for the LGM-30G Minuteman III ballistic missile. The contracts are to run until Aug. 20, 2020, when one of the two companies will be selected to finish the program. Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin have all ... more
Seoul (AFP) Aug 23, 2017
N.Korea's Kim 'starting to respect US': Trump
Seoul (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
US-South joint drills begin amid North Korea tensions
Sacramento CA (SPX) Aug 24, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne providing propulsion support for Ground Based Strategic Deterrent
Jailed Hong Kong activist Wong back in court
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
With hair newly shaven in accordance with Hong Kong prison rules, jailed pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong was in court again Tuesday on more protest-related charges. Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow were sent to prison last Thursday for their leading role in the initial protest that sparked the months-long Umbrella Movement of 2014 - demonstrations and street blockades calling for democrati ... more
Beijing (AFP) Aug 24, 2017
At Beijing book fair, publishers admit self-censorship
Shanghai (AFP) Aug 24, 2017
Steer clear of screens and self-abuse, Chinese recruits told
Beijing (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
Second academic journal pressed to censor China content
Angolans vote as Dos Santos ends 38-year rule
Luanda (AFP) Aug 23, 2017
Angolans voted on Wednesday in an election marking the end of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos's 38-year reign, with his MPLA party set to retain power despite an economic crisis. The MPLA, which has ruled since Angola's independence from Portugal in 1975, is expected to defeat opposition parties stifled by Dos Santos's authoritarian regime. Dos Santos's unexpected retirement - reporte ... more
Freetown (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
Death toll in SLeone flood disaster reaches 441
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
Africa Endeavor 2017 communications conference starts in Malawi
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 12, 2017
Dalai Lama cancels Botswana trip with 'exhaustion'
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Lockheed Martin receives $427.1M for F-35 production
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics is receiving a $427.1 million order against an existing contract for ancillary and pilot flight equipment for F-35 Lightning II production, the Department of Defense announced on Monday. The equipment will go toward low-rate Lot 11 F-35 construction for the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and foreign military participants in the program. The work will prim ... more
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
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 17, 2017
India clears $650 mn Boeing army chopper deal: defence sources
US launches formal trade investigation into China
Washington (AFP) Aug 18, 2017
The United States on Friday formally launched a trade investigation into China's intellectual property practices and forced transfer of American technology, which President Donald Trump had called for this week. "On Monday, President Trump instructed me to look into Chinese laws, policies, and practices which may be harming American intellectual property rights, innovation, or technology dev ... more
Washington (AFP) Aug 17, 2017
US in 'economic war' with China, says Trump strategist Bannon
Beijing (AFP) July 18, 2017
China's Xi calls for more imports and more 'open economy'
Sydney (AFP) Aug 18, 2017
Australia to regulate virtual currency exchanges like Bitcoin
Sri Lanka's president sacks outspoken justice minister
Colombo (AFP) Aug 23, 2017
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena sacked his controversial justice minister Wednesday for speaking out against a billion-dollar deal to sell a stake in a loss-making deep sea port to China. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe had publicly denounced the government's $1.1 billion sale last month of a 70 percent stake in Hambantota port to state-owned China Merchants Port Holdings. "He (Rajapaksh ... more
Istanbul (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
Erdogan says top Turkish general must accept demotion
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
India says China stand-off will end soon
Kiev (AFP) Aug 23, 2017
Pentagon chief in Kiev as Ukraine seeks battlefield weapons
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Indian factory shut for dumping dye after dogs turn blue
Mumbai (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
A factory accused of dumping dye into an Indian river where several dogs turned blue has been shut down, an official said Tuesday, after alarming pictures emerged of the brightly-coloured canines. An animal activist spotted the blue dogs wandering the streets of Mumbai near an industrial zone where factories had been accused of pouring untreated chemicals directly into the Kasadi river. ... more
Phnom Penh (AFP) July 13, 2017
Cambodia bans overseas exports of coastal sand
Paris (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
Treaty to curb mercury exposure takes effect
Seattle WA (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
Probiotics help poplar trees clean up toxins in Superfund sites
Italy's deadly flirtation with illegal building
Rome (AFP) Aug 23, 2017
As Italy reels from another earthquake, experts warned Wednesday that widespread illegal construction is putting millions across the country at risk of being killed. The tremor that shook the island of Ischia on Monday, toppling houses and killing two women, has sparked much soul-searching in a country with a weakness for rule-breaking - particularly when it comes to building or renovating ... more
Bunia, Dr Congo (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
Death toll in DR Congo landslide climbs to 140
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 24, 2017
Death toll from South Asia flooding tops 1,000
Yangon (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
Myanmar man faces jail for speaking about child soldier past


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