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August 29, 2017
Oil and gas wells as a strong source of greenhouse gases

Kiel, Germany (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
The pictures went around the world. In April 2010, huge amounts of methane gas escaped from a well below the Deepwater Horizon platform in the Gulf of Mexico. This "blow-out" caused an explosion, in which eleven people died. For several weeks, oil spilled from the damaged well into the ocean. Fortunately, such catastrophic "blow-outs" are rather rare. Continuous discharges of smaller amounts of gas from active or old and abandoned wells occur more frequently. Scientists from GEOMAR Helmholtz Centr ... read more

Oil sees slight recover after hit from storm Harvey
Singapore (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Crude prices recovered slightly in in Asian trade Tuesday a day after heavy falls caused by the impact of monster storm Harvey on a key US oil-producing region. ... more
Profits up 40 percent for Chinese oil and gas company Sinopec
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2017
Chinese oil and gas company Sinopec said net profit for the first half of the year was up 40 percent in response to domestic demand and higher crude oil prices. ... more
More oil and gas possible from the Barents Sea
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2017
A Norwegian energy regulator said Monday it was assessing the extent of the oil available in two wells drilled by Lundin Petroleum in the Barents Sea. ... more
Iran expecting around 10 new oil and gas contracts
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2017
After no developments last year, Iran is concluding the financial aspects of a handful of deals with foreign oil and gas companies, its energy minister said. ... more
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Shale-rich Oklahoma assisting with Harvey response efforts
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
The governor of Oklahoma said she was sending rescue teams to help with Tropical Storm Harvey response efforts in neighboring shale-rich Texas. ... more
Offshore Canada oil development gains momentum
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
French energy services company TechnipFMC said it would work with Canadian company Husky Energy to develop the reserves off the eastern Canadian coast. ... more
Oil benchmarks pulled in opposite directions as Harvey skews market
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2017
Crude oil benchmarks were pulled in opposite directions early Monday as Tropical Storm Harvey battered the U.S. coast while global economies improved. ... more
Oil sector hopes to weather Harvey storm
New York (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Monster storm Harvey slammed into a key US oil-producing region disrupting output amid the devastation, but crude stocks are high enough that the impact on the industry should be short-lived, experts said Monday. ... more
Cost burden lowered for Cuban oil program
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2017
Australia's Melbana Energy Ltd. said its financial burdens for a drilling program in Cuba are reduced by the moving in of a fellow national energy company. ... more
Libya navy seizes oil tanker, detains Filipino crew
Tripoli (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
The Libyan navy said Monday it has seized an oil tanker near the maritime border with Tunisia and detained the 20-member Filipino crew on suspicion of fuel smuggling. ... more

Norway's Statoil takes first steps into Argentina's lauded shale

Harvey pushing market prices for oil higher
Washington (UPI) Aug 25, 2017
Crude oil prices moved higher Friday as Hurricane Harvey moved closer to the southern Texas coast and threatened production and refinery operations. ... more
Norway wants tech-savvy companies offshore
Washington (UPI) Aug 25, 2017
An energy regulator in Norway, one of the world's top producers, said it was keen on utilizing new knowledge to tap into the million of barrels left offshore. ... more
Venezuelans learn to shoot, fight at war drills to defy Trump
Caracas (AFP) Aug 26, 2017
Venezuelan troops taught civilians how to shoot rifles, fire missiles and engage in hand-to-hand combat during drills held Saturday in defiance of US sanctions and President Donald Trump's threat of military action. ... more
British foreign minister visits oil-rich Libya
Washington (UPI) Aug 25, 2017
A NATO member with a legacy of energy-related interests, the British government said it was working to ensure Libya evolves as a safe and stable partner. ... more

How a bacterium can live on methanol
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Many chemists are currently researching how small carbon molecules, such as methane and methanol, can be used to generate larger molecules. The earth is naturally rich in methane, and artificial processes like the fermentation of biomass in biogas plants also produce it in abundance. Methanol can be generated from methane. Both are simple molecules containing only a single carbon atom. How ... more
New York NY (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Cyborg bacteria outperform plants when turning sunlight into useful compounds
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
By 2050, 139 countries could be powered by wind, solar, water
Washington (UPI) Aug 23, 2017
Stanford scientists outline the infrastructure changes needed to make 139 countries powered 100 percent by wind, water and solar energy by 2050. A transition of this kind could mean less worldwide energy consumption due to the efficiency of clean, renewable electricity - leading to a net increase of more than 24 million long-term jobs, an annual decrease in 4 to 7 million deaths relate ... more
Sunnyvale CA (SPX) Aug 24, 2017
Audi Cooperates with Alta Devices on Automobiles with Solar Roofs
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
Renewables could bring balance to India's economic growthw.
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
More solar power thanks to titanium
First foundations set for Baltic Sea wind farm
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
German energy company E.ON said Thursday it laid the first of the 60 foundations for a wind farm development in national waters of the Baltic Sea. The German company said it's deploying the 60 so-called monopiles about 25 miles offshore. Foundations for a common substation were installed last month and the entire project could start generating energy for German consumers by 2019. ... more
La Ventosa, Mexico (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
Wind energy blows up storm of controversy in Mexico
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
Fukushima operator faces $5 bn US suit over 2011 disaster
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 24, 2017
Tokyo Electric Power Co Holdings said Thursday it faces another US lawsuit over the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, with the latest one demanding at least $5 billion in compensation. A total of 157 US residents who were supporting Fukushima victims at the time filed the class action suit in a California district court earlier this month against the utility known as Tepco and a US company. ... more
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
UAE nuclear programme edges toward 2018 launch
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
Methane from tundra, ocean floor didn't spike during previous natural warming period
Corvallis OR (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Scientists concerned that global warming may release huge stores of methane from reservoirs beneath Arctic tundra and deposits of marine hydrates - a theory known as the "clathrate gun" hypothesis - have turned to geologic history to search for evidence of significant methane release during past warming events. A new study published this week in the journal Nature suggests, however, that t ... more
Edmonton, Canada (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Research identifies new microbe with potential to help rebalance Earth's nitrogen cycle
Paris (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Study gives first proof that the Earth has a natural thermostat
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
Incomplete drought recovery may be the new normal
Uber to resume Philippine service 'soon' after fine
Manila (AFP) Aug 26, 2017
Uber said Saturday it expects to resume operations in the Philippines "soon" after regulators agreed to lift a ban slapped against the American ride-sharing giant in exchange for a fine. The government meted Uber a one-month suspension on August 14 following a tussle over driver permits, sparking public outrage as some 66,000 vehicles were forced off the streets. Hundreds of thousands o ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Japan's 'highway doctor' does checkup on ageing roads
Detroit (AFP) Aug 25, 2017
Former VW engineer gets 40 months in 'dieselgate' scandal
New York (AFP) Aug 25, 2017
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Iraq fighters take 'victory selfies' at Tal Afar citadel
Tal Afar, Iraq (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Seizing the city of Tal Afar district by district, Iraqi fighters would take down the Islamic State group's black flags and hang them upside-down as they took "victory selfies". But of all the areas they reclaimed, it was the historic heart of Tal Afar and its Ottoman-era citadel that was the high point. Once an integral part of the Assyrian empire, Tal Afar's history goes back thousands ... more
Tal Afar, Iraq (AFP) Aug 27, 2017
Iraqi forces poised for victory over IS in Tal Afar
Tal Afar, Iraq (AFP) Aug 24, 2017
Iraqi forces hope for quick victory over IS in Tal Afar
Tal Afar, Iraq (AFP) Aug 23, 2017
Iraqi forces advance towards heart of IS-held bastion
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
Beijing (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
China says N. Korea tensions reached 'tipping point'
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
Lockheed, Raytheon receive contracts for nuclear cruise missile
Beijing (AFP) Aug 24, 2017
North Korea's trade with China hit by sanctions
On Chinese Valentine's Day, businesses woo 'single dogs'
Beijing (AFP) Aug 27, 2017
Alone on Chinese Valentine's Day? Gift yourself a dried flower. Or better yet, indulge in a cake shaped like a "single dog". Eating by yourself? A restaurant will sit a teddy bear across from you. As couples coo over each other during China's version of Valentine's Day on Monday, several businesses will woo a single population that may be unlucky with love but has money to spend. While V ... more
Shenyang, China (AFP) July 15, 2017
Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo's ashes buried at sea
Shanghai (AFP) Aug 24, 2017
Steer clear of screens and self-abuse, Chinese recruits told
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 25, 2017
Hong Kong independence duo fail to regain parliament seats
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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Israel finalises deal for 17 more F-35 stealth fighters
Jerusalem (AFP) Aug 27, 2017
Israel has finalised a deal to purchase 17 more F-35 stealth fighters in addition to 33 of the ultra-high-tech jets already ordered, the defence ministry said Sunday. Israel has already taken delivery of five of the jets, made by US-based Lockheed Martin and the most expensive in history, beginning in December. The aim of the purchase is to allow Israel to maintain its military superiori ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2017
Israel finalizes deal for additional F-35 stealth fighters
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
Huntington Ingalls picked to refurbish USS Fitzgerald
Washington (UPI) Aug 25, 2017
Leidos receives $727M contract for Afghan Air Force support
Wanda shares tumble on rumours chairman detained
Shanghai (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Shares in the hotel chain of Chinese conglomerate Wanda plunged in Hong Kong to close 8.09 percent lower on Monday despite the firm dismissing as false reports that chairman Wang Jianlin had been barred from leaving the country. Wanda and other Chinese conglomerates that made a succession of multi-billion-dollar overseas investments in recent years have been under official scrutiny for month ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 18, 2017
Archaeologists discover ancient trade routes in Vietnam
Brasilia (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Brazil seeks buyers in China in privatization wave
Beijing (AFP) July 18, 2017
China's Xi calls for more imports and more 'open economy'
Chinese troops to patrol border area after India stand-off
Beijing (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
China said Tuesday that its troops would continue to patrol a disputed Himalayan border area after resolving a months-long military stand-off there with India. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying refused to disclose future plans for the road project that had triggered the confrontation on the remote Doklam plateau. "I've said that Chinese border troops will continue to be stationed ... more
Beijing (AFP) Aug 24, 2017
China slams reported Indian road project on border
Warsaw (AFP) Aug 25, 2017
NATO chief demands Russian 'transparency' on war games
Beijing (AFP) Aug 25, 2017
US Navy collisions a propaganda windfall for China
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Gaza boy swimmer death puts spotlight on pollution crisis
Gaza City, Palestinian Territories (AFP) Aug 26, 2017
The death of a little boy after swimming in polluted seawater has put the spotlight on Gaza's pollution crisis and the human impact of desperate electricity shortages in the Palestinian enclave. Mohammed al-Sayis, five, died late last month a few days after swimming in the sewage-polluted waters, with his brothers also hospitalised, his family and health ministry said. Dozens of others h ... more
Nairobi (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Kenya bans plastic bags in bid to fight pollution
Miami (AFP) Aug 23, 2017
Arsenic in Pakistan groundwater 'alarmingly high': study
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Catholic church condemns Brazil plan for Amazon mining
Eight killed in landslide at Burkina gold mine
Ouagadougou (AFP) Aug 27, 2017
A landslide at an gold mine in central Burkina Faso that followed heavy rains has killed eight people, local authorities said on Sunday. The accident happened on Saturday at Nagrire, "leaving eight people dead and five slightly injured," said Bernard Bouda, mayor of nearby Gogo commune, who travelled to the scene of the tragedy. The dead were buried on the spot and the wounded taken to h ... more
Washington (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Harvey versus Katrina: a world of differences
Winnie, United States (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
No guns, no smoking: Storm shelter Texas-style
Bondo, Switzerland (AFP) Aug 25, 2017
Searches resume for 8 missing in Swiss Alps landslide

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