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August 30, 2017
Brazil threatens to nix Total's Amazon oil drilling bid

Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Brazil is threatening to turn down Total's bid to drill in the mouth of the Amazon river, saying the French oil giant has not allayed concerns over its ability to protect a huge offshore coral reef. The government environmental agency Ibama said in a statement late Monday that Total is required to "leave no doubt about possible impacts to the coral reef and the wider marine biodiversity." The latest rejection of Total's environmental study puts at risk an ambitious bid by a group including Total ... read more

Statoil's Arctic exploration fails to find oil
Oslo (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Norwegian oil group Statoil said Tuesday that exploratory drilling in the Korpfjell prospect area in the Arctic, which experts thought may contain the country's largest oil find, had been "disappointing". ... more
Russia's economy tripped up, but recovering
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
The Russian economy contracted last month because of pressure in some of the non-oil sectors, a report from the Economic Development Ministry found. ... more
Harvey pushing gas prices up as another storm approaches east coast of U.S.
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
Uncertainty about the long-term impacts from Tropical Storm Harvey are already pushing gasoline prices up at the retail level, motor club AAA reported. ... more
Oil prices down as US reels from Harvey
Singapore (AFP) Aug 30, 2017
Crude prices slipped back in Asian trade Wednesday as a key US oil-producing region reeled from the devastation caused by monster storm Harvey. ... more
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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 ... 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
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

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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

Researchers identify cheaper, greener biofuels processing catalyst
Champaign IL (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Fuels that are produced from nonpetroleum-based biological sources may become greener and more affordable, thanks to research performed at the University of Illinois' Prairie Research Institute that examines the use of a processing catalyst made from palladium metal and bacteria. Biofuels are made from renewable materials such as plants or algae, and offer an alternative to petroleum-based ... more
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
How a bacterium can live on methanol
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
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.
Beijing, China (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
Perovskite solar cells go single crystal
Saudi Arabia shortlists 25 bidders for major wind plant
Riyadh (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Saudi Arabia invited bids Tuesday from 25 shortlisted companies to build a 400 megawatt wind power project, as the world's top oil exporter pushes for renewable sources to diversify its energy mix. The plant in northern Al-Jouf province is the first utility-scale wind project as part of the government's reform plan to wean the kingdom off oil, which has set a target of 9.5 gigawatts of renew ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
First foundations set for Baltic Sea wind farm
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
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
Astana, Kazakhstan (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Kazakhstan inaugurates IAEA-backed nuclear fuel bank
Budapest (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
2018 start for Russia-backed nuclear plant work:
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
UAE nuclear programme edges toward 2018 launch
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
Baghdad (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
IS evacuation deal sparks Iraqi outrage
Tal Afar, Iraq (AFP) Aug 27, 2017
Iraqi forces poised for victory over IS in Tal Afar
Tal Abta, Iraq (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Keeping cool in combat: in Iraq the iceman cometh
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'
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 30, 2017
Postman who survived Nagasaki A-bomb dies at 88
Tehran (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Iran's Rouhani dismisses military site inspections
Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo's ashes buried at sea
Shenyang, China (AFP) July 15, 2017
The ashes of China's late Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo were buried at sea on Saturday, depriving his supporters of a place to pay tribute to the pro-democracy dissident. Officials showed a video in which his wife, Liu Xia, and relatives lowered a white round urn into the water off the northeastern coastal city of Dalian, two days after the democracy advocate died of liver cancer aged 61 while i ... more
Beijing (AFP) Aug 27, 2017
On Chinese Valentine's Day, businesses woo 'single dogs'
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 finalizes deal for additional F-35 stealth fighters
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2017
Israel announced this weekend it is acquiring 17 additional F-35 Lightning II multi-role fighters from Lockheed Martin, which will bring the Israeli Air Force fleet of the jets to 50. The Israeli Ministry of Defense said Israel currently has five of the stealth fighters in its possession. Thirty three F-35s are to be delivered by 2021, and a new batch is expected to be ordered by 2024. ... more
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U.S. Air Force to receive first fully operational F-35A squadron
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
Huntington Ingalls picked to refurbish USS Fitzgerald
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2017
Boeing offers to build F/A-18 Super Hornet in India
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
Beijing (AFP) July 18, 2017
China's Xi calls for more imports and more 'open economy'
Brasilia (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Brazil seeks buyers in China in privatization wave
NATO battle groups in Baltics now operational
(UPI) Aug 29, 2017
NATO's four multi-national battlegroups in the Baltics and Poland are now fully operational following a certification exercise of a Canadian-led battlegroup. NATO said Monday that the Canadian-led battlegroup is based in Latvia and operates from contributions from Albania, Italy, Poland, Slovenia and Spain. NATO leaders last year decided to enhance its presence in the alliance's ... more
Beijing (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Chinese troops to patrol border area after India stand-off
Beijing (AFP) Aug 30, 2017
China says it hopes India will 'learn lessons' from standoff
Moscow (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Russia says massive Zapad-2017 drills 'purely defensive'
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Kenya bans plastic bags in bid to fight pollution
Nairobi (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
A ban on plastic bags came into force in Kenya on Monday in a bid to slow pollution, with offenders liable to jail time or hefty fines. The ban on the use, manufacture and importation of plastic carrier bags was carried through after the High Court threw out a challenge brought by importers who claim jobs will be lost and livelihoods threatened. Dozens of countries have either restricted ... more
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Catholic church condemns Brazil plan for Amazon mining
Phnom Penh (AFP) July 13, 2017
Cambodia bans overseas exports of coastal sand
Gaza City, Palestinian Territories (AFP) Aug 26, 2017
Gaza boy swimmer death puts spotlight on pollution crisis
Divided US embraces floods as chance to pull together
Los Angeles (AFP) Aug 30, 2017
After a polarizing election and a swirl of controversies that further highlighted their deep divides, Americans have embraced the Texas floods as a rare opportunity to pull together as one. Since unleashing on Friday night, monster storm Harvey has managed to not only halt normal life in Texas but also silence much of the rancor that has pervaded public discourse since Donald Trump came to p ... more
Washington (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Harvey versus Katrina: a world of differences
New Orleans (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
On Katrina anniversary, New Orleans braces for Harvey
Winnie, United States (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
No guns, no smoking: Storm shelter Texas-style

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