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September 04, 2017
EU-Ukraine complete historic association agreement

Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
An association between the European Union and Ukraine, a country central to EU energy security, has entered into force, top officials at the EU said Friday. "Determination is a virtue," European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in a statement. "Today, in spite of all the challenges, we have made it." Political upheaval that saw Kiev move closer to the European Union in late 2013 left a weakened Ukrainian economy in shambles. Russian energy company Gazprom cut natural gas sup ... read more

Paris region oil wells pumping on borrowed time
Andrezel, France (AFP) Sept 3, 2017
Standing alongside a field of beets in the Brie region outside Paris, the horse head of the oil derrick bobs day and night, drawing crude that helps satisfy the French capital's thirst for petrol. ... more
No change in status for Libyan oil production, OMV says
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
There's been no change in the Libyan production status since conflict sidelined hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil capacity, Austria's OMV said Friday. ... more
Oil prices move lower, but high volatility expected
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
The amount of crude oil forced into storage facilities in the United States left the short-term market lopsided and pushed major benchmarks lower early Friday. ... more
Iraq cutting more oil production than necessary
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
Iraq is doing more than it needs to in terms of working to balance an oversupplied market through an OPEC-led effort, its oil minister said Friday from Moscow. ... more
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No need yet to act on Harvey, International Energy Agency says
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
There are high levels of oil and gas stocks in parts of the region impacted by Tropical Depression Harvey, the International Energy Agency said Friday. ... more
Gazprom looks to build up Asian market position
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
With gas production up more than 20 percent from last year, Russian energy company Gazprom said it was building a "formidable" position in the Asian market. ... more
Canada still vetting expansion to Trans Mountain oil pipeline
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
Even with full approval granted, Canada's government said it would still vet public concerns about the expansions to the west-bound Trans Mountain oil pipeline. ... more
Oil prices bounce back after Harvey downgraded to tropical depression
Washington (UPI) Aug 31, 2017
A U.S. decision to take emergency measures to offset energy market strains from Tropical Depression Harvey in part helped boost crude oil prices early Thursday. ... more
Lundin exploring new potential in Barents Sea
Washington (UPI) Aug 31, 2017
A new well in Norway's southern waters of the Barents Sea is targeting a prospect thought to hold 244 million barrels of oil equivalents, Lundin Petroleum said. ... more
U.S. releases oil from strategic reserves in response to Harvey
Washington (UPI) Aug 31, 2017
With large-scale outages to the U.S. energy sector continuing, the federal government said Thursday it authorized a release of oil from its strategic reserves. ... more

Gasoline prices spike on shortage worries in Harvey's wake

Libya's economic recovery hurt by attacks on oil centers
Washington (UPI) Aug 31, 2017
With a loss from missing oil revenue, the closure of Libyan oil fields by militants is thwarting economic progress in the country, an oil director said. ... more
Canada signs off on parts of overhaul to a westward oil pipeline
Washington (UPI) Aug 31, 2017
A Canadian regulator said it was satisfied with the environmental protection plans necessary for part of the expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline. ... more
Michigan agencies concerned by gaps in Great Lakes oil pipeline coating
Washington (UPI) Aug 31, 2017
State agencies in Michigan said they were concerned by evidence showing gaps in a protective coating on a pipeline system in the northern Great Lakes. ... more
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. ... more

Technique could aid mass production of biodegradable plastic
Lincoln NE (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Introducing a simple step to the production of plant-derived, biodegradable plastic could improve its properties while overcoming obstacles to manufacturing it commercially, says new research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Jiangnan University. That step? Bringing the heat. Nebraska's Yiqi Yang and colleagues found that raising the temperature of bio-plastic fibers to sev ... more
Champaign IL (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Researchers identify cheaper, greener biofuels processing catalyst
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
Moscow gets its first traffic signals powered by renewable energy
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2017
The Russian capital, Moscow, now has its first traffic signals ever to be powered by renewable energy, the nation's Center for Traffic Organization announced. "Traffic lights of the new system have two independent sources of energy: a wind generator and a solar battery," Vadim Yuryev, the head of the Russian Center for Traffic Organization, was quoted by the Tass news agency as saying. ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
Perovskite solar cells go single crystal
Atlanta GA (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Photosynthesis discovery could help design more efficient artificial solar cells
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
Solar hydrogen production by artificial leaves
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
China and Brazil sign agreements on nuclear power
Beijing (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
China and Brazil signed 14 cooperative agreements on Friday, including on football and nuclear and hydro power, as embattled Brazilian President Michel Temer seeks to revive Latin America's largest economy. They were inked following Temer's meeting with President Xi Jinping in Beijing ahead of next week's BRICS summit. Temer, who has vigorously sought Chinese investment since taking offi ... 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:
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 24, 2017
Fukushima operator faces $5 bn US suit over 2011 disaster
Researchers tackle methane emissions with gas-guzzling bacteria
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
An international research team co-led by a Monash biologist has shown that methane-oxidising bacteria - key organisms responsible for greenhouse gas mitigation - are more flexible and resilient than previously thought. Soil bacteria that oxidise methane (methanotrophs) are globally important in capturing methane before it enters the atmosphere, and we now know that they can consume hydroge ... more
Corvallis OR (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Methane from tundra, ocean floor didn't spike during previous natural warming period
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
New emissions test necessary for new vehicles in the EU
Washington (UPI) Aug 31, 2017
Starting Friday, all new car models in the European Union need to pass emissions tests in real driving conditions before they hit the road, commissioners said. The European Commission invited member states to examine emission issues after Volkswagen in 2015 was found to have used software to get around some pollution standards. In response, the commission introduced stricter and more ac ... more
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
VW shares gain as dieselgate bullet dodged
Sao Paulom Brazil (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
Nanoparticles pollution rises 30 percent when flex-fuel cars switch from bio to fossil
Worcester MA (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
New liquid-metal membrane technology may help make hydrogen fuel cell vehicles viable
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Jordan, Iraq reopen only border crossing; Iraqi forces close in on last jihadist ISIS stronghold
Amman (AFP) Aug 30, 2017
Jordan and Iraq on Wednesday reopened their only border crossing, saying security had been restored three years after the Islamic State group seized control of frontier areas. In a joint statement, the two countries' governments said the crossing, called Turaibil in Iraq and Al-Karameh in Jordan, was reopened after it was "secured... against attacks by criminal gangs". The border crossin ... more
Baghdad (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
Iraq strikes major victory over Jihadists; As IS slides from defeat to defeat
Baghdad (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Iraq faces vast challenges despite victories over IS: experts
Tal Afar, Iraq (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Iraq fighters take 'victory selfies' at Tal Afar citadel
North Korea and its missiles: what next?
Seoul (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
Tensions between North Korea and the United States are spiking again in the aftermath of Pyongyang's latest weapons test, when it lobbed an intermediate range missile over northern Japan. The long-running face off between the little-understood regime in Pyongyang and the United States has intensified since the start of Donald Trump's unorthodox presidency, and shows no signs of calming down. ... more
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Big Bang Theory for North Korea's Nukes
Washington (AFP) Sept 2, 2017
Trump, Moon agree to boost S.Korean missile capabilities
Seoul (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
N. Korea could be preparing new missile launch: Seoul
Ghost cities haunt stability dream in far west China
Kashgar, China (AFP) Sept 3, 2017
The future of economic development in China's far western Xinjiang region lies behind the shattered glass door of a welcome centre on the outskirts of the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar. Inside, a dusty model depicts a modern urban development with wide, tree-lined boulevards and a pair of twin skyscrapers - but outside the project remains a ghost town reflecting Beijing's struggle to br ... more
Beijing (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
Chinese Communist Party congress set for Oct 18: state media
Beijing (AFP) Sept 3, 2017
Widow of Chinese dissident Liu back in Beijing: NGO
Beijing (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Sour note: China bans parodies of national anthem
DRCongo troops chasing reporter 'force entry' at UN base
Kinshasa (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
The UN said Tuesday that soldiers "forced entry" into its base in the volatile Kasai region of DR Congo aiming to arrest a journalist critical of President Joseph Kabila. Journalist Edouard Diye Tshitenge had been planning to present a manifesto on Monday demanding the removal of Kabila, who has refused to step down despite constitutional limits. But the general who heads operations in t ... more
Luanda (AFP) Aug 23, 2017
Angolans vote as Dos Santos ends 38-year rule
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
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Elbit upgrading F-5 fighters of unidentified country
(UPI) Aug 29, 2017
Elbit Systems of Israel is to upgrade F-5 fighter jets from an unidentified country in the Asia-Pacific region, the company announced on Tuesday. The contract is worth about $93 million, the company said, and the work will be performed over a three-year period. "We are proud to have been selected to perform this upgrade program, building on our vast know-how and experience in F-5 ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2017
General Dynamics receives $310.6M contract for M1A2 SEP 3 upgrades
Washington (UPI) Aug 25, 2017
U.S. Army tests JETS forward observer targeting system
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
Australia seeks upgrade program for MH-60R helos
Common ground in short supply as China hosts BRICS
Xiamen, China (AFP) Sept 3, 2017
The five BRICS nations hold their annual summit in China on Monday under the shadow of a Sino-Indian border spat and growing questions about the grouping's relevance. BRICS - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - was formed to allow the biggest emerging economies representing more than 40 percent of humanity to form a united front in a world whose trade and finance rules were wri ... more
Seoul (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Prosecutors appeal against ruling on Samsung heir
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Brazil 0.2 percent GDP growth confirms end to recession
Beijing (AFP) July 18, 2017
China's Xi calls for more imports and more 'open economy'
BRICS leaders 'strongly deplore' N.Korea nuclear blast
Xiamen, China (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Leaders of the BRICS grouping of emerging economies said Monday they "strongly deplore" North Korea's latest nuclear test and hydrogen-bomb claim, which has overshadowed the five-nation group's annual summit. Their joint statement from the summit in the Chinese city of Xiamen added to world condemnation of North Korea, which announced Sunday it had detonated a powerful hydrogen bomb that it ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
Granite, Obayashi preparing new Marine base on Guam
Washington (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
US orders Russia to close San Francisco consulate
Vilnius (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
US urges Russia to open war games to media
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Brazil government freezes Amazon mining plans
Brasília (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Brazil's government said Thursday it has frozen attempts to license commercial mining in a huge natural reserve in the Amazon after a court decision put the controversial project on hold. Mining and Energy Minister Fernando Coelho Filho "ordered a stop to all procedures having to do with eventual mineral rights" in the reserve in the eastern Amazon known as Renca, a statement from the minist ... more
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
Nairobi (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Kenya bans plastic bags in bid to fight pollution
Two landslides kill 30 in China
Beijing (AFP) Aug 30, 2017
Two landslides in rural areas of China have killed 30 people with at least another 12 missing, according to state media reports Wednesday. The death toll from a large landslide that struck a town in southwestern Guizhou province on Monday rose to 23 while a second landslide on Wednesday killed seven people in the northwest of the country. More than 600,000 cubic metres of rock and mud ha ... more
Port Arthur, United States (AFP) Sept 2, 2017
Some Texans head home to clean up, others still in peril
Port Arthur, United States (AFP) Sept 2, 2017
Angels in mega trucks: drivers join rescue in storm-hit Texas
Houston (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Houston faithful offer hope, help for Harvey amid aid appeal

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