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October 11, 2017
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French lawmakers back oil, gas production ban by 2040



Paris (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
France's lower house of parliament gave its overwhelming backing Tuesday to a ban on producing oil and gas on French territory by 2040. The ban is largely symbolic as France imports around 99 percent of its oil and gas, but Paris hopes the move will inspire bigger producers to follow suit. The national assembly passed the bill by 316 votes to 69. "France is on an unstoppable path to scrapping fossil fuels," said Nicolas Hulot, the high-profile green activist named by President Emmanuel Macro ... read more

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Expect more U.S. oil on the global market
Washington (UPI) Oct 10, 2017
U.S. crude oil exports will likely increase in part because of the discount for the U.S. benchmark price for oil against other grades, an industry report found. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Gas prices inching lower after hurricanes
Washington (UPI) Oct 10, 2017
Even though 90 percent of the oil production in the Gulf of Mexico was idled by Hurricane Nate, U.S. motorists will hardly notice, motor club AAA said. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Oil market balance, IMF forecast drive crude oil prices higher
Washington (UPI) Oct 10, 2017
Crude oil prices recovered from their October slump to jump higher in early Tuesday trading after OPEC's secretary general said markets were balancing. ... more
OIL AND GAS
US shale producers called to OPEC balancing effort
Washington (UPI) Oct 10, 2017
Operators working in shale basins in the United States are called on to do their part to bring the oil market back to balance, OPEC's secretary general said. ... more
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Baghdad reviews options to export oil north through Turkey
Washington (UPI) Oct 10, 2017
An oil company working in the north of Iraq is called on to overhaul an export pipeline that runs from Kirkuk to a Turkish port, the government in Baghdad said. ... more
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Iraq looks to reopen oil pipeline in bid to rival Kurds
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Iraq said Tuesday it was looking to revive a defunct oil pipeline to Turkey as it looks to restore key exports amid a dispute with the Kurds over their independence vote. ... more
OIL AND GAS
LNG fuel strides continue for French company
Washington (UPI) Oct 10, 2017
Norwegian energy major Statoil will start using liquefied natural gas as a maritime fuel at the port of Rotterdam by the next decade, a French gas company said. ... more
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Statoil finds at least 25 million barrels of oil in the North Sea
Washington (UPI) Oct 9, 2017
At least 25 million barrels of oil were uncovered while drilling into the British waters of the North Sea, Norwegian energy company Statoil said Monday. ... more
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Flagship Wheatstone LNG project in Australia started
Washington (UPI) Oct 9, 2017
The first cargo of liquefied natural gas from the flagship Wheatstone project in Australia is imminent now that production started, operators said. ... more
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French supermajor Total places bet on offshore Guinea
Washington (UPI) Oct 9, 2017
French energy company Total said Monday it was expecting a big oil pay off from the under-explored deep waters off the coast of the Republic of Guinea. ... more


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New drilling begins in Barents Sea
Washington (UPI) Oct 9, 2017
New drilling has started in a prospect in the Norwegian waters of the Barents Sea near one of the region's larger discoveries, Lundin Petroleum said. ... more
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Gulf of Mexico energy operations pick up pieces after Nate
Washington (UPI) Oct 9, 2017
With the remnants of Nate making its way Monday up the northeastern U.S. border, energy companies said they've started the process of manning offshore rigs. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Liquefied natural gas may carve out a niche in India
Washington (UPI) Oct 9, 2017
Liquefied natural gas could help satisfy growing energy demands in India, especially if commodity prices continue to improve, Wood Mackenzie found. ... more
OIL AND GAS
New tool for oil and gas exploration beats all competition
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
The MIPT Center for Molecular Electronics (CME) has developed and tested a seismic station for hydrocarbon exploration. The new device has an unparalleled bandwidth, enabling it to reveal the struct ... more



NGOs slam UN aviation agency plan for biofuels
Berlin (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
Nearly 100 environmental and poverty fighting groups jointly released a letter Tuesday slamming a UN proposal that backs large-scale use of biofuels in commercial planes. Extensive burning of biofuels would vastly expand the production of palm oil, which critics say drives deforestation, higher CO2 emissions and conflicts with indigenous peoples displaced from their land. The UN's Intern ... more
Liverpool UK (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Breakthrough in direct activation of CO2 and CH4 into liquid fuels and chemicals
Ames IA (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Surrounded by potential: New science in converting biomass
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
A key step in synthetic fuel production from seawater patented by NRL
Scientists propose new way of increasing the efficiency of solar batteries
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Researchers from Department of Material Sciences, Lomonosov MSU, explained how changing the ratio of components forming light-absorbing layer of a perovskite solar cell influences the structure of created films and battery efficiency. The results of the study were published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C. Organic-inorganic perovskites are a new class of photoactive (i.e. reacting t ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Governor Brown Sends SCE to CEC Investigation and ABC Solar Files CPUC Petition to Censor SCE
Upton, NY (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
New efficient catalyst for key step in artificial photosynthesis
Riyadh (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
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OX2 hands over Ajos wind farm to IKEA Finland
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
In December 2015, IKEA Finland signed a purchase agreement with OX2 for 13 wind turbines in Kemi, northern Finland. All the terms of the agreement have now been met and IKEA Finland has taken ownership. "The renewal of the Kemi Ajos wind farm has been an important project for us on our path to gain energy independence. The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people ... more
Miami (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
Wind farms in Atlantic could power the world: study
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
Germany gets economic lift with wind energy
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
French energy company to build wind power sector in India
Japan government, TEPCO liable for Fukushima crisis: court
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Japan could have foreseen and avoided the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, a court ruled on Tuesday, ordering the government and the power plant operator to pay damages to local residents. The Fukushima district court's verdict was the second time the government has been ruled liable for the meltdown in eastern Japan, the world's most serious nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986. The ... more
Winston Salem NC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
New 'molecular trap' cleans more radioactive waste from nuclear fuel rods
Paris (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
French, Belgian nuke plants vulnerable to attack: Greenpeace
Normandy, France (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Largest Nuclear Training Center In France Opens Its Doors
Every economy at risk from climate change, IMF says
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
The consequences of a changing climate pose a threat to every single economy in the world, the head of the International Monetary Fund said from Massachusetts. An annual report from the World Health Organization and UNICEF said global hunger is on the rise, affecting 11 percent of the world's population, in part because of climate change. The report found a link between conflict and cli ... more
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Ninety-eight scientists launch a 2,000-year global temperature database
Ottawa (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Auditor slams Canada on lack of climate actions
Sydney (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Drought not dingos behind mainland Australia tiger extinction: study
The U.S. needs at least twice as many charging points for EV
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
The number of plug-in ports for electric vehicles would need to increase more than 130 percent to meet future growth, a U.S. Energy Department study found. The U.S. Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimates there are 16,000 charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles nation-wide, with 43,000 actual plugs available as of June. That number supports the more th ... more
Paris (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Uber competitor hits Paris roads with Chinese help
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Battery technology keeping electric car adoption in the slow lane
London (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
UK car sales skid lower in September on poor consumer confidence
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Cinders and desolation in Iraq's Hawija after IS
Hawija, Iraq (AFP) Oct 7, 2017
One side of the billboard calls for jihad, while the other warns of death for smokers. Iraq's Hawija still bears clear signs of its three years under jihadist rule. Islamic State group jihadists set fire to everything they could before they fled an Iraqi government offensive on the northern town in oil-rich Kirkuk province. Thick black smoke billows from burning oil wells around the tow ... more
Moscow (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Moscow says US 'pretending' to fight IS in Iraq
Paris (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Shock Iraq torture photos raise ethical dilemmas
Karbala, Iraq (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
Young Iraqi given shot at governor's job after internet challenge
Air Force contracts for upgraded ICBM launch system
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Lockheed Martin and Rockwell Collins are to upgrade a system enabling aircraft to control the ground launch of intercontinental ballistic missiles, the Air Force announced this week. U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command said the two contacts are for three years and worth $81 million each. "The Airborne Launch Control System provides the strategic capability of survivable airborne ... more
Seoul (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
US bombers overfly Korean peninsula in show of force
Seoul (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
The rise of Kim Jong-Un's sister and image maker
Tehran (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Iran warns US on designating Guards terrorist group
Hong Kongers must stand up for China, says leader Lam
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Hong Kongers have a duty to stand up for China over threats to its sovereignty, the territory's leader Carrie Lam said Wednesday, months after Beijing warned against any challenge to its control over the semi-autonomous city. Lam, making her first policy address since she came to power earlier this year, skirted the subject of political reform as the city's pro-democracy forces contend with ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
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Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
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Rwanda military uses torture to force confessions: HRW
Kigali (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Rwanda's military has used asphyxiation, electric shock and mock executions to torture confessions out of detainees, Human Rights Watch said in a report published Tuesday. The rights watchdog confirmed 104 cases of people being illegally detained and tortured in Rwandan military detention centres between 2010 and 2016, according to the 91-page report, which estimates the true figure is much ... more
Niamey (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Three US Green Berets killed in Niger
Paris (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
New witness emerges over Rwandan genocide: French legal source
Maiduguri, Nigeria (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
Nigeria: Cooperation 'key' to defeating jihadists
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Five killed as India military chopper crashes
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
An Indian military helicopter crashed in a disputed area near the border with China on Friday, killing five troops and injuring a sixth, an Air Force officer said. The Russian-made MI-17 helicopter was on a training sortie in the mountainous district of Tawang near the border with Tibet when it crashed, the officer said. It was not immediately clear what caused the collision. "Five p ... more
Cleveland OH (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
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New York (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Boeing-backed startup eyes hybrid electric plane in 2022
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Navy T-45 crash renews concerns about the trainer aircraft
Outsiders challenge Chicago school for Nobel economics prize
Stockholm (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
The 2017 Nobel season wraps up Monday with the economics prize, which could this year honour fields rarely awarded by the committee, such as development economics or French economist Esther Duflo's research on poverty. The Nobel Economics Prize was created by the Swedish central bank "in memory of Alfred Nobel" and first awarded in 1969, unlike the other prizes which were created in his last ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 9, 2017
Researchers look for ancient trade routes at the bottom of the Mediterranean
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
EU targets China with tough rules on cheap imports
Beijing (AFP) Sept 30, 2017
Chinese manufacturing accelerates for second straight month
Trump makes cryptic 'calm before the storm' remark
Washington (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
President Donald Trump made a cryptic remark Thursday about the present time possibly representing the "calm before the storm," but declined to specify what specific crisis - if any - he was referring to. Trump made the remark during a photo opportunity at the White House as he and First Lady Melania prepared to have dinner with military leaders and their spouses, following a meeting with ... more
Manila (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Philippines hails US as top ally, welcomes war games
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
Hong Kong lawmaker guilty of desecrating Chinese flag
Washington (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
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Polluted lake is poor Nicaraguans' lifeline
Tipitapa, Nicaragua (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Looking tired and haggard, William Coronado pulls up before dawn with a boat full of fish on the muddy shore of Nicaragua's Lake Managua, a dumping ground for trash and waste. "The lake is so polluted. They throw all sorts of crap into it," said the 56-year-old. "Containers, old buckets, all sorts of bags - all the junk they throw away in Managua. It's a disgrace." Coronado spent two da ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Olympics: Tokyo 2020 water venue polluted
Gonda City, India (AFP) Oct 2, 2017
Mountains of garbage and despair in India's dirtiest city
Amsterdam (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
I.Coast toxic spill victims launch new Dutch court bid
India's top court bans firecracker sales before Diwali
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
India's top court ordered a temporary ban on the sale of firecrackers in New Delhi on Monday, ahead of the Diwali festival that leaves the city shrouded in toxic smog. The decision comes a little over a week before Diwali - the Hindu festival of lights - when Delhi fills with acrid smoke from celebratory firecrackers set off day and night. The onset of winter usually worsens the situat ... more
Preston, United Kingdom (AFP) Oct 7, 2017
Hurricane survivors swap Caribbean seas for English peas
Tunis (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
At least 8 migrants drown as boat collides with navy vessel: Tunisia
New Orleans (AFP) Oct 8, 2017
US Gulf Coast begins cleanup after Nate proves weaker than expected


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