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October 17, 2017
OIL AND GAS
More drilling expected in the North Sea; No disruptions from Ophelia



Washington (UPI) Oct 16, 2017
The Norwegian government said Monday it signed off on new plans for oil drilling and exploration work in the national waters of the North Sea. The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said it gave Statoil approval to drill an exploration well in the shallow waters of North Sea. Drilling starts in November and will run for about 99 days, depending on whether or not the company makes a discovery. Elsewhere, Statoil secured approval to start drilling in the Troll field in the North Sea later thi ... read more

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Amid fighting, Kurdish oil payments continue
Washington (UPI) Oct 16, 2017
The Kurdish government in Iraq made good on an agreement to distribute a share of the production revenue from an oil field, a Norwegian company said Monday. ... more
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EU launches expert mission to Iraq
Brussels (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
The EU on Monday approved sending an expert mission to Baghdad to help Iraq with its civilian security strategy. ... more
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One missing, 7 injured in rig explosion near US Gulf Coast
Chicago (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
Rescuers continued searching the rocky waters of a southern US lake Monday for a worker missing since an explosion a day earlier on an oil and natural gas platform. ... more
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Geopolitical risk adds big premium to oil prices Monday
Washington (UPI) Oct 16, 2017
Geopolitical issues and concerns added a considerable risk premium to the price of oil on Monday as fighting erupted in the north of OPEC-member Iraq. ... more
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Maduro claims landslide win in disputed Venezuela elections
Caracas (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
President Nicolas Maduro claimed a landslide victory Sunday in closely watched regional elections in Venezuela on Sunday, based on official results that the opposition immediately rejected. ... more
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Iraqi forces retake base, airport, oil field from Kurds
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
Iraqi forces made rapid progress on Monday in their operation against Kurdish fighters in the disputed Kirkuk province, seizing a key military base, an airport and an oil field, commanders said. ... more
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About 30 percent of Gulf oil production still offline because of Nate
Washington (UPI) Oct 13, 2017
More than 30 percent of the oil production in the U.S. waters of the Gulf of Mexico is offline because the shut-ins from Hurricane Nate, the government said. ... more
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Glencore, Qatar finalise Rosneft deal
Geneva (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
The consortium controlled by commodities giant Glencore and Qatar's sovereign fund announced a 7.8 billion-euro deal Monday to sell a 14-percent stake in Russian oil giant Rosneft to Chinese conglomerate CEFC. ... more
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OPEC's oil price forecast near a make-or-break point for U.S. shale
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
The price for crude oil next year should be around the so-called Goldilocks number for shale oil drillers in the United States, OPEC economists said. ... more
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Tullow sees quick path to production in Ivory Coast
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
If the commercial potential exists in oil basins inland in Ivory Coast, it won't take long to put them into production, British energy company Tullow Oil said. ... more


Oil prices give tepid response to signs from OPEC on balance

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House leadership supports U.S. offshore overhaul
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
An offshore drilling act critics said was "wish list" legislation for the oil and gas industry was hailed as a strategic win by House Republican leadership. ... more
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Oil prices move lower on ceiling warning from IEA
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Indications from the International Energy Agency that the oil market is brushing up against a ceiling sent crude oil prices sharply lower early Thursday. ... more
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Production lower for one Norwegian energy company
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Even though some of its assets posted new production, AkerBP said Thursday its third quarter production was lower than last year by 7.5 percent. ... more
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Iranian energy companies lay out investment options in Amsterdam
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Iranian oil and natural gas companies said Wednesday they were among the hundreds on hand in the Netherlands to introduce investment opportunities to the world. ... more



Converting carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water, electricity
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis have determined how electrocatalysts can convert carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water and electricity. The discovery can lead to the development of efficient electrocatalysts for large scale production of synthesis gas - a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen. "The electroche ... more
Styria, Austria (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Breaking down stubborn cellulose
Liverpool UK (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Breakthrough in direct activation of CO2 and CH4 into liquid fuels and chemicals
Berlin (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
NGOs slam UN aviation agency plan for biofuels
Futuristic solar-powered Dutch family car hailed 'the future'
Adelaide, Australia (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
A futuristic Dutch family car that not only uses the sun as power but supplies energy back to the grid was hailed as "the future" Sunday as the World Solar Challenge wrapped up. The innovative bi-annual contest, first run in 1987, began in Darwin a week ago with 41 vehicles setting off on a 3,000-kilometre (1,860-mile) trip through the heart of Australia to Adelaide. Dutch car "Nuna 9" w ... more
Ituxi Extractive Reserve, Brazil (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Solar panels shine in darkest Amazon, the 'last frontier'
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Total moves deeper into solar energy market
Adelaide, Australia (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Flying Dutch win world solar car race in Australia
Huge energy potential in open ocean wind farms in the North Atlantic
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
There is considerable opportunity for generating wind power in the open ocean, particularly the North Atlantic, according to new research from Carnegie's Anna Possner and Ken Caldeira. Their work is published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Because wind speeds are higher on average over ocean than over land, wind turbines in the open ocean could in theory intercept more ... more
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
OX2 hands over Ajos wind farm to IKEA Finland
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
Greenpeace fireworks shine light on French nuclear safety concerns
Metz, France (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Greenpeace activists set off fireworks inside a nuclear plant in eastern France early Thursday after breaking into the facility to underline its vulnerability to attack. The anti-nuclear group, known for its daring and often spectacular publicity stunts, said the fireworks were set off at the foot of a spent fuel pool - where nuclear plants store highly radioactive fuel rods that are remove ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Japan government, TEPCO liable for Fukushima crisis: court
Paris (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
French, Belgian nuke plants vulnerable to attack: Greenpeace
Winston Salem NC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
New 'molecular trap' cleans more radioactive waste from nuclear fuel rods
Trump environment chief: US to end Obama climate plan
Washington (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
The head of the US Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that President Donald Trump's administration will move to repeal his predecessor Barack Obama's plan to restrict greenhouse gas emissions. Speaking in Kentucky at a political event attended by coal miners, EPA chief Scott Pruitt said he would Tuesday "be signing a proposed rule to withdraw the so-called Clean Power Plan of the pa ... more
Berlin (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
'Plan B': Seven ways to engineer the climate
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
British government unveils green spending plans
Berlin (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
As Paris climate goals recede, geoengineering looms larger
Norway seeks 'Tesla tax' on electric cars
Oslo (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Norway, a world leader of zero-emission vehicles, on Thursday proposed a "Tesla tax" aimed at cutting a tax advantage granted to large electric cars in a heavily criticised move. Electric cars, which have hitherto been exempted from heavy taxes imposed on other vehicles, accounted for 20 percent of new registrations in the Nordic country since the beginning of this year, an unprecedented mar ... more
Ljubljana (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Slovenia sets tough emissions limits for cars
Paris (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Paris wants to phase out diesel cars by 2024
San Francisco (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Tesla recalls Model X vehicles for seat fix
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Nearly 700,000 Iraqis from war-torn Mosul still displaced: NGO
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
Nearly 700,000 Iraqis from the former jihadist stronghold of Mosul and nearby areas are still displaced despite the city's recapture in July, the Norwegian Refugee Council said Sunday. "One year since the start of the battle to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group (IS), some 673,000 Iraqis from the city and its surroundings remain displaced and unable to go back to their destroyed neigh ... more
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) Oct 8, 2017
Long-term truants make nervy school return in Iraq's Mosul
Hawija, Iraq (AFP) Oct 7, 2017
Cinders and desolation in Iraq's Hawija after IS
Moscow (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Moscow says US 'pretending' to fight IS in Iraq
EU ministers close ranks to support Iran deal
Luxembourg (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
The EU is to dispatch its chief diplomat Federica Mogherini to Washington next month to fight for the Iran nuclear deal after US President Donald Trump threatened to tear it up. EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg on Monday joined a chorus of international support for the landmark 2015 accord, warning that Trump's hardline stance jeopardised efforts to find a peaceful solution to the ... more
United Nations, United States (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
North Korea tells UN will not negotiate with a 'hostile' US
Washington (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
Iran move won't weaken US hand with N.Korea: Tillerson
Geneva (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Nobel peace laureates denounce Trump's Iran move
Mao or never: In Xi's China, a village clings to past
Nanjie , China (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Disneyland has "Main Street, USA", a monorail and Mickey Mouse. China's Nanjie village has "East is Red Square", red trams and Mao Zedong. Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to the hamlet in central Henan province which has become an attraction with its idealised vision of village life right out of the Communist past. While the Communist Party prepares to give a second t ... more
Beijing (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
China's People's Daily launches English app in soft power push
Beijing (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
Xi to tighten clutch on power at Communist conclave
Beijing (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
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Chad extends key conservation area in national park
N'Djamena (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Chad is to boost protection for a key haven for endangered wildlife in the south of the country under an agreement with a conservation group. African Parks is to take over management and protection of a territory of high ecological value that lies around the vast Zakouma National Park in southern Chad. The programme will help beef up security at the Siniaka Minia and Bahr-Salamat reserv ... more
Kigali (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Rwanda military uses torture to force confessions: HRW
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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Trudeau warns Trump in Bombardier, Boeing row
Washington (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday warned US President Donald Trump that Canada would not make military buys from Boeing while the United States was targeting Canada's Bombardier with heavy import duties. The US aerospace firm, claiming its competitor received unfair state subsidies, successfully petitioned the Trump administration to impose financial penalties on Bombardier ... more
Sydney (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
F-35 stealth fighter data stolen in Australia defence hack
Kandahar, Afghanistan (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
Afghan air force gets its own Black Hawk choppers
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Tokyo residents win compensation over US military base noise
US inflation jumps in the wake of Hurricane Harvey
Washington (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Soaring fuel prices drove US inflation to an eight-month high in September, with the cost of gasoline hitting an eight-year record, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The spike in gasoline costs was likely tied to Hurricane Harvey, which idled much of US energy production in late August and created shortages, officials said. Otherwise, US price pressures remained tame, suggesting th ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 13, 2017
Energy-hungry China takes step to buffer against economic shocks
Beijing (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
China's imports from North Korea fall as trade with world surges
Seoul (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
S. Korea, China renew $56 bn currency swap deal despite diplomatic tensions
India, Russia to hold first 'tri-service' war games
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
India and Russia will hold large-scale military exercises engaging their armies, navies and air forces for the first time, the defence ministry in New Delhi said Monday. The two countries have held annual naval exercises since 2003 but this is the first occasion that both will combine all military services. They come on the back of regional tensions, with New Delhi and China ending a mon ... more
Beijing (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
China's Xi caught between Kim nukes, Trump tweets
Washington (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
Trump puts America first, but more and more alone
Vilnius (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Lithuania hikes defence budget to meet NATO target
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Air pollution kills over 500,000 Europeans a year: report
Copenhagen (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Air pollution causes more than 500,000 premature deaths across Europe each year despite "slowly" improving air quality on the continent, the EU's environment authority said Wednesday. Although data from the Copenhagen-based European Environment Agency (EEA) reveals some encouraging signs, in large part the result of new technologies, air pollution remains the leading environmental cause of ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Scientists trace path of inland plastic pollution from rivers to oceanw/ll
Tipitapa, Nicaragua (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Polluted lake is poor Nicaraguans' lifeline
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Olympics: Tokyo 2020 water venue polluted
Trump warns federal help for Puerto Rico not open-ended
Washington (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Donald Trump warned Thursday that his willingness to help hurricane-battered Puerto Rico was not unlimited, prompting a furious backlash, with the mayor of San Juan branding the president a "Hater in Chief." Puerto Rico is struggling to recover after Hurricane Maria ripped through the island, leaving 44 people dead and cutting power and running water to much of its population, and its gover ... more
Washington (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Branson calls for sustainable rebuilding of storm-battered Caribbean
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
New military op in gang-plagued Rio favela
Mexico City (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Risking lives, Mexicans try to salvage belongings after quake


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