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October 19, 2017
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BHP Billiton exiting U.S. shale



Washington (UPI) Oct 18, 2017
Australian mining and energy giant BHP Billiton said it was on course to leave U.S. shale behind, but kept production expectations for next year unchanged. The Australian company said Wednesday its U.S. operated rig count increased from five to nine, while its divestment streak continued. In August, CEO Andrew Mackenzie said the company determined that its U.S. shale assets were not core parts of the portfolio. "Divestment of a small portion of the Hawkville acreage [in Texas] was comple ... read more

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Russia's Rosneft signs Kurdistan oil sharing deal
Moscow (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Russian oil giant Rosneft said Wednesday it had signed production sharing agreements for five oil blocks in Iraqi Kurdistan, a region at loggerheads with Iraq's central government over independence. ... more
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Oil prices rallying again on short-term drains on supply
Washington (UPI) Oct 18, 2017
Short-term market metrics lingering from a U.S. hurricane gave support to crude oil prices Wednesday, even though balance seemed slow to emerge. ... more
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Norway petroleum extraction taxes lower because of the market
Washington (UPI) Oct 18, 2017
The 7 percent decline in tax revenue from the extraction of petroleum in Norway it due to weaker market conditions, a national statistician said. ... more
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Norwegian oil and gas player Lundin expecting some losses
Washington (UPI) Oct 18, 2017
Norwegian energy player Lundin Petroleum said Wednesday its third quarter results would be hit by exploration costs tied to the lack of success. ... more
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Iran energy sector ripe for investors with a high risk tolerance
Washington (UPI) Oct 18, 2017
There are plenty of opportunities open in the Iranian energy sector for European countries provided they have a stomach for risk, an event organizer said. ... more
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Continental Resources oil sale to China complex
Washington (UPI) Oct 18, 2017
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Activists vow 'resistance' as courts to rule on Canada pipeline
Vancouver (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Activists have stepped up efforts to block an expanded pipeline from reaching Canada's West Coast, preparing for "resistance" if court challenges fail. ... more
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International arbitration sought over Gambian oil licenses
Washington (UPI) Oct 18, 2017
After hinting of trouble earlier this week, African Petroleum said it was now pursuing legal routes to protect its assets off the coast of Gambia. ... more
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First Saudi commercial flight jets to Baghdad after 27 years
Riyadh (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Saudi budget carrier flynas on Wednesday made the first commercial flight from Riyadh to Baghdad since 1990, as ties with neighbouring Iraq show signs of improvement. ... more
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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. ... 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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Russian and other regional energy majors look East
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Some of the largest Russian and regional energy companies will be in Abu Dhabi to figure out how to tap deeper into Asian economies, conference organizers said. ... more
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Enbridge gets U.S. approval for cross-border pipeline section
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
The U.S. State Department approved a small cross-border section of a Canadian oil pipeline to Minnesota, a state with a strong opposition to pipelines. ... more
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African Petroleum shaky, but confident, about oil offshore West Africa
Washington (UPI) Oct 16, 2017
Some of the more promising oil basins off the coast of West Africa are close the point of pay off despite recent setbacks, African Petroleum said Monday. ... 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
Scientists create most powerful micro-scale bio-solar cell yet
Binghamton NY (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have created a micro-scale biological solar cell that generates a higher power density for longer than any existing cell of its kind. A microfluidic lab-on-a-chip system that generates its own power is essential for stand-alone, independent, self-sustainable point-of-care diagnostic devices to work in limited-resource and r ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
SCE monopoly abuse of power prompts the necessity of off-grid inventions
Washington (UPI) Oct 16, 2017
Rooftop solar carving out a niche in China
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Think laterally to sidestep production problems
A kite that might fly
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
The notion of tethered wind turbines that generate electricity from abundant and reliable high-altitude winds seems futuristic. Now, KAUST research led by Georgiy Stenchikov has identified the most favorable areas for high-altitude wind-energy systems in the Middle East. The results confirm that there is abundant wind energy up there that could feasibly be harnessed, bringing the possibili ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Scotland outreach to Canada yields wind energy investment
Edinburgh (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
First floating wind farm starts operation in Scotland
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
OX2 hands over Ajos wind farm to IKEA Finland
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
Geologic evidence is the forerunner of ominous prospects for a warming earth
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
While strong seasonal hurricanes have devastated many of the Caribbean and Bahamian islands this year, geologic studies on several of these islands illustrate that more extreme conditions existed in the past. A new analysis published in Marine Geology shows that the limestone islands of the Bahamas and Bermuda experienced climate changes that were even more extreme than historical events. ... 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
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
Paris (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Shock Iraq torture photos raise ethical dilemmas
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
Tehran (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Iran warns Europe against new nuke deal conditions
Singapore (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
US commander must 'imagine the unimaginable' on NKorea
Chinese businesses herald Communist congress by closing shop
Beijing (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
Businesses ranging from cookware to karaoke in China's teeming capital have temporarily shut down as the ruling Communist Party prepares to hold its most important political event of the last five years. Fitness centres, short-term rental websites and even online retailers told AFP on Monday that they would not be operating in Beijing during the 19th National Congress. The meeting, at wh ... more
Beijing (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Xi tells Communist Party to combat any actions to 'undermine' it
Beijing (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
'My god, 3.5 hours': Xi gives marathon speech, China listens
Beijing (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Xi declares 'new era' for China as party congress opens
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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Tokyo residents win compensation over US military base noise
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Some 1,000 Tokyo residents won compensation Wednesday over aircraft noise coming from a nearby US military base, but they lost a bid to halt flights at odd hours. Tokyo District Court ordered the Japanese government to pay residents some 610 million yen ($5.5 million) in total. But it rejected their call to block flights between 7:00 pm and 7:00 am at the Yokota Air Base, which hosts some 4, ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Peraton to help sustain DHS, TSA screening equipment
Kandahar, Afghanistan (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
Afghan air force gets its own Black Hawk choppers
Washington (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Trudeau warns Trump in Bombardier, Boeing row
Hiring not part of Alibaba pledge to create US jobs
Laguna Beach, United States (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Alibaba executive vice chairman Joseph Tsai said Tuesday he expects to boost US jobs by expanding the Chinese firm's e-commerce platform - not by hiring American workers. Tsai, speaking at a California tech conference, made the comments to follow up on a headline-grabbing pledge earlier this year by Alibaba founder Jack Ma and US President Donald Trump that the Chinese internet firm would c ... more
Beijing (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
China's Xi vows open economy, investors want action
Washington (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
US inflation jumps in the wake of Hurricane Harvey
Beijing (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Xi says China 'will not close its doors to the world'
Warning for China as US hails India 'partnership'
Washington (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
The United States vowed Wednesday to work with India in preference to China over the next century to promote a "free and open" Asia-Pacific region led by prosperous democracies. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivered his unexpectedly sharp message to Beijing on the same day President Xi Jinping opened the Communist Party congress. His upbeat speech was designed to set the stage for a ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 18, 2017
Nominee for CIA inspector general grilled over retaliation claims
Beijing (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Xi declares 'new era' for China as party congress opens
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
India, Russia to hold first 'tri-service' war games
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Scientists trace path of inland plastic pollution from rivers to oceanw/ll
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
The problem of plastic pollution in the ocean is much talked about. But where does all that garbage come from? How do plastics from inland cities make their way into the ocean? In setting out to answer those questions, a team of researchers decided to identify 10 rivers around the world where plastic waste mismanagement is most severe. The scientists detailed the 10 biggest plastic poll ... more
Copenhagen (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Air pollution kills over 500,000 Europeans a year: report
Tipitapa, Nicaragua (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Polluted lake is poor Nicaraguans' lifeline
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Olympics: Tokyo 2020 water venue polluted
Mexico quake hit rich and poor alike, but tragedies differ
Mexico City (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
The earthquake that hit Mexico on September 19 did not discriminate in its destruction, leveling homes in rich and poor neighborhoods alike. But one month on, the tragedies facing Mexico City's newly homeless depend largely on class. Residents of upscale neighborhoods like Roma and Condesa face a frenzied rush to rent or buy new homes in other neighborhoods nearby, creating a real estate ... more
Paris (ESA) Oct 17, 2017
ESA takes the reins of the Disasters Charter
Dublin (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Thousands still without power in Ireland after freak storm
Mexico City (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Risking lives, Mexicans try to salvage belongings after quake
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