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December 06, 2017
LNG is the fuel of choice, maritime shipper says

Washington (UPI) Dec 4, 2017
With reaching a supply agreement with French supermajor Total, shipping group CMA CGM said that liquefied natural gas is the maritime fuel of the future. French container shipping company CMA CGM and Total announced in a joint statement Monday an agreement spanning 10 years will begin at the start of the new decade. An "unprecedented" volume of 300,000 tons of liquefied natural gas will fuel nine of CMA's vessels from 2020 onward. "LNG is the fuel of the future for shipping," Rodolphe Sa ... read more

Cuban oil driller seeing interest from potential partners
Washington (UPI) Dec 4, 2017
Australian energy company Melbana, one of the few with an established footprint in Cuba, said it was vetting potential drilling partners for Block 9 operations. ... more
Statoil, partners to develop new $5.9 billion Arctic oil field
Oslo (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Norwegian oil giant Statoil and its partners on Tuesday presented a development plan of the 49 billion kroner (nearly 5 billion euros, $5,9 billion) Arctic Johan Castberg oil field, a cost cut in half compared to initial forecasts. ... more
More interest from Asian economies in Alaskan LNG
Washington (UPI) Dec 5, 2017
A letter of intent was signed with a Japanese company to secure liquefied natural gas from a possible development in Alaska, a state pipeline company said. ... more
Russia's Novatek now a world player with Yamal LNG
Washington (UPI) Dec 5, 2017
Russian energy company Novatek said a new era for one of the world's largest gas suppliers has begun with the start of LNG operations on the Yamal Peninsula. ... more
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Ultra-deep waters of Sierra Leone draw oil, gas interest
Washington (UPI) Dec 5, 2017
Lower operating costs mean there's more interest in examining the oil and gas potential in the deep waters of Sierra Leone, an African-focused company said. ... more
Statoil submits formal plans for mega Barents Sea oil field
Washington (UPI) Dec 5, 2017
By cutting the break-even cost by more than half, Norwegian major Statoil said it's decided on a development plan for the mega Johan Castberg oil field. ... more
Gas prices inch lower, but still way above the June average
Washington (UPI) Dec 5, 2017
Seasonal factors finally caught up with the U.S. gas market and, with refineries making a cheaper winter blend, the price at the pump is lower, analysts said. ... more
'Buying fatigue' puts oil prices deep in the red
Washington (UPI) Dec 5, 2017
With OPEC settled in for the year and a downturn in global inflation, a lack of buyers in the market pulled oil prices sharply lower early Tuesday. ... more
Firms show lukewarm interest in Norway's new Arctic oil blocks
Oslo (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Oil companies have shown a lukewarm interest this year to apply for exploration rights for a record number of Norwegian Arctic oil blocks, official figures showed Tuesday. ... more
Canada's Husky Energy sees clear road ahead
Washington (UPI) Dec 5, 2017
Spending for next year will be less than forecast in the previous five-year plan, but efficiency means production could be higher, Canada's Husky Energy said. ... more

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Riyadh talks oil market stability with U.S. energy secretary
Washington (UPI) Dec 4, 2017
Saudi Arabia is working to make sure the global oil market is stable, the country's crown prince said during talks with his U.S. counterpart. ... more
Danish gas field gets new life after fate questioned
Washington (UPI) Dec 1, 2017
Danish energy company Maersk Oil said Friday it was moving ahead with a $3.3 billion effort to redevelop the offshore Tyra gas field, Denmark's largest. ... more
Austria's OMV pays big to add Russian gas to its portfolio
Washington (UPI) Dec 1, 2017
Austrian energy company OMV said Friday it added 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent to daily production with the completion of the acquisition of Russian assets. ... more
Energy and conservation groups split over U.S. tax overhaul
Washington (UPI) Dec 4, 2017
As with the partisan divide, the stance on the U.S. tax overhaul was split evenly between oil and gas support and opposition from renewable and climate groups. ... more

Researchers generate electricity from low-cost biomaterial
Limerick, Ireland (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Mobile phone speakers and motion detectors in cars and video games may soon be powered by electricity generated from low cost and sustainable biomaterials, according to research carried out at University of Limerick (UL), Ireland. Scientists at UL's Bernal Institute have discovered that the biomolecule glycine, when tapped or squeezed, can generate enough electricity to power electrical de ... more
Medford MA (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Breakthrough process for directly converting methane to methanol
Surrey UK (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Surrey develops new 'supercatalyst' to recycle carbon dioxide and methane
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
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Sustainable solvent platform for photon upconversion increases solar utilization efficiency
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
The conversion of solar energy into electricity is currently restricted by a concept known as the Shockley-Quesser limit. This limitation allows only photons that have higher energies than those of the bandgap to be used, while those with lower energies are wasted. In an effort to obtain a solution to this problem and make solar energy conversion more efficient, the process of converting photons ... more
Albany NY (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Gore Mountain ski resort completes massive solar farm
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Windows of opportunity: Solar cell with improved transparency
Zagtouli, Burkina Faso (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Burkina, France launch W.Africa's biggest solar plant
U.S. wind turbines getting taller and more efficient
Washington (UPI) Nov 30, 2017
U.S. federal data show installed wind turbines are taller and more efficient than in the past, though hydroelectric power still holds a slight edge. The U.S. Energy Information Administration found that the average height and power generating capacity for wind turbines installed in the country are taller and more efficient that in years past. "Since 2012, the average height of wi ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
New wind farm in service off the British coast
Washington (UPI) Nov 15, 2017
End tax credits for wind energy, Tennessee Republican says
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
New York sets high bar for wind energy
For Gabon's sickly uranium miners, a long quest for compensation
Mounana, Gabon (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
"We are all sick. It's our health, and we are being conned," Moise Massala says angrily. The 82-year-old is a retired geochemist who used to work in a uranium mine in Gabon owned by French nuclear giant Areva. He and hundreds of other former workers say they fell ill from their work to extract the uranium - a source of nuclear power and warheads, but toxic and potentially carcinogenic. ... more
Ostrovets, Belarus (AFP) Nov 26, 2017
Belarus nuclear power plant stirs fears in Lithuania
Charlotte NC (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Lightbridge and AREVA NP Sign Agreements to Immediately Advance Fuel Development
London (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
UK made grave errors over Hinkley nuclear project: MPs
Decline in atmospheric carbon dioxide key to ancient climate transition
Southampton UK (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
A decline in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels led to a fundamental shift in the behaviour of the Earth's climate system around one million years ago, according to new research led by the University of Southampton. A team of international scientists used new geochemical measurements, coupled with a model of the 'Earth system', to show that the growth and changing nature of continenta ... more
Paris (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Around 50 leaders set for Paris climate summit
Washington (UPI) Nov 29, 2017
Europe backing climate ambitions with capital
Columbus OH (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Researchers pin down one source of a potent greenhouse gas
Hearing hybrid and electric vehicles while quieting noise pollution
New Orleans LA (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Europe, as well as most of the world, faces a future with hybrid or pure electronic road vehicles that rely on alternative drive chains. But these low-emission vehicles are considered too quiet for hearing-impaired pedestrians, so the European Union is mandating that they be equipped with acoustic vehicle alerting systems. With these alert systems would come a marked increase in the amount of no ... more
London (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
London's iconic black cabs go electric
Beijing (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
GM recalling 1 million cars in China
Washington (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
GM sees 2019 launch for self-driving taxi fleet
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Iraq death toll at lowest level in five years
Baghdad (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
The death toll from violence in Iraq has fallen to its lowest monthly level in five years following the Islamic State group's military collapse, the United Nations said Monday. The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq said new lows were recorded in October and November. In November, a total of 117 civilians and police were killed and 264 wounded in acts of terrorism, violence and a ... more
The Hague (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
'Reasonable basis' for British war crimes in Iraq: ICC
Baghdad (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Rights group criticises Iraq over jihadist suspects
Baghdad (AFP) Dec 3, 2017
Iraqi Shiites slam calls to disband militia group after IS fight
North Korea's new missile: Pyongyang vs the analysts
Seoul (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
North Korea Thursday released pictures of its latest missile launch, giving analysts a chance to test Pyongyang's claim of a breakthrough that brings the whole of the US within range of a nuclear strike. Leader Kim Jong-Un declared the test of a Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) had completed his nation's drive to become a full-fledged nuclear power. But analysts remai ... more
Seoul (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Air crew saw N. Korea missile re-enter atmosphere
Washington (UPI) Dec 1, 2017
Boeing validates requirements for redesign of ICBM system
Geneva (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
Abolishing nuclear arms could go 'really quickly': Nobel winner
Chinese teacher used needles to 'discipline' children: police
Beijing (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
A Beijing kindergarten teacher used sewing needles to punish children for not sleeping, police said, but other abuse claims have been rejected by an investigation into a scandal that sparked national outrage. Authorities opened the probe into RYB Education New World kindergarten last week after parents said toddlers were given mysterious pills and had apparent needle marks. The 22-year-o ... more
Beijing (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Tibetan monk self-immolates in China: campaigners
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
Shanghai schools fly the flag for China's next generation
Beijing (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
Chinese general kills himself after facing graft probe
Regional force deploys to Lesotho over security concerns
Maseru, Lesotho (AFP) Dec 2, 2017
A 258-strong regional force was deployed to Lesotho on Saturday to ease security concerns in the landlocked kingdom after the killing of the country's top army commander in September. The move by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), a regional bloc, was approved in September after Khoantle Motsomotso was shot dead at a barracks by officers from a perceived rival faction. Th ... more
Bamako (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
Mali justice minister resigns after activist's acquittal
Abidjan (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
Cash and history keep Europe as Africa's prime partner
Beijing (AFP) Nov 27, 2017
China hails new Zimbabwe leader, denies role in transition
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Lockheed Martin to support F-35 test flight operations
Washington (UPI) Dec 5, 2017
Lockheed Martin has been awarded a modified contract to support test flight operations for the F-35 aircraft platforms for the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, as well as non-U.S. Defense Department customers. The $22.9 million deal was announced Monday by the Pentagon and modifies a previous award terms of a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract that was slated to procure "53,164 level of ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 5, 2017
L-3 awarded support contract for Navy's T-45 Goshawk
Washington (UPI) Dec 1, 2017
United Technologies awarded $353.2M for F-35 services
Washington (UPI) Nov 29, 2017
Military leaders: Lack of a new budget could 'break the U.S. Air Force'
US hits Vietnam with huge duties on steel made with Chinese material
Washington (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
The United States on Tuesday imposed huge duties on some steel imports from Vietnam, saying they were produced with Chinese material already subject to retaliatory penalties. The products will be subject to US punitive duties of up to 265 percent of their value, the Commerce Department said in a statement, yet another in a series of aggressive trade enforcement steps by President Donald Trum ... more
Beijing (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Canada and China hail ties as trade talks languish
Beijing (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
China and Canada sign trade agreements during Trudeau visit
Sydney (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Australia casino giant Crown hit with class action over China
Under-fire Tillerson flies US flag in sceptical Europe
Brussels (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tried on Tuesday to shrug off doubts about his future and reassure Washington's European allies of the strength of trans-Atlantic ties. In Brussels for talks with EU and NATO leaders, Tillerson was confronted by mounting concern that President Donald Trump's "America First" agenda has weakened the alliance. But the former oilman was working with one ey ... more
Brussels (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Tillerson meets EU, NATO leaders under cloud
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Dozens of Japan MPs visit controversial war shrine
Saint-Aignan-Sur-Cher, France (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Brigitte Macron fetes first panda born in France
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Babies' brains at risk from toxic pollution: UN
New Delhi (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
As New Delhi and other major cities hit new toxic smog peaks, the United Nations sounded the alarm Wednesday over the damage that pollution is doing to babies' developing brains. The UN's children's agency, UNICEF, said Asia accounts for more than 16 million of the world's 17 million infants aged under one year living in areas with severe pollution - at least six times more than safe levels ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Is underground transit worse for your health?
New Delhi (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Doctors say no to sport in Delhi as cricketers choke in smog
Nairobi (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
UN assembly starts drafting plan for 'pollution-free planet'
Pole to pole, linemen hard at work restoring power in Puerto Rico
Ponce, Puerto Rico (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
For Puerto Rico's exhausted electricity crews, their greatest joy is hearing the cry: "We've got power!" They've been working 12-hour shifts, six days a week since Hurricane Maria hit the island on September 20, shredding the US commonwealth's rickety power grid. "It's tough," says Daniel Velez, 42, rivers of sweat streaming down his face from under his yellow helmet. Velez is part o ... more
Geneva (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
UN urges 'humanitarian pause' for Yemen
Bethlehem PA (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
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Orlando (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
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