Fiji marked an exciting beginning to the month, as the Crusaders came to Suva from New Zealand to play the Chiefs in a Super Rugby match – a packed-out game that we Fijians met with great fanfare ...
Saudi Arabia remains committed to selling shares in national oil conglomerate Aramco through an initial public offering but only at the right time, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has said. "We are committed to the IPO of Saudi Aramco based on appropriate conditions and at the right time," Prince Mohammed told the pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat in an interview published on Sunday. Saudi Arabia plans to sell up to five percent of the world's largest energy firm and hopes to raise up to $100 billion.
Canada looks set to approve a hotly-debated plan to expand an oil pipeline this week, people familiar with the process told Reuters, but the move is unlikely to help Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rebuild flagging support ahead of an October election.
Reduction of marine plastic trash was one of the major issues at the G20 summit of environment ministers in Japan. Delegates also discussed the future of energy security following the tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman.
[Guardian] The Engagement and Management Specialist for REDD+ in Cross River State, Mr. Tony Attah has said stakeholders were worried about the alarming deforestation rate in the state, following the introduction of forest moratorium.
Environment and energy ministers from the Group of 20 agreed to the outline of a new international framework in order to tackle the problem of ...
KARUIZAWA, Japan (Reuters) – Group of 20 environment ministers agreed on Sunday to adopt a new implementation framework for actions to tackle the issue of marine plastic waste on a global scale, the Japanese government said after hosting the two-day ministerial meeting. Environment and energy ministers of the Group of 20 major economies met this … Continued
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Climate activism group Extinction Rebellion has postponed until later this year a plan to shut down Britain's Heathrow Airport using drones and published on Sunday more details of the protest action in a bid to allay public safety fears.
Climate activism group Extinction Rebellion has postponed to later this year a plan to use drones to shut down Britain's Heathrow Airport, saying it had designed new tactics to allay public fears over safety.
The Norwegian-owned oil tanker Front Altair, which caught fire after being apparently attacked last week in the Gulf of Oman, has arrived off the coast of the United Arab Emirates
June 16, 2019 12:00 PM DUBAI (REUTERS) - Saudi Arabia called for swift action to secure Gulf energy supplies and joined the United States in blaming Iran for attacks on two oil tankers in a vital shipping route that have raised fears of broader confrontation in the region.
Woman dies after sightseeing boat sinks as bad weather also damages vessels at annual Bol d’Or regatta A woman has drowned in Lake Geneva when her sightseeing boat sank as a violent storm battered parts of Switzerland on Saturday, police said. A man who was in the same boat was able to swim to another vessel from where he fired “two flares”, Joanna Matta, police spokeswoman for the canton (region) of Geneva, said. Continue reading...
June 16, 2019 5:00 AM When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Maldives last week, geopolitical issues - such as maritime security, infrastructure development, climate change and defence collaboration - dominated discussions. But what also made the cut was an unlikely soft power element: cricket.
Most emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O) are linked to the use of nitrogen (N) fertiliser in agriculture, highlighting a need for agricultural management practices that reduce emissions while maintaining agronomic productivity. A new study has assessed the long-term impact of conventional tillage (CT — where soil is prepared for agriculture via mechanical agitation) and no-tillage (NT) systems on soil N2O emissions and crop productivity in rain-fed Mediterranean conditions. The findings show that, over a period of 18 years, mean yield-scaled (i.e. per unit grain yield) soil N2O emissions (YSNE) were 2.8 to 3.3 times lower under NT than CT. The researchers therefore recommend NT as a suitable strategy by which to balance agricultural productivity with lower soil N2O emissions in rain-fed Mediterranean...
The 10-member crew of Front Altair reached Dubai two days after explosions rocked two oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz. Backed by video evidence, the U.S. is blaming Iran.
Tensions remain high as Arab League calls for restraint – and Labour warns of UK being drawn into conflict Divisions over responsibility for last week’s attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman deepened this weekend amid warnings over the danger of a major confrontation in the region, despite hints by Donald Trump about possible negotiations with Iran. Politicians in Britain traded angry blows over the incident, after the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said there was “no credible evidence” that Iran had attacked the two ships as they passed by its coastline on Thursday morning, rebuffing a Foreign Office assessment that it was “almost certain” that a “branch of the Iranian military” had carried out the strikes. Continue reading...
Heatwave conditions persisted in several parts of the country on Saturday. There may be some respite in the northern states by Sunday evening as dust storms and rains have been forecast.
At least 279 animals have been stranded, triple the usual figure, and 98% have died, prompting investigation At least 279 dolphins have become stranded across much of the US Gulf Coast since the start of February, triple the usual number, and about 98% of them have died, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) said. Scientists will investigate whether lingering effects from the 2010 BP oil spill and more immediate effects from low salinity because of freshwater flowing from high rivers and a Louisiana spillway contributed to the deaths, said Teri Rowles, coordinator for Noaa fisheries’ marine mammal health and stranding response program. Continue reading...
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on the European Union to aim for a 55% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, far more than the bloc's current target for a 40% reduction.
From heartworms to Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever to Lyme disease, climate change means more dogs are getting sick.
Saudi Arabia called for swift action to secure Gulf energy supplies and joined the United States in blaming Iran for attacks on two oil tankers in a vital shipping route that have raised fears of broader confrontation in the region. Washington, already embroiled in a standoff with Iran over its nuclear programme, has blamed Tehran and Saudi Arabia's crown prince also accused Iran on Saturday.
Saudi Arabia called for swift action to secure Gulf energy supplies and joined the United States in blaming Iran for attacks on two oil tankers in a vital shipping route that have raised fears of broader confrontation in the region. Thursday's tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman exacerbated the antagonistic fallout from similar blasts in May that crippled four vessels.
Human intervention may be the only way we can save coral reefs.
At an entrepreneurship competition hosted by Google in 2014, fresh graduate Nelson Chan Ho-hin got a thrill out of listening to the contestants’ pitches.“Some ideas in the field of recycling and environment protection really impressed me, and I thought they had the potential of creating a social impact,” the 27-year-old recalls. “So I wondered: is there a way of letting more people see these ideas?”As a young aspiring programmer, Chan did not take long to find the answer: build a crowdsourcing…
In anticipation, Cal Fire has identified 35 top-priority projects to thin vegetation in vulnerable communities Last November, the deadliest wildfire in California history killed 85 and burned the town of Paradise to the ground . Now California’s fire season is starting to heat up again – and officials are bracing for the worst. As California grappled with a record-breaking heatwave last week, the state saw 236 wildfires – one of which grew to more than 2,500 acres before it was largely contained. So far this year, California has faced 1,746 wildfires, burning through more than 15,500 acres of land. Continue reading...
When Shinzo Abe headed to Tehran this week for the first visit by a sitting Japanese prime minister in four decades, some in the diplomatic world imagined he could be the man to bring Iran back to the negotiating table with the United States.Those hopes were torpedoed on Thursday when, on the same day Abe was meeting Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei, explosions ripped through two oil tankers, one Japanese and one Norwegian, near the Strait of Hormuz, a strategically significant shipping…
UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahya said Iran's fingerprints were clear on the attacks on oil tankers on May 12, Arabiya TV reported on Saturday.
June 15, 2019 5:00 AM BANGKOK • More Indian cities need to implement heat action plans that include text-message alerts and cooling stations, to minimise deaths and illnesses related to rising temperatures, climate change experts and human rights activists said yesterday.
Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said the vital oil supply routes in the Gulf must be protected following "terrorist acts." G20 ministers have sought to downplay fears of possible disruption.
NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with David Brooks of The New York Times and Matthew Yglesias of Vox about the oil tanker attacks, the president's comments about accepting foreign election help, and Sarah Sanders' White House exit.
Environment Canada issued a weather advisory for parts of southern Alberta on Friday to alert residents that "conditions will be favourable for the development of funnel clouds."
The shocking clip, released on Friday, shows children dressed in jumpsuits and locked in cages as they are tortured by a man resembling an ICE agent.
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In today’s Insider : Tanker attacks in Gulf of Oman stoke fears in Asia over oil flows; Hong Kong’s image takes a knock as protesters threaten rally on Sunday; Malaysia’s PM Mahathir Mohamad urged to set handover date; why France is showing interest in the Indo-Pacific, Japan outlaws flying drones while drunk and more.
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“Ice on Fire” focuses on solutions but glosses over the challenges of achieving a sustainable future.
Addressing energy leaders, pope warns of ‘catastrophic’ effects of global heating Pope Francis has declared a global “climate emergency”, warning of the dangers of global heating and that a failure to act urgently to reduce greenhouse gases would be “a brutal act of injustice toward the poor and future generations”. He also endorsed the 1.5C limit on temperature rises that some countries are now aiming for, referring to warnings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of “catastrophic” effects if we crossed such a threshold. He said a “radical energy transition” would be needed to stay within that limit, and urged young people and businesses to take a leading role. Continue reading...
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke kicked off a campaign swing through South Carolina on Friday by pledging support for reparations for descendants of slaves and addressing climate change at a town hall with members of the Gullah Geechee Nation. The Gullah Geechee are African-American descendants of slaves living in coastal, island and low-lying inland areas of South Carolina and Georgia who speak an English-Creole language. The Tabernacle Baptist Church where the town hall was held is in an area vulnerable to hurricanes, flooding and other weather events exacerbated by climate change.
Beyond selling cars, it's no secret that Tesla's overarching goal is to change the way the world uses and generates electricity. Hardly a well-kept secret, Elon Musk explained as much during the second iteration of Tesla's master plan."The point of all this," Musk wrote back in 2016, "was, and remains, accelerating the advent of sustainable energy, so that we can imagine far into the future and life is still good.""By definition," Musk went on to explain, "we must at some point achieve a sustainable energy economy or we will run out of fossil fuels to burn and civilization will collapse."In light of that, it wasn't all that surprising when Tesla in 2016 purchased SolarCity for nearly $2.7 billion. One year later, Tesla opened up orders...
For these young climate poets, it’s showtime.
Scientists can now access data from within Mount Everest's so-called death zone — the highest part of the mountain that sits over 26,000 feet above sea level where there isn't enough oxygen to sustain human life for very long.
Donald Trump says attacks on two vessels in Gulf of Oman have ‘Iran written all over it’ The US has accused Iran of detaining the crew of one of two oil tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman this week, as video footage emerged that purportedly shows an Iranian boat removing an unexploded mine from one of the vessels. Washington claims Iran is behind a succession of recent shipping attacks in the Gulf. It said grainy video published on the US Central Command’s website provided evidence of Iran’s involvement in Thursday’s attacks. Continue reading...
During a climate change discussion on CBS This Morning on Friday, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) responded to questions about man-made climate change contributing to erosion of land in his home state by claiming Louisiana is using Gulf of Mexico oil drilling revenues to rebuild land, prompting host Tony Dokoupil to hold his feet to the fire. Noting that scientists have found that Lousiana is losing the equivalent of a football field of land to the Gulf of Mexico every hour, Dokoupil asked Scalise if he accepted the science of man-made climate change and, if so, where’s his plan to address it. Scalise, who was making the morning show rounds to hawk his new book, replied that his state’s land loss was mostly due to “coastal erosion” and Dokoupil countered that his own state’s scientists said...
The United States on Friday blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers at the entrance to the Gulf and said it was seeking international consensus about the threat to shipping, despite Tehran denying involvement in the explosions at sea.
Handout via Reuters PARIS—Who was it who blasted two oil tankers in the Persian Gulf on Thursday? Whodunit? The Trump administration says it must have been the Iranians. Trump told Fox & Friends on Friday the attack has “got Iran written all over it.” And Iran says it must have been somebody else. And because both sides have such long records of deceit and, really, no regard for the truth, we the public and the press find ourselves sliding toward war with no firm grip on the facts . Gosh, that feels familiar: a plunge into “unknown unknowns.” But the information situation is much worse today than when Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld uttered that delphic phrase amid the vanguard of lies that preceded the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. Read more at The Daily Beast. Got...
Coal, oil and gas companies have six months to recalculate several years of royalties they owe the federal government, according to an Interior Department order yesterday in response to an April court decision restoring Obama-era accounting standards that the Trump administration had tried to trounce.
William Happer contacted Heartland Institute, one of the most prominent groups to dispute that fossil fuels cause global heating A member of the Trump administration ’s National Security Council has sought help from advisers of a conservative thinktank to challenge the reality of a human-induced climate crisis , a trove of his emails show. William Happer , a physicist appointed by the White House to counter the federal government’s own climate science, reached out to the Heartland Institute, one of the most prominent groups to dispute that burning fossil fuels is causing dangerous global heating, in March. Continue reading...
Scottish Power claims it is making a ‘significant step’ forward with renewable energy, but David Miller has doubts Jillian Ambrose ( Report , 11 June) claims that a 50MW battery system is a “significant step”. But how significant a step does not depend upon the instantaneous energy output in megawatts. Most significantly, it depends on how long it can keep this energy flow going. So the relevant measurement, to compare with rival systems, would be in MW hours (which are what we pay for in our electricity bills). David Miller (Emeritus professor of physics and astronomy at UCL), London • Join the debate – email firstname.lastname@example.org Continue reading...
Concern centres on Iran’s ‘nuclear option’ of closing the strait of Hormuz to shipping The attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman has escalated tensions between the US and Iran and raised fears of a surge in global energy prices . Concerns over a spike in prices centre on Tehran’s potential to close the strait of Hormuz, the narrow shipping lane between Iran and Oman and the world’s most strategically important oil route. Continue reading...
With the advent of the 21st century, there has been a steady rise in energy access all around the globe. For the first time ever, the total number of people without access to electricity fell below 1 billion in 2017 according to the International Energy Agency. Despite the increase in the pace of electrification, 13 […]
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President Donald Trump's comments come amid concerns attack on oil tankers could further escalate ongoing tensions between Iran and the U.S.
Sometimes, going digital isn't the most eco-friendly option.
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Negotiations at COP24 in December 2018 in Katowice, Poland, concluded with a set of guidelines, colloquially called the Paris Rulebook, that outline how countries fulfill the obligations the Paris Agreement requires of them.
With this important task completed, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa then issued a clarion...
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Climate change may end up causing World War 3 if individual countries start to try and save themselves by hacking the weather with a process called geoengineering.
"A new documentary produced by Leonardo DiCaprio is putting front and centre one of the greatest – and yet so far relatively ignored – challenges we face as part of our collective efforts to tackle the climate crisis. This challenge has been called different things by different people, including carbon dioxide removal, carbon drawdown, or negative emissions technologies." LINK
"Last month, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere surpassed 415 parts per million, the highest in human history. Environmental experts say the world is increasingly on a path toward a climate crisis. The most prominent efforts to prevent that crisis involve reducing carbon emissions. But another idea is also starting to gain traction — sucking all that carbon out of the atmosphere and storing it underground." LINK
Target plans to run its U.S. stores on 100% renewable power by 2030.
A federal judge dismissed a suit Wednesday brought by the Center for Biological Diversity that would have forced the government to disclose climate change reports.
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee's top senators joined together yesterday to introduce bipartisan legislation to set energy and water efficiency targets for federal buildings.
Federal judges today rejected environmentalists' legal challenge to an EPA policy shift on power plant permitting.
June 14, 2019 1:09 PM SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - As many as 61 people have been killed and 356,000 evacuated from their homes as heavy rain and floods swept through large parts of southern and central China this week, Chinese rescue authorities said.
Traffic in central London slowed to a halt again Friday, as environmental activists staged another "Extinction Rebellion" aimed at fighting the advances of climate change.
The U.S. released footage of what it says are members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded mine from a damaged oil tanker.
Filed under: Finance, Business, Companies Uber and Lyft drivers are colluding to crank up fares for passengers, ABC's ABC7 reports.They are able to trigger the "surge" pricing by simultaneously turning their apps off and on.Drivers told ABC7 that they feel like they've been forced into inflating prices because the company is not paying them enough.Uber said in a statement it has "taken steps to address this fraudulent behavior."Uber and Lyft drivers have worked out how to game their companies' "surge" pricing system to run up fares for passengers.See inside Uber's first passenger drone, which could eventually fly passengers at 150 mph while burning no fossil fuelsUber's first passenger drone is a helicopter-plane hybrid that can carry passengers across cities at 150 mphUber's biggest rival...
The ‘sunshine tax’ is dead, and Barcelona and Cádiz are mounting a renewables revival After a close fight, Barcelona’s radical mayor, Ada Colau, is expected to take office for a second term on Saturday, vindicating her often-criticised policies, which have included making sure all the city’s municipal buildings and services run on renewable energy. On the other side of the country in Andalucía, José María González was re-elected as mayor of Cádiz last month having swept to power in 2015 on the same tide that brought Colau to office, with energy as a central issue in his campaign. Continue reading...
Belgian officals are making the switch amid concerns about the carbon footprint of the cooling systems which are needed for the ice exhibition, but their decision has sparked outrage from organisers.
The United States and its allies may need to start escorting commercial vessels to prevent further attacks in Gulf oil shipping lanes, Gulf sources and experts said.
[Zimbabwe Independent] For about 30 years, the potentially devastating effect of heat-trapping emissions has been gracing pages of the global press, as well as dominating regional and global fora at which warnings have been repeatedly issued regarding the need to put in place mechanisms to mitigate the perils of climate change.
The process of granting environmental clearances has become faster as the government has reduced the number of days taken to complete the procedure from 640 to 108, Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar said Friday.
Eleven million people were employed in renewable energy worldwide in 2018 according to the latest analysis by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
THE REPEATED shut-down of the country's largest gas field for maintenance has led to a surge in greenhouse gas emissions from coal-burning.
Escalating tension in the Middle East is driving up oil prices, a huge import cost for many economies, putting more strain on global growth already hurt by the trade war being waged by U.S. President Donald Trump and weakening consumer confidence.
The U.S. Central Command released a video Thursday night that it says shows Iran's Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded mine from one of the oil tankers targeted near the Strait of Hormuz.
New Orleans is suing oil and gas companies to help it pay for flood protection. It's a major move against an industry that's key to the city's economy.
The so-called "Tanker War" involved American naval ships escorting reflagged Kuwaiti oil tankers through the Persian Gulf and the strait after Iranian mines damaged vessels in the region. U.S. estimates suggest Iran attacked over 160 ships in the late 1980s confrontation. "We need to remember that some 30% of the world's crude oil passes through the straits," said Paolo d'Amico, the chairman of the oil tanker association INTERTANKO.
Flesh-eating zombies terrorize a small town in Jim Jarmusch's "The Dead Don't Die", a comedy horror in which polar fracking sets off strange reactions and raises the dead.
Iran said on Friday it was alarming and wrong of the United States to blame Tehran for attacks on two oil tankers at the entrance to the Gulf, after an incident that has raised concerns about a new confrontation in the vital oil shipping route.
Oil prices continue rise after US blames Iran amid sanctions standoff 8.37am BST The head of the International Energy Agency, Fatih Birol, is in Japan for the G20 meeting of energy ministers. He said the attacks raise concerns for energy security, according to snap reports. - IEA Executive Director Birol Says Recent Attacks On Tankers In The Gulf Raise Major Concerns For Global Energy Security And Oil Markets - IEA Is Monitoring Events And Standing Ready To Act If And When Necessary 8.32am BST US Central Command, which controls military operations in the Gulf, made no reference to flying objects in its press release yesterday , which said the crew had found an unexploded “limpet mine”. At 11:05 a.m. local time USS Bainbridge approaches the Dutch tug Coastal Ace, which...
Iowa economic development officials are tentatively endorsing a tax credit for battery storage to complement the state’s wind and solar generation.
Australia has approved Adani Group's controversial coal project that opens up a new mining region and puts the world's biggest exporter further at odds with the global movement to phase out the fuel.
EPA is expected to finalize its power plant carbon rule next week, according to multiple sources. It completes a two-year process to replace an Obama-era regulation with an industry-friendly substitute.
Brandy Brown has been named climate and energy adviser for the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.
Flaring of natural gas jumped by almost half in the U.S. last year on the heels of surging shale oil production, new satellite data suggests.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the United States government blames Iran for attacks on two oil tankers near the Persian Gulf, casting it as the latest in a series of "provocative actions" that have sharply raised tensions...
The pipeline poses grave risk to animals and Indigenous communities. As leaders of four sovereign tribes, we are calling on the government to say no In February, Canada’s National Energy Board released its final report recommending approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, in spite of devastating risks to the Salish Sea and the salmon, orca and tribal nations that rely on it. On 18 June, the government of Justin Trudeau is expected to issue its final decision. The Trans Mountain pipeline, first proposed by oil giant Kinder Morgan in 2013, would transport Alberta tar sands oil to a shipping terminal in Vancouver, British Columbia. This would mean a massive increase in oil tanker traffic through the Salish Sea, which comprises the water bodies of Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de...
Attacks on two tankers on Thursday forced the evacuation of more than 40 sailors south of the Strait of Hormuz, a vital gateway for the world's oil industry.
In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we examine how Canadian cities are at the forefront of climate action and how you can identify unrecyclable plastic.
A 40,000-year-old Siberian wolf was bigger than its modern-day descendants. Kept cold in the permafrost, the wolf's fur, ears, brain and teeth had been preserved since the day it died in the Arctic.
If Angus Taylor wants to cut emissions, boost regional economies and build a stable electricity grid, he might have to accept that the answer to all three is blowing in the wind.
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Wind generation hits record levels in South Australia as wind farms enjoy a rare "butterfly effect" from the failure of a unit at Loy Yang A's brown coal generator.
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A new forecast from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers showing sluggish growth and energy investment isn't deterring some Alberta energy companies from continuing to try and make a go of it.
Jets used for corporate travel by Russian state-owned oil major Rosneft flew at least 13 times to Mallorca, Ibiza, Sardinia and the Maldives when CEO Igor Sechin or people from his social circle were in the same vacation spots.
DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers at the entrance to the Gulf and said it was seeking international consensus about the threat to shipping, despite Tehran denying involvement in the explosions at sea. Thursday's attacks raised fears of a confrontation in the vital oil shipping route at a time of increased tension between Iran and the United States over U.S. sanctions and military moves in the Middle East, Tehran's proxy groups in the region and its nuclear programme.
German pilot project has made kerosene using concentrated sunlight, water and CO2 for the first time.
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MP says she’s prepared to fight for her portfolio – and a priority will be cutting ‘green tape’ for big projects The new environment minister, Sussan Ley, has declared herself an “environmentalist”, saying she is prepared to fight for the environment around the cabinet table even when colleagues disagree with her. Ley, who welcomed the Queensland government’s decision on Thursday to give the green light to the Adani coalmine, told Guardian Australia she wanted to see more action on recycling, threatened species and biodiversity protection, and a greater focus on individual action to achieve a better environment. Continue reading...
In April, the United States’ renewable energy capacity tipped past coal for the first time, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. This is a milestone for the nation, representing the rapid growth of clean energy as a sustainable alternative to coal. Coal consumption in the US was at its peak in 2008; it now sits around its lowest point … Continue reading
LONDON - World oil prices surged Thursday on reports that two tankers had been attacked in the Gulf of Oman, worsening frayed tensions in the crude-rich Middle East region, analysts said.
If President Trump claws his way to victory again in Pennsylvania and the Upper Midwest, his path will likely go through abortion and climate change, two issues on which the Democrats are most inflamed, confident in their righteousness and willing to embrace radical policies that appeal to their own voters much more than anyone else....
Asian stocks held their ground on Friday after Wall Street gained on a surge in oil prices as attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman stoked U.S.-Iran tensions and raised concerns over supply flows through one of the world's main sea lanes.
The U.S. blamed Iran for suspected attacks on two oil tankers Thursday near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, denouncing what it called a campaign of "escalating tensions" in a region crucial to global energy supplies. The U.S. Navy rushed to assist the stricken vessels in the Gulf of Oman off the coast of Iran, including one that was set ablaze. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. assessment of Iran's involvement was based in part on intelligence, as well as the expertise needed for the operation.
Ottawa says a federal carbon tax will be imposed on Alberta starting Jan. 1.
Two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz were attacked tonight, an assault that left one ablaze and adrift as sailors were evacuated from both vessels and the US Navy rushed to assist amid heightened tensions between Washington...
A balance must be struck between reducing use of fossil fuels and maintaining a level of economic growth that can eradicate poverty and hunger.
Today, solar power has become cheaper than the production cost of any other existing conventional power generation technology. The arrival of grid parity heralds a milestone in the history of energy production. It means solar energy being commercially viable without any subsidies or state support; producing energy with the lowest possible environmental impact.
Two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman were evacuated on Thursday after their crews sent out distress calls following a new incident that has sent world oil prices soaring.The incident is the second involving shipping in the strategic sea lane in only a few weeks. It comes amid spiralling tensions between Tehran and Washington, which has pointed the finger at Iran over the first incident in May.Iran said two oil tankers had been involved on Thursday in an “accident” and its navy had rescued 44…
On June 12, Target corporation said it was increasing its renewable energy goals by committing to source 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. The goal applies to all of Target’s domestic operations.
June 13, 2019 5:42 PM LONDON (REUTERS) - Oil prices jumped as much as 4 per cent on Thursday (June 13) after a suspected attack on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman near Iran and the Strait of Hormuz, through which a fifth of global oil consumption passes.
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says she has given Alberta notice that the federal government will begin imposing its price on carbon in the province beginning Jan. 1 2020.
BERLIN — The virtual currency bitcoin is responsible for the same amount of carbon dioxide emissions as a city like Las Vegas or Hamburg and efforts to reduce its climate footprint should be considered, researchers said Thursday. A study by researchers at the Technical University of Munich and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, examined how...
June 13, 2019 5:04 PM SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia approved on Thursday (June 13) the construction of a controversial coal mine near the Great Barrier Reef, paving the way for a dramatic and unfashionable increase in coal exports.
Grains trader Cargill Inc said on Thursday it and the broader food industry will fail to meet the goal of eliminating deforestation by 2020 and pledged to do more to protect forests and native vegetation in Brazil.
The explosions, on a vital passageway for the world’s oil supply, may prove Trump’s policy of coercion has backfired The explosions were bigger and the damage more extensive. But the message and its means of delivery have some similarities. Thursday’s attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman caused jitters in global markets and unease across a region that has been bracing for conflict throughout much of the year. As with the earlier attacks on 12 May , news of the latest strikes was again broken by media outlets aligned to Hezbollah in Lebanon and Iran, who broadcast images of the attacks within minutes of them taking place. Continue reading...
Two oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz were attacked Thursday, which left one ablaze and adrift as sailors were evacuated from both.
El Niño is forecast to continue through the summer and possibly into the fall, federal forecasters announced, which could weaken the Atlantic hurricane season.
Extreme hot dry weather has left streams and rivers across the province running low and that's creating drought conditions more commonly seen in late July.
The cryptocurrency is responsible for the same amount of carbon dioxide as the city of Las Vegas, research says.
U.S. stocks rose on Thursday after two days of declines, as energy shares rebounded with oil on concerns of supply disruption following attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that the United States government blames Iran for attacks on two oil tankers near the Persian Gulf, casting it as the latest in a series of "provocative actions" that have sharply raised tensions in the region. A U.S. assessment of Iran's responsibility for the attacks, which forced the evacuation of the crews in international waters, was based in part on intelligence as well as on the expertise needed to carry out the operation, Pompeo told reporters in Washington. It was also based on a recent series of incidents in the region that the U.S. blames on Iran, including a similar attack on tankers in the area in May and the bombing of an oil pipeline in Saudi Arabia by Iranian-backed fighters, he said.
Oil futures rose on Thursday after attacks on two tankers off the coast of Iran, while the U.S. Treasury yield curve steepened and stocks rose following economic data that was seen as strengthening the case for the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates this year.
Canada's parliamentary budget watchdog says a higher price on carbon will be needed if Canada is to meet its Paris Agreement targets.
The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Iran is responsible for the oil-tanker attacks that occurred in the Strait of Hormuz Thursday morning, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a press conference hours after the attack.Two oil tankers were attacked within the space of 45 minutes in the Gulf of Oman, off of the coast of Iran, where four oil tankers were similarly attacked last month by Iranian forces.Addressing reporters at the State Department, Pompeo explained that the assessment of Iranian culpability was “based on intelligence, weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication.”>...
The cyclone that made landfall at a wind speed of about 200 kmph near Puri on May 3 battered 14 districts, killed 64 people and caused a total loss of Rs 9,336.26 crore. Now, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has assured the Odisha government that the Centre will provide technical support for restoration of power, telecom and housing sectors.
The project's approval comes when investors and energy companies are moving away from fossil fuels amid concern about climate.
Strait of Hormuz incidents underline threat hanging over busy shipping lane Two oil tankers attacked in Gulf of Oman Attacks targeting two oil tankers in the strait of Hormuz on Thursday followed strikes against four ships a month ago. The US has blamed Iran for the action and the oil price has risen as a consequence. Here we examine the potential impact on the global economy. Continue reading...
Two oil tankers have been hit in suspected attacks in the Gulf of Oman and the crews evacuated, a month after a similar incident in which four tankers in the region were struck. In this video, one of the tankers can be seen on fire but still afloat Two oil tankers struck in suspected attacks in Gulf of Oman Continue reading...
U.S. stocks continued to gain on Thursday after two days of declines, as energy shares turned attractive after oil prices rose sharply on concerns of supply disruption following suspected attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
Two oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz were reportedly attacked on Thursday, which left one ablaze and adrift as sailors were evacuated from both.
The nation's largest public utility has agreed to dig up and remove about 12 million cubic yards of coal ash from unlined pits at a Tennessee coal-burning power plant.
Large-scale commercial composting could reduce food waste and lessen agriculture's contribution to climate change, a report by consumer groups said.
EPA has locked in a slate of long-term enforcement priorities that largely follows a draft outline released earlier this year but adds one more: combating "defeat devices" used to get around vehicle emissions controls.
June 13, 2019 1:23 PM SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - China's Environment Ministry has summoned the mayors of six northern Chinese cities to a meeting in Beijing to account for their failures to meet winter targets to cut smog, it said in a notice on Thursday (June 13).
Warmer weather cut heating demand while gusts boosted renewables, says National Grid Last winter was the greenest ever for the UK’s energy system after strong winds produced more renewable electricity and coal-fired power dwindled. The news came as SSE announced on Thursday that it will close its Fiddler’s Ferry coal-fired power station next year, which will leave the UK with five coal plants by 2020. SSE said the plant, which employs 158 people, was financially unsustainable. Continue reading...
The Maldives needs funds to be made available "without delay".
(Bloomberg) -- An attack on two oil tankers near the entrance to the Persian Gulf was likely done by a state actor, according to a U.S. official, heightening tensions over a potential military confrontation between the U.S. and Iran. Oil prices surged.
The past couple of years will likely go down in history as the ones when climate change really hit. Maybe also, however, as the ones in which people started to hit back. DW looks at some civil society victories.
Climate minister James Shaw meets new energy at the working end of a new electric rubbish truck introduced to Wellington yesterday
NEW ZEALAND'S partial ban on new oil and gas exploration is driving the electricity market away from...
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as tanker fires send crude prices soaring Oil tanker incident in Gulf of Oman Two tankers hit - Front Altair and Kokuka Courageous Oil jumps over 3%, lifting Brent crude to $62/barrel Tanker manager: Crew safe after suspected attacks 12.49pm BST The AFP newswire have also been told that Front Altair is still afloat, despite today’s attack on the tanker . They say: Norwegian tanker Front Altair was still afloat after a reported attack in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, the chief executive of the company that owns the vessel told AFP, denying reports it had sunk. “I can confirm that the vessel has NOT sunk,” Frontline chief executive Robert Hvide Macleod wrote in a text message to AFP. 12.23pm BST ...
At the bustling Mpondwe border post, a woman crossing from the Democratic Republic of Congo into Uganda is whisked away to an isolation unit after a thermal scanner picks up her high temperature. Health workers keep Mulefu Kyakimwa, a 32-year-old vegetable oil trader, under observation but later discharge her, once Ebola has been ruled out as the cause of her fever. The border post is on high alert after a family with suspected Ebola escaped isolation on the Congolese side and entered Uganda, where two of them died this week.
The British Antarctic Survey produces an exquisite new printed sheet map of Greenland and the European Arctic.
SCOTLAND has "smashed" its tree planting targets in a key plank of its battle with climate change.
The crew of two oil tankers were evacuated off the coast of Iran on Thursday after they were reportedly attacked and caught fire in the Gulf of Oman, sending world oil prices soaring. Iran said its navy had rescued 44 crew members. The mystery incident came amid spiralling tensions between Tehran and Washington.
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Ministers from the world's largest and most powerful nations will convene later this week in Nagano, Japan for the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth. The G20 has repeatedly affirmed its commitment to strong and sustainable growth, recognizing that "a strong...
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In late March Cyclone Idai carved a path of devastation across Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Malawi. It was the deadliest cyclone to hit the region in more than a century, others have even referred to it as “Africa’s Hurricane Katrina.” More than 1,000 people were killed. Many more saw their homes, food crops, and even entire […]
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Attacks on two oil tankers on Thursday in the Gulf of Oman left one ablaze and both adrift, shipping firms said, driving oil prices up 4% over worries about Middle East supplies.
A new natural gas pipeline into Europe from Russia is shaking up geopolitics. Nord Stream 2, as it’s called, worries leaders in Eastern Europe, has put German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the hot seat and has stirred the ire of U.S. President Donald Trump. Now the pipeline could become the target of new U.S. sanctions.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is stressing diplomacy in responding to suspected attacks on oil tankers near a Middle East shipping route and says American officials are reaching out to their foreign counterparts. Pompeo tells "Fox News Sunday" that intelligence officials have "lots of data, lots of evidence" tying Iran to alleged attacks on two oil tankers traveling near the Strait of Hormuz, a transit route for Arab oil shipments to Asia. Asked whether the United States might send troops in response, Pompeo notes that it's China and China's neighbors — not the U.S. — that could see a significant threat to their energy supplies from any attacks there.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in remarks published Sunday that the kingdom will not hesitate to confront Iranian threats to its security. He joined the US in accusing its bitter rival Iran of being behind the attacks on two oil tankers traveling near the Strait of Hormuz, a vital trade route for Arabian energy exports to Asia.
Iran's government has no plans to remove Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh from his post, a government spokesman said on Sunday, according to the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA).
Cyclone Vayu is likely to gradually weaken into a cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours before it recurves and crosses the Gujarat coast by Monday midnight as a depression, IMD said. North Gujarat and Saurashtra-Kutch regions are likely to receive widespread rainfall on Monday. On Tuesday, the entire state will receive fairly widespread rainfall, it said.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in remarks published Sunday that the kingdom will not hesitate to confront threats to its security and joined the U.S. in accusing its bitter rival Iran of being behind the attacks on two vessels traveling near the Strait of Hormuz, a vital trade route for Arabian energy exports in Asia. The U.S. has blamed Iran for the suspected attacks on two oil tankers, denouncing what it called a campaign of "escalating tensions". The U.S. alleges Iran used limpet mines to target the tankers, pointing to black-and-white footage it captured that American officials describe as Iranian Revolutionary Guard troops removing an unexploded mine from the Japanese-operated tanker Kokuka Courageous.
The Group of 20 major economies agreed on Sunday to create an international framework that calls on members to take voluntary steps to reduce plastic pollution in the ocean, one of the world’s most pressing environmental threats.The agreement came after a two-day meeting of G20 environment and energy ministers at which discussions also focused on energy security after attacks on two oil tankers in the Middle East that sparked a surge in oil prices.“Marine litter, especially marine plastic…
LONDON (Reuters) – Climate activism group Extinction Rebellion has postponed until later this year a plan to shut down Britain’s Heathrow Airport using drones and published on Sunday more details of the protest action in a bid to allay public safety fears. Last month aviation authorities went on the alert when the activists pledged to … Continued
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Climate change research? In this political environment??
Trump’s hawkish stance with Iran could prove too much for an already fragile world economy An oil price surge prompted by trouble in the Middle East inevitably conjures up memories of late 1973 when a more than quadrupling of the cost of crude ended the long post-war global economic boom. No question, the embargo organised by Opec during the Yom Kippur war was a game changer. The west had got used to oil prices of around $2 a barrel; within weeks it was paying $11 a barrel. Inflation soared, growth slowed, unemployment hit levels not seen since the 1930s. Continue reading...
Drastic restrictions on almost every aspect of people's lives, from the cars they drive, the way they heat their homes, to the fridges they buy -- even the food stored in them. That is the reality of what awaits us in 2050 if a UK government pledge to cut greenhouse emissions to "net zero" is to be met.
Southern African nation aiming to limit starvation and generate conservation funds Drought-hit Namibia has authorised the sale of at least 1,000 wild animals – including elephants and giraffes – to limit loss of life and generate US$1.1 million for conservation, the authorities confirmed Saturday. “Given that this year is a drought year, the [environment] ministry would like to sell various type of game species from various protected areas to protect grazing and at the same time to also generate much needed funding for parks and wildlife management,” the environment ministry spokesman Romeo Muyunda said. Continue reading...
Saudi Arabia called for swift action to secure Persian Gulf energy supplies and joined the United States in blaming Iran for attacks on two oil ...
The UN Charter of 1945 that granted permanent seats on the Security Council to the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China, did so shortly after the “big five” had emerged as victorious allies in World War II.Behind the decision was the belief that world peace could be kept only when every member of this influential group agreed to work together. The fact that within two decades of the war ending the five all went on to become nuclear powers served only to underline the foresight of…
New UK research predicts extremes of weather will hit food production Global heating could bring many more bouts of severe drought as well as increased flooding to Africa than previously forecast, scientists have warned. New research says the continent will experience many extreme outbreaks of intense rainfall over the next 80 years. These could trigger devastating floods, storms and disruption of farming. In addition, these events are likely to be interspersed with more crippling droughts during the growing season and these could also damage crop and food production. Continue reading...
Aurangabad civil surgeon Dr Surendra Prasad said at least 25 people died due to heatwave in the district. Nawada DM Kaushal Kumar confirmed death of three people due to heat stroke. One person has died in Gaya as well. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar expressed grief over the deaths and announced an ex gratia payment of Rs 4 lakh to the next of the kin of the deceased
A magnitude 7.4 earthquake has struck an arc of islands off New Zealand on Sunday, and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says it may cause only minor sea level changes in some coastal areas
Environment and energy ministers from the Group of 20 economies gathered in this resort town on Saturday to find innovative ways to combat emissions-driven climate ...
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Costa Rica Doubled Its Forest Cover In Just 30 Years!
Costa Rica has a long-standing commitment to the environment. The country is now one of the leading nations of sustainability , biodiversity, and other protections. The country’s first lady, urban planner Claudia Dobles, said in an interview with The New York Times that they plan to be completely fossil fuel free by 2050 and that achieving that goal would combat a “sense of negativity and chaos” in the face of global warming . “We need to start providing answers,” she said.
Which is exactly...
A depressing picture of global power generation has coal still firmly on top. And in a vicious cycle, the very heatwaves and winter freezes high carbon emissions cause seem to be increasing them The world’s largest sovereign wealth fund is preparing to leave fossil fuels behind. Last week, Norway’s parliament confirmed by unanimous vote that its $1tn sovereign wealth fund would dump $13bn of fossil fuel investments – and start investing billions in renewables. The move is designed to protect Norway’s state-owned investment fund from the decline in fossil fuels that will be vital if full-blown climate catastrophe is to be averted. Continue reading...
Crew members of oil tanker Front Altair that was attacked in Gulf of Oman land in Dubai after 2 days in Iran.
Yorkshire dairy by-products will be turned into renewable biogas to cut carbon emission The crumbly cheese beloved of TV duo Wallace and Gromit will soon help heat thousands of Yorkshire homes with renewable “green gas” made from cheese waste. The Wensleydale Creamery has struck a deal to supply the waste whey from its cheese factory to a local bioenergy plant that produces enough renewable biogas to heat 4,000 homes. The Leeming biogas plant, which currently runs on ice-cream residue, will use a process called anaerobic digestion to turn the dairy-based waste into renewable biogas. Continue reading...
Saudi Arabia called for swift action to secure Gulf energy supplies, after the United States blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers in a vital oil shipping route that have raised fears of broader confrontation in the region.
The Strait of Hormuz, sometimes described as the world’s most important oil choke point, is a gateway for almost a third of all crude oil and other petroleum products carried by tanker.
The United States on Friday blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers at the entrance to the Gulf and said it was seeking international ...
Energy ministers from the Group of 20 major economies have shared concerns over attacks on tankers in the Gulf and will collaborate to maintain stability in the oil market, Japan's Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko said on Saturday.
Former Greens leader says coalmine greenlight is not the end of the environmental battle Former Greens leader Bob Brown is undeterred in his campaign to stop the Adani coal mine in central Queensland, warning “we will make this international” at a protest in Canberra. Queensland’s environment department on Thursday signed off on the company’s plan to manage groundwater on and around its Galilee Basin mine site, allowing it to begin work on its Carmichael coal mine. Continue reading...
Shift from fossil fuels top of agenda for Paris air show, industry having lagged behind other sectors Faced with growing calls for action on the climate crisis, aerospace companies gathering for the Paris air show next week are turning their thoughts to a future run on electricity rather than fossil fuels. The scale of the challenge is considerable. The target for net zero carbon emissions by 2050, recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and embraced by the UK this week , coincides with the expectation that the number of flights will double in the next 20 years. Continue reading...
Ocean advocate highlights lack of action over South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands Boris Johnson did nothing to protect “the most important biodiversity hotspot on the planet,” while foreign secretary, according to the United Nations patron for the oceans. Lewis Pugh , who in his role raises awareness about the state of the world’s oceans, has worked with three of the rivals in the Tory leadership race – Michael Gove as environment secretary and both Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson as foreign secretaries – but highlighted Johnson’s lack of action. Continue reading...
June 15, 2019 3:37 AM WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US President Donald Trump's administration is focused on building international consensus following attacks on oil tankers in the Middle East that the United States has blamed on Iran, acting US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Friday (June 14).
Hong Kong will have to ban all fossil fuel vehicles, switch off air conditioning and seek “very close energy regional cooperation” to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050, according to a new paper set to engage the public in drafting a long-term strategy on the issue.But do not fret – the consultation also gives less stringent choices that will still reduce carbon emissions by 60 or 80 per cent from 2005 levels.Such reductions will mean annual carbon emissions per capita of 2 tonnes or 1 tonne…
At least 36 people have died in a heatwave in India, where temperatures this summer have reached their highest ever recorded, officials said. A month-long heatwave has gripped the nation, with northern cities and territories feeling the brunt of the scorching temperatures. In Delhi, temperatures have hit 118 degrees Fahrenheit, the highest ever recorded in...
A first intact head of a gigantic adult wolf, which died about 32,000 years ago and was preserved in permafrost has been found in the Russian Arctic, scientists have said.Covered with thick fur, the head was found by a local on the banks of the Tirekhtyakh River in Russia’s remote Arctic region of Yakutia last summer.It features a well-preserved brain, soft tissue and a set of powerful teeth and measures 41.5 centimetres (16 inches) in length.By comparison, the torso of a modern-day wolf is…
The blasts detonated far from the bustling megacities of Asia, but the attack this week on two tankers in the strategic Strait of Hormuz hits at the heart of the region's oil import-dependent economies. While the violence only directly jolted two countries in the region — one of the targeted ships was operated by a Tokyo-based company, a nearby South Korean-operated vessel helped rescue sailors — it will unnerve major economies throughout Asia. Officials, analysts and media commentators on Friday hammered home the importance of the Strait of Hormuz for Asia, calling it a crucial lifeline, and there was deep interest in more details about the still-sketchy attack and what the United States and Iran would do in the aftermath.
New York (AFP) - Oil prices rose again Friday in reaction to geopolitical tension, building on the previous day's surge sparked by blasts on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
Maybe Mann couldn't change the climate deniers' minds, but at least he got them to retract slanderous information about him.
Two years ago, it looked as if Hurricane Irma would make a direct hit to South Florida. Hundreds of thousands of people were ordered to leave their homes. Many did and found emergency shelters with no room and gridlocked traffic. Even when storms come and go within a day, recouping costs for local governments can take months and years. Last month, Miami-Dade County learned it would be getting $119 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It’s money the county already spent cleaning up debris left over from the storm. (Add in state funds, and Dade County should get about $150 million.) This year, forecasters are predicting a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season: they’re expecting up to 15 named storms – with at least two major hurricanes. On the South Florida Roundup, host Tom...
A new study by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) clarifies what influence major currents in the North Atlantic have on sea level along the northeastern United States. The study, published June 13 in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, examined both the strength of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC)—a conveyor belt of currents that move warmer waters north and cooler waters south in the Atlantic—and historical records of sea level in coastal New England.
"I've always said that we need multiple pipelines, not just one. One pipeline doesn't just get us the kind of certainty and diversity of markets that we need for Canadian energy."
In the Canadian Arctic, layers of permafrost that scientists expected to remain frozen for at least 70 years have already begun thawing. The once-frozen surface is now sinking and dotted with melt ponds and from above looks a bit like Swiss cheese, satellite images reveal.
There are fears the attack on two oil tankers in the Middle East could lead to a major conflict between the United States and Iran.The tankers were hit in suspected attacks in the Gulf of Oman and crews were evacuated, a month after...
The first intact head of a gigantic adult wolf, which died about 32,000 years ago and was preserved in permafrost, has been found in the Russian Arctic, scientists said.
ADVISORY: Press Call Featuring Caribbean Ministers on International Climate Action, European Council Decision
The findings of the IPCC 1.5 C report and the UN Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services were unequivocal: the climate crisis a clear and present danger to us all and its consequences will grow exponentially if urgent action is not taken. On June 20-21, European leaders meeting at the EU Council can decide to strengthen the EU’s 2030 target under the Paris...
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The United Nations drew attention this week for an article published by its environment program that criticized carbon offsets, a strategy the UN has supported for two decades. The headline: “Carbon offsets are not our get-out-of-jail free card.”
It came three weeks after ProPublica published a widely discussed investigation into how offsets related to forest preservation have not provided the promised carbon savings and instead have given polluters a guilt-free pass to keep emitting CO₂.
“Scientists, activists and concerned citizens have started to voice their concerns over how carbon offsets have been used by polluters as a free pass for inaction,” the UN article said.
Niklas Hagelberg, a senior program officer...
U.S. stocks ended nominally lower on Friday as investors awaited next week's Federal Reserve meeting for signs of imminent easing, while the U.S.-Iran confrontation in the Gulf of Oman added to geopolitical uncertainty, sending oil prices higher.
According to the study written by Boston University professor Neta Crawford, the Defense Department is the world's single largest consumer of oil.
U.S. President Donald Trump's administration is focused on building international consensus following attacks on oil tankers in the Middle East that the United States has blamed https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-attacks/trump-blames-iran-for-tanker-attacks-fears-of-confrontation-rise-idUSKCN1TF0CA on Iran, acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Friday.
June 14, 2019 3:35 PM BANGKOK (REUTERS) - More Indian cities need to implement heat action plans that include text-message alerts and cooling stations, to minimise deaths and illnesses related to rising temperatures, climate change experts and human rights activists said on Friday (June 14).
“Iran did do it, and you know they did it,” Trump said Friday during a phone interview with Fox News. The president’s comments follow American officials’ release of images they said show that Iran was involved in an attack on an oil tanker near the entrance to the Persian Gulf on Thursday, one of two incidents that have raised tensions between the U.S. and the Islamic Republic.
Iran’s foreign minister said US made allegations without ‘factual or circumstance evidence’ hours before Trump’s Fox News interview Donald Trump has blamed Iran for recent attacks on two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, describing the country is a “nation of terror”. Speaking with Fox News on Friday, the president rejected Tehran’s denials that it was involved in the attacks and cited a video released by US Central Command late Thursday purporting to show an Iranian vessel removing an unexploded mine from one of the tankers. Continue reading...
Oil company bosses have been rapped by the Pope for seeking more of the fossil fuels that are damaging the climate.
Equity markets lost ground on Friday as weak Chinese data stoked investor anxieties over a global growth slowdown and mounting fears of a U.S.-Iran confrontation added to geopolitical uncertainty, sending oil prices higher.
Cyclone Vayu is likely to recurve and hit the Kutch coast of Gujarat by June 17-18. Its intensity is likely to get reduced and it may hit the coast as a cyclonic storm or a deep depression. The govt has been alerted about the possible re-curvature of the cyclonic storm. The Cyclone had earlier changed course away from Gujarat on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday.
"Geoengineering is the process of artificially altering Earth's natural cycles. Such technologies are increasingly being discussed as potential ways to address climate change." LINK
"Human rights are often invoked for guiding policy development, especially internationally. Although this occurs in the case of solar geoengineering, it is uncommon to see much beyond a few vague phrases, such as pointing to the need to proceed consistently with human rights. How might human rights help shape the governance of solar geoengineering?" LINK
[Shabelle] Somalia said Thursday it is tackling environmental degradation which is closely linked to desertification, drought and unsustainable livestock and agricultural practice.
An environmental group sued the Trump administration yesterday for failing to designate critical habitat for two species of seals that rely on sea ice off Alaska's northwest coast.
Officials say vandals have etched an image of an eye onto a sandstone rock formation at Utah's Capitol Reef National Park.
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar is facing mounting pressure from home-state environmentalists to oppose a proposed $3 billion oil pipeline across the state's northern tier.
The top senators on the Environment and Public Works Committee have introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would require EPA to take a number of steps to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
Filed under: News, Environment, Science & Tech WASHINGTON (AP) — A Trump administration national security official has sought help from advisers to a think tank that disavows climate change to challenge widely accepted scientific findings on global warming, according to his emails.Read more... Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
Environmentalists say opening up Queensland’s Galilee Basin ignores global climate goals Environmentalists have described as reckless the decision by the Australian government to grant the Indian mining company Adani the final approvals it needs to start work on a huge coalmine in Queensland. The project, which received the green light on Thursday to commence initial construction, would open up the Galilee Basin, one of the last known untapped coal reserves on earth. Continue reading...
Egypt’s Spokesperson for the Presidency Ahmed Hafez asserted on Friday that Egypt was deeply concerned about the explosion of two oil tankers on Thursday in the Gulf of Oman. The explosion left one tanker ablaze and both adrift. Hafez clarified that Egypt has been following the situation and waiting for the conclusion of investigations on … Continued
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The issue with burning fossil fuels in vehicles is that when the fuels burn, carbon dioxide is produced and released into the air contributing to pollution. Researchers are at work on synthetic fuels that are known as carbon-neutral fuels that would be better for the environment. Chemists working on these synthetic fuels recently made a significant breakthrough. The breakthrough is … Continue reading
[IPS] Kasese -As climate change leads to increased temperatures in East Africa, a thicket of invasive thorny trees with the ability to withstand harsh climatic conditions have begun threatening Uganda's second-largest park, home to a rare breed of tree climbing lions and one of the highest concentrations of primates in the world.
[IPS] Harare -In late March Cyclone Idai carved a path of devastation across Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Malawi. It was the deadliest cyclone to hit the region in more than a century, others have even referred to it as "Africa's Hurricane Katrina." More than 1,000 people were killed. Many more saw their homes, food crops, and even entire villages washed away.
By analyzing the makeup of lemurs' gut microbiome, scientists can predict which species are most vulnerable to deforestation.
Pope Francis warned oil executives on Friday that a “radical energy transition” to clean, low-carbon power sources is needed to stave off global warming as he pressed his environmental message in a closed-door Vatican summit.
Lewisham campaigners block three roads into city centre to highlight ‘air pollution crisis’ Environmental protesters stopped traffic on three main roads into central London from the south-east on Friday morning in protest over the “air pollution crisis” in the area. The protesters, organised by a local chapter of the Extinction Rebellion group , blocked traffic on the A20 near Lewisham station, A205 South Circular in Catford and the A2 in Deptford during the morning rush hour. Continue reading...
Attacks on two oil tankers on Thursday in the Gulf of Oman left one ablaze and both adrift, shipping firms said, driving oil prices up 4% over worries about Middle East supplies. - REUTERS
Iran warned the United States Friday against blaming Tehran for new attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, saying the U.S. accusations are "worrying."
Pope Francis said on Friday that carbon pricing is "essential" to stem global warming - his clearest statement yet in support of penalizing polluters - and appealed to climate change deniers to listen to science.
[Foroyaa] James F.P. Gomez, the Minister of Fisheries and Water Resources said experts have predicted that a rise in sea levels to one meter, will sink close to 10 percent of the country's landmass including some hotels and infrastructures in Banjul.
The U.S. has to re-establish its own credibility on climate change before it can tell others what to do.
World oil prices rose Thursday following apparent attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman, worsening frayed tensions in the crude-rich Middle East region.The ...
Two more activists join protest on North Sea rig in Cromarty Firth as others appear in court Greenpeace has escalated its protests against BP by putting two more activists on a North Sea rig in the Cromarty Firth, hours after the police removed other activists. The environmental campaign group said two activists boarded the Transocean rig at 4am on Friday, six days after the first two climbed on in a protest at BP’s plans to use the rig to expand its drilling operations in the Vorlich field of the North Sea. Continue reading...
Oil prices rose as much as 4% on Thursday following attacks on two tanker ships off the coast of Iran, which the U.S. has blamed on Tehran.
Researchers calculate that the electricity required for the virtual currency bitcoin generates as much carbon dioxide as a city like Las Vegas.
Working in South Africa at the end of apartheid sparked an interest in solar energy for David Hochschild, who chairs the California Energy Commission.
U.S. stocks edged higher in midday trading yesterday on Wall Street as a rise in oil prices boosted energy companies following a suspected attack on two oil tankers in the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
Vice President Mike Pence stumped for President Trump's legislative proposal yesterday to address a $16 billion public lands backlog with revenue from energy leases during a trip to Yellowstone National Park.
KARUIZAWA, Japan — As environment and energy ministers gather here to discuss climate change and a global energy transition, environmentalists are balking at the host nation's ongoing support for coal.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Two oil tankers came under a suspected attack near the strategic Strait of Hormuz yesterday, with one of them set ablaze, and the US blamed Iran in what it called a campaign of “escalating tensions” in a region crucial to global energy supplies.
The state has just had its warmest spring on record, causing permafrost to thaw and dramatically reshaping some areas A city in western Alaska has lost a huge stretch of riverbank to erosion that may turn it into an island, amid renewed warnings from scientists over the havoc triggered by the accelerating melting of the state’s ice and permafrost. Residents of the small city of Akiak were alarmed to find the Kuskokwim River suddenly much closer to housing after approximately 75ft to 100ft of riverbank disappeared over the course of just a few hours. Continue reading...
June 14, 2019 5:00 AM SYDNEY • Australia yesterday approved the construction of a controversial coal mine near the Great Barrier Reef, paving the way for a dramatic and unfashionable increase in coal exports.
Bill McKibben, a U.S. author and leading figure in global climate activism, has challenged adults to join a youth-led general strike in September, saying bold action may yet prevent civilization being cut off "at the knees."
China's foreign ministry said on Friday that all sides should exercise restraint following attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
The world should take up the challenge to boost the use of hydrogen as a potentially emissions-free source of energy, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Friday in its first major report on the fuel.
The US military released a video on Friday that it says shows Iran's Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded mine from one of the oil tankers targeted near the Strait of Hormuz. It suggested the Iran had sought to remove evidence of its involvement from the scene. US Central Command also released photographs showing the apparent mine, which attaches to the side of a ship magnetically. Release of the classified black-and-white images showed US determination to convince the international community that Iran was responsible for Thursday's attacks on the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous, and the Norwegian-owned Front Altair. However, the Japanese operator of Kokuka Courageous said the crew saw "flying objects" just before the attack, suggesting the tanker was damaged by something...
ACT energy minister slams Federal Government on climate and energy, joining NSW minister and ESB chair Kerrie Schott calling for a coherent approach to clean energy transition.
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Asian stocks sagged on Friday ahead of key Chinese data that could provide more clues on how heavily the U.S.-Sino trade war is weighing on the economy, while oil prices were supported by supply concerns after attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
Battery storage is entering the mainstream: in households and streetscapes, and with renewables and as "virtual" transmission lines.
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At least 11 million people around the world held jobs across the renewables sector, from manufacturing and trading to installation.
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The US military has released video it says shows Iran’s Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded mine from one of the oil tankers attacked Thursday near the Strait of Hormuz. The grainy black and white footage shows a small barge, believed to be a Revolutionary Guard patrol boat, with at least half a dozen people aboard,...
New photos show US Navy sailors treating crewmembers rescued from one of the oil tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday. Some of the 21 crewmembers who’d been traveling on the Japanese tanker Kokuka Courageous can be seen wearing orange life vests as they’re checked out by Navy personnel aboard the destroyer USS...
Asian stocks were subdued on Friday ahead of key Chinese data that could provide more clues on how heavily the U.S.-Sino trade war is weighing on the economy, while oil prices were supported by supply concerns after attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
Replacing and refurbishing old coastal pumps to brace for sea level rise could cost South Florida tens of missions of dollars per year over the next decade. In a report to South Florida Water Management District governing board members on Thursday, district hydrology chief Aki Owosina said a review of the 16-county agency found that 26 of the 36 coastal pumps would likely fail to do their job or be in danger of not working. The most vulnerable were in Miami-Dade, Broward and Collier counties. While new sea level projections mean the district needs to update its findings, preliminary estimates put the cost for fixing them at $25 million and $70 million each year, he said. "To implement a project like this is not cheap," Owosina said. The district is also planning on hiring a chief resiliency...
Iran’s UN Mission said Thursday that they “categorically reject” the assertion by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that they’re responsible for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. In a statement, the mission added that the country is committed to safe maritime passage and maintaining peace in the region. “Iran stands ready...
Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: Now, oil prices had been falling for months due to a glut of crude. Many analysts said a slowing global economy would reduce demand for oil. But the attacks on these two tankers sent oil prices up sharply. NPR's Jim Zarroli looks at why that is and whether that upward climb will last. JIM ZARROLI, BYLINE: There is no more important waterway for the energy industry than the 21-mile-wide Strait of Hormuz. It links the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, and oil-rich countries such as Saudi Arabia use it to send their oil around the world. Roger Diwan is an oil analyst at IHS Markit. ROGER DIWAN: It's really the main chokepoint of oil exports in the world. It's about 16, 17 million barrels of crude oil go through that every day. ZARROLI:...
The U.S. government is juicing up its weather forecasting power. This week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that it has upgraded its main weather forecasting model, called the Global Forecast System. "Virtually any aspect of the weather forecast — whether it is temperature or precipitation — will see overall improvement with this upgrade," Brian Gross, director of the Environmental Modeling Center at the National Weather Service, said during a conference call with reporters. NOAA scientists say the new system will also be better at predicting major weather events such as hurricanes by more accurately predicting a storm's path and intensity. To make such improvements, NOAA's Global Forecast System is getting a new engine, or "dynamical core," called the Finite-Volume...
Iran’s U.N. Mission says Iran “categorically rejects” U.S. claims it was responsible for latest oil tanker incidents
Britain is working on the basis that Iran is responsible for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, and warned Iran that these actions were "deeply unwise", Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said.
US secretary of state accuses Tehran of ‘lashing out’ Iran denies responsibility for early-morning attack The US has blamed Iran for an early-morning assault on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman, which ended a Japanese mediation effort and raised fears over the safety of vessels through the key oil artery to the west, the Strait of Hormuz. Related: Oil tanker attacks will inflame conflict between the US, its allies and Iran Continue reading...
Britain shares the U.S. government's assessment that Iran is to blame for two attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, a government source said.
A new study finds that Siberia will be much more hospitable to human life under global warming.
Attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman and on a Saudi airport are a 'major and dangerous escalation' that requires the international community to scramble to protect regional stability and security, the United Arab Emirates' Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said on Thursday.
Egypt condemned on Thursday any acts that undermine the safety of waterways in the Gulf region, the foreign ministry said, after two oil tankers were attacked and left adrift in the Gulf of Oman.
Click on this image, acquired by NASA's Aqua satellite, to watch an animation of sea ice flowing through the Nares Strait from April 19 to May 11, 2019. This flow usually doesn't begin until June or July. (Or click on this link. Source: NASA Worldview via NSIDC)
With Arctic temperatures running well above average in May, sea ice in the region continued its long-term decline, finishing with the second lowest extent for the month.
And since then, things have gotten worse.
On June 10, A
Plans for airport expansion and new roads lead to mayor being accused of ‘empty rhetoric’ The mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has pledged to make the region carbon neutral by 2038,more than a decade earlier than the target date adopted by the European commission, at the unveiling of a new industrial strategy. But Burnham was quickly accused of peddling “empty rhetoric” because of the regional authorities’ majority stake in Manchester airport, which aims to double passenger numbers over the next 20 years, and plans to spend £6bn on new roads. Continue reading...
Office of Special Counsel recommends White House aide be removed due to violations of Hatch Act, which requires certain activities be nonpartisan Sign up to the US briefing and get a new perspective 6.09pm BST TIME's new cover: The leaders of these sinking countries are fighting to stop climate change. Here's what the rest of the world can learn https://t.co/lLHeaREycm pic.twitter.com/NBEzO3WLSV Worth looking at the excellent pictures from this Time magazine story: The journey to the Fijian village of Vunidogoloa is arduous. It requires a flight across the Pacific to the nation’s remote international transit hub, a 140-mile connection on a rickety 19-seat plane to a smaller island, an hourlong drive past other rural villages and finally a short walk guided by a man with...
Third climate activist charged with disorderly conduct as occupation enters fifth day Another Greenpeace activist who boarded a North Sea oil rig off Inverness has appeared in court charged with disorderly conduct, following appearances by two protesters who were ordered to leave Scotland. Police meanwhile appeared to be preparing to seize and arrest the last two protesters on the rig, which has been hired by BP to drill for oil in the Vorlich field. Late on Thursday afternoon, two police boats appeared next to the rig as oil workers began lowering it into the water, to bring the protesters closer to the surface of the water. Continue reading...
Cyclone Vayu has spared Gujarat as it moves away from the state coast and towards Oman. Even though the "eye of the storm" is away from land, the cyclone's outer periphery would leave its impact on the coast, officials said. The danger of heavy winds and rain in coastal areas continued. Three lakh people have already been evacuated from low-lying areas to safer places.
U.S. stocks rose on Thursday after two days of declines, as energy shares rebounded with oil on concerns of a supply disruption following attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
Oil futures rose on Thursday after attacks on two tankers off the coast of Iran, while the U.S. Treasury yield curve steepened and stocks rose following economic data seen as strengthening the case for the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates this year.
The plan is now open to comment from the public from June 13 to July 12 before it will be sent to Ottawa for review.
The cryptocurrency is responsible for the same amount of carbon dioxide emissions as the city of Las Vegas, research says.
About 40,000 years ago, a wolf died in what we know as Siberia. Now, its severed head has been found.
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The record-breaking 2018 summer heatwave in Japan in which more than 1,000 people died “could not have happened without human-induced global warming”, a study finds.
And the extreme heat felt in Japan last summer could “become a usual situation” within the next few decades as temperatures continue to rise, the authors say.
The research is the latest in “ attribution science”, a field that aims to quantify the “fingerprint” of climate change on extreme weather events, such as heatwaves, floods and droughts.
It follows analysis published in December which found that climate change made the UK 2018 summer heatwave up to 30 times more likely.
The study is “very...
Enormous holes in the Antarctic winter ice pack have popped up sporadically since the 1970s, but the reason for their formation has been largely mysterious.
"Virtually any aspect of the weather forecast — whether it is temperature, or precipitation — will see overall improvement with this upgrade," a National Weather Service scientist said.
Government clean air strategy failing to control increasing emissions that add to ‘hidden killer’ of air pollution Revealed: UK government failing to tackle ammonia pollution Testing reveals hotspots at UK farms Earlier this year, the government produced its first comprehensive clean air strategy, the result of years of campaigning , public outcry and finally a series of court actions ending in victory for activist lawyers over resistant ministers. For the first time, that strategy promised action on the key role that ammonia plays in the cycle of air pollution – previous pronouncements on air pollution concentrated on transport and industrial emissions. Continue reading...
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An unexploded device, believed to be a limpet mine, was spotted on the side of one of two oil tankers attacked on Thursday in the Gulf of Oman, a U.S. official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Two oil tankers were attacked on Thursday and left adrift in the Gulf of Oman, driving up oil prices and stoking fears of a new confrontation between Iran and the United States, which blamed Tehran for the incident.
Rising tensions after tanker attacks near the Hormuz Strait threaten the liquefied natural gas trade too.
The latest audit of Bitcoin's carbon footprint suggests the digital currency is responsible for 22 megatons of CO2 emissions annually.
Why Does the Paris Climate Agreement Need a Rulebook? 7 Questions and Answers Comments|Add Comment|PrintNegotiators at COP24 agreed on a rulebook for the Paris Climate Agreement. Photo by UN Climate Change.
The adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015 was a historic moment for the global response to climate change. The Paris Agreement solidified long-term, international goals to tackle the climate crisis: to hold global temperature rise well below 2 degrees C and aim to limit it to 1.5 degrees...
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Two oil tankers were attacked on Thursday and left adrift in the Gulf of Oman, driving up oil prices and stoking fears of a new confrontation between Iran and the United States.
Crude oil futures surged more than 4% on Thursday after two tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman, a key waterway used to transport energy supplies from the Middle East.
The Alaska House yesterday rejected a proposal to pay residents full dividend checks of around $3,000 this year from the state's oil-wealth fund, setting the stage for another special session and a potential showdown with Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R).
Two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz were damaged in suspected attacks today, leaving one ablaze and the other adrift and forcing sailors to evacuate in the latest mysterious incident involving tankers amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran.
Democratic presidential hopeful John Hickenlooper said he wants to implement a tax on carbon dioxide emissions and put hundreds of billions of dollars toward efforts like international climate change financing and infrastructure.
China’s environment ministry has summoned the mayors of six northern cities to a meeting in Beijing to account for their failures to meet winter targets to cut smog.Average air quality worsened significantly in much of northern China over the winter compliance period from October to March, prompting concerns the country’s “war on pollution” was losing steam amid an economic slowdown.The cities named by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment on Thursday were Baoding and Langfang in the steel…
Solar power could help Britain achieve its new climate goal more efficiently than many politicians realize if the government adopts policies to unlock faster growth, a leading solar company said on Thursday, citing new research.
Paleontologists have discovered the remains of an ancient Loch Ness Monster look-alike in freezing Antarctica. And just like the legendary Nessie, it wasn't the runt of the litter.
Oil spikes on attacks, but remain at 5-month low
The suspected attacks on two tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, between Iran and Oman, has renewed concerns about the vulnerability of world energy supplies to military tensions in a highly volatile region. About a fifth of all oil traded around the world goes through a body of water just 2 miles wide, so any conflict that threatens tankers could cause huge disruption to crude supplies for energy-hungry countries, particularly in Asia. Two oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz suffered suspected attacks on Thursday.
U.S. stocks continued their climb on Thursday after two days of declines as energy shares gained on higher oil prices following suspected attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
Oil futures jumped on Thursday after suspected attacks on two tankers off the coast of Iran, while U.S. Treasury yields edged lower as economic data seemed to strengthen the case for the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates this year.
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Two oil tankers were attacked and left adrift on Thursday in the Gulf of Oman, driving up oil prices and stoking fears of a new confrontation between Iran and the United States.
LONDON (Reuters) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said two oil tanker incidents in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday were “suspicious” and called for regional dialogue to avoid tensions. Zarif tweeted that “reported attacks on Japan-related” oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman had taken place while Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was … Continued
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Iran's supreme leader said Thursday that the U.S. would be powerless to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and said no further negotiations with American leaders are forthcoming.“America could not do anything” to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, although the state terror sponsor is not currently seeking them, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reportedly told Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, who was visiting Tehran in an effort to ease tensions between Iran and the U.S.Tehran “will in no way repeat” negotiations with the U.S., Khamenei reportedly also told Abe. "We have no doubt about your good will and seriousness, but . . . I don’t regard Trump as deserving any exchange of messages and have no response for him and will give no response."Meanwhile, two oil tankers -- laden...
Australia approved Thursday the construction of a controversial coal mine near the Great Barrier Reef, paving the way for a dramatic and unfashionable increase in coal exports. Queensland’s government said it had accepted a groundwater management plan for the Indian-owned Adani Carmichael mine — the last major legal hurdle before construction can begin. The project, … Continued
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There isn’t solid evidence hail has increased due to climate change, although scientists say it could grow bigger in the future.
Central banks should take into account climate change risks not only as part of ensuring financial stability but also when setting monetary policy, ECB policymaker Francois Villeroy de Galhau said on Thursday.
Oil prices surge after suspected tanker attack Two tankers reportedly damaged by explosions Iran: 'Suspicious doesn't begin to describe this morning' Almost 50 sailors rescued from tankers Two oil tankers were hit in a suspected attack in the Gulf of Oman early on Thursday, causing oil prices to surge and raising the already heightened tensions in the Middle East. The tankers were struck in the same area where the US accused Iran of using naval mines to sabotage four other oil ships in an attack last month. One of the tankers is carrying "Japan-related" cargo, and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameneni is meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tehran. As the news filtered from the Gulf, Iran's Foreign Minister tweeted in English that, "suspicious...
Sailors evacuated from two tankers in distress near the strategic Strait of Hormuz Two oil tankers have been hit in suspected attacks in the Gulf of Oman and the crews have been evacuated, a month after a similar incident in which four tankers in the region were struck. The US Navy’s fifth fleet said it was assisting the tankers, which issued distress calls from off the coast of the United Arab Emirates near the strategic Strait of Hormuz. Continue reading...
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