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Arab Leaders Agree to Form Unified Military Force

Arab chiefs of staff will work out the details of the joint force, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said in announcing the decision at an Arab League meeting in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. League Secretary General Nabil El-Arabi said the military chiefs will be invited to meet within a month, and a specific timetable will be set to map out the force’s formation. “We will work together to develop collective mechanisms necessary to protect Arab national security,” El-Sisi said. The decision capped a two-day session in the Red Sea resort town dominated by the Yemen crisis, chaos in Libya and the mounting threat posed by militants. The idea has long been touted by Arabs, though regional rivalries have repeatedly stymied efforts to set up such a force among the league’s 22 member nations. El-Sisi has been promoting the idea for months, in part amid ...

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The Biochar Moment

""You want to be a billionaire? Solve a billion-person problem."  -- Peter Diamandis"   photo by Doug Clayton We are meeting with government officials of X country. X has a serious dilemma, one which is not uncommon in this era, and which will become the norm for most countries very soon. X is throwing vast sums — 60 billion this year — into finding oil. It does not consider the dilemma of what happens if it finds the oil and then cannot drill and sell it because to do so would be counterproductive to survival of life on the planet. It does not consider what might happen if it were extraordinarily lucky in its exploration and happened upon such great wealth that it attracted the interest of militarily powerful and ambitious neighbors. It does not consider the potential downside of a boom and bust cycle a ...

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Kurdistan has world’s 8th oil and gas reserves

DOR Organization for Kurdistan Oil and Gas Information has recently published a report about Kurdistan Region's oil and gas sector and announced that Kurdistan Region is the world's 8th in terms of its oil and gas reserves, and that it will be last place in the world to run out of oil DOR Organization for Kurdistan Oil and Gas Information has recently published a report about Kurdistan Region?s oil and gas sector and announced that Kurdistan Region is the world?s 8th in terms of its oil and gas reserves, and that it will be last place in the world to run out of oil According to the report the Region will export 1.65 million barrels of oil and 10 billion cubic feet of natural gas during the year 2016. The report is written by Dr. Ghalib Mohammed Ali, head of the Oil and ...

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Saudi Arabia wants nuclear weapons

Saudi Arabia will not rule out building or acquiring nuclear weapons, the country’s ambassador to the United States has indicated. Asked whether Saudi Arabia would ever build nuclear weapons in an interview with US news channel CNN, Adel Al-Jubeir said the subject was “not something we would discuss publicly”. Pressed later on the issue he said: “This is not something that I can comment on, nor would I comment on.” The ambassador’s reticence to rule out a military nuclear programme may reignite concerns that the autocratic monarchy has its eye on a nuclear arsenal. Western intelligence agencies believe that the Saudi monarchy paid for up to 60% of Pakistan’s nuclear programme in return for the ability to buy warheads for itself at short notice, the Guardian newspaper reported in 2010. The two countries maintain close relations and are sometimes said to have a special relationship; ...

Fukushima — A litany of failures costing hundreds of millions thumbnail

Fukushima — A litany of failures costing hundreds of millions

Four years after the earthquake and resulting tsunami that killed 18,000 people and destroyed the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plan in Japan, the tragedy is far from being over. Despite the litany of failures in cleaning up the mess, Japan carries on. The daunting task of cleanup at the Fukushima nuclear power plant site, where three of six reactors melted down, and one other is badly damaged, has been an ongoing chore that seems to have no end. And to add insult to injury, Japanese government auditors revealed this past week that over one-third of the $2.0 billion of taxpayer money earmarked for the cleanup has been wasted. But believe it or not, tourists are beginning to return to the area as radiation fears have faded, perhaps due to positive information being issued to the public by government officials, and there are ...

Alternative Energy

Assessing our rapidly changing world of energy

Stanford University's Sally Benson long ago became involved with research about carbon capture and storage. The technology, still unperfected, is crucial if America's vast coal reserves are to continue to be used without producing atmospheric greenhouse gases. Benson, right, now director of Stanford's Precourt Institute for Energy — a hub for many of Stanford's 200 faculty members involved in energy studies — agreed to an interview with Allen Best during the recent Vail Global Energy Forum about disruptive technologies, the boom in oil and gas production, and the need to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Allen Best: In the world of energy, what is the most feel-good story that you see? Sally Benson: The really rapid growth of solar PV (photovoltaic). It's extraordinary. It's all around the world. In California, which I watch very closely, it's amazing that in the middle of ...

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What If the Oil Runs Out?

Peak oil, an event based on M. King Hubbert's theory, is the point in time when the maximum rate of extraction of petroleum is reached, after which the rate of production is expected to enter terminal decline. Peak oil theory is based on the observed rise, peak, (sometimes rapid) fall, and depletion of aggregate production rate in oil fields over time. Mostly due to the development of new production techniques and the exploitation of unconventional supplies, Hubbert's original predictions for world production proved premature. Peak oil is often confused with oil depletion; peak oil is the point of maximum production, while depletion refers to a period of falling reserves and supply.

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California’s Water Crisis – Get Out While You Can

Groundwater records should not be kept confidential in drought-stricken California “Imagine having two bank accounts with money for your everyday needs, only one of them – the one you draw from when the primary account runs low – is a virtual black box. You really have no idea what the balance is, and there is no record of deposits and withdrawals. This is how water is managed in California, with 38mn people and the world’s eighth largest economy. In years of “normal” precipitation, the semi-arid state gets most of its water supply from winter rain and spring snowmelt. However, when this “primary account” of surface water supply dwindles during droughts, farms and communities rely heavily on a mystery account called groundwater, which truly is out of sight and, unfortunately, out of mind. Few people have information about the underground stores that provide ...

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U.S. and Iran Fighting Islamic State in Iraq

Michael Weiss discusses the U.S. and Iran fighting Islamic State in Iraq and the funding of Islamic State. He speaks with Alix Steel on "Street Smart."

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Alternative Energy

Peak oil also means peak renewables

Mainstream experts on energy promote some incredible beliefs. Today I was reminded just how fantastical are their beliefs by a conversation on Twitter with oil analyst Thina Saltvedt. She claims that thanks to technological progress, renewables can be scaled up at the same time as fossil fuels are scaled down. She doesn't dispute that peak oil will happen, and we even agree that peak demand will probably happen first, but we have very different beliefs about what this means for the future of industrial civilization. According to the mainstream narrative, peak demand is nothing to worry about. By this logic, the prices of oil and other commodities are now dropping because we no longer need so much of these materials -- and if we did, prices would surely rise again to enable extraction. I have explained in a series of posts why ...

Conservation of Living Resources in a Post-Peak Oil World thumbnail Conservation of Living Resources in a Post-Peak Oil World
Several years ago I was working as a biological consultant to the U.S. Fish ...
Enviroment UN Agency Lobbies African and Asian Nations to Have Fewer Children
Even while many countries are grappling with fertility decline, aging populations, and even loss ...
Why Oil Could Be Facing A 20-Year Bear Market thumbnail Why Oil Could Be Facing A 20-Year Bear Market
In the past, the usual “oil crisis” was caused by self-serving news items of ...
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Researchers at MIT and Stanford University have developed a new kind of solar cell ...

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