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News from October 2009

'Right to dry' could wean Americans off consumption

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EARLIER this year, a company called National Clothespin of Montpelier, Vermont, mothballed its manufacturing equipment. As a result, there is no longer a single manufacturer of wooden clothes pegs in the US, even though that peculiarly American sect, the Shakers, invented them. National Clothespin now imports clothes pegs from China so it can inscribe cutesy […]


Ricardo to Develop Fuel Efficient Vehicle for U.S. Army

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Ricardo, Inc., the US subsidiary of Ricardo plc, the leading independent provider of technology, product innovation and engineering solutions to the world’s automotive, defense, transport and new energy industries, has been awarded a contract for the development of a new vehicle under the Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator (FED) program launched by TARDEC, the U.S. […]


12 dead, over 200 injured in Indian Oil depot fire in Jaipur

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A massive fire erupted on Thursday night at Indian Oil Coporation’s fuel depot in Sitapura industrial area on the outskirts of the city killing 12 persons and injuring over 200, police and state officials said. Union Petroleum Minister Murli Deora who has left for Jaipur along with six experts said, “The fire is massive. We […]


SEG: Saleri says oil, gas key in new energy era

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HOUSTON — The world has entered a new energy era in which overall energy efficiency and oil recovery efficiency will improve, environmental harmony will grow, and oil, gas, and coal will continue to dominate. That is the view of Nansen Saleri, founder, president, and chief executive officer of Quantum Reservoir Impact LLC, Houston, and a […]


Higher temperatures will harm many crops, report says

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WASHINGTON — Global warming would be bad news for all those amber waves of grain, and for the corn and soybeans that are plentiful throughout the Midwest. “The grain-filling period” — the time when the seed grows and matures — “of wheat and other small grains shortens dramatically with rising temperatures. Analysis of crop responses […]


Oil companies give cool outlook

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LONDON (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp, Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Eni SpA dashed hopes for an imminent turnaround for the oil industry, saying sluggish economic recovery was weighing on energy demand and prices. The three posted big drops in quarterly earnings on Thursday after crude oil and natural gas prices plummeted and refining margins […]


Saudi move is bid to realign oil market: John Kemp

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Saudi Aramco’s decision to abandon a light sweet oil benchmark closely linked to NYMEX futures as the basis for crude sales to U.S. customers reflects growing frustration with its performance over the last two years. While it will not imperil NYMEX’s status as the main forum for oil futures trading, it will increase pressure on […]


Methane

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The effects of a critical greenhouse gas on global warming have been significantly underestimated, according to research suggesting that emissions controls and climate models may need to be revised Methane When this indirect effect of the potent greenhouse gas is included one tonne of methane has about 33 times as much effect on the climate […]


New rechargeable zinc-air batteries coming soon

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(PhysOrg.com) — A new breed of rechargeable zinc-air batteries is soon to be available, and may replace lithium-ion batteries in cell phones, laptops and other consumer items. Lithium-ion batteries store only a third of the energy and cost around twice as much as the new batteries. The Swiss company ReVolt, from Staefa, plans to release […]


Saudi oil policy not hostage to Iran worries

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BEIRUT – Saudi Arabia might seek to brake any new oil price spike, mainly to protect a fragile global economy and prolong its own role as the world But a Saudi government adviser, who asked not to be named, said the price had reached


Shell says would fight Chinese grab in Nigeria

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LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) will fight any possible efforts by the Nigerian government to hand control of its Nigerian fields to Chinese oil companies, the Anglo-Dutch oil major’s chief financial officer said on Thursday. “One thing you probably will have seen, and can be sure of, is that both ourselves and […]


Peak Oil Is A Serious Business Contingency Planning Issue

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Many decision makers in business and government continue to erroneously believe that peak oil is a “theory” that will not substantially affect them or their organizations, at least not any time in the near future. Accordingly, they continue to drag their feet when it comes to adjusting to the new reality of declining petroleum supplies. […]


Least stressful jobs

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Feeling overworked and overwhelmed? Maybe it’s time for a career change to one of these 10 fields from Money and PayScale.com’s list of America’s best jobs.

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The Next Economic Crisis, Spiralling Inflation

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…The world Peak Oil is not someone


Saudi Aramco

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Remember those problems WTI crude had earlier this year with Cushing delivery? Remember how they cast a doubt on the grade …This is a massive blow to Nymex and its WTI futures listing. Ultimately, their fear is that a new futures product will have to take its place when trading liquidity shifts into Argus


Iran May Evade U.S. Sanctions as U.A.E. Delivers Fuel

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(Bloomberg) — A U.S. effort to pressure Iran into nuclear concessions by curbing gasoline imports may have little impact because the United Arab Emirates and other countries are willing to keep shipping fuel to the Islamic Republic. About $2.8 billion worth of gasoline passes through the U.A.E. to Iran each year, amounting to 75 percent […]


Byron King: Peak Oil

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We should expect a global oil shock by 2012 As I discussed in yesterday


Turmoil from climate change poses security risks

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WASHINGTON It is a bleak picture of national security that backers of a climate bill in Congress hope will draw in reluctant Republicans who have denounced the bill as an energy tax and jobs killer because it would shift the country away from fossil fuels by limiting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and industrial […]


John Michael Greer: Why Markets Fail

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It Those of my readers with a taste for wry humor may well have found all this as entertaining as I did. Still, this week


EU Starts Clampdown On Gas-Guzzling Vans

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The auto industry should stop selling its most gas-guzzling vans and minibuses in the European U-nion by 2016 or face fines, the EU’s executive arm said on Wednesday. The deadline would be four years later than first envisaged after powerful auto makers pushed hard for a delay until the EU’s 27 member states have recovered […]


Powermeter: Google's household energy monitor arrives in UK

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Google may be best known for helping you find things on the web, but the online search company’s latest move is a bid to make futuristic low-energy eco-homes a reality. Launching for the first time in the UK today, Google Powermeter is an online tool that allows householders to monitor their home’s energy use and […]


China leads solar home revolution

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Gazing across the Chinese urban cityscape, one quickly notices many strange tubular devices dotting the rooftops of many residential buildings. These are solar water heaters. Solar water heaters rank among the world’s fastest-growing applications of solar thermal technology. According to the WorldWatch institute, the solar thermal heating sector expanded worldwide in 2007 at its highest […]


Wind Turbines Don't Kill Birds; Coal Plants Do

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A study from the National Research Council last year tallied bird kills from total anthropogenic bird deaths, and found collisions with wind turbines comprised a minute fraction of human interaction bird deaths. Only 3 out of 100,000 anthropogenic bird deaths were from turbines. Cats and buildings had a far higher kill rate. Nevertheless The Heartland […]


Report: Clean Coal More Costly

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Clean coal would add 78 percent to the price of electricity, according to a report released Wednesday from the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute. The institute, established by the Australian government, includes the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan among its members. Without policies and legislation to assign a value to carbon dioxide, […]


Food will never be so cheap again

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Biofuel refineries in the US have set fresh records for grain use every month since May. Almost a third of the US corn harvest will be diverted into ethanol for motors this year, or 12pc of the global crop. The world’s grain stocks have dropped from four to 2.6 months cover since 2000, despite two […]


Shell sees no 'quick recovery' as energy company cuts 5,000 jobs

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Royal Dutch Shell is “not expecting a quick recovery” after shedding 5,000 jobs in a global restructuring and seeing profits drop 73pc on lower oil and gas prices. Europe’s biggest energy company made $2.99bn in profits on a cost of supplies basis – a measure that strips out the effect of changing inventories – slightly […]


Greek red tape traps green energy

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Greece, one of Europe’s most windy and sunny countries, risks missing its green energy targets and losing billions of euros in investment because of bureaucratic obstacles. Greece’s new socialist government has a target to produce one fifth of the country’s energy from clean sources by 2020, said George Peristeris, Chairman of the Association of Renewable […]


Can Renewable Energy Save The World?

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We can replace some fossil fuel power with renewable power without a major cost increase, but we cannot hope to replace a major fraction of our fossil power with intermittent power sources such as wind and solar – unless we can develop storage technologies. Being able to store power and smooth the output of intermittent […]


Saudis drop WTI oil contract

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Saudi Arabia on Wednesday decided to drop the widely used West Texas Intermediate oil contract as the benchmark for pricing its oil, dealing a serious blow to the New York Mercantile Exchange. The decision by the world The move reveals the growing discontent of Riyadh and its US refinery customers with WTI after the price […]


Why we don

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A fascinating paper from the World Bank looks at the question of how people understand climate change and change their behaviour accordingly – or more often, don Of course we are bombarded with exhortations to change our behaviour, but the net effect has been slight. Awareness of, and concern about, climate change is growing, but […]


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