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Norway suspects technical fault in fatal helicopter crash

Police and rescue workers are cleaning up in the area where a helicopter crashed Friday April 29"The investigation will now solely be focussed on potential root causes of a technical failure, such as design, production, and/or maintenance," Airbus Helicopters said in a statement. Design and production are the responsibility of Airbus Helicopters, while maintenance is handled by the operator, CHC Helicopter. Airbus, which had initially urged a halt to all Super Puma flights, said on Monday commercial operations could resume outside UK and Norway, since initial evidence did not suggest a link with earlier North Sea accidents.

Posted on 3 May 2016 | 5:49 pm

Oil slides second straight day as glut worries return

Man holds fuel nozzle at Rostech petrol station in VladimirBy Barani Krishnan NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil prices fell for a second day on Tuesday, retreating further from the year's highs hit last week, as rising output renewed worries about the global glut of crude, the U.S. dollar rebounded and equity markets weakened. "There are enough supply stories out there to slow or temper any gains," Energy Aspects analyst Richard Mallinson said, adding that the only upside came from the possibility of longer-term U.S. production declines. Brent crude futures were down 80 cents, or 1.7 percent, at $45.03 a barrel by 1:10 p.m. EDT (1710 GMT).

Posted on 3 May 2016 | 5:30 pm

Halliburton aims to boost weak businesses after failed Baker Hughes deal

The company logo of Halliburton oilfield services corporate offices is seen in HoustonHalliburton Co said it would consider acquisitions to bolster its weaker businesses as the world's No.2 oilfield services company looks to move on after abandoning a deal to buy smaller rival Baker Hughes Inc . The deal would have helped Halliburton better compete with market-leader Schlumberger for the dwindling number of contracts from oil producers as crude prices stay stubbornly low. While Halliburton is the market-leader in fracturing, cementing, and completion services, acquiring Baker Hughes would have boosted its artificial lift and production chemicals businesses, where the company is not dominant.

Posted on 3 May 2016 | 3:54 pm

West Africa pirates switch to kidnapping crew as oil fetches less

A machine gun is seen on sandbag on a boat off the Atlantic coast in Nigeria's Bayelsa stateBy Jonathan Saul LONDON (Reuters) – Pirate gangs in West Africa are switching to kidnapping sailors and demanding ransom rather than stealing oil cargoes as low oil prices have made crude harder to sell and less profitable, shipping officials said on Tuesday. Attacks in the Gulf of Guinea – a significant source of oil, cocoa and metals for world markets – have become less frequent partly due to improved patrolling but also to lower oil prices, according to an annual report from the U.S. foundation Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP), which is backed by the shipping industry. "They have had to move towards a faster model and that faster model is kidnappings," OBP's Matthew Walje said, noting that ransom payouts were as high as $400,000 in one incident.

Posted on 3 May 2016 | 3:32 pm

Saudi-Iran split muddies OPEC long-term strategy – sources

Saudi Arabia's Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi arrives to a meeting between OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers, in DohaBy Rania El Gamal and Alex Lawler DUBAI/LONDON (Reuters) – OPEC has yet to agree on a long-term strategy as Saudi Arabia objects to a proposal from arch-rival Iran that the exporter group aim for tighter control of the oil market, sources said, pointing to deep divisions over the way forward. The OPEC board of governors met on Monday in Vienna to discuss the latest draft of its LTS. While they made progress on some issues, OPEC kingpin Riyadh disagreed with Tehran's proposal to include "effective production management" as a challenge for the group, two OPEC sources said.

Posted on 3 May 2016 | 1:51 pm

Shah Deniz consortium awards $1.5 billion subsea production contract

The consortium developing the second phase of Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz gas field has awarded a $1.5 billion (1.02 billion pound) subsea production contract to a consortium involving Saipem , BOS Shelf and Star Gulf FZCO, it said on Tuesday. The group has won a contract to operate a Subsea Construction Vessel (SCV) to transport and install a deepwater subsea production system, said the Shah Deniz consortium, led by British oil major BP . The consortium said the Shah Deniz 2 project was on track to deliver its first gas in 2018.

Posted on 3 May 2016 | 10:52 am

Chinese energy official joins IEA as advisor for first time

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has picked a Chinese official as a special advisor to the IEA head, a first for a Chinese official, as the world’s top energy consumer steps up cooperation with the energy watchdog for the developed nations. Yang Lei, the deputy head of the oil and gas division of National Energy Administration (NEA), told Reuters that he will start a two-year assignment in the coming weeks based in Paris to work with IEA executive director Fatih Birol. The appointment came after China and the IEA agreed to launch an energy cooperation centre in Beijing that was announced by Birol in March and Yang said his first main job would be to facilitate the establishment of this centre.

Posted on 3 May 2016 | 8:39 am

Oil down 3 percent on OPEC output hike, speculative ramp-up in Brent

Fuel pumps are pictured at a Neste Oil gas station in AdaziBy Barani Krishnan NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil prices fell about 3 percent on Monday as production from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries neared all-time peaks and record speculative buying in global benchmark Brent sparked profit-taking on last month's outsized rally. Morgan Stanley said it expected the drop in the U.S. rig count that helped crude prices recover to end soon as shale oil producers increase drilling.

Posted on 2 May 2016 | 8:08 pm

Airbus Helicopters lifts ban on some Super Puma flights

By Stine Jacobsen and Tim Hepher OSLO/PARIS (Reuters) – Airbus Helicopters is no longer recommending a blanket ban on commercial flights of its H225 Super Puma helicopter, saying initial evidence suggested there was no link between Friday’s crash in Norway and two North Sea accidents in 2012. Airbus , which had initially urged a halt to all public flights, said on Monday commercial operations could resume outside UK and Norway where regulators have imposed bans. Safety experts cautioned it was too early to say what caused the helicopter’s rotor blades to detach, sending the aircraft plunging onto a rocky coastline off Bergen.

Posted on 2 May 2016 | 6:47 pm

Greenpeace publishes confidential U.S-EU trade deal documents

A copy of the leaked TTIP negotiations is seen inside a public reading room by the environmental campaign group Greenpeace in front of the Brandenburg Gate in BerlinBy Caroline Copley BERLIN (Reuters) – A sweeping free trade deal being negotiated between the European Union and the United States would lower food safety and environmental standards, Greenpeace said on Monday, citing confidential documents from the talks. While it would not comment on the "validity of alleged leaks," a spokesman said "the interpretations being given to these texts appear to be misleading at best and flat-out wrong at worst." Greenpeace opposes the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), arguing with other critics that it would hand too much power to big business at the expense of consumers and national governments. Supporters say the TTIP would deliver more than $100 billion of economic gains on both sides of the Atlantic.

Posted on 2 May 2016 | 6:02 pm

Green News – Environment and climate change news

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Pictures of the day: 12 October 2015

Today: A posing ostrich, spectacular sunsets and Ipanema beach

Posted on 12 October 2015 | 2:06 pm

Countryside at odds over ‘lead risk to children who eat game’

Controversial report claims shooting is placing thousands of children at risk of brain damage because of eating game killed with lead ammunition

Posted on 11 October 2015 | 7:00 am

Animal pictures of the week: 9 October 2015

All creatures great and small in our ever popular animal gallery

Posted on 10 October 2015 | 10:37 am

Pictures of the day: 9 October 2015

A rutting stag, a rocket launch and New York Comic Con

Posted on 9 October 2015 | 2:10 pm

Piggyback riders: Funny photos of lazy hitchhiking animals

In pics: Funny photos of lazy hitchhiking animals

Posted on 9 October 2015 | 9:15 am

Where is the best place to see the Northern Lights in the UK and what is the best time to see them?

Conditions in the UK in the coming weeks will increase the chances of seeing the Northern Lights

Posted on 8 October 2015 | 12:46 pm

Untreated toxic land could harm public health after funding cut

Experts have warned that toxic land will go untreated as funding for contamination clean-up dries up

Posted on 8 October 2015 | 10:58 am

Pictures of the day: 8 October 2015

A superhero window cleaner, the northern lights and a baby gorilla

Posted on 8 October 2015 | 8:10 am

Abandoned: Inside Fukushima’s nuclear disaster exclusion zone, in pictures

Photographer explores toxic towns contaminated in nuclear disaster

Posted on 7 October 2015 | 12:31 pm

Pictures of the day: 7 October 2015

A yawning snow leopard, a giant pumpkin and Dave prepares his speech

Posted on 7 October 2015 | 9:40 am

Earth & Climate News — ScienceDaily

Toward artificial photosynthesis: Mimicking the ingenuity of nature

A clean, climate-friendly energy source that is virtually inexhaustible: This is the promise artificial photosynthesis holds. Chemists have now got one step closer to reaching this goal.

Posted on 3 May 2016 | 11:24 am

A climate warming warning: Warmer temperatures are affecting lakes in the oilsands region

Scientists have identified climate warming as the dominant driver of an increase in algal growth in the Athabasca oilsands region of northern Alberta.

Posted on 2 May 2016 | 8:18 pm

Hurricanes key to carbon uptake by forests: Increases in carbon uptake by southeast US forests in response to tropical cyclone activity alone exceed carbon emissions by American vehicles each year

New research reveals that the increase in forest photosynthesis and growth made possible by tropical cyclones in the southeastern United States captures hundreds of times more carbon than is released by all vehicles in the US in a given year.

Posted on 2 May 2016 | 8:18 pm

Methane production reduced in ruminants

Livestock farming is responsible for 18 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases, and ruminants such as cattle, sheep and goats generate 35 percent of one of these gases — methane, and according to experts they make a significant contribution to climate change.

Posted on 2 May 2016 | 8:11 pm

Earth may be home to one trillion species

Earth could contain nearly 1 trillion species, with only one-thousandth of 1 percent now identified, according to a study from biologists. The estimate is based on the intersection of large datasets and universal scaling laws.

Posted on 2 May 2016 | 8:10 pm

Hydropeaking of river water levels is disrupting insect survival, river ecosystems

A group of researchers concluded that ‘hydropeaking’ of water flows on many rivers in the West has a devastating impact on aquatic insect abundance.

Posted on 2 May 2016 | 7:07 pm

Maryland climate and health report identifies state’s vulnerabilities to climate change

A new report details the impacts of climate change on the health of Marylanders now and in the future. Health impacts include increased risk of food and waterborne illnesses (caused by Salmonella and Campylobacter), hospitalization for heart attacks and asthma, and motor vehicle accidents.

Posted on 2 May 2016 | 7:04 pm

Ocean acidification may be impacting coral reefs in the Florida keys

Researchers found that the limestone that forms the foundation of coral reefs along the Florida Reef Tract is dissolving during the fall and winter months on many reefs in the Florida Keys. The research showed that the upper Florida Keys were the most impacted by the annual loss of reef.

Posted on 2 May 2016 | 7:04 pm

Endangered venomous mammal predates dinosaurs’ extinction, study confirms

Biologists have completely sequenced the mitochondrial genome for the Hispaniolan solenodon, filling in the last major branch of placental mammals on the tree of life. The study confirmed that the venomous mammal diverged from all other living mammals 78 million years ago, long before an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs.

Posted on 2 May 2016 | 5:15 pm

Climate-exodus expected in the Middle East and North Africa

Part of the Middle East and North Africa may become uninhabitable due to climate change.

Posted on 2 May 2016 | 5:14 pm