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A tanker that loaded oil from a rebel-held port in eastern Libya has been halted by government forces but it has not yet reached a port controlled by government forces, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan told Reuters on Monday. Oil officials said earlier navy forces had seized the North Korea-flagged tanker outside the rebel-held Es Sider port to escort it to a government-controlled port in western Libya. Giving the first details of the operation, Prime Minister Zeidan said the tanker was not yet in western Libya. Tomorrow it will move.” Authorities would unload the crude from the tanker once it reached a western port and then launch legal measures against the potential buyers.
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"We're using pretty sophisticated mathematics to better understand the role of sea ice in the climate system, and, ultimately, to improve our projections of climate change," Golden said in a talk Wednesday (March 6) at the Museum of Math in New York City. In high school and college, he studied the physics of sea ice, but his main interest was mathematics. "I loved sea ice, but I had no intention of building my career around it," Golden told Live Science. Later, he realized that sea ice could be modeled using the same math as composite materials, whose components contain different physical or chemical properties.
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Seth Shulman is a senior staff writer at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), a veteran science journalist and author of six books. Such a tipping-point moment is coming into view in the campaign to halt the widespread, devastating deforestation currently resulting from the growing world consumption of palm oil. The problem is far from solved, but in a major development, several large palm-oil purchasers, including Kellogg's and Hershey's, have recently pledged to buy only deforestation-free palm oil for their products. Two of the world's largest palm oil suppliers — Wilmar and Golden Agri-Resources — have made similar commitments for the palm oil they sell.
Posted on 10 March 2014 | 9:10 pm
By Caroline Valetkevitch NEW YORK (Reuters) – Global stock indexes slipped and the prices of copper and oil sank on Monday after surprisingly weak Chinese trade data added to worries about a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy. China's exports unexpectedly tumbled in February, falling 18.1 percent from a year earlier and swinging the trade balance into deficit. The data underscored recent concerns about the outlook for China's economy, even though the Lunar New Year holidays were blamed for the slide. "The weak China trade balance data caused some flight to quality on less optimism about the global economy," said Jeffrey Young, interest rate strategist at Nomura in New York.
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Peter Lehner is executive director of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). This Op-Ed is adapted from a post that appeared onthe NRDC blog Switchboard. Lehner contributed this article to LiveScience’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Many said tailpipe pollution.
Posted on 10 March 2014 | 8:55 pm
By Ulf Laessing and Feras Bosalum TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya's parliament has ordered a special force to be sent within one week to "liberate" all rebel-held ports in the volatile east, officials said on Monday, raising the stakes over a blockage that has cut off vital oil revenue. The conflict over oil wealth is increasing fears that Libya may slide deeper into chaos or even splinter as the fragile government fails to rein in dozens of militias that helped oust Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but now defy state authority. The rebels, who have seized three ports and partly control a fourth in the OPEC member country, said they had dispatched forces to central Libya to deal with any government attack. The North Korea-flagged tanker was undamaged and being escorted to western Libya, culture minister and government spokesman Habib al Amin told Reuters.
Posted on 10 March 2014 | 7:21 pm
MADRID (Reuters) – Spanish oil company Cepsa said on Monday it had signed a 1.5 billion euro (£1.25 billion) financing deal with 17 banks to improve its debt structuring and its liquidity. The financing, available in euros or dollars, comprises a three-year term loan of 500 million euros and a five-year revolving credit facility worth 1 billion euros. Cepsa is controlled by Abu Dhabi's International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC). (Reporting By Sarah Morris; editing by Sarah White and Louise Heavens)
Posted on 10 March 2014 | 3:51 pm
Rebels in eastern Libyan said they were moving land and sea forces to confront any government forces trying to attack their positions or a tanker that loaded oil at a port under their control, a rebel official said. “We have sent land forces to defend Cyrenaica to west of Sirte…and we also have boats patrolling the regional waters,” Essam al-Jahani, a member of the rebels’ leadership team, told Reuters. He was referring to the historic name for eastern Libya, Cyrenaica, for which they demand political autonomy.
Posted on 10 March 2014 | 1:23 pm
By Pascal Fletcher MALABO (Reuters) – On land cleared of tropical forest, gleaming new office towers, apartment blocks, homes and highways dazzle the eye in Equatorial Guinea, Sub-Saharan Africa's No. 3 energy producer where oil and gas revenues have fed a frenzy of construction. But cutting away the jungle is proving easier for President Teodoro Obiang Nguema than shedding his central African nation's dark image as a reclusive, repressive and graft-ridden poster child of the "resource curse". …
Posted on 10 March 2014 | 12:06 pm
(Reuters) – Essar Energy Plc has no plans to close its Stanlow oil refinery in Britain, the company said on Monday, in response to a newspaper report that the troubled plant is under threat from “uneconomic conditions”. Shares of the company fell as much as 4.5 percent on Monday. City A.M., a free newspaper distributed in London’s financial district, reported that the future of Britain’s second-largest oil refinery was under threat from an influx of refined products from the United States. …
Posted on 10 March 2014 | 12:02 pm
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Researchers have found that creating a bioenergy grid with these small plants could benefit people in rural areas of the country as well as provide relief to an overworked national power grid.
Posted on 10 March 2014 | 8:15 pm
What do people living in Boston, Baltimore, Miami, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Phoenix, and Los Angeles have in common? From coast to coast, prairie to desert — residential lawns reign. But, according to a new study, beneath this sea of green lie unexpected differences in fertilization and irrigation practices.
Posted on 10 March 2014 | 7:22 pm
Mongol Empire rode wave of mild climate, but warming now may be tipping region into unparalleled drought
Researchers studying the rings of ancient trees in mountainous central Mongolia think they may have gotten at the mystery of how small bands of nomadic Mongol horsemen united to conquer much of the world within a span of decades, 800 years ago. The rise of the great leader Genghis Khan and the start of the largest contiguous empire in human history was propelled by a temporary run of nice weather.
Posted on 10 March 2014 | 7:21 pm
Researchers have found evidence that the steam and heat from volcanoes and heated rocks allowed many species of plants and animals to survive past ice ages, helping scientists understand how species respond to climate change.
Posted on 10 March 2014 | 7:21 pm
Researchers have shown that the commonly found bacterium Rhodopseudomonas palustris can use natural conductivity to pull electrons from minerals located remotely in soil and sediment while remaining at the surface, where they absorb the sunlight needed to produce energy.
Posted on 10 March 2014 | 6:40 pm
Engineers sprung into action when more than 10,000 gallons of a chemical mixture leaked from a storage tank near Charleston, W.Va., and entered a river upstream of a water-treatment plant in January.
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Woodland salamanders perform a vital ecological service in American forests by helping to mitigate the impacts of global warming. Woodland salamander predation on invertebrates indirectly affects the amount of leaf litter retained for soil-building where nutrients and carbon are captured at the litter-soil interface.
Posted on 10 March 2014 | 6:11 pm
Fresh banana, a waft of flowers, blueberry: the scents in some labs are a little sweeter than most. Researchers are engineering bacteria to make esters — molecules widely used as scents and flavorings, and also as basic feedstock for chemical processes from paints to fuels.
Posted on 10 March 2014 | 2:23 pm
Alaska, the last great frontier, is being threatened by many proposals to mine an estimated 5.5 trillion tons of coal. Scientists comment on the struggle to keep Alaska untouched.
Posted on 10 March 2014 | 2:22 pm
It is clear that climate change and poverty are two separate problems that affect all corners of the world, but can the solution to one help eliminate the other? Ecosystem-based adaptation is becoming more widely recognized as a possible solution to addressing climate change. Although this program does have its setbacks and limitations, it provides a plan to combat climate change while uplifting poverty stricken communities most vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change.
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