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Oil price holds above $48 as market stabilises

File photo of a worker walking in between oil barrels at Pertamina's storage depot in JakartaBy Himanshu Ojha LONDON (Reuters) – Brent crude oil future prices held above $48 on Tuesday as a weaker dollar offset the impact of a global supply glut, with traders questioning if the nearly 60 percent price fall since June has run its course. "The market is looking for the right momentum to push oil prices higher," said Hans van Cleef, senior energy economist at ABN Amro bank in the Netherlands. Oil prices have slumped nearly 60 percent since peaking in June, driven lower by ample global supplies from the U.S. shale oil boom and a decision by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) not to cut output quotas. OPEC Secretary-General Abdullah al-Badri said on Monday that oil prices may have reached a floor and warned of a spike to $200 a barrel if investment in new supply capacity was too low.

Posted on 27 January 2015 | 1:31 pm

Airbus Helicopters says military deals to boost 2015 orders

Airbus Helicopters Chief Executive Faury poses after a press conference in ParisBy Cyril Altmeyer PARIS (Reuters) – Airbus Helicopters is betting on military deals with Poland, Qatar and Kuwait to boost orders this year as the plunge in the price of crude pressures civil demand from oil exploration companies, its chief executive said on Tuesday. The division of Airbus Group forecast helicopter deliveries would remain stable in 2015 after falling 5.2 percent to 471 last year. Whilst total deliveries fell last year, they included a record 101 heavyweight helicopters – 53 NH90s and 48 Super Pumas – Airbus Helicopters said. These generate revenue for the company of 30-40 million euros, compared with an average 1.5 million (1.12 million pounds) for light helicopters, as they typically include additional weapons and logistics systems, division head Guillaume Faury said.

Posted on 27 January 2015 | 1:30 pm

Obama to bolster crucial Saudi alliance amid Mideast unrest

By Roberta Rampton RIYADH (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to pay his respects after the death of King Abdullah, a trip that underscores the importance of a U.S.-Saudi alliance that extends beyond oil interests to regional security. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters Obama wanted to discuss with the new Saudi King Salman the fight against Islamic State, the volatile situation in Yemen and talks on ending a long running dispute about Iran’s nuclear ambitions. “We do believe that Saudi policy will remain quite similar to how it’s been under King Abdullah,” he said, adding Obama wanted to forge the same kind of “close relationship” with Salman as he had with his predecessor Obama’s visit comes as Washington struggles with worsening strife in the Middle East and counts Saudi Arabia among its few steady partners in a campaign against Islamic State militants who have seized swathes of Iraq and Syria.

Posted on 27 January 2015 | 1:07 pm

Factbox – Analysts cut 2015, 2016 crude oil price forecasts

(Reuters) – Analysts have lowered forecasts for average 2015 and 2016 crude oil prices, citing global growth concerns, a strengthening dollar and ample supply. Oil prices steadied above $48 a barrel on Tuesday, recovering from earlier losses as the dollar weakened against the euro. The following is a list of changes in brokerage forecasts for Brent and WTI. Prices are per barrel and outlooks are listed by the date of the revision: BANK BRENT WTI DATE REVISED 2015 2016 2015 2016 UBS $52.5 $67.5 $49 $62.5 Jan 26 HSBC $62.5 $75 $59. …

Posted on 27 January 2015 | 1:02 pm

Oil not seen high on agenda of Obama-Salman talks : adviser

Oil is not expected to be high on the agenda of a meeting on Tuesday between U.S. President Barack Obama and new Saudi King Salman, Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser, told reporters. Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to pay U.S. respects after the death of King Abdullah. So energy and oil is certainly part of our relationship and an ongoing dialogue with Saudi Arabia.

Posted on 27 January 2015 | 12:39 pm

Russia’s real life Swan Lake never freezes even in harsh Siberian winter weather

Russia's real life Swan Lake never freezes even in harsh Siberian winter weatherWhen Russia's harsh winter weather arrives and its lakes freeze over, most swans migrate to warmer climates. The lake, which forms part of a wildlife preserve, is also home to more than 2,000 ducks.

Posted on 27 January 2015 | 11:52 am

Airbus Helicopters says civil market under pressure

PARIS (Reuters) – The civil helicopter market will remain under pressure over the short-term as a result of the plunge in the price of oil, Airbus Helicopters head Guillaume Faury told a news conference on Tuesday. The Airbus Group division expects deliveries to be stable this year versus 2014, with orders expected to exceed deliveries, Faury added. Oil prices have dropped nearly 60 percent since peaking in June 2014 on ample global supplies from the U.S. shale oil boom and a decision by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to keep its production quotas unchanged. …

Posted on 27 January 2015 | 10:55 am

Saudi Aramco to renegotiate some contracts on low oil price – CEO

By Reem Shamseddine and Marwa Rashad RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Aramco will renegotiate some contracts and postpone some projects due to falling oil prices, the head of Saudi Arabia’s state oil company said on Tuesday, stressing the top crude exporter will not single handedly balance the global oil market. Brent crude oil prices traded near $48 per barrel on Tuesday, down nearly 60 percent since last June on ample global supplies and a decision by OPEC to keep its production ceiling unchanged. OPEC’s largest producer, Saudi Arabia in November refused to cut its output to arrest the price slide and decided instead to focus on market share. Saudi Aramco Chief Executive Khalid al-Falih, speaking at a conference in Riyadh, did not specify which projects or contracts would be affected by the low oil prices.

Posted on 27 January 2015 | 10:50 am

Siemens profit falls as price pressures hurt power and gas

Siemens CEO Kaeser addresses the annual news conference in BerlinBy Georgina Prodhan MUNICH (Reuters) – Siemens missed first-quarter profit forecasts and announced management overhauls at its power and gas and healthcare divisions, putting pressure on chief executive Joe Kaeser ahead of a shareholder meeting on Tuesday. Kaeser, a former Siemens finance chief who ousted Peter Loescher as CEO in a 2013 boardroom coup, is also expected to come under fire from shareholders over the decision to spend $7.6 billion (5.04 billion pounds) on U.S. oilfield equipment company Dresser-Rand last year, just before a steep slide in the oil price. Siemens, one of Germany's biggest firms by market value, said profit from its industrial businesses was 1.82 billion euros (1.36 billion pounds) in the first quarter of its financial year through the end of December, down 4 percent from a year earlier. Siemens, whose products range from trains to turbines, is undergoing the latest in a series of transformations under Kaeser, a company veteran who wants to make his mark on the engineering conglomerate.

Posted on 27 January 2015 | 10:36 am

Mexico volcano eruption caught on camera

Mexico volcano eruption caught on cameraThe 9,939-feet above sea-level (3,860-meters) Volcan del Fuego, one of Mexico's most active, has frequent moderate explosions. The Volcán de Colima, also known as Volcán de Fuego is part of the Colima Volcanic Complex consisting of Volcán de Colima, Nevado de Colima and the eroded "El Cantaro" (listed as extinct). One of the largest eruptions was on January 20–24, 1913. Nevado de Colima, also known as Tzapotépetl, lies 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) north its more active neighbor and is the taller of the two at 4,271+ meters (14,015+ ft).

Posted on 27 January 2015 | 10:13 am

Green News – Environment and climate change news

Earth news from Telegraph Earth – your source for environment and green news and environment and green issues, with information on farming, climate change, global warming, pollution, green living and recycling, and all other environment issues.

Pictures of the day: 27 January 2015

Brown bear cubs in Russia, Snowmaggedon and two men in an icebath

Posted on 27 January 2015 | 10:50 am

Please release me: Animals stuck in strange places, in pictures

A donkey in a drain, an unlucky cow and other animals caught in tight spots

Posted on 27 January 2015 | 6:00 am

Pictures of the day: 26 January 2015

A koala takes a selfie, Miss Universe crowned and a champion sumo wrestler

Posted on 26 January 2015 | 11:13 am

Pictures of the day: 23 January 2015

A snorkelling hippo, fowl play in China and a cat riding a horse

Posted on 23 January 2015 | 10:19 am

Sea cucumbers saving lives: the radical charity giving Madagascan fishing communities hope

As fish stocks dwindle, communities that rely on the ocean for their livelihood are struggling to survive. A charity in Madagascar is challenging the accepted wisdom of marine conservation with a combination of sea cucumber farming and family planning

Posted on 23 January 2015 | 7:00 am

Pictures of the day: 22 January 2015

A cheeky snow monkey, a new breed of dog and a meth stash drone crash

Posted on 22 January 2015 | 12:06 pm

Pictures of the day: 21 January 2015

Manatees in Florida, a frilled shark and orphaned flying foxes

Posted on 21 January 2015 | 3:10 pm

Britain gripped by deep freeze: Winter weather scenes across UK, in pictures

In pics: Winter weather scenes across the UK

Posted on 21 January 2015 | 1:00 pm

The world’s ugliest fish, in pictures

In pics: From the beastly frilled shark to the gelatinous blob fish

Posted on 21 January 2015 | 7:35 am

Pictures of the day: 20 January 2015

A camera shy seal, dancing robots and UK winter weather

Posted on 20 January 2015 | 12:15 pm

Earth & Climate News — ScienceDaily

Pilotless aircraft will play critical roles in precision agriculture

A new article outlines many of the potential roles drones can play in university research, and the advantages they can offer in speed, cost and data collection.

Posted on 26 January 2015 | 10:05 pm

Geothermal microbial reservoirs: Staircase fractures in microbialites and travertines

Geologists have come up with a new model of the development of fractures showing a stairway trajectory, commonly occurring in finely laminated rock, such microbialites and travertines. These fractures strongly enhance permeability by connecting several highly porous zones enveloped in tight impermeable levels. Understanding and predicting this fracture pattern geometry, distribution, and interconnection is valuable not only for locating water supplies, but also for oil, gas, and geothermal exploration.

Posted on 26 January 2015 | 5:45 pm

Partly wrong with a chance of being right: Weather forecast

The inaccuracy of weather forecasts has personal implications for people around the world. New research from Tel Aviv University prioritizes, for the first time, the reasons for forecasting failures across different regions of the planet, quantifying the causes — man-made and natural — for weather prediction inaccuracies.

Posted on 26 January 2015 | 4:23 pm

Researchers identify materials to improve biofuel, petroleum processing

Using one of the largest supercomputers in the world, a team of researchers has identified potential materials that could improve the production of ethanol and petroleum products. The discovery could lead to major efficiencies and cost savings in these industries.

Posted on 26 January 2015 | 4:23 pm

Climate models disagree on why temperature ‘wiggles’ occur

Most climate models likely underestimate the degree of decade-to-decade variability occurring in mean surface temperatures as Earth’s atmosphere warms. They also provide inconsistent explanations of why these wiggles occur in the first place, a new study finds. These inconsistencies may undermine the models’ reliability for projecting the short-term pace and extent of future warming, and indicate that we shouldn’t over-interpret recent temperature trends. The study analyzed 34 models used in the most recent IPCC assessment report.

Posted on 26 January 2015 | 4:23 pm

Meteosat-7 becomes EUMETSAT’s longest-serving operational satellite

On 24 January 2015, Meteosat-7 becomes the longest-serving operational satellite in EUMETSAT history, clocking up 17 years of monitoring the weather from space.

Posted on 26 January 2015 | 4:22 pm

Cause for decline of Missouri River pallid sturgeon identified

Oxygen-depleted dead zones between dams in the upper Missouri River have been directly linked with the failure of endangered pallid sturgeon embryos to survive, according to a study. The study is the first to make a direct link among dam-induced changes in riverine sediment transport, the subsequent effects of those changes on reduced oxygen levels and the survival of an endangered species, the pallid sturgeon.

Posted on 26 January 2015 | 2:59 pm

Ethnic minorities, deprived communities hardest hit by air pollution

Air pollution levels are linked to many forms of ill health, including higher risk of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, especially for more vulnerable groups such as children and the elderly, an English study has concluded.

Posted on 26 January 2015 | 1:38 pm

Converting olive mash into cash

An experimental system to create heat and power with waste from olive oil processing is up-and-running in Spain. The system shows a promising way forward for reducing environmental damage and converting organic waste to energy, scientists say.

Posted on 26 January 2015 | 1:38 pm

3-D view of Greenland Ice Sheet opens window on ice history

Scientists using ice-penetrating radar have created 3-D maps of the age of the ice within the Greenland Ice Sheet. The new maps will aid future research to understand the impact of climate change on the ice sheet. The Greenland Ice Sheet is the second largest mass of ice on Earth, containing enough water to raise ocean levels by about 20 feet.

Posted on 23 January 2015 | 7:09 pm