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Peru state energy company reports Amazon oil spill

The office building Petroleos del Peru (Petroperu) a state company dedicated to the refining, distribution and marketing of fuels is seen at the district of San Isidro in LimaAn oil spill in the Amazon region of Peru was detected on Friday night, state energy company Petroperu said in a statement on Saturday, adding that measures were being taken to fix the ruptured pipeline and to protect the environment. Cleanup efforts were focused on preventing spilled oil from being absorbed into the ground, it said. The statement did not give an estimate of how much oil had escaped from the Nor Peruano pipeline in the accident.

Posted on 25 June 2016 | 9:54 pm

Ecuador says Brexit ‘spoils’ scheduled bond issue

A British flag flutters in front of a window in London,Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa said on Saturday that Britain's vote to leave the European Union has "spoiled" a bond issue that had been planned for next week to help shore up the cash-strapped oil-exporter's finances. Thursday's "Brexit" vote spooked global markets and spurred a plunge in stock and commodities prices as investors flocked toward safer investments and steered away from riskier securities such as emerging market bonds. Authorities have said they planned to issue some $1 billion in bonds this year.

Posted on 25 June 2016 | 9:48 pm

Oil prices plunge 5 percent as Britain votes to leave EU

An oil pump jack pumps oil in a field near CalgaryBy Barani Krishnan and Ahmad Ghaddar NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices settled 5 percent lower on Friday after Britain's vote to leave the European Union spurred massive risk aversion and a rally in safe havens like the U.S. dollar that threatened to cut short a three-month-long recovery in global oil markets. Financial markets have been worried for months about what a British exit from the European Union, dubbed widely as 'Brexit,' would mean for Europe's future, but were clearly not fully factoring in the risk of a 'leave' vote. The dollar index jumped about 2 percent, its most since 2008, while sterling collapsed to a 31-year low after British Prime Minister David Cameron, who campaigned to remain in the EU, said he would stand down by October.

Posted on 24 June 2016 | 7:18 pm

Caribbean Sea’s Curious ‘Whistle’ Detected from Space

Bounded by South America, Central America and the Caribbean islands, the semi-enclosed basin of the Caribbean Sea acts like the body of a giant whistle, the scientists wrote in the study. “When you blow a whistle, you hear something because the air oscillates — pulses in and out of the whistle — and radiates a wave,” the study’s lead author Chris Hughes, a researcher at the National Oceanography Centre in Liverpool, in the United Kingdom, told Live Science. “In this case, the water is pulsing in and out of the Caribbean Sea.

Posted on 24 June 2016 | 6:31 pm

Brazil’s Bible, beef and bullets lobby backs Temer, unfazed by scandal

Brazil's interim President Temer attends a meeting with governors of Brazilian states, at the Planalto Palace in BrasiliaBy Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) – Conservative legislators in Brazil say they will back interim President Michel Temer through a growing corruption scandal in return for support for their right-wing social agenda, including tougher abortion restrictions and looser gun control. The powerful bloc's willingness to stand by Temer, expressed to Reuters by five of its leading lawmakers, bolsters his chances of surviving the scandal and ousting suspended President Dilma Rousseff in an impeachment trial, despite losing three ministers in a month to a graft probe of state oil company Petrobras. The widening scandal has undermined Temer's six-week-old government and shaken confidence in his ability to pass reforms aimed at cutting Brazil's fiscal deficit as Latin America's largest economy faces its worst recession in decades.

Posted on 24 June 2016 | 5:52 pm

Technip says London still natural HQ of TechnipFMC despite Brexit vote

French oil services company Technip said on Friday there was no reason for Britain’s exit from the European Union to impact its merger with FMC Technologies , including plans for London to be the legal headquarters of the new group. Technip announced an all-stock merger with U.S. rival FMC Technologies in May to create an oil services group with combined revenue of $20 billion (15 billion pounds). The new entity will have a complex structure, with three main headquarters, in Paris, Houston and London, where it will be domiciled.

Posted on 24 June 2016 | 9:44 am

BP says to keep UK headquarters despite British EU exit vote

A BP logo is reflected in a car window at a petrol station in LondonLONDON (Reuters) – Oil major BP said on Friday its headquarters would remain in the United Kingdom, despite Britain voting to leave the European Union. "It is far too early to understand the detailed implications of this decision and uncertainty is never helpful for a business such as ours," BP said. "However, we do not currently expect it to have a significant impact on BP's business or investments in the UK and Continental Europe, nor on the location of our headquarters or our staff," it added. (Reporting by Dmitry Zhdannikov; Editing by Alexander Smith)

Posted on 24 June 2016 | 7:56 am

Pipeline spews crude in California but none reaches beach

Cal State Channel Islands professor Sean Anderson talks on the phone as he studies oil from a spill Thursday, June 23, 2016, in Ventura, Calif. Thousands of gallons of crude oil spilled Thursday from a pipeline and flowed down an arroyo in Southern California. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — An underground pipeline spewed thousands of gallons of crude oil Thursday near the Southern California coast but the foul-smelling goo was contained in a lengthy stretch of ravine and never reached nearby beaches.

Posted on 24 June 2016 | 1:18 am

VW to pay over $10 billion for U.S. emissions scandal – sources

A giant logo of Volkswagen is pictured on the wall of its production facility in WolfsburgBy David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Volkswagen AG will pay more than $10 billion to settle claims by nearly 500,000 owners stemming from its U.S. diesel emissions cheating scandal and fund efforts to offset pollution, three sources briefed on the agreement said on Thursday. Owners would also receive the compensation if they choose to have the vehicles repaired, assuming U.S. regulators approve a fix at a later date. As part of the settlements, Volkswagen will to help boost zero emissions vehicles and introduce a programme to offset excess diesel pollution from the offending vehicles.

Posted on 23 June 2016 | 9:17 pm

Oil ends higher in choppy trade ahead of Britain’s EU vote

An oil pump jack pumps oil in a field near CalgaryBy Barani Krishnan NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil prices closed 2 percent higher after a volatile session on Thursday, with investors less worried about prospects for the global economy after the last pre-vote opinion polls showed Britain was likely to remain in the European Union. Oil prices were also supported by market intelligence firm Genscape's report of a drawdown of nearly 1 million barrels at the Cushing, Oklahoma storage base for U.S. crude futures during the week to June 21, traders who saw the data said. Commodities and other financial markets have been on tenterhooks ahead of Britain's referendum on EU membership.

Posted on 23 June 2016 | 7:12 pm

Earth & Climate News — ScienceDaily

Giant Blobs of Rock, Deep Inside the Earth, Hold Important Clues About Our Planet

Two massive blob-like structures lie deep within the Earth, roughly on opposite sides of the planet. The two structures, each the size of a continent and 100 times taller than Mount Everest, sit on the core, 1,800 miles deep, and about halfway to the center of the Earth. Researchers suggest these blobs are made of something different from the rest of Earth’s mantle, and are determined to figure out what that is.

Posted on 24 June 2016 | 7:50 pm

For nature, gravel-bed rivers most important feature in mountainous western North America

Gravel-bed river floodplains are some of the most ecologically important habitats in North America, according to a new study by scientists from the US and Canada. Their research shows how broad valleys coming out of glaciated mountains provide highly productive and important habitat for a large diversity of aquatic, avian and terrestrial species.

Posted on 24 June 2016 | 7:47 pm

Computer models show park microclimates improve city life

Computer modelling based on microclimate data from a Malaysian public park has shown how adding trees and grass can improve living conditions in dense city cores.

Posted on 24 June 2016 | 6:07 pm

Exhausting our green shipping options

Scientists have developed a revolutionary emissions abatement system that removes pollutants from exhaust gas to help the international shipping industry meet ambitious emissions targets.

Posted on 24 June 2016 | 6:06 pm

What did Earth’s ancient magnetic field look like?

Earth’s ancient magnetic field was significantly different than the present day field, originating from several poles rather than the familiar two, new research suggests. Then, shortly after our planet’s core solidified, this work predicts that Earth’s magnetic field transitioned to a ‘strong,’ two-pole one.

Posted on 24 June 2016 | 5:58 pm

Neonicotinoid pesticides cause harm to honeybees

One possible cause of the alarming bee mortality we are witnessing is the use of the very active systemic insecticides called neonicotinoids. A previously unknown and harmful effect of neonicotinoids has been identified by researchers. They discovered that neonicotinoids in low and field-relevant concentrations reduce the concentration of acetylcholine in the royal jelly/larval food secreted by nurse bees.

Posted on 24 June 2016 | 5:58 pm

Beach replenishment helps protect against storm erosion during El Niño

A comparison of recent and previous nourishments of San Diego beaches suggests that a larger sand grain size improved nourishment performance.

Posted on 24 June 2016 | 4:18 pm

Tiny algae ideal for sniffing out nutrient pollution in water

Tiny algae, called diatoms, living in water could be key to providing a definitive and clear measure of whether streams, rivers and lakes have damaging levels of nutrients in them.

Posted on 24 June 2016 | 4:16 pm

Researchers offer new theory on how climate affects violence

Researchers have long struggled to explain why some violent crime rates are higher near the equator than other parts of the world. Now, a team of researchers has developed a model that could help explain why.

Posted on 24 June 2016 | 3:00 pm

‘Flower Power’: Photovoltaic cells replicate rose petals

With a surface resembling that of plants, solar cells improve light-harvesting and thus generate more power. Scientists reproduced the epidermal cells of rose petals that have particularly good antireflection properties and integrated the transparent replicas into an organic solar cell. This resulted in a relative efficiency gain of twelve percent.

Posted on 24 June 2016 | 3:00 pm