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No easy ‘plan B’ for Iran if nuclear talks with major powers collapse

By Louis Charbonneau and Parisa Hafezi VIENNA (Reuters) – Iranian officials say they can turn to Beijing and Moscow if talks in Vienna fail to end Western sanctions, but with oil prices falling, China’s economy slowing and Russia in its own sanctions-induced slump, Tehran’s “plan B” hardly looks ideal. Talks between Iran and six powers, which include China and Russia as well as the United States and three big EU countries, are expected to fail to reach a deal to lift U.S. and EU sanctions by a deadline on Monday. …

Posted on 23 November 2014 | 6:44 pm

Iran to push for Saudi oil output cut at OPEC – Mehr news agency

Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries logo is pictured at its headquarters in ViennaVIENNA (Reuters) – Iran will try to persuade Saudi Arabia to cut oil production when the oil ministers from the two OPEC members meet this week in Vienna, Iran's semi-official Mehr news agency reported on Sunday citing a television interview with the country's oil minister. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries meets on Nov. 27 to set its output policy and some of its members have called for output cuts to shore up oil prices. Brent crude oil has lost about 30 percent of its value since June to around $80 a barrel because of abundant supplies and weakening demand. …

Posted on 23 November 2014 | 3:07 pm

Putin says Russia not isolated over Ukraine, blames West for frosty ties

Russian President Putin chairs a meeting of the Security Council at the Kremlin in MoscowBy Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin blamed the West for worsening relations with Russia since the Ukraine crisis and said Moscow would not allow itself to become internationally isolated behind another 'Iron Curtain'. In an interview published by state news agency TASS on Sunday, Putin also said Western sanctions against Moscow, combined with the slide in the rouble and oil price falls would have no "catastrophic consequences" on Russia's economy. …

Posted on 23 November 2014 | 1:08 pm

China’s CGN Power sets price range valuing IPO at up to $3.2 billion – IFR

HONG KONG (Reuters) – CGN Power Co. Ltd., China’s largest nuclear power producer, is set to launch on Monday an initial public share offer in Hong Kong worth up to $3.2 billion, to raise funds for its expansion. The offer consists of 8.82 billion shares that will be offered in an indicative range of HK$2.43 to HK$2.78 each, Thomson Reuters publication IFR said late on Sunday, citing sources familiar with the deal. That would put the total value of the offer at up to HK$24.52 billion ($3.16 billion). …

Posted on 23 November 2014 | 11:45 am

After nuclear phase-out, Germany debates scrapping coal

The power plant "Neurath" run by coal from the brown coal open cast mine Garzweiler is shown October 24, 2014 in Rommerskirchen, western GermanyAfter deciding to scrap nuclear power, Germany is pondering saying goodbye to coal, its biggest energy source but also its top polluter and main threat to ambitious climate goals.

Posted on 23 November 2014 | 6:16 am

Ship Traffic Increases Dramatically, to Oceans’ Detriment

Ship Traffic Increases Dramatically, to Oceans' DetrimentThe demand for global trade is driving huge growth in ship traffic in the world's oceans, with four times as many ships at sea now than in 1992, a new study reports. The study also found evidence of illegal fishing in protected marine areas, such as ships plying waters around the Kerguelen Islands Marine Reserve in the Southern Indian Ocean, said study author Jean Tournadre, an oceanographer at IFREMER, the French Institute for Marine Research in Plouzane. "I was surprised to see that in 20 years, the growth is almost fourfold, or almost four times larger," Tournadre said. The biggest increase in ship traffic between 1992 and 2012 was along popular shipping lanes in the Indian Ocean and the Chinese seas.

Posted on 22 November 2014 | 6:38 pm

U.S. welcomes oil deal between Iraqi Kurdistan and Baghdad

By Humeyra Pamuk and Dasha Afanasieva ISTANBUL (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden welcomed an agreement between Iraq’s central government and its northern Kurdistan region over the management of oil exports, a step forward in a feud that has threatened the unity of Iraq. In a speech in Istanbul on Saturday that touched on energy issues from Russia to Cyprus, Biden said he was encouraged to see a recent interim agreement between Baghdad and Arbil on managing exports and revenue sharing. …

Posted on 22 November 2014 | 2:31 pm

Bodies of Armenian pilots removed from helicopter crash site

YEREVAN (Reuters) – The bodies of three pilots have been removed from a crash site in a special military operation after their helicopter from a region controlled by ethnic Armenians was shown down by Azeri forces earlier this month, officials from the region said. The downing of the helicopter was the first such incident since a ceasefire was agreed in 1994 following a war over the tiny mountainous territory in the South Caucasus and has ratcheted up tensions between Armenia and oil-producing Azerbaijan. …

Posted on 22 November 2014 | 2:16 pm

Report: Grouse needs 3-mile buffer from drilling

This July, 26, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a Greater Sage Grouse at the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in Wyoming. A government study recommends keeping oil and gas drilling, wind farms and solar projects more than 3 miles away from the breeding grounds of a bird that ranges across much of the Western U.S. a finding that could carry significant impacts for the energy industry as the Obama administration weighs whether the greater sage grouse needs more protections after seeing its population plummet in recent decades. (AP Photo/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,Tom Koerner)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A government report with significant implications for the U.S. energy industry says a struggling bird species needs a 3-mile buffer between its breeding grounds and oil and gas drilling, wind farms and solar projects.

Posted on 22 November 2014 | 12:29 am

China building South China Sea island big enough for airstrip – report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Satellite images show China is building an island on a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands large enough to accommodate what could be its first offshore airstrip in the South China Sea, a leading defence publication said on Friday. The construction has stoked concern that China may be converting disputed territory in the mineral-rich archipelago into military installations, adding to tensions waters also claimed by Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Brunei. …

Posted on 21 November 2014 | 7:14 pm

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Rescue mission of circus lions made into film

Two Britons tell Laura Silverman how they risked death to rescue 25 captive lions from circuses in South America

Posted on 23 November 2014 | 7:00 am

Pictures of the day: 21 November 2014

A lucky toad, a massive sink hole and a diving kingfisher

Posted on 21 November 2014 | 9:22 am

Watch: Police called in over fears of stranded whales in Essex

Authorities help escort a pod of 40 pilot whales away from the coast of Essex over concerns they might become stranded on beaches or sandbanks

Posted on 20 November 2014 | 4:57 pm

Pictures of the day: 20 November 2014

Hungry ducks, Harry in Oman and cyclist Danny MacAskill loops-the-loop

Posted on 20 November 2014 | 12:25 pm

Pictures of the day: 19 November 2014

A close up of a wasp, San Francisco’s new doggy mayor and sumo wrestlers

Posted on 19 November 2014 | 9:29 am

Pictures of the day: 18 November 2014

A polar bear gets in a tangle, a nutty squirrel and a frog in a blender

Posted on 18 November 2014 | 12:40 pm

Photographer Tim Plowden travels Alaska in search of elusive wildlife

Photographer Tim Plowden travels Alaska in search of elusive wildlife

Posted on 18 November 2014 | 6:00 am

Bird flu outbreak: turkey and other poultry remains safe to eat, says Environment Secretary

Environment Secretary assures consumers buying Christmas turkeys that bird flu outbreak in East Yorkshire poses no risk to anyone eating poultry

Posted on 17 November 2014 | 7:08 pm

‘Hot’ sea could push up sushi prices, diners warned

Sushi prices on their way up after the cost of feeding farmed fish jumps 50 per cent in two weeks to a record high

Posted on 17 November 2014 | 3:55 pm

Bird flu outbreak: affected farm run by company with premises in China

Farm operated by Cherry Valley Farms in East Yorkshire will cull 6,000 Pekin ducks destined for use in Chinese meals

Posted on 17 November 2014 | 3:32 pm

Earth & Climate News — ScienceDaily

Next-door leopards: First GPS-collar study reveals how leopards live with people

In the first-ever GPS-based study of leopards in India, biologists have delved into the secret lives of these big cats, and recorded their strategies to thrive in human-dominated areas.

Posted on 21 November 2014 | 5:12 pm

Erosion may trigger earthquakes

Researchers have shown that surface processes, i.e. erosion and sedimentation, may trigger shallow earthquakes (less than five kilometers deep) and favor the rupture of large deep earthquakes up to the surface. Although plate tectonics was generally thought to be the only persistent mechanism able to influence fault activity, it appears that surface processes also increase stresses on active faults, such as those in Taiwan, one of the world’s most seismic regions.

Posted on 21 November 2014 | 1:29 pm

Time-lapse photos and synched weather data unlock Antarctic secrets

Researchers are using time-lapse photography, linked to weather data, to study climate and geological change in the Antarctic Dry Valleys.

Posted on 20 November 2014 | 11:36 pm

Nuclear reactor fuel behavior during a severe event

A new discovery about the atomic structure of uranium dioxide will help scientists select the best computational model to simulate severe nuclear reactor accidents.

Posted on 20 November 2014 | 11:34 pm

Deep-Earth carbon offers clues on origin of life: New organic carbon species linked to formation of diamonds — and life itself

Scientists reveal details about carbon deep beneath Earth’s surface and suggest ways it might have influenced the history of life on the planet.

Posted on 20 November 2014 | 11:33 pm

Geologists discover ancient buried canyon in South Tibet

Scientists have discovered an ancient, deep canyon buried along the Yarlung Tsangpo River in south Tibet, north of the eastern end of the Himalayas. The geologists say that the ancient canyon — thousands of feet deep in places — effectively rules out a popular model used to explain how the massive and picturesque gorges of the Himalayas became so steep, so fast.

Posted on 20 November 2014 | 7:17 pm

Dizzying heights: Prehistoric farming on the ‘roof of the world’

Archaeological findings pose questions about genetic resistance in humans to altitude sickness and genetic response in crop plants to flowering times and ultraviolet radiation tolerance. Archaeological discoveries from the ‘roof of the world’ on the Tibetan Plateau indicate that from 3,600 years ago, crop growing and the raising of livestock was taking place year-round at hitherto unprecedented altitudes.

Posted on 20 November 2014 | 7:17 pm

China’s new ‘Great Wall’ not so great, experts say

China’s second great wall, a vast seawall covering more than half of the country’s mainland coastline, is a foundation for financial gain — and also a dyke holding a swelling rush of ecological woes, experts report in a new article.

Posted on 20 November 2014 | 7:17 pm

Salinity counts when it comes to sea level

Using ocean observations and a large suite of climate models, scientists have found that long-term salinity changes have a stronger influence on regional sea level changes than previously thought.

Posted on 20 November 2014 | 6:34 pm

Darwin 2.0: New theory on speciation, diversity

It has long been thought that dramatic changes in a landscape like the formation of the Andes Mountain range or the Amazon River is the main driver that initiates species to diverge. However, a recent study shows that speciation occurred much later than these dramatic geographical changes. Researchers have found that time and a species’ ability to move play greater parts in the process of speciation.

Posted on 20 November 2014 | 5:32 pm