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Oil prices fall on rising Middle East output, China demand concerns

File photo of a worker walking past a pump jack on an oil field owned by Bashneft, BashkortostanBy Henning Gloystein SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Oil prices fell early on Wednesday as production from the major Middle East exporters was expected to remain high or even increase just as concerns over the state of China's economy weighed on its fuel demand outlook.

Posted on 1 June 2016 | 12:56 am

As Beijing flexes muscles in South China Sea, Malaysia eyes harder response

Malaysian fishing boats moored at the Bintulu fishing jettyBy Joseph Sipalan MIRI, Malaysia (Reuters) – Spotting a large vessel off the coast of Sarawak state in March, officers on a Malaysian patrol boat were shocked when it steamed towards them at high speed, blaring its horn before veering off to reveal "Chinese Coast Guard" emblazoned on its side. According to an officer from the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), Chinese Coast Guard vessels have been sighted several times before around the South Luconia Shoals, off the oil-rich town of Miri. Spurred by the incident and the appearance of some 100 Chinese fishing vessels in the area around the time, some in Malaysia are hardening the nation's previously muted responses towards their powerful neighbour China.

Posted on 31 May 2016 | 11:32 pm

Oil tankers in limbo as Venezuela’s PDVSA fails to pay BP – sources

The PDVSA logo is seen at a gas station in CaracasBy Marianna Parraga and Sarah McFarlane HOUSTON/LONDON (Reuters) – Four tankers carrying over 2 million barrels of U.S. crude are stuck at sea and cannot discharge at a Caribbean terminal because Venezuela's PDVSA has not yet paid supplier BP Plc , according to two sources and Thomson Reuters vessel tracking data. The cargoes are part of a tender Petroleos de Venezuela [PDVSA.UL], known as PDVSA, awarded in March to BP and China Oil. The deal was to import some 8 million barrels of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude so Venezuela could dilute its extra heavy crudes and feed its Caribbean refineries.

Posted on 31 May 2016 | 10:02 pm

Oil dips but notches fourth straight monthly gain

File photo of pump jacks at Lukoil company owned Imilorskoye oil field outside West Siberian city of KogalymBy Barani Krishnan NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil prices dipped on Tuesday as a stronger dollar and slide in equity prices sparked profit-taking, but crude futures posted a fourth straight monthly gain as investors bet that the global glut was slowly easing. Crude futures had gained early in the session, with investors expecting higher U.S. fuel demand as peak driving season arrived in the No. 1 oil consumer. Brent crude futures for July settled down 7 cents at $49.69 a barrel before expiring as the spot contract.

Posted on 31 May 2016 | 8:32 pm

Libyan security forces pushing Islamic State back from vicinity of oil terminals

By By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan security forces captured a second town from in as many days from Islamic State, a spokesman said, pushing the militant group back towards its stronghold of Sirte and away from positions near major oil terminals. The Petroleum Facilities Guard took control of Nawfiliyah, about 130 km (80 miles) from Sirte, though fighting outside the town raged on and some PFG members had been wounded, spokesman Ali al-Hassi said. The PFG captured the nearby town of Ben Jawad on Monday after clashes that killed five of its combatants.

Posted on 31 May 2016 | 6:45 pm

In rare compromise, Nigerian emerges as frontrunner for OPEC boss

A Nigerian oil technocrat has emerged as frontrunner to take the top job at OPEC, with members seeing Mohammed Barkindo as what would be a rare compromise candidate to lead the group amid rising tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Barkindo has been a key face of the Nigerian oil industry for the past decade, during which various governments tried and effectively failed to reform national oil company NNPC. Today, Nigeria has alongside Venezuela become one of the main victims of oil’s price collapse, with the country’s output declining sharply due to militant attacks on pipelines and infrastructure.

Posted on 31 May 2016 | 6:44 pm

New Saudi energy minister shows he takes OPEC seriously

Khalid al-Falih, the new Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Ministry, is sworn in by Saudi King Salman in RiyadhWhen the oil producer group holds its half-yearly meetings, what time the ministers arrive in Vienna, how they speak and which hotel they stay in – anything will be analysed in an attempt to predict its policies. For veteran OPEC watcher Gary Ross, founder of New York-based consultancy PIRA, that signals expectations should be low as far as OPEC policy is concerned. "OPEC is becoming far less important.

Posted on 31 May 2016 | 6:20 pm

OPEC oil output falls from near-record in May on Nigeria outages

The OPEC logo is pictured at its headquarters in ViennaBy Alex Lawler VIENNA (Reuters) – OPEC's oil output fell in May from near a record high, a Reuters survey found on Tuesday, as attacks on Nigeria's oil industry and other outages outweighed increases in Iran and Gulf members. A rise in supply from Saudi Arabia plus Iran suggests the group's top producers remain focussed on market share, following the failure of an initiative in April between OPEC and non-OPEC producers to support prices by freezing output. With OPEC meeting in Vienna on Thursday, outages are effectively achieving the supply restraint on which producers could not agree.

Posted on 31 May 2016 | 4:28 pm

Space Culinary Challenge! Students’ Tasty Meal Will Feed Astronauts

Space Culinary Challenge! Students' Tasty Meal Will Feed AstronautsIt's quite a challenge to make good food that can work in a zero-gravity environment, meet all of NASA's nutritional requirements and taste good — but high-school students from Passaic County Technical Institute in Wayne, New Jersey, were able to do it. As part of the High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) program, NASA centers all over the United States hosted a set of culinary challenges designed to make better-tasting astronaut food. The Passaic County students won with a red-pepper risotto entrée.

Posted on 31 May 2016 | 3:14 pm

Dismay in oil Twitterverse upon popular U.S. crude trader’s exit

A man reads tweets on his phone in front of a displayed Twitter logo in Bordeaux, southwestern FranceEric Rosenfeldt, who goes by the Twitter handle of Oil Merchant or @energyrosen, had attracted more than 8,000 Twitter followers for his quirky and candid opinions on the crude oil market. Rosenfeldt does not identify himself or his company on his Twitter profile, but he previously confirmed his identity to Reuters. The trader, who lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on Thursday deleted his account after a user questioned some of his tweets about crude prices and called him dishonest.

Posted on 31 May 2016 | 2:23 pm

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: 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

Like to get more bang for your sustainability-boosting buck? Here’s how

A new method for assessing and comparing the various costs and benefits of green products has been developed, making it possible for purchasers to get the most environmental bang for their sustainability-investment buck.

Posted on 31 May 2016 | 10:24 pm

High blood pressure linked to short-, long-term exposure to some air pollutants

High blood pressure was associated with short-term and long-term exposure to some air pollutants commonly associated with the burning/combustion of fossil fuels, dust and dirt, a new study shows. Researchers suggest people — especially those with high blood pressure — limit their time outdoors when pollution levels are high.

Posted on 31 May 2016 | 10:24 pm

Leaving the electrical grid in the Upper Peninsula

While Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is not the sunniest place in the world, solar energy is viable in the region. With new technologies, some people might be inclined to leave the electrical grid. A team of researchers looked into the economic viability of grid defection in the Upper Peninsula.

Posted on 31 May 2016 | 6:34 pm

Algorithm could help detect, reduce power grid faults

The power grid is aging, overburdened and seeing more faults than ever, according to many experts. Any of those breaks could easily lead to prolonged power outages or even equipment damage. Now researchers have demonstrated that the Singular Spectrum Analysis (SSA) algorithm may be the best tool to help authorities remotely detect and locate power grid faults.

Posted on 31 May 2016 | 6:34 pm

Hydrothermal vents, methane seeps play enormous role in marine life, global climate

The hydrothermal vents and methane seeps on the ocean floor that were once thought to be geologic and biological oddities are now emerging as a major force in ocean ecosystems, marine life and global climate. And through their methane consumption, the life forms living at these vents are helping to prevent potentially catastrophic greenhouse problems.

Posted on 31 May 2016 | 6:32 pm

Turning human waste into next generation biofuel

Researchers have found a new way to convert human waste into renewable energy sources.

Posted on 31 May 2016 | 5:11 pm

Optical fiber monitoring key to waste oil recycling

Scientists are harnessing advanced fiber-sensor technologies to increase productivity and process safety in the waste oil recycling process.

Posted on 31 May 2016 | 5:11 pm

Looking to beat the heat and save money?

A new study confirms that, contrary to the belief that cool roofs won’t work in colder climates, they actually provide net energy — and monetary — savings.

Posted on 31 May 2016 | 3:34 pm

Studying life on the rocks

Researchers have developed an apparatus to meet the growing need for measuring ice as it changes in response to external forces, a process ice scientists call ‘deformational behaviors.” These forces occur on Earth in glacial ice as it flows due to gravity, and in space as icy satellite bodies respond to tidal forces from their parent bodies.

Posted on 31 May 2016 | 3:27 pm

Ecologists advise an increase in prescribed grassland burning to maintain ecosystem, livelihood

At least 50 percent of the tallgrass prairie in the Flint Hills is burned every three to four years or less frequently and is susceptible to becoming shrubland if fire frequencies are not increased, say experts.

Posted on 31 May 2016 | 2:48 pm