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Yemen rebel attack sparks fire in Saudi gas plant: Aramco

Apo - An attack claimed by Yemeni rebels sparked a fire in a Saudi gas plant Saturday but caused no casualties or disruption to production, state-owned energy company Saudi Aramco said.

Portuguese police escort fuel trucks as strike begins

Lisbon - Portuguese police escorted fuel trucks on Monday to supply petrol stations on the first day of a tanker drivers' strike threatening supplies at the height of the summer holidays.

Solar power efficiency can be boosted using agricultural land

New research finds that installing solar panels on agricultural lands maximizes their efficiency. This is seen as the key to fulfilling future global electric energy demand.

Brazil, Paraguay scrap controversial energy deal

Asunci - Brazil and Paraguay on Thursday formally canceled a controversial energy agreement -- signed in May but only revealed last week -- after it threatened to upend the government of Paraguayan President Mario Abdo.

Venezuela limps back to normal after another blackout

Caracas - Electricity has been restored in all of Caracas and several other regions of Venezuela after a major blackout, the government said Tuesday -- the latest taste of misery for a country mired in economic crisis.

Caracas, other parts of Venezuela hit by power cut

Caracas - Caracas and other parts of crisis-wracked Venezuela were hit by a massive power cut on Monday, AFP journalists and internet users said.

Humanity's climate 'carbon budget' dwindling fast

Paris - The concept of a carbon budget is dead simple: figure out how much CO2 humanity can pump into the atmosphere without pushing Earth's surface temperature beyond a dangerous threshold.

EU agrees measures against Turkey for Cyprus drilling

Apo - The European Union on Monday agreed measures to punish Turkey for pursuing drilling operations off Cyprus despite repeated warnings.The EU will halt high-level dialogue with Turkey, suspend talks over an aviation agreement and cut 145.

Turkish Cypriot leader proposes joint energy committee

Nicosia - Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci on Saturday proposed creating a joint committee across the divided Mediterranean island, to address tensions over offshore energy reserves.

Transforming electric cars into battery hubs to store energy

Electric cars could be used as battery hubs in order to store renewable energy. This concept, being considered for the U.K., is about capturing and utilizing some of the excess energy produced from electric vehicles.

Turkey drills off Cyprus in bid for regional influence

Ankara - When Turkey dispatched a second ship to drill for oil and gas in disputed waters off Cyprus last month, it drew fire not just from rival Nicosia but also the rebuke of Western allies and threats of EU sanctions.

Turkey vows to keep drilling off Cyprus despite EU warnings

Ankara - Turkey on Wednesday vowed to continue drilling activities off Cyprus despite tensions with the European Union, which has called on Ankara to cease its "illegal" activities.

US, Egypt warn Turkey over drilling off Cyprus

Apo - The United States and Egypt on Tuesday warned Turkey against escalating tensions in the eastern Mediterranean over its attempt to drill for oil and gas in the waters off Cyprus.

Essential science: Google is running cold fusion experiments

Researchers working at Google (together with academic institutions) are investigating the so-called “cold case” of cold fusion. This is for an energy source and for other areas, which could also benefit other areas of science and technology.

Iran set to exceed nuclear deal uranium enrichment cap

Tehran - Iran said Sunday it was set to breach the uranium enrichment cap set by an endangered nuclear deal within hours as it seeks to press other parties into keeping their side of the bargain.

Climate campaigners 'greatest threat' to oil sector: OPEC

Vienna - OPEC's secretary-general has complained of what he called "unscientific" attacks on the oil industry by climate change campaigners, calling them "perhaps the greatest threat to our industry going forward".

Iraq sets up 'loophole' in US sanctions to buy Iranian power

Baghdad - Iraq is establishing a financial "loophole" to continue buying vital gas and electricity from Iran despite US sanctions, AFP has learned, mirroring a European mechanism that came into effect Friday.

OPEC extends oil output cuts after Moscow-Riyadh pact

Vienna - OPEC agreed Monday to extend by nine months daily oil output cuts aimed at supporting prices and soaking up excess supplies, following last weekend's G20 pact between cartel kingpin Saudi Arabia and non-member Russia.

Big energy discussion 'scrubbed from record' at UN climate talks

Bonn - Hours of discussions over whether the United Nations climate process needs protecting from big energy interests were "scrubbed" from official conclusions at a conference in Germany this week, AFP has learned.

Kenya court blocks East Africa's first coal plant 

Nairobi - Kenya's environment court blocked Wednesday the construction of a coal-fired power station on the country's idyllic Indian Ocean coast, in a move hailed as a major victory by campaigners fighting a years-long battle against the scheme.

Cyprus racers show budget solar cars have a sunny future

Nicosia - Venetia Chrysostomide fastened her helmet and rolled her solar-powered car into the sunny streets of Cypriot capital Nicosia for a race to showcase such vehicles' eco-friendly potential, even on a budget.

Tesla's share of the home solar market drops

Tesla may be a pioneer when it comes to electric cars, but the company has not seen the same impetus when it comes to its attempts to reconfigure the home solar market, according to new market analysis.

EU threatens sanctions over Turkey's Cyprus drilling

Apo - The EU on Thursday stepped up its rhetoric over Turkey's "illegal" drilling for oil and gas off Cyprus, raising the threat of sanctions if Ankara refuses to back down.

Turkey to send new ship to search for gas off Cyprus as tensions mount

Gebze - Turkey is set to send a new ship on Thursday to search for oil and gas off Cyprus, in a move expected to escalate tensions after the EU called on Ankara to stop its "illegal drilling activities".

Greece calls on EU to condemn 'illegal' drilling off Cyprus

Athens - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday demanded that the European Union issue a reprimand to Turkey for its "illegal" gas exploration in Cyprus, after Ankara defied calls for it to cease drilling in the region.

Erdogan says drilling off Cyprus to continue despite warning

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said Turkey would not back down from gas exploration in Cyprus after southern European leaders urged Ankara to stop.

G20 agrees marine plastic pollution deal

Apo - The Group of 20 major economies said they agreed a deal to reduce plastic waste that is choking the seas at a meeting in Japan on Sunday.

US grants energy-hungry Iraq new Iran sanctions waiver: source

Baghdad - The United States has granted Iraq another 90-day waiver to continue with vital energy imports from neighbouring Iran despite re-imposed sanctions, a government source said Saturday.

Gas surges globally as green groups cry foul

Paris - 2018 was a "golden year" for natural gas with demand surging worldwide, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said Friday, prompting concern from environmental groups over the climate impact of the world's new favourite fuel.Demand for gas grew 4.

Papua New Guinea PM denies 'chasing" investors away

Port Moresby - Papua New Guinea's new Prime Minister toned down fiery rhetoric against foreign resource companies during a first address to the nation Wednesday, saying he was not trying to chase investors away.
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