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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.

Papua New Guinea PM resigns, throwing gas deal into doubt

Port Moresby - Papua New Guinea's embattled prime minister stepped down on Wednesday, capping a months-long political crisis and calling a multi-billion-dollar French and US-backed gas deal into question.

French startup raises €9m for next-gen fast-charging batteries

As technology develops in ever-more interesting ways the one limitation that limits the experience is the relatively short battery life. For this reason, many companies are racing to developing better batteries. One such example is NAWA Technologies.

Russia forges on with Europe gas project despite US sanctions threat

Deep in the Russian Arctic anticipation runs high ahead of the launch of a natural gas pipeline that has emerged as a source of tensions pitting Moscow and Berlin against Washington.

Cyprus to ramp up exploratory gas drilling: minister

Nicosia - Cyprus will ramp up its search for gas, a minister said on Tuesday, after Turkey announced plans to carry out its own drilling in waters off the Mediterranean island."Activities in the Cyprus EEZ (exclusive economic zone) continue.

EU urges Turkey restraint in Cyprus energy dispute

Nicosia - The European Union on Monday called on Turkey to show restraint and respect the sovereign rights of Cyprus in a dispute over exploiting energy wealth off the Mediterranean island.

Cyprus protests British comments on offshore gas rights

Nicosia - Cyprus officially protested to Britain on Wednesday over "unacceptable" comments made by a Foreign Office minister that questioned its right to exploit offshore energy reserves while the island remains divided.

Papua New Guinea PM plays down leadership challenge

Port Moresby - Papua New Guinea's embattled prime minister insisted he still had the backing of his party Monday and can avoid being turfed out of office in a vote of no confidence.

US urges Turkey against drilling off Cyprus

Washington - US officials pressed Turkey on Sunday against going forward with plans to start exploratory drilling for oil and gas off Cyprus, labeled as illegal by the European Union.

EU warns Turkey against drilling off Cyprus

Apo - EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini on Saturday urged Turkey to reconsider plans to start exploratory drilling for oil and gas off Cyprus, already condemned as illegal by the European Union.

Graphene sponge aids development of new lithium sulphur batteries

The path towards an electric future is hampered by the ability of batteries to provide sufficient power over a sufficiently long period of time. Globally considerable research is going into methods to improve battery power, including the use of graphene.

Caffeine provides solar cells with an energy boost: Study

To discover that caffeine can give solar cells an energy boost is perhaps one of the more surprising scientific discoveries. Research shows that caffeine can help make solar cells more efficient at converting light to electricity.

Iraq on track to be third oil supplier in 2030: IEA

Baghdad - Iraq is on track to produce nearly six million barrels of crude daily by 2030, the International Energy Agency said Thursday, which would make it the world's third biggest oil supplier.

Energias de Portugal shareholders block takeover bid by China Three Gorges

Lisbon - Shareholders in Portugal's biggest company, Energias de Portugal, on Wednesday blocked a nine-billion-euro ($10-billion) takeover bid by the state-owned China Three Gorges (CTG) Corporation.

Czech EPH to buy two power plants in Northern Ireland

Prague - The Czech-based coal mining and energy group EPH, known for bucking Europe's green trend, said Tuesday it would buy two power plants in Northern Ireland.

EPP's Weber wants to 'stop' Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

Warsaw - The lead candidate for Europe's conservative bloc in next month's EU elections has said he would try to stop the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline if he becomes European Commission president, according to an interview published Tuesday.

Costa Rica bets on ending fossil fuel use by 2050

San Jos - Eric Orlich and his wife Gioconda Rojas own two electric vehicles, which they charge at home in the garage thanks to solar panels on their roof.

New premier of Canada's Alberta to roll back environmental protections

Ottawa - The new conservative leader of Canada's oil-rich Alberta province said Wednesday he will nix its carbon tax, opening up a new battlefront with liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of October national elections.

Three things to know as Germany opens massive ocean wind park

Sa - Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday officially opened a massive wind farm in the Baltic Sea, calling it a project of "national significance" for Germany's "energy transition" towards renewables.Here are three things to know about the Arkona wind park.

Q&A: Creating ‘smart’ microbial bionsensors Special

New research shows that protein-based biosensors can detect the presence of a desired enzyme target and respond by physically lighting up, and enabling researchers to immediately identify cells with increased overall enzyme yield.

Digital transformation trends within the utilities sector

Expanding data analytics capabilities are enabling utilities companies to make use of archived and real-time data so that supply systems can be made more reliable, affordable and clean. We look at three innovations in the utilities space.

Large parts of Venezuela hit by new blackout

Caracas - A new blackout across large parts of crisis-hit Venezuela, including the capital Caracas, forced many to spend another night in the dark on Tuesday.

Poverty, repression in shadow of Azerbaijan's shiny new skyline

Bakou - In a crowded Baku street, Gyulya Akparova talks proudly about the major transformation of Azerbaijan and its thousand-year-old capital dotted with glittering skyscrapers on the Caspian Sea.

Shell hit with Dutch climate lawsuit

Den Haag - Climate campaigners marched to Shell's headquarters in the Netherlands on Friday and handed the oil giant a lawsuit aimed at forcing it to meet targets in the Paris accord.

Hydrogen fuel created from seawater improves power generation

As part of the on-going quest for clean and more efficient fuels, researchers have developed a process that shows how hydrogen-based fuel can be generated from seawater. This avoids the need to use costly and troublesome water purification processes.

Duke Energy to invest $76 million in electric car chargers

Duke Energy Corp. plans to spend $76 million to add 2,500 charging stations for electric vehicles in North Carolina at a time when drivers may have a hard time finding a place to recharge as the industry expands.
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