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CO2 emissions set to surge, IEA warns

Paris - Climate-changing CO2 emissions are set to surge by the second-biggest amount in history this year as the global economy recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic, the IEA warned Tuesday, days before a major climate summit.

Saudi Aramco 2020 profits slump on lower crude prices

Apo - Energy giant Saudi Aramco on Sunday posted a 44.4 percent slump in 2020 net profit due to lower crude prices, as the coronavirus pandemic weighed heavily on global demand.

Energy giant Eni offers to pay $14m to settle Congo graft inquiry

Milan - Italian energy giant Eni said Thursday it had filed a request with a Milan court to pay 14 million dollars (11.8 million euros) to settle an investigation into corruption in Congo-Brazzaville levied at the company and one of its managers.

Yemeni women use solar to light up homes, one village at a time

Sanaa - Ten trailblazing Yemeni women have overcome scepticism and ridicule to bring electricity to their villages, illuminating lives with a micro-grid solar business that they hope to expand across their war-torn region.

Greece, Turkey, meet for fresh talks on maritime dispute

Athens - Diplomats from NATO members Greece and Turkey met in Athens Tuesday to try once more to settle their standoff over eastern Mediterranean borders and energy rights.

Space-starved Singapore builds floating solar farms in climate fight

Fpo - Thousands of panels glinting in the sun stretch into the sea off Singapore, part of the land-scarce city-state's push to build floating solar farms to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Germany to compensate energy firms 2.4 bn euros for nuclear exit

Berlin - Germany will pay top energy companies a total of 2.4 billion euros ($2.9 billion) in compensation for its decision to exit nuclear energy in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, Berlin said Friday.

Germany faces tough questions as nuclear exit nears

Gundremmingen - The Bavarian village of Gundremmingen is so proud of its nuclear power station that its coat of arms is graced with a giant golden atom.

Decade after Fukushima, Japan's nuclear industry stalled

Ten years after the Fukushima disaster, Japan's nuclear industry remains crippled, with the majority of its reactors halted or on the path towards decommissioning.

Austria ex-minister who danced with Putin gets Rosneft nomination

Moscow - Austria's former foreign minister who danced with President Vladimir Putin at her wedding has been nominated for a seat on oil giant Rosneft's board of directors, a government decree said Wednesday.

CO2 pollution bounces back, climate goals at risk: IEA

Paris - Global CO2 emissions have returned to pre-pandemic levels and then some, threatening to put climate treaty targets for capping global warming out of reach, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday.

Mexico lawmakers advance controversial energy reforms

Mexico - Mexico's lower house of Congress on Wednesday approved controversial reforms aimed at strengthening the state electricity company, despite warnings from environmentalists that they promote fossil fuels over renewable energy.

Anger over huge power bills in 'preventable' Texas weather crisis

Houston - Millions of Texans were still without safe water on Sunday as officials fielded angry complaints over shockingly large power bills spawned by a cold weather crisis that Houston's mayor said was ultimately preventable.

Texas restores power but still struggling with water

Houston - Texas authorities have restored power statewide bringing relief after days of unprecedentedly frigid temperatures, but millions were still struggling Saturday without safe, drinkable water.

Bolsonaro appoints army reserve general to head Petrobras

Bras - Brazil's far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, appointed an army reserve general to lead state-owned energy giant Petrobras, after criticizing several successive increases in the price of fuel.

Texans queue for water as US counts cost of deadly winter storm

Houston - Frustrated Texans queued for hours for safe drinking water Friday, after an unprecedented and deadly "polar plunge" burst pipes and left millions in the US state shivering without power or clean water for days.

$43 bn deal for 'world's biggest' offshore wind farm in South Korea

Seoul - A $43 billion deal was signed Friday to build what the South Korean government said will be the world's biggest offshore wind power complex, as it seeks to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

China launches carbon emissions trading scheme

Bejing - China launched a carbon trading system Monday designed to drive down emissions, as the world's biggest polluter takes steps towards decarbonising its economy by 2060.

Greece, Turkey hold first crisis talks since 2016

Istanbul - Greece and Turkey bowed to EU pressure on Monday and engaged in their first direct talks in nearly five years over an explosive standoff about eastern Mediterranean borders and energy rights.

Greece, Turkey face first crisis talk since 2016

Istanbul - Greece and Turkey will bow to EU and NATO pressure on Monday and hold the first direct talks over their explosive eastern Mediterranean standoff in four years.

Major firms urge Japan to bolster 2030 renewables goal

Apo - Major firms including Sony, Panasonic and Nissan on Monday urged the Japanese government to make its 2030 renewable energy target twice as ambitious.

Dozens of nations miss deadline to boost climate ambition

Paris - More than half the world's nations failed to submit upgraded commitments by year's end to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, straggling behind the schedule of accelerated climate ambitions set out in the Paris Agreement.

Japan unveils green growth plan for 2050 carbon neutral goal

Apo - Japan on Friday unveiled plans to boost renewable energy, phase out gasoline-powered cars and reduce battery costs as part of a bid to reach an ambitious 2050 carbon-neutral goal.

Millions facing winter power shortages in China as coal supply squeezed

Bejing - Tens of millions across China are facing power shortages in below-freezing winter temperatures, as three provinces impose curbs on electricity use due to surging demand and a squeezed coal supply.

Poland eyes hard split with coal

Warsaw - Coal-dependent EU member Poland aims to shut its last mine by the bloc's 2050 target, but experts warn the move to go green comes late and faces many hurdles.

Q&A: Smart city lab shapes the future of energy infrastructure Special

Australian energy utility Western Power is preparing through a collaboration with Itron to build a Smart City Lab inside its head office that opens up a multitude of smart opportunities for its customers and communities.

Work resumes on controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline: statement

Berlin - Construction work resumed Friday on the disputed Nord Stream 2 pipeline which is to bring Russian gas to Germany, the project's managers said, despite protests from the United States.

Five years on, summit aims to breathe life into Paris deal

Paris - Five years ago, countries agreed a plan to chart humanity's path away from climate catastrophe, with the landmark Paris deal paving the way to a greener, healthier future.

Work set to resume on NordStream 2 pipeline despite US protest

Berlin - Work looks set to resume on the controversial NordStream 2 pipeline that will bring Russian gas to Germany despite a fresh protest from the United States on Saturday.

UK insists can achieve 68 percent emissions cut by 2030

London - Britain insisted Friday it can meet a new commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than two-thirds this decade compared to 1990 levels, the fastest reduction target of any major economy.
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UNSW's Heinrich Hora (centre) visiting Shanghai Guangji University in 2014.
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A wind farm in Scotland
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The floating turbine offshore of the Goto Islands. Photo: 09/21/2012
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A Pemex gas station in Rancho Salvador Sol Torres, Jalisco, Mexico in 2005.
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Schematic of a hydrogen-boron fusion reactor.
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Aerial view of ITER project on June 17, 2019.
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The High Flux Isotope Reactor buidings at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
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Wind turbines at a wind farm in California's Altamont Pass.
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The Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant in Eurajoki, Finland, which uses a French-designed European Pressure Reactor (EPR)
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Artist's impression of the core of a laser-ignited hydrogen-boron fusion reactor.
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The Peterhead Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project in Aberdeenshire, UK.
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Tidal electricity generator awaiting installation, July 9, 2007.
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Smart meters need a rethink, say researchers
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