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Essential Science: Big seaweed bloom triggers pollution concern

Scientists have discovered the biggest seaweed bloom in the world. This is a record-breaking belt of brown algae, from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico. It’s here to stay for the long-term, and this means ecological trouble.

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.

ExxonMobil finds largest Cyprus gas reserve yet

Nicosia - US energy giant ExxonMobil has discovered a huge natural gas reserve off the coast of Cyprus, Cypriot authorities said Thursday, a find that could raise tensions with nearby Turkey.

Global energy demand to soar one third by 2040: BP

London - Global energy demand will surge by a third over the next two decades on advancing prosperity, but Indian demand growth will eclipse that of flagging giant China, Britain's BP forecast Thursday.

Backed by Poland, Pompeo vows to try to stop Russia pipeline

Warsaw - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that the United States would do everything in its power to stop Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Europe as he joined Poland in warning of risks.

Berlin woos US in Europe gas battle

Berlin - Germany will put on a show of unity with the United States Tuesday in talks on importing natural gas, as Berlin battles accusations an under-construction pipeline deepens European energy dependence on Russia.

EU adopts French-German compromise on Russia gas pipeline

Apo - European Union member states adopted a Franco-German compromise on Friday allowing Berlin to remain the lead negotiator with Russia on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Europe.

France, Germany compromise on Russia's Nord Stream II gas pipeline

Apo - France and Germany have struck a compromise allowing Berlin to remain the lead negotiator with Russia on the Nord Stream II gas pipeline to Europe, a proposed deal showed Friday.

Israel's giant offshore gas field gets platform jacket

Jerusalem - Israeli officials went to sea Thursday to mark the arrival of the platform jacket for Leviathan, a major step in the "revolution" the massive gas reservoir is expected to generate.

20 presumed dead from ship fires off Crimea

Moscow - Up to 20 people were presumed dead off Russian-annexed Crimea after a fire engulfed two fuel ships, authorities said on Tuesday.

US pressures Germany over Russian gas pipeline

Frankfurt Am Main - A transatlantic tiff over Europe's natural gas supply came to the boil Sunday, as Donald Trump's ambassador to Germany threatened firms involved in a pipeline from Russia with sanctions.

Romania could challenge Russian grip on Europe's energy

Bucharest - Romania, one of the EU's poorest members, could emerge as an unlikely challenger to Russia's iron grip on eastern Europe's energy supply thanks to vast oil and gas reserves waiting to be tapped, experts say.

Cyprus invites bids to explore for offshore gas

Nicosia - Cyprus decided Wednesday to invite energy giants Total, Eni and ExxonMobil to bid for a license to explore for oil and gas in a new offshore block, officials said.

Deal to allow Israeli gas exports to Egypt

Jerusalem - A US-Israeli consortium leading the development of Israel's offshore gas reserves announced Thursday a deal that would enable the export of natural gas to Egypt.

TurkStream pipeline nearly complete: Gazprom

Moscow - The TurkStream pipeline, due to supply Russian gas to Turkey via the Black Sea from next year, is already 80 percent complete, the CEO of the Russian gas giant Gazprom said Thursday.

Top Trump aide condemns EU dependence on Russian gas

Kiev - US President Donald Trump's national security advisor on a visit to Kiev Friday condemned the proposed Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany which will bypassing Ukraine, stressing Europe was taking a strategic risk by relying on Russia...

Russia and Ukraine in EU-backed talks to avoid fresh 'gas wars'

Moscow - Officials from Moscow and Kiev were set to gather in Berlin on Tuesday for EU-backed talks on the future of the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine in a bid to minimise disputes when the current contract expires next year.

Timor bugging whistleblower faces Australia criminal charges

Sydney - Criminal charges have been filed against a spy-turned-whistleblower who exposed a secret Australian bugging operation in East Timor, parliament heard Thursday, in what one MP called an "insane development".

Mozambique's gas-fuelled future threatened by jihadists

Maputo - An unprecedented wave of jihadist attacks in northern Mozambique has raised fears the country will fail to fully cash in on a gas bonanza.After 180 trillion cubic feet (5.

Preparatory works start on disputed Russian gas pipeline

Moscow - Preparatory work for the construction of a controversial Russian gas pipeline began off the German coast on Tuesday, just days ahead of a visit to Moscow by German chancellor Angela Merkel.

Cyprus, Israel may seek arbitration over gas field: minister

Nicosia - Cyprus and Israel will seek arbitration if no settlement can be reached between companies claiming rights to a shared gas field, the island's Energy Minister George Lakkotrypis said Wednesday.

Finland approves Russian gas pipeline plans

Apo - Finland on Thursday granted its final approval for a pipeline dubbed Nord Stream 2, which will be used to pump Russian natural gas to Germany, to go through its waters in the Baltic Sea.

New Zealand halts new offshore oil and gas exploration

Wellington - New Zealand is halting all new offshore oil and gas exploration to become a global leader in the fight against climate change, the centre-left government said Thursday, but opponents accused it of "economic vandalism".

Ukraine rejects Russian gas transit offer

Kiev - Ukraine on Wednesday rejected a natural gas transit proposal by Russian energy giant Gazprom as an unacceptable and unprofitable proposition for Kiev.

Russia's Gazprom says could maintain transit via Ukraine

Moscow - Russia's Gazprom said Tuesday it was possible that it could retain some transit via Ukraine after German Chancellor Angela Merkel said this was essential for a planned Russian-German pipeline to go ahead.

No Russia-German pipeline plan without Ukraine role: Merkel

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday that plans for a controversial second underwater pipeline to bring gas from Russia could not go forward without Ukrainian involvement in overland transit.

Ukraine urges cancellation of Russia-Germany gas pipeline

Frankfurt Am Main - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday urged Germany to abandon plans to build a controversial second pipeline to bring gas from Russia, saying it would enable a "blockade" against his country.

Any gas attack in Syria would be 'very unwise': Mattis

Muscat - US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Sunday it would be "very unwise" for the Syrian regime to use gas as a weapon against the people of Eastern Ghouta and elsewhere.

War leaves Yemenis struggling to buy fuel to cook

Sanaa - Long queues of men line the streets of Yemen's rebel-held capital Sanaa waiting alongside empty propane gas canisters they are desperate to replace so they have fuel to cook.

PNG quake leaves 67 dead as aftershocks rock homes: Red Cross

Sydney - At least 67 people were killed by an earthquake that devastated Papua New Guinea's remote highlands last week, the Red Cross said Monday, with thousands more homeless and without food and clean water.
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