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Storm warning for the fossil-fuel industry

by Daniel Litvin London – This has been a year of extreme weather events, from the “Beast from the East” that froze much of the United Kingdom in March to Hurricane Florence on the US East Coast and Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines. Scientists generally hesitate to say that any particular natural disaster is the result of climate change, but ... Read More »

Pope urges action on clean energy

Pope Francis has said climate change is a challenge of “epochal proportions” and that the world must convert to clean fuel. “Civilisation requires energy, but energy use must not destroy civilisation,” he said. He was speaking to a group of oil company executives at the end of a two-day conference in the Vatican. Firms present included ExxonMobil, BP, Royal Dutch ... Read More »

Russia eyes US nuclear fuel market

Russia’s state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom reached an agreement with the American counterpart for pilot testing of their new TVS-K nuclear fuel in Western-designed reactors at US-based nuclear power plants.In May, Rosatom’s TVEL Fuel Company and Global Nuclear Fuel–Americas (GNF-A ), a leading US supplier of fuel for boiling-water reactors, including uranium dioxide and MOX fuel, set up a consortium to ... Read More »

Gorbachev disagrees with Obama on nukes

By David Swanson Mikhail Gorbachev and Barack Obama have radically different views on what is involved in doing away with nuclear weapons. Reading Gorbachev’s new book, The New Russia, is a bit disappointing, but it contains some key insights. It may also be a cure for insomnia; it’s no page turner. It’s part decades-long diary and travelogue, part petty self-aggrandizement ... Read More »

8 power sector projects put on ‘fast track’

The government has put eight power sector projects on ‘fast track’ giving an allocation of Tk 11,416.74 crore in the 2016-17 fiscal year. The government’s budget document titled ‘Kathamo Rupantare Brihat Prokalpo: Probriddhi Sanchare Natun Matra’ (Large Projects in Transformation of Structure: New Dimension in Spreading Growth) revealed the information on the fast track projects. According to the document, the ... Read More »

Inside the daring mission that thwarted a Nazi atomic bomb

When the Nazis captured a heavy water facility in Norway, the chemist who helped design the plant took action. On February 27, 1942, nine saboteurs scaled a cliff in the middle of the night to blow up a Nazi-controlled heavy water plant in Norway. Hollywood turned the story of the attack into The Heroes of Telemark, a sappy action-movie-on-skis starring ... Read More »

India keen on joint development of oil, gas blocks in Qatar

India on Sunday evinced interest in joint exploration of new oil and gas fields as well development of discovered assets in resource-rich Qatar as the two countries decided to focus on enhancing cooperation in the energy sector. India also invited Qatar to invest in the country’s exploration and production sector by bidding for the blocks under the new ‘Hydrocarbon Exploration ... Read More »

Total returns second Danish shale gas licence

French energy group Total has returned the second of two shale gas licences to Denmark after disappointing test drilling results, the Danish government said on Wednesday “There is not enough shale gas in the north Jutland underground at Dybvad for commercial extraction,” the Danish energy ministry said in a statement. Energy Minister Lars Christian Lilleholt said that while Total’s move ... Read More »

Renewable energy sources grew at record pace in 2015

Developing countries spent more on renewable power than rich ones for the first time last year, driving the fastest increase in sources of green energy on record, a study said Wednesday. Global investment in renewable power was more than double the amount spent on new coal and natural gas-fired power generation in 2015, the Renewables Global Status report found. Overall spending ... Read More »

Thai military men jailed for attack on mine activists

A Thai court on Tuesday jailed two military men for orchestrating an attack on villagers who were blockading a gold mine, a lawyer said, a rare ruling in favour of such activists. Residents of Nanonbong in the northeastern province of Loei have waged a decade-long struggle against the mine, operated by the Thai company Tungkum Ltd., which they accuse of ... Read More »

Neanderthals built mysterious stone circles

A worker takes measurements of the stone rings inside Bruniquel Cave. Once illuminated by the flickering fires of prehistoric builders, an array of mysterious stone circles hid in darkness for millennia, tucked into the recesses of a cave in France. Now, these ancient structures are again emerging from the shadows. The strange rings are crafted from stalagmites and are roughly ... Read More »

Solar Impulse 2 lands in Pennsylvania on record-breaking flight

The sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft landed in the US state of Pennsylvania Wednesday, completing the latest leg of a record-breaking flight around the world to promote renewable energy by consuming no fuel. After taking off from Dayton, Ohio in the dark early on Wednesday, the plane piloted by Swiss explorer Bertrand Piccard arrived at 8:49 pm (0049 GMT Thursday) ... Read More »

The toxic toll of Indonesia’s gold mines

More than a million small-scale miners in this island nation are poisoned, which is leaving children with crippling birth defects. Ipan, 16 months old, suffers a seizure as his mother, Fatimah, looks on. Both his parents, who live in Sekotong, Indonesia, were gold miners who used mercury to process gold. Doctors say Ipan probably suffered mercury poisoning while in the ... Read More »

Bangladesh-Russia negotiation on Rooppur NPP in Moscow

Dhaka – Deputy CEO for International Relations of Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation Nikolay Spasskiy yesterday led the Russian part during negotiation with the visiting Bangladesh Delegation headed by the Minister for Science and Technology Yeafesh Osman. A high power delegation from Bangladesh is in Moscow at the moment for bilateral negotiations with Russia on various issues pertaining to Rooppur ... Read More »

Coal spill risk to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

A major coal spill on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef could kill some colourful corals within two weeks and stunt the growth of fish and seagrass, a new study revealed Tuesday. While coal spills are rare, environmentalists have been increasingly concerned about the risks to the reef from ships carrying the commodity mined in Queensland state through its waters. The study, ... Read More »

Eco campaigners block lignite-fired German power plant

Around 2,000 environmental activists protesting the use of fossil fuels blockaded a power plant that burns brown coal in eastern Germany Saturday,organisers said, a day after a similar protest at a coal mine. The activists, who arrived by bike, bus and on foot, surrounded the entrance to the Schwarze Pumpe plant in Spremberg near the Polish border and also blocked ... Read More »

Bangladesh delegation visits Russia’s Novovoronezh NPP

Dhaka – A Bangladesh delegation comprising the Ambassador to Russia Dr. S. M. Saiful Hoque, representatives of Ministry of Science and Technology and other concerned departments visited the Novovoronezh nuclear power plant in Russia. The Novovoronezh NPP is the reference project for the under construction Rooppur NPP in Bangladesh. The delegation, accompanied by Vladimir Zarubaev, Deputy Chief Engineer for Inspection ... Read More »

Why the Chernobyl nuclear ruins are a 20th-century Pompeii

By Kristin Romey Thirty years ago this week, a reactor explosion at the Chernobyl power plant in the former Soviet Union resulted in the worst peacetime nuclear disaster in human history. Due to high radiation levels, the thousand-square-mile (2,600-square kilometer) Exclusion Zone was quickly established around Chernobyl and the nearby city of Pripyat in what is today northern Ukraine. More ... Read More »

France fires up push for renewable energies

France announced Monday it was raising its renewable energy goals and would become the first country to issue “green bonds” to fund projects which benefit the enviroment. French President Francois Hollande also confirmed that the country’s oldest nuclear power plant, Fessenheim — which sits near the German and Swiss borders — would be closed. Hollande was speaking at a national ... Read More »

Oil producers meet amid Saudi-Iran row over output freeze

World oil producers gathered in Qatar on Sunday to negotiate an output freeze to boost prices but a lingering dispute between crude kingpin Saudi Arabia and Iran threatened to overshadow the talks. Tehran said it was not sending any representative to Doha after Riyadh vowed it would not sign up to an output freeze unless regional adversary Iran did likewise. ... Read More »

Oil trades cautiously ahead of crunch producers’ summit

Oil prices rose slightly in Asia Friday after the International Energy Agency (IEA) said it saw the crude supply glut easing by year’s end, but trading was cautious ahead of a crunch producers’ summit. The IEA report, released ahead of Sunday’s summit in Doha, said the oil surplus would fall to 200,000 barrels per day in the second half of ... Read More »