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Cars in Illinois oil train derailment deemed 'safer' than others
The 21 cars in a 105-car-long BNSF Railway train that derailed and split open Thursday in northwest Illinois were considered safer than tanker cars in other recent oil train accidents as they had been retrofitted with protective shields.

06.03.2015 19:05

Radioactive water found in Fukushima, source unknown
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has started an investigation of newly detected ditch water containing relatively high levels of radioactive contamination. Officials aren’t ruling out that polluted water spilled into the sea.

06.03.2015 13:59

China to slash coal consumption by 160mn tons in 5 years
China intends to cut coal consumption by 160 million tons by 2020, and up its use of non-fossil energy to 15 percent by then. Air pollution has been linked to a spike in lung cancer in Beijing and a reduced life expectancy in some regions of 5.5 years.

06.03.2015 07:40

Obama admin balked at improving standards for gas in oil ‘bomb trains’ – report
A federal standard for regulating explosive gas in oil-transporting trains was rejected in the higher levels of the White House, according to a new report. It instead opted to allow new industry-backed regulations crafted in North Dakota to suffice.

05.03.2015 20:55

'Pee power’: UK university trials electricity generating toilet
A British university has developed a prototype toilet that is able to convert human urine into electricity, in the hope the technology can be used in refugee camps

05.03.2015 12:30

Ukraine ready to make ‘small’ prepayment to Gazprom by March 6 – energy minister
Naftogaz of Ukraine is ready to transfer another ‘small’ portion of its March prepayment to Gazprom by the end of this week, Ukrainian Energy Minister Vladimir Demchishin has said.

04.03.2015 14:20

The Sun’s the limit: Solar plane passes third test before round-the-world trip
Solar Impulse 2 – a second generation of jet powered by solar energy – made yet another successful flight from the United Arab Emirates preparing for its main challenge – a journey around the globe.

02.03.2015 17:49

Russian tycoon Fridman and Germany’s RWE close €5.1bn energy deal despite UK concerns
Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman’s investment fund LetterOne has closed a €5.1 billion deal with Germany’s RWE to buy its oil and gas arm Dea, despite an attempt by the UK to block the British part of the purchase.

02.03.2015 11:02

Turning the tide? World’s first lagoon power stations reach British shores
Plans to generate electricity from the world’s first batch of tidal lagoon power plants have surfaced in Britain. The power stations could yield 8 percent of the UK’s electricity requirements, experts suggest.

02.03.2015 15:44

​Green power: UK hits 12-year low in attracting renewable investment
Britain’s appeal to green energy investors has fallen to its lowest level in 12 years because of the government’s “lack of clarity” over its renewable energy policy. That’s according to a new index, in which the UK has slipped down to eighth place.

02.03.2015 09:27

‘No political obstacles’ to grant China 50% stake in Russian oil and gas fields – Deputy PM
Russia may consider granting Chinese investors over 50 percent stakes in its strategic hydrocarbon fields, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich has said.

27.02.2015 13:41

Appoint Arctic ambassador or be ‘outmaneuvered’ – UK Lords
The United Kingdom should select an ambassador for the Arctic or risk being left out of key decisions in the region, a House of Lords report says.

27.02.2015 09:15