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Natural resources

Solar panels can power the world – MIT study
An MIT report has found that regular solar panels like the ones used today could supply much of the world with power. They believe terawatts of energy could be produced by 2050 and say that investment, not technology, could be the biggest hurdle.

20.05.2015 15:22

Tanker engaged by Iranian vessels liable for $300mn in damages to oil rig – Tehran
A Singapore-flagged tanker which, owner claims, came under Iranian navy fire in the international waters off the UAE this week, is wanted over the unsettled $300mn debt in damages it caused to an oil rig in late March, according to Iranian official.

16.05.2015 02:44

US promises Ukraine help to become gas exporter
Ukraine has every chance of becoming a gas exporter again, as it was in the first half of the 20th century, said US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt. He added that the US will certainly help Kiev to achieve the goal.

15.05.2015 07:29

Big Oil’s campaign donations result in taxpayer subsidies - report
Oil companies making donations to politicians are getting massive tax credits in return, despite President Obama’s 2009 call to stop subsidizing big oil, claims the Guardian following an investigation into three corporate projects.

13.05.2015 18:00

Turning off the tap: Detroit threatens water shut-offs again
Detroit is threatening to shut off water to some 25,000 residents, giving them a deadline to pay their overdue water bills or sign up for a city payment plan. Critics say water cuts affect the poor and the vulnerable, violating their human rights.

12.05.2015 23:20

The German question
Seventy years after the end of World War II, and twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany is once again under the grip of ‘sturm und drang’, but this time barely registered in either East or West.

08.05.2015 15:51

World food prices at 5-yr low, unlikely to rise – UN
Global food prices continued to decline and fell to their lowest since 2010 on lower agricultural commodities prices the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said. More supplies and a strong US dollar have kept prices under downward pressure.

07.05.2015 08:46

​Diamond worth $430,000 found in Russia
A diamond weighing 76.07 carats was mined by Russia’s Alrosa, one of the world's largest producers of diamonds. The company plans to put the rare gem up for auction at a price of more than $430,000.

06.05.2015 14:25

Family affair: NY Senate majority leader, son arrested on federal corruption charges
The New York Senate majority leader and his son have been arrested by the FBI on corruption and conspiracy charges. State Sen. Dean G. Skelos is accused of using his position to benefit his son’s business dealings.

04.05.2015 17:07

Why NATO is terrified of Russia
The twin-pronged attack - oil price war/raid on the ruble – aimed at destroying the Russian economy and place it into a form of Western natural resource vassalage has failed.

29.04.2015 14:48

‘Where’s our money?’ Thousands of coal miners blockade Ukrainian govt
Thousands of coal miners from eastern Ukraine have taken to the streets in capital Kiev, protesting the closure of coal mines and demanding salary debts repaired. The protesters also wanted to talk to the PM, but Arseny Yatsenyuk ignored the call.

22.04.2015 16:51

California’s water conservation efforts hindered as tiered pricing ruled unconstitutional
California’s tiered water pricing has to be based on delivery costs rather than conservation incentives, a state appeals court ruled. The verdict will have major implications on California’s efforts to conserve water amidst its unprecedented drought.

21.04.2015 00:50