Losing the Eastern Mediterranean to Russia?

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While Greece has been a member of NATO since 1952, anti-Americanism has often run high in Greece. Commentary – Michael Rubin | @mrubin1971 In 1974, Greek leftists assassinated the CIA’s station chief in Athens (after the Institute for Policy Studies, a left-wing think tank still operating in Washington, DC, outed him). During the various conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, popular Greek sentiment often ... Read More »

Turkey threatens the major prospects for Eastern Med gas supply

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As Europe seeks to diversify its sources of natural gas as an alternative to the politically sensitive Russian supply, a massive off-shore gas source in the Mediterranean is ready for exploration and drilling. There are game-changing stakes at play.  IAGS. Journal of Energy Security – By Ariel Cohen Unfortunately, the Turkish leadership has threatened to use force to stop this ... Read More »

Roman Abramovich among ‘dirty dozen’ people with biggest stakes in coal

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From Chelsea’s Abramovich to India’s Vinod Adani, here are the 12 super-rich individuals whose combined investments in coal equal China’s annual emissions The Guardian – Damian Carrington andCaelainn Barr The Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich is among a super-rich list of 12 investors whose combined coal holdings are equivalent to the entire annual emissions of China, the world’s biggest polluter, ... Read More »

Divorce growth from greenhouse gases to aid climate goals, says energy chief

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International Energy Agency director Fatih Birol says industry will only change practices if governments show they are serious about fighting global warming The Guardian - Fiona Harvey in Paris The world needs a “peaceful divorce” between economic growth and the rise in greenhouse gas emissions, one of the world’s leading energy economists has said – but this will only happen if ... Read More »

Climate sceptic researcher investigated over funding from fossil fuel firms

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Willie Soon from Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics probed over failure to disclose more than $1.2m from energy industry when submitting articles The Guardian – Suzanne Goldenberg @suzyji A Harvard-Smithsonian researcher known as a climate sceptic is under multiple ethics investigations arising from his hidden financial relationships with fossil fuel companies. A handful of academic journals have asked Willie Soon, a researcher at ... Read More »

The Senate Inquiry Into Wind Farms Has Given Me Tinnitus

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Opponents of wind farms who insist they have negative health impacts have caught Tony Abbott’s attention. Two can play at that game, writes Thom Mitchell. New Matilda – By Thom Mitchell * I think I have tinnitus: I often believe I can hear the sound of the Liberal Party and its allies ossifying. Tinnitus is caused by noise that’s not objectively ... Read More »

G7 leaders agree to phase out fossil fuel use by end of century

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German chancellor Angela Merkel announces commitment to ‘decarbonise global economy’ and end extreme poverty and hunger The Guardian – Kate Connolly in Garmisch Partenkirchen The G7 leading industrial nations have agreed to cut greenhouse gases by phasing out the use of fossil fuels by the end of the century, the German chancellor,Angela Merkel, has announced, in a move hailed as historic ... Read More »

East Timor revives attempt to have Greater Sunrise treaty declared invalid amid spying allegations

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East Timor is reviving its attempt to nullify a multi-billion-dollar oil and gas treaty with Australia on the grounds Australia spied on Timorese officials during the treaty negotiations in 2004. ABC – By Sara Everingham Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has described the move as disappointing and said the Government believed differences between the two nations were best resolved through negotiation ... Read More »

Developing countries could leapfrog west with clean energy, says Hollande

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French president says chance for poorer countries to skip fossil fuels and go straight to renewable energy is akin to mobile phone revolution in Africa The Guardian - Fiona Harvey in Paris Developing countries have the opportunity to leapfrog the west in economic development, if they go straight to clean technology while rich countries struggle to wean themselves off fossil fuels, ... Read More »