They Couldn’t Save The World Cup, But They Might Just Save The Planet

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If the World Cup were a race to save humanity, then New Zealand would be global leaders. Of course, it’s a cricket contest… so, you know. New Matilda - By Thom Mitchell New Zealand – let’s face it, they don’t often get to celebrate. Clearly, that was never more true than last weekend, when Australia thrashed them in the cricket. But ... Read More »

Myanmar’s Kokang refugees caught between army, aged warlord and a pipeline to China

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Nansan, China: When news of the military’s rapid advance filtered through to the sugarcane plantations in the remote reaches of northern Myanmar, Ying Onn and her family made the decision to run. Brisbane Times – Philip Wen, China correspondent for Fairfax Media Gathering a few blankets and clothes, they joined a crowd of thousands fleeing by car, motorcycle and foot, all heading ... Read More »

The real villains in Australia’s renewables debacle? Three big energy companies

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Extensive ‘advice’ from AGL, Energy Australia and Origin on the Renewable Energy Target has been a disaster – except for the companies’ profits The Guardian - John Hewson Industry minister Ian Macfarlane would not have believed his luck when the clean energy council (CEC) buckled to a 20% reduction in the renewable energy target (RET), diminishing the target from 41,000 gigawatt ... Read More »

Territorial waters: Pakistan’s sea grows by 50,000 sq kms

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s exclusive economic zone has grown by 150 nautical miles, adding around 50,000 square kilometres of international waters to its territory. The Express Tribune – By Our Correspondent A United Nations commission has accepted Pakistan’s claim for extension of its continental shelf limits from 200 nautical miles to 350 nautical miles, according to a statement issued by the Pakistan Navy on ... Read More »

Sanction-free Cuba reaches out for energy ties

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Sanction-free Cuba is looking to strengthen energy ties with India and cooperation in the oil & gas sector is on cards when its first vice-president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, visits New Delhi starting next week, sources told FE. The Financial Express – By: Huma Siddiqui and Siddhartha P Saikia | New Delhi | In 2014, government-owned explorer ONGC Videsh relinquished stake in two ... Read More »

Despite past exaggeration, Al Gore may now be on to something

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Al Gore may have exaggerated the effects of climate change in the past, but his latest updates regarding the progress of renewable energy technology is promising for the world even for the climate change sceptics. Australian National Review  – “The most powerful advocate for solving the climate crisis is not me, but Mother Nature,” the former U.S. Vice President told The New York ... Read More »

Australia urged to shut coal-fired power plants urgently as analysis reveals huge emissions

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Australian Conservation Foundation says US-style regulation should be introduced to force the worst polluting plants to close The Guardian – Oliver Milman, @olliemilman The Australian government has been urged to place US-style regulations on coal-fired power plants to ensure they shut down, as a new analysis highlights the vast scale of emissions pumped out by the largest carbon dioxide polluters in the ... Read More »

EU eyes creation of energy partnership with Turkey

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ANKARA – Anadolu Agency – The European Commission said on March 11 it intends to establish an energy policy partnership with Turkey. “The Commission intends to strengthen EU/Turkey energy relations by establishing a strategic energy partnership,” a statement released by the European Commission to The Anadolu Agency said. Hurriyet - “A stronger and more united EU can engage more constructively ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia’s new king is trying to get a firmer grip on the kingdom’s oil

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RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s subtle change of energy policymaker line-up since the accession of new King Salman in late January appears to give the monarch’s inner circle a firmer hand on the kingdom’s oil strategy than previous rulers have enjoyed. BusinessInsider – RANIA EL GAMAL, ANGUS MCDOWALL The most notable change was the promotion of the king’s son Prince Abdulaziz ... Read More »