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Most recent news update 26 Dec; New Post 26 Dec.
This is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/11/01/the-ongoing-saga-63-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ It continues here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/27/the-ongoing-saga-65-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/

Less Than One Week Left! Past Time to Shut it Down! 70 Years is Enough Already!
70 Years is Enough Campaign:  Nuclear Energy is Nuclear War EverydayPro Nuclear Call up to Clean up WiPP and FUkushima
These images or something similar may stay on top until a) pro-nuclear people volunteer to work at nuclear waste sites (WIPP, Fukushima, Hanford, etc.) in droves, and b) the nuclear industry is shut down. Then, after b), there will still be the problem of a) nuclear waste to be secured. We live on borrowed time. Let’s shut the nuclear industry down now! Hurry Up! There is less than one week left to do it this year. 70 years is enough! It’s already too much!

Saturday, 26 December 2015

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/26/water-shortages-earthquakes-pose-risks-to-bangladeshs-first-nuclear-power-station/

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Bangladesh signs $12.65 bln deal with Russia for nuclear power plants Posted:Fri, 25 Dec 2015 11:31:15 -0500
DHAKA, Dec 25 (Reuters) – Bangladesh’s state-run Atomic Energy Commission signed a deal with Russia on Friday to set up two nuclear power plants, each with 1,200 megawatt capacity, an investment totalling $12.65 billion, a government official said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/AG8rR33Ze98/bangladesh-russia-power-idUSL3N14E1XZ20151225

Australians flee bushfires, lose homes to flames on Christmas Day Posted:Fri, 25 Dec 2015 12:22:13 GMT
MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Fire crews battled into the night on Friday after raging bushfires reduced homes to ashes in a famous Australian beauty spot on Christmas Day, sending residents fleeing for their lives to the sound of blaring sirens. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/r5b6TfZ6tQQ/story01.htm

Little Christmas joy for Brazil’s jailed high and mighty Posted:Thu, 24 Dec 2015 13:00:01 GMT
SAO PAULO/BRASILIA, Dec 24 (Reuters) – The former chief executive officer of Latin America’s largest engineering group will be allowed panettone in his jail cell this Christmas. He may even get turkey, as long as it is boneless. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/zaNI8WikkGM/story01.htm
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Additional news titles have been set aside and will post later – most likely in a new post (65), but possibly here.

Friday, 25 December 2015

https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/25/did-russia-nuke-santa-and-his-reindeer-the-arctic-still-endangered-by-lethal-radionuclides/

Thursday, 24 December 2015

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https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/24/norad-tracks-santa-his-radioactive-reindeer-for-60-years-incoming-air-and-maritime-attacks-to-north-america-but-not-radiation-plumes/
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/24/insanity-rules-japan-court-overturns-safety-injunction-allows-kepco-takahama-nuclear-restart/
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/24/japan-nuclear-plant-accidents-falsifications-tepco-kansai-electric-before-fukushima/
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/24/japan-ignores-its-duty-to-protect-people-and-the-environment-kansai-nuclear-restart/

23 December 2015

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/23/total-ep-uk-ltd-received-record-fine-following-largest-ever-north-sea-gas-release/

Iranian Official: Russia to Build 2 Nuclear Reactors in Iran“, 22 December 2015 http://voanews.com/a/iranian-official-russia-to-build-2-nuclear-reactors-in-iran/3113764.html

NuGen Appoints Leading Global Financial Services Provider” MANCHESTER, England, December 21, 2015 http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/news-releases/nugen-appoints-leading-global-financial-services-provider-563119521.html

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Putin, Netanyahu agree in call to coordinate efforts to fight terrorism Posted:Tue, 22 Dec 2015 15:43:38 GMT
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed in a phone call on Tuesday to coordinate their two countries’ actions to fight terrorism in the Middle East, the Kremlin said in a statement. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/6qQ_QPqXg48/story01.htm

Armed Russian police raid offices of Putin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky Posted:Tue, 22 Dec 2015 15:59:36 GMT
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Armed Russian police on Tuesday raided the offices of a pro-democracy movement founded by outspoken Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a move they said was part of a criminal investigation into the former tycoon and his associates. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/9FKJGPiOCL4/story01.htm

Prominent China rights lawyer convicted but avoids jail
Posted:Tue, 22 Dec 2015 19:10:16 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – A court convicted one of China’s most prominent rights lawyers on Tuesday of “inciting ethnic hatred” with posts criticizing the government, handing down a suspended sentence that means he avoids jail but will not practise law again. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/u56KY8i00J8/story01.htm

U.S. imposes Ukraine-related sanctions on 34 individuals, entities Posted:Tue, 22 Dec 2015 19:08:03 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on 34 individuals and entities as part of its efforts to pressure Russia for its intervention in Ukraine, the U.S. Treasury Department said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/rFf5Yzs79wE/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Noble exits agricultural markets with unit sale to China’s COFCO Posted:Tue, 22 Dec 2015 15:35:37 -0500
NEW YORK, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Noble Group Ltd said on Tuesday it has agreed to sell its remaining 49 percent stake in its agribusiness to China’s state-owned COFCO International Ltd, exiting agricultural markets as the Asian commodity merchant seeks to slash debt and shore up cash. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/hfOx_mpIkbs/noble-cofco-agriculture-idUSL1N14B1H320151222

UPDATE 2-Kyrgyzstan halts talks with Centerra on Kumtor; shares fall Posted:Tue, 22 Dec 2015 14:49:23 -0500
BISHKEK/TORONTO, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Kyrgyzstan’s government said on Tuesday it had stopped talks with Canada’s Centerra Gold on restructuring their joint Kumtor project because the current agreement “ran counter to the country’s national interests.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/bGQCxF9rlU4/kyrgyzstan-centerra-gold-idUSL8N14B1PO20151222

UPDATE 2-Dominion Diamond working with bankers, open to talks with hedge fund K2 Posted:Tue, 22 Dec 2015 13:42:03 -0500
NEW YORK/TORONTO, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Dominion Diamond Corp has been working with its long-time banker Rothschild & Co to find ways to boost shareholder value including a potential sale, according to a source familiar with the matter. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Nmfnm7pLqkU/dominion-diamond-shareholders-idUSL1N14B0SR20151222

UPDATE 2-Morgan Stanley to pay U.S. SEC $8.8 mln in ‘parking’ scheme case Posted:Tue, 22 Dec 2015 15:15:34 -0500
Dec 22 (Reuters) – A Morgan Stanley unit will pay $8.8 million to settle charges that one of its portfolio managers conducted pre-arranged trades that favored certain clients’ accounts over others,… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/ADvTVDW9-I8/morganstanley-fine-idUSL1N14B1CN20151222

PRESS DIGEST- Financial Times – Dec 23
Posted:Tue, 22 Dec 2015 20:12:51 -0500
Dec 23 (Reuters) – The following are the top stories in the Financial Times. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/Arx-6bl8Xjo/britain-press-ft-idUSL1N14C01U20151223

Iron ore slump halts work on Australia’s last big mine project
Posted:Tue, 22 Dec 2015 23:53:31 -0500
SYDNEY, Dec 23 (Reuters) – Slumping iron ore prices have brought down the shutters on the last of Australia’s mining boom-era projects still on the drawing board, with partners calling time on the planned $5 billion West Pilbara Iron Ore project. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/xwDZdMPFO1Y/australia-ironore-idUSL3N14C16920151223

In China’s jewellery hub, gold loses sparkle for wary buyers
Posted:Tue, 22 Dec 2015 20:30:01 -0500
* China’s gold demand poised to dip for a second year in 2015 http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/B_6j6tnyQcg/china-gold-demand-idUSL3N14727E20151223

UPDATE 1-Syngenta talks to Monsanto, ChemChina, others- chairman in paper Posted:Tue, 22 Dec 2015 12:48:45 -0500
ZURICH, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Swiss agrichemicals group Syngenta is in talks with Monsanto, ChemChina and other rivals but has not received a concrete takeover offer and is keeping all options open, Chairman Michel Demare told a Swiss newspaper. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/NVdb_zCoD7I/story01.htm

Sequa calls off purchase of Norway offshore assets from Wintershall Posted:Tue, 22 Dec 2015 11:55:45 -0500
OSLO, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Sequa Petroleum has called off a planned $602 million purchase of Norwegian offshore field interests from Wintershall, the oil and gas subsidiary of BASF, citing a poor market environment. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/K19-E9Fl67I/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Catalan separatists trigger fresh headache for Spain’s government Posted:Tue, 22 Dec 2015 13:04:42 GMT
* If deal was rejected, fresh elections to be held by March (Adds details on deal, quotes, background) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/4VogDrIkki4/story01.htm

EU mergers and takeovers (Dec 22)
Posted:Tue, 22 Dec 2015 17:15:02 GMT
BRUSSELS, Dec 22 (Reuters) – The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/mergersNews/~3/swEJa1XPxaA/story01.htm

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

New Posts: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/22/old-soviet-reactor-near-st-petersburg-russia-scram-radioactive-steam-release/
Leningrad Nuclear Power Station and Chernobyl
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/21/rudolph-the-red-nosed-radiation-bioindicator-radioactive-cesium-radioactive-carbon-radioactive-water-and-more-lethal-gifts-left-by-the-nuclear-industry/
Testing for Cesium 137 during the Savannah River Nuclear Site Deer Hunt:
SRS cesium testing deer

Honey Bees are bioindicators of radionuclides and yet no one discusses this.

The high cost of gold. Don’t buy gold or other metallic jewelry.

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Thirteen killed in Guinea gold mine collapse
Posted:Mon, 21 Dec 2015 18:31:26 -0500
CONAKRY, Dec 21 (Reuters) – At least 13 people died when an old gold mine they were working in collapsed in eastern Guinea, a local official said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/1_VdwqpUqbI/guinea-mining-idUSL8N14A42X20151221

UPDATE 2-Safety official tapped to lead U.S. union refinery workers Posted:Mon, 21 Dec 2015 18:27:47 -0500
HOUSTON, Dec 21 (Reuters) – A United Steelworkers union (USW) safety official has been tapped to lead the 30,000 U.S. refinery and chemical plant workers represented by the labor organization, a USW spokeswoman said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/rxXc2ppIFMQ/refineries-labor-union-idUSL1N14A1M320151221

Wild bee populations dwindle in main U.S. crop regions: study
Posted:Tue, 22 Dec 2015 01:12:46 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Wild bees, crucial pollinators for many crops, are on the decline in some of the main agricultural regions of the United States, according to scientists who produced the first national map of bee populations and identified numerous trouble spots. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/O0uvm7CAvkE/story01.htm

Lebanon cabinet agrees to export country’s waste in bid to end crisis Posted:Mon, 21 Dec 2015 22:42:44 GMT
BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s cabinet on Monday agreed to export the country’s waste in a move that could end a crisis that led to a wave of protests and threatened the downfall of the government. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/CNWJR3Yyy0o/story01.htm

Sunday, 20 December 2015

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/19/another-look-at-the-recent-low-dose-radiation-exposure-study-inworks/ Re-evaluation of INWORKS nuclear workers study suggests radiation risk even worse than initially thought.

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/12/18/hidden-omnibus-comply-world-trade-organization-congress-kills-country-origin

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GSA asks regulators to reject Pepco-Exelon deal: Washington Post Posted:Fri, 18 Dec 2015 10:36:38 -0500
(Reuters) – The agency that acts as the U.S. government’s landlord and realtor has asked regulators in the District of Columbia to reject the merger of utilities Exelon Corp and Pepco Holdings Inc,… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/news/deals/~3/B72zeRjrD04/us-pepco-exelon-washington-idUSKBN0U11Z920151218

Enel sells stake in Slovak power group, including nuclear plant, to EPH Posted:Fri, 18 Dec 2015 13:52:04 -0500
BRATISLAVA, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Italy’s Enel agreed on Friday to sell its 66 percent stake in the main Slovak power utility Slovenske Elektrarne to a privately-held Czech-Slovak energy investment group EPH for a preliminary price of 750 million euros ($812.70 million). http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/f5dDs8lkVgM/slovakia-enel-eph-idUSL8N14657L20151218

UPDATE 1-Vattenfall eyes deal on German lignite assets sale
Posted:Fri, 18 Dec 2015 07:24:01 -0500
OSLO, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Swedish state utility Vattenfall expects to reach a deal on selling its lignite power plants and mines in eastern Germany during the first half of 2016, its chief executive told Reuters on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/dsC3AwX1hEs/vattenfall-germany-lignite-idUSL8N1471W020151218

RWE scraps plans to complete Hamm coal plant
Posted:Fri, 18 Dec 2015 08:39:54 -0500
DUESSELDORF, Germany, Dec 18 (Reuters) – German utility RWE said it would not complete a hard coal power plant in Hamm in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia after damage and delays were caused during the installation of a steam generator. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/PPqdrVK9lN8/rwe-coal-idUSL8N1472JT20151218

UPDATE 1-Judge blocks Brazilian assets of Vale, BHP after dam burst Posted:Sat, 19 Dec 2015 18:13:36 -0500
RIO DE JANEIRO/SAO PAULO Dec 19 (Reuters) – A judge in Brazil’s state of Minas Gerais has frozen the Brazilian assets of mining giants BHP Billiton and Vale SA after determining their joint venture Samarco was unable to pay for damage caused by the bursting of a dam at its mine last month. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Es4MUNC66A8/brazil-damburst-judge-idUSL1N1480MP20151219

Large Chinese copper smelters eye deeper production cuts -smelter exec Posted:Sat, 19 Dec 2015 03:17:27 -0500
HONG KONG, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Nine large copper smelters in China have agreed that they could deepen planned production cuts next year from the 350,000 tonnes of refined copper set earlier, depending on earnings, an executive at one of the smelters said on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/47mQi8szNR0/china-copper-idUSL3N14805220151219

ChemChina sweetens bid for Syngenta to $44 bln – Bloomberg
Posted:Fri, 18 Dec 2015 18:13:13 -0500
Dec 18 (Reuters) – State-owned China National Chemical Corp has raised its offer to buy Syngenta AG by about $2 billion, to $44 billion, proposing a two-stage takeover of the agrochemical company, Bloomberg reported, citing sources. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/uadRB6MnQvY/syngenta-ag-ma-idUSL3N1475I920151218

Canada says end to meat dispute a sign of better U.S. relations Posted:Fri, 18 Dec 2015 16:54:46 -0500
TORONTO, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Canada said a decision by the United States to scrap a law which the World Trade Organisation said was costing Canadian beef and pork producers over $1 billion a year was a sign of improving relations with the U.S. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/WbRG2Cteo5k/canada-trade-idUSL1N1472KK20151218

UPDATE 1-Brazil speeds leniency for corrupt firms to save jobs
Posted:Fri, 18 Dec 2015 15:22:42 -0500
BRASILIA, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff issued a decree on Friday aimed at speeding up a process allowing construction companies involved in a major corruption scandal to regain the right to receive government money, a move she says will protect jobs. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/H7f0bn_JKgQ/brazil-corruption-contractors-idUSL1N1471PB20151218

UPDATE 1-U.S. spending bill includes repeal of meat labeling rule Posted:Fri, 18 Dec 2015 13:20:48 -0500
CHICAGO, Dec 18 (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress on Friday passed a broad 2016 spending package that includes the repeal of a meat labeling law in order to avoid more than $1 billion in trade retaliation by Mexico and Canada. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/TIc_1N_Ku6U/usa-fiscal-meat-idUSL1N1471RK20151218

UPDATE 1-Iron ore rout seen far from over, cannot shake China gloom Posted:Fri, 18 Dec 2015 04:36:32 -0500
* No lasting recovery seen for glut-hit commodity (Adds graphic link) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/DWn3LOfBd-w/ironore-poll-idUSL3N14736J20151218

BP buys New Mexico oil and gas assets from Devon Energy
Posted:Fri, 18 Dec 2015 13:18:15 -0500
HOUSTON (Reuters) – BP Plc on Friday said its U.S. onshore unit has acquired all of Devon Energy Corp’s oil and gas properties in the San Juan Basin in New Mexico for an undisclosed price. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/news/deals/~3/BM-cAerKewE/us-bp-devon-idUSKBN0U12AA20151218

Britain’s last deep coal mine Kellingley Colliery closes
Posted:Fri, 18 Dec 2015 06:15:19 -0500
LONDON, Dec 18 (Reuters) – UK Coal closed Britain’s last deep-cast coal mine Kellingley Colliery on Friday, 50 years after it opened. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/Y-sWtzN5Cx0/britain-coal-idUSL8N1471SE20151218

U.S. missile defense site in Romania becomes operational
Posted:Fri, 18 Dec 2015 11:35:16 GMT
BUCHAREST (Reuters) – A new U.S. missile defense site south of Bucharest that will defend against potential attacks from Iran has been completed, the United States and Romania announced on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/FcQBIWXQ4Xc/story01.htm

French state of emergency facing court challenges
Posted:Fri, 18 Dec 2015 08:34:35 GMT
PARIS (Reuters) – After hundreds of police raids on homes, mosques, restaurants and hotels in the less than five weeks since the Nov. 13 assaults in Paris, some Muslims in France are taking the government to court for committing what they call illegal acts in the name of preventing another jihadist attack. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/En_tb3RQ2eM/story01.htm

Next Swiss president hopes for Europe immigration pact: paper
Posted:Fri, 18 Dec 2015 08:29:03 GMT
ZURICH (Reuters) – Switzerland’s next president has said he still hopes to strike an accord with the European Union to maintain the free movement of workers, but warned that his government’s threat to impose limits on immigration was no bluff. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/mxlMu5J9KBA/story01.htm

Widows worldwide robbed, enslaved, raped and accused of witchcraft Posted:Fri, 18 Dec 2015 07:55:48 GMT
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Millions of widows around the world are left destitute after being robbed of their inheritance, while others are enslaved by their in-laws, accused of witchcraft or forced to undergo abusive sexual rituals, research shows. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/XT8LHwgYLb4/story01.htm

Friday 18 December 2015

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/18/study-environmental-exposures-behaviors-account-for-vast-majority-of-cancers/

Russian Cruise Missile Hits Building After Failed Test Launch
The Moscow Times Dec. 16 2015 http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/russian-cruise-missile-hits-building-after-failed-test-launch/552947.html

Opposition Journalist Alexander Ryklin Detained in Moscow
The Moscow Times Dec. 14 2015 http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/opposition-journalist-alexander-ryklin-detained-in-moscow/552805.html

Prominent Russian Figures Pen Open Letter in Support of Protest Rallies Detainees The Moscow Times Dec. 15 2015 http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/prominent-russian-figures-pen-open-letter-in-support-of-protest-rallies-detainees/552841.html

French State owned EDF owns most of the UK’s nuclear reactors and is trying to build new ones at Hinkley Point Somerset, England. Toshiba wants to build new nuclear reactors in Cumbria England.

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EDF says losing professional customers ahead of deregulation
Posted:Fri, 18 Dec 2015 10:04:54 GMT
PARIS, Dec 18 (Reuters) – French state-controlled utility EDF said on Friday that 30 percent of professional customers that switched to deregulated power prices had moved to rival power vendors. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/z3oEi3KwqAU/story01.htm

Brazil moves to speed corrupt firms access to state cash -sources Posted:Fri, 18 Dec 2015 01:36:45 -0500
BRASILIA, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff plans to issue a decree on Friday to speed up a process allowing construction companies involved in a major corruption scandal to regain the right to receive government money, two sources told Reuters. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/-BZLjtwT6Bw/brazil-corruption-contractors-idUSL1N14706W20151218

UPDATE 1-Japan to fine Toshiba auditor, suspend business over scandal-source Posted:Fri, 18 Dec 2015 01:14:18 -0500
* Ernst & Young ShinNihon failed for years to spot Toshiba scandal http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/ez0FeLggESU/toshiba-accounting-ernst-idUSL3N14728H20151218

Alcoa lands two Boeing contracts worth more than $2.5bln
Posted:Thu, 17 Dec 2015 10:00:02 -0500
CHICAGO, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Metals company Alcoa Inc said on Thursday it has signed two long-term supply contracts with plane manufacturer Boeing Co worth more than $2.5 billion that will be part of its value-added business once the company splits in the second half of 2016. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/S9qCeh-Q08s/alcoa-boeing-idUSL1N14611R20151217

Mexico probes China, Taiwan cold-rolled steel imports
Posted:Thu, 17 Dec 2015 09:12:52 -0500
MEXICO CITY, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Mexico’s Economy Ministry is launching an anti-dumping investigation into imports of cold-rolled flat steel from China and Taiwan, according the government said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/lt4oHVxCobg/mexico-china-steel-idUSL1N14611Y20151217

Billionaire Fredriksen to buy up distressed oil rig assets – paper Posted:Fri, 18 Dec 2015 09:47:30 GMT
OSLO, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Norwegian-born billionaire John Fredriksen has set up a company to snap up oil rigs from firms struggling with low crude prices, adopting a similar approach to the one he used in 2012 when the tanker market collapsed. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/t8tq_JGXv5M/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Zorlu shares surge on hopes Turkey normalising Israel ties Posted:Fri, 18 Dec 2015 08:57:35 GMT
ISTANBUL/JERUSALEM, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Shares in Turkey’s Zorlu Energy, which is involved in energy projects in Israel, surged as much as 10 percent on Friday after an Israeli official said a preliminary deal had been reached with Turkey to normalise relations. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/olXMihloS7o/story01.htm

BG, Energy Transfer get approval for U.S. Lake Charles LNG project Posted:Fri, 18 Dec 2015 08:49:40 GMT
LONDON, Dec 18 (Reuters) – BG Group and Energy Transfer Partners have gained approval from the U.S. energy regulator for their liquefied natural gas (LNG) production and export plant in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the companies said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/TADpH3-fVjA/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-As China’s demand wanes, the golden age of coal comes to an end – IEA Posted:Fri, 18 Dec 2015 06:28:42 GMT
* Cooling Chinese economy, strong climate policies hit coal demand http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/lz8X2ISD1IU/story01.htm

Russia boosts oil sales in Asia, even as OPEC battles to win customers Posted:Fri, 18 Dec 2015 05:14:34 GMT
* Within OPEC, Iraq overtakes Kuwait to be No.3 supplier in Asia http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/4uPjuG0VZgk/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Brazil prosecutors charge 12 in SBM Offshore graft scheme Posted:Fri, 18 Dec 2015 00:06:04 GMT
RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Brazilian prosecutors on Thursday charged 12 people with a bribery scheme involving Dutch firm SBM Offshore NV, the world’s top leaser of oil production ships, and state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ouZREWSVQYY/story01.htm

RPT-UPDATE 3-Australian tax office names names in multinational avoidance row Posted:Thu, 17 Dec 2015 21:49:34 GMT
SYDNEY, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Australian tax authorities on Thursday took the unprecedented step of publishing the records of hundreds of companies, including Google Inc and Apple Inc, which show they paid little or no tax on their in-country earnings. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/2dhX-Mw-Rn4/story01.htm

RPT-UPDATE 1-Bidders shortlisted in sale of German waste manager – sources Posted:Thu, 17 Dec 2015 21:48:30 GMT
FRANKFURT, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Three bidders have been shortlisted in an auction of German waste management company EEW, in a deal potentially worth more than 1.7 billion euros ($1.8 billion), two people familiar with the matter said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Kv9fASS94Cc/story01.htm

Canada’s Trudeau leaves room for oil pipelines to gain local approval Posted:Thu, 17 Dec 2015 21:33:57 GMT
VANCOUVER, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Canada’s government sounded another note of opposition to a proposed oil pipeline in the country’s west coast, though he appeared to leave the door open to allowing proponents to acquire the needed local approval for projects to go ahead. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/QcZpRm0mdMM/story01.htm

Renzi urged European socialists to unite against German power – source Posted:Thu, 17 Dec 2015 20:59:49 GMT
BRUSSELS, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Centre-left governments should join forces to counter German influence in the European Union, Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi told socialist leaders on Thursday, according to a source who attended the meeting. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/nbWz3FQeYp4/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Oil exports are bill’s top obstacle for House Democrats -Pelosi Posted:Thu, 17 Dec 2015 20:31:10 GMT
WASHINGTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) – U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said she was not confident enough Democrats will support the massive government funding bill, which includes allowing oil exports, to ensure its passage, although she plans to vote for the legislation. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/-JazfC6IrX0/story01.htm

U.S. coal firm Bowie wants government guarantee for cleanup costs Posted:Thu, 17 Dec 2015 20:00:48 GMT
WASHINGTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Privately held U.S. coal company Bowie Resource Partners wants taxpayers to guarantee more than $360 million in future cleanup costs for mines in New Mexico and Colorado, U.S. officials said, a move that analysts estimate would save the company $6 million a year. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/rsZ1ZeIBR1o/story01.htm

French court says seizure of Russian assets by Yukos investors can go on Posted:Thu, 17 Dec 2015 19:47:59 GMT
PARIS, Dec 17 (Reuters) – A French court of appeal on Thursday turned down Russia’s request to suspend the seizure of Russian assets in France carried out by former shareholders of the defunct oil group Yukos, a lawyer representing the shareholders said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/w-dkfbbeCKU/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-EU leaders will say Nord Stream must be legal – diplomats Posted:Thu, 17 Dec 2015 16:26:50 GMT
* Eastern Europe, Baltics nervous about Russia dependency (Adds statement from group of nations) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/QVI_CSRnumE/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Boost for steelmakers as UK gets EU approval to refund “green taxes” Posted:Thu, 17 Dec 2015 16:16:07 GMT
LONDON, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Britain received European Union approval on Thursday to compensate firms in some energy-intensive industries for the cost of “green taxes”, offering help to its ailing steel sector.

UPDATE 3-Britain follows Paris deal with cuts to green subsidies Posted:Thu, 17 Dec 2015 08:17:22 -0500
* Renewable Obligation to close two years early for solar (Adds company reaction, paras 14-15) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/YSzdzli9AYw/britain-solar-idUSL8N1461LZ20151217

UPDATE 1-Britain cuts domestic solar support by less than expected
Posted:Thu, 17 Dec 2015 03:23:06 -0500
* Renewable Obligation to close two years early for solar (Updates throughout)
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/Qv2t719O_bU/britain-solar-idUSL8N1460QE20151217

Hydro dams best for massive power storage – Iberdrola’s Galan
Posted:Wed, 16 Dec 2015 11:05:59 -0500
PARIS, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Pumping water to higher levels when power is cheap and releasing it at times of peak demand is still the best option for massive energy storage and seaside cliffs have potential for that, Spanish utility Iberdrola’s chief executive Ignacio Galan said.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/NR5qZ2IijqA/iberdrola-storage-idUSL8N1453B620151216

Thursday, 17 December 2015

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/16/former-russian-nuclear-energy-official-sentenced-to-48-months-in-prison-for-money-laundering-conspiracy-involving-foreign-corrupt-practices-act-violations/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/17/us-budget-sneak-through-by-congress-free-trade-pact-trounces-us-law-on-food-labeling-food-standards-to-go-up-in-smoke/
USDA pigs chicks flag smoke

San Diego Zoo coddles orphaned baby giraffes. The Copenhagen zoo would have probably killed and dissected and maybe eaten them as stew or frikadeller (Danish meatballs).

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UK to allow shale gas fracking beneath national parks
Posted:Wed, 16 Dec 2015 15:50:35 GMT
LONDON (Reuters) – British lawmakers on Wednesday voted in favor of the use of fracking to extract shale gas under national parks, weakening a decision against fracking in national parks made earlier this year and giving shale gas explorers access to more resources. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/tIC1U5qIF3A/story01.htm

Iron ore price drop now testing mettle of mega miners
Posted:Wed, 16 Dec 2015 03:59:27 -0500
SYDNEY, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Tumbling iron ore prices have already forced smaller miners to close, but forecasts of further deterioration could test the staying power of even the lowest-cost, mega-miners still turning a profit. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/bi4rcUywe2I/iron-australia-idUSL3N1452V020151216

Security guard stole $5 mln in diamonds out of the trash, police say Posted:Wed, 16 Dec 2015 16:44:44 -0500
NEW YORK, Dec 16 (Reuters) – A security guard has been arrested for stealing $5 million in diamonds from a New York jeweler after a construction worker accidentally threw the precious stones in the trash, police said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/NawMPV_6aX4/new-york-diamonds-idUSL1N14531U20151216

Canada’s Calfrac to issue equity to meet required debt ratio
Posted:Wed, 16 Dec 2015 11:56:49 -0500
TORONTO, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Canadian oilfield services provider Calfrac Well Services Ltd said on Wednesday it is raising C$27.5 million via an equity issue aimed at shoring up a key debt ratio, underscoring the level of pressure on energy sector companies hit by slumping oil and gas prices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/y284hSghFLE/calfrac-well-srv-equity-idUSL1N1450XF20151216

Mexico to tender licenses to exploit 10 deep-water Gulf areas
Posted:Wed, 16 Dec 2015 11:50:20 -0500
MEXICO CITY, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Mexico will tender licenses to explore and drill 10 deep-water areas in the Gulf of Mexico as part of a landmark opening of its long-closed oil sector, the country’s energy regulator said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/iKFrbvMMlLo/mexico-oil-idUSE1N12R00B20151216

Rare tornado rips through Sydney, damaging beachside suburbs
Posted:Thu, 17 Dec 2015 05:13:11 GMT
SYDNEY (Reuters) – A rare tornado hit Sydney on Wednesday with destructive winds above 200 km an hour (125 mph) and cricket ball-sized hail, bringing down trees and power lines, sheering off roofs and walls and causing flash flooding in Australia’s largest city. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/218nroYEnuM/story01.htm

Investors put pressure on miners to respond to climate change
Posted:Wed, 16 Dec 2015 23:13:13 GMT
LONDON (Reuters) – An alliance of around 100 investors is calling on mining companies Anglo American Glencore and Rio Tinto to show that they are working to lessen the impact of climate change on their businesses. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/kQhwgEQLA2Y/story01.htm

U.S. EPA to re-run November 2015 RIN generation data
Posted:Wed, 16 Dec 2015 21:58:32 GMT
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has removed data for production of biofuels credits for November 2015 from its website and said it plans to re-release the data by Monday, Dec. 21, after the report was not generated with the correct data. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/_-9A6-FSFuY/story01.htm

Orphaned giraffe calves get special care at San Diego Zoo
Posted:Wed, 16 Dec 2015 20:36:16 GMT
Two orphaned giraffe calves are getting special care and attention at the San Diego Zoo to help them cope with the loss of their mothers. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/rQ9TDn-9zjc/story01.htm

RPT-EBRD says arranges $1.2 bln syndicated loan for Mongolian mine Posted:Tue, 15 Dec 2015 16:27:05 -0500
LONDON, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Development bank EBRD said on Tuesday it had arranged its biggest ever syndicated loan, a $1.2 billion facility that will contribute towards an overall $4.4 billion package of financing for Mongolia’s Oyu Tolgoi copper mine. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/oPaf4rW4wEI/mongolia-ebrd-loans-idUSL8N1444RU20151215

Brazil court votes to keep former Odebrecht CEO in jail
Posted:Tue, 15 Dec 2015 16:25:06 -0500
SAO PAULO, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Brazil’s second-highest court voted on Tuesday to keep the former chief executive of Latin America’s largest engineering group Odebrecht SA in jail, extending nearly six months of pre-trial detention in the southern city of Curitiba http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/fhiY6pEkYYU/brazil-corruption-odebrecht-idUSL1N13Y2NP20151215

CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Peru regulator probes toilet paper cartel, could fine Kimberly-Clark
Posted:Tue, 15 Dec 2015 19:36:57 -0500
SANTIAGO/LIMA, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Peru’s consumer regulator said Tuesday that it could sanction Kimberly-Clark Corp with a fine of up to 12 percent of its earnings after competitor CMPC reported the two toilet paper companies fixed prices for years. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/WihUxyz9hXo/peru-regulator-idUSL1N1441M220151216

INSIGHT-Chinese jade miners in overdrive ahead of new Myanmar government Posted:Tue, 15 Dec 2015 21:48:21 -0500 http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/StCnOJDTQXs/myanmar-china-jade-idUSL3N13U04E20151216

Rare tornado rips through Sydney, damaging beachside suburbs
Posted:Wed, 16 Dec 2015 06:42:45 GMT
SYDNEY (Reuters) – A rare tornado hit Sydney on Wednesday with destructive winds above 200 km an hour (125 mph) and cricket ball-sized hail, bringing down trees and power lines, sheering off roofs and walls and causing flash flooding in Australia’s largest city. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/2KmiKaokyEM/story01.htm

Cheap gas spurs SUV sales and puts U.S. climate goals at risk
Posted:Wed, 16 Dec 2015 06:04:18 GMT
WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) – Surging demand for trucks and SUVs fueled by cheap gasoline is holding back improvements in U.S. fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions, a government report due out on Wednesday is expected to show. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/0Ow_bC1s62E/story01.htm

Two suspected of links to Paris attacks arrested in Austria refugee center Posted:Wed, 16 Dec 2015 13:46:02 GMT
VIENNA (Reuters) – Two people have been arrested at a refugee center in the Austrian city of Salzburg on suspicion of being connected to last month’s Paris attacks, the Salzburg prosecutors’ office said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/dy8EV9aIdy8/story01.htm

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Baby Sea Lions by Eric Boerner NOAA
Baby Sea Lions by Eric Boerner NOAA
New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/15/bioaccumulation-of-gamma-emitting-radionuclides-in-red-algae/
Another post worth reading amidst claims that the sea lions are ill due to demoic acid from red algae: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/plutonium-trojan-horse-in-the-body/ They aren’t even sure what causes Alzheimer’s in humans yet are quick to declare causation in Sea Lions – both involve damage to the Hippocampus. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippocampus Their proof appears to be damage to the hippocampus seen on an MRI, although one cannot be certain as the study doesn’t appear freely accessible. Here is a summary: http://news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=11409

Cesium mimics potassium which is needed for nerve transmission. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Action_potential Plutonium may accumulate in the hippocampus as an iron mimic, irradiating the brain. Radioactive carbon and hydrogen (tritium) go all over the bodies of living beings for they are the foundations of life. There are more possibilities.

On Alzheimer’s and ionizing radiation: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/alzheimers-disease-and-ionizing-radiation/

Investigators at the University of Rochester Medical Center, are doing research on “Mitigation of Brain Inflammation and Cognitive Impairment after Radiation Injury,” with Principal Investigators, M. Kerry O’Banion, M.D., John A. Olschowka, Ph.D. Their project description states that Neurocognitive deficits are clearly associated with radiation therapy, particularly in children… More information here: http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/labs/o-labs/projects/mitigation_of_brain_inflammation_and_cognitive_impairment_after_radiation_injury

The UK is ok with the French owning almost all of their nuclear reactors and doing security for the nuclear weapons and yet allegedly considering nationalising Rolls-Royce’s nuclear division.

The health of Rolls-Royce matters to the nation“, by Kamal Ahmed, Business editor, 14 December 2015 http://www.bbc.com/news/business-3509444

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/dec/10/toshiba-seeks-financial-help-with-8bn-uk-nuclear-project

Rolls-Royce in line for big Hinkley nuclear contracts“, Sep 24, 2015 http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34342784

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Hazardous smog hits Shanghai as China’s bad air spreads
Posted:Tue, 15 Dec 2015 07:34:22 GMT
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Smog in Chinese metropolis Shanghai hit its highest level since January on Tuesday, prompting schools to ban outdoor activities and authorities to limit work at construction sites and factories as polluted air spreads around the country. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/LMCvxR0xCTU/story01.htm

Central Philippines in darkness as typhoon Melor hits
Posted:Tue, 15 Dec 2015 07:17:28 GMT
MANILA (Reuters) – Wide areas of the central Philippines were plunged into darkness on Tuesday as powerful typhoon Melor barreled into the coconut-growing region, causing flooding, storm surges and forcing almost 800,000 people to evacuate their homes, officials said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/dmXpjt1Z-vI/story01.htm

Chinese environmental group sues Volkswagen over emissions scandal Posted:Tue, 15 Dec 2015 04:24:01 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese environmental group said it has sued Volkswagen AG over its use of software to rig emissions tests, in what state-owned media calls the first public interest lawsuit over the scandal in the German company’s biggest global market. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/XG50hHZMIGw/story01.htm

EU parliament panel rejects car pollution rules as too lax
Posted:Tue, 15 Dec 2015 02:32:15 GMT
STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) – The European parliament’s environmental committee voted on Monday against new car pollution rules they say are too lenient in the light of the Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) scandal which exposed loopholes in existing emissions tests. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/yRRzKuxrkag/story01.htm

Study documents sea lion brain damage due to algae’s toxin
Posted:Mon, 14 Dec 2015 22:14:03 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A toxin produced by marine algae is inflicting brain damage on sea lions along California’s coast, causing neurological and behavioral changes that can impair their ability to navigate in the sea and survive in the wild, scientists said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/zbxS42ZCWWE/story01.htm

Typhoon threatens central Philippines, 750,000 evacuated
Posted:Mon, 14 Dec 2015 20:52:31 GMT
MANILA (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated from the central Philippines on Monday as a typhoon with winds of up to 150 kph (95 mph) made landfall, dumping heavy rain that could cause flooding, landslides and storm surges, authorities warned. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/5QJxUbqPq9o/story01.htm

Paris climate pact sinks coal stocks, lifts renewable energy
Posted:Mon, 14 Dec 2015 20:42:28 GMT
(Reuters) – A landmark deal to curb global warming dented shares of fossil fuel companies and lifted renewable energy stocks on Monday, although some price swings were muted by the non-binding nature of the pact. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/0IBvqusd3us/story01.htm

Variable rains, Harmattan winds touch Ivory Coast’s cocoa regions Posted:Mon, 14 Dec 2015 18:19:39 GMT
ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Rainfall and the strength of the dry Harmattan winds were uneven last week in most of Ivory Coast’s main cocoa growing regions, leading to high hopes in some areas and concerns over bean quality and size elsewhere, farmers said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/IJjGORsoVTA/story01.htm

Aircraft pollution a worrisome gap in Paris deal: EU climate boss Posted:Mon, 14 Dec 2015 17:38:29 GMT
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The omission of aviation from the Paris climate deal could cause “a very big problem” if talks next year fail to make progress on a global plan to reduce aircraft pollution, the European climate chief said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/hcI75B-CtzY/story01.htm

Germany to set out climate action plan by mid-2016
Posted:Mon, 14 Dec 2015 14:22:41 GMT
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany will lay out a climate action plan for 2050 by the middle of next year and is talking to industry groups and trade unions about ways to end coal-fired power generation, its Environment Minister said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/TqJD60Yfg2g/story01.htm

India says Paris climate deal won’t affect plans to double coal output Posted:Mon, 14 Dec 2015 13:53:56 GMT
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India still plans to double coal output by 2020 and rely on the resource for decades afterwards, a senior official said on Monday, days after rich and poor countries agreed in Paris to curb carbon emissions blamed for global warming. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/uzzHRYeN3zM/story01.htm

Can the Paris agreement protect poor farmers from climate change? Posted:Mon, 14 Dec 2015 12:44:49 GMT
BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Purity Gachanga is one small-scale farmer who is beating climate change. On her several acres of land in Embu North district in central Kenya, she keeps cows and goats that produce milk, grows trees for fodder, and collects water to irrigate her food crops in a pond filled with tilapia fish. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/K0gkjQctWRQ/story01.htm

Temporary Delhi diesel vehicle ban leaves automakers in dark, investors jittery Posted:Mon, 14 Dec 2015 10:49:26 GMT
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A nearly four-week ban on registering new diesel-powered vehicles in India’s capital has confused automakers and investors, prompting concerns that efforts to battle Delhi’s air pollution could derail the auto industry’s tentative recovery. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/-gUY1BHhXMY/story01.htm

Environmental lapses cost China coal-fired power producers $98 million Posted:Mon, 14 Dec 2015 10:28:29 GMT
BEIJING (Reuters) – Violations of environmental regulations for scrubbing coal emissions have cost Chinese power producers 635 million yuan ($98.33 million) in lost subsidies and fines under new regulations that came into effect in 2014, the country’s central planning commission said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/nRvni2xnUx0/story01.htm

Pope calls for global commitment to put climate pact into action Posted:Sun, 13 Dec 2015 16:05:27 GMT
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Sunday urged the countries that signed the landmark Paris agreement on climate change to join in a concerted commitment to put it in practice urgently and to remember the poor as they do so. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/cAzK1NuqETo/story01.htm

EBRD says arranges $1.2 bln syndicated loan for Mongolian mine
Posted:Tue, 15 Dec 2015 05:18:54 -0500
LONDON, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Development bank EBRD said on Tuesday it had arranged its biggest ever syndicated loan, a $1.2 billion facility that will contribute towards an overall $4.4 billion package of financing for Mongolia’s Oyu Tolgoi copper mine. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/l6sQDIkFqZw/mongolia-ebrd-loans-idUSL8N1441LH20151215

UPDATE 1-Private China firm to take control of unit of Kazakh state oil company Posted:Tue, 15 Dec 2015 04:44:38 -0500
* China looking to boost business with resource-rich neighbour http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/xGD-xlqF0S8/china-kazakhstan-idUSL3N1442JL20151215

U.S. brands tap European auto recovery as VW left behind
Posted:Tue, 15 Dec 2015 02:00:03 -0500
PARIS, Dec 15 (Reuters) – European car sales rose 13.7 percent in November, according to industry data published on Tuesday, with U.S. brands recording strong gains as Volkswagen continued to pay the price of its diesel emissions test-rigging scandal. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/xlL8KnkKRiQ/europe-carsales-idUSL8N1433WY20151215

Monday, 14 December 2015

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/14/proposed-indo-japanese-nuclear-supply-agreement-major-concerns-by-former-secretary-power-govt-of-india/

What happened to Crimea’s Solar Power Stations?

Perovo Solar Park, 12 January 2012, Photo by Activ Solar via Wikimedia-Flickr
Perovo Solar Park, 12 January 2012, Photo by Activ Solar via Wikimedia-Flickr

The Perovo Solar Park is a 100 MWp photovoltaic power station located at Perovo in Crimea. As of July 2012 it is the world’s fourth largest solar farm, and is made up of 440,000 solar panels. It is owned by Activ Solar, and the final 20 MW stage was completed on December 29, 2011.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perovo_Solar_Park

The Okhotnykovo Solar Power Station is a Photovoltaic power station in Crimea with installed capacity of 82,65 megawatts (MW). As of April 2012, it is the world’s 6th largest solar plant and the second largest PV station in central and eastern Europe. The power station is located at Okhotnykovo in Crimea, Ukraine and was developed by the Austrian company Activ Solar.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okhotnykovo_Solar_Park

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INSIGHT-Russia-annexed Crimea faces long road to power security Posted:Sun, 13 Dec 2015 09:00:01 GMT
MOSCOW, Dec 13 (Reuters) – The Kremlin is trying to reassure residents of Crimea, left in the dark after electricity supplies from Ukraine were cut off, that it is coming to their rescue by installing a power link with Russia. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/w2RNJQHRD9o/story01.htm

Australia shares to drop on energy, mining woes
Posted:Sun, 13 Dec 2015 16:48:48 -0500
SYDNEY, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Australian stocks are likely to extend losses on Monday, tracking a decline on Wall Street following another slide in oil prices. Energy and natural resources stocks are likely to come under pressure, with global miner BHP Billiton expected to open sharply lower after its U.S. ADRs tumbled 5.2 percent. The benchmark index dropped 2.4 percent last week to be down 7 percent so far this year. Indicating a weak start, stock index futures shed 1.5 percent to 4 http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/R8WdO9RWOFo/australia-stocks-idUSL3N1420DR20151213

Heavy clashes break out during Central African Republic referendum Posted:Sun, 13 Dec 2015 08:53:32 -0500
BANGUI, Dec 13 (Reuters) – Heavy fighting broke out in a Muslim enclave of Central African Republic’s capital Bangui on Sunday as voters went to the polls to cast their ballots in a constitutional referendum seen as crucial to restoring stability, witnesses said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/esvwuJX9w3Y/centralafrica-referendum-fighting-idUSL8N1420FN20151213

UPDATE 1-Turkmenistan starts work on gas link to Afghanistan, Pakistan, India Posted:Sun, 13 Dec 2015 08:40:10 GMT
MARY, Turkmenistan, Dec 13 (Reuters) – Turkmenistan on Sunday started work on its part of a natural gas pipeline to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India (TAPI), a $10 billion project designed to reduce its dependence on gas sales to Russia and China. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/9f_WQbWlIgA/story01.htm

Sunday, 13 December 2015

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/13/us-nuclear-weapons-complex-leaves-legacy-of-death-on-american-soil/

Y12 Calutron Operators ca 1944 Oak Ridge TN

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Australia reverses ban on wind farm investment under new leader Posted:Sun, 13 Dec 2015 03:45:23 GMT
PERTH, Dec 13 (Reuters) – Australia has reversed a decision banning its clean energy fund from investing in wind power projects in the first sign that energy policy will be more favourable toward renewables under new leader Malcolm Turnbull. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/jK_hyE-gl8g/story01.htm

Alaska’s Aleutian Islands braced for powerful storm
Posted:Sat, 12 Dec 2015 21:43:20 GMT
(Reuters) – An intense low-pressure storm system packing strong winds and massive waves is expected to move over the Bering Sea and through the Aleutian Islands of Alaska this weekend, weather forecasters said on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Spqq_zrpE50/story01.htm

Melting glaciers blamed for subtle slowing of Earth’s rotation
Posted:Sat, 12 Dec 2015 18:34:55 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The melting of glaciers caused by the world’s rising temperatures appears to be causing a slight slowing of the Earth’s rotation in another illustration of the far-reaching impact of global climate change, scientists said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/1lQRXPs3omw/story01.htm

Saturday, 12 December 2015

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/12/on-dangers-of-usnrc-approval-of-broken-nuclear-spent-fuel-rod-storage-lack-of-testing-quality-assurance-for-holtec-dry-cask-storage/

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Goldman reigns supreme in record M&A year
Posted:Fri, 11 Dec 2015 18:00:03 -0500
Dec 11 (Reuters) – As iconic brands are snapped up and corporations merged and swallowed in a record-breaking whirl of deals, there has been one constant: Goldman Sachs Group Inc . http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/9vkQBxmrTLs/dow-ma-goldman-sachs-idUSL8N14004X20151211

In final push for landmark climate deal, end of fossil fuel era nears Posted:Sat, 12 Dec 2015 04:00:01 GMT
PARIS, Dec 12 (Reuters) – At the tail end of the hottest year on record, climate negotiators in Paris will aim on Saturday to seal a landmark accord that will transform the world’s fossil fuel-driven economy within decades and turn the tide on global warming. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/AZVzzHq8CGU/story01.htm

BP faces Mexico class action lawsuit over 2010 oil spill
Posted:Sat, 12 Dec 2015 03:46:30 GMT
MEXICO CITY, Dec 11 (Reuters) – A few months after reaching the largest corporate settlement in U.S. history, BP Plc faces a class action lawsuit in Mexico over its deadly 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which a civic group on Friday said it had filed against the company. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/PrtdMex8IAI/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-U.S. oil export ban ‘very likely’ to be lifted in spending bill-source Posted:Sat, 12 Dec 2015 00:11:09 GMT
WASHINGTON, Dec 11 (Reuters) – The 40-year-old ban on most U.S. crude oil exports will “very likely” be lifted in the government spending bill, and talks on the final budget deal are likely to continue through the weekend, a Senate aide said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Gv98DIaNoFk/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Brazil police arrest four in corruption probe of water project Posted:Fri, 11 Dec 2015 21:41:56 GMT
SAO PAULO, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Brazilian federal police arrested four people on Friday including the chief executive of engineering group OAS in a new probe of suspected price-fixing and kickbacks on a long-delayed project to divert water to the drought-prone Northeast. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/RPZhpHyl7Xk/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-U.S. may put payments by oil and gas companies under closer scrutiny Posted:Fri, 11 Dec 2015 20:01:51 GMT
WASHINGTON, Dec 11 (Reuters) – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday took up a new draft of a rule to require oil, gas and mining companies to disclose payments made to foreign governments, after a federal judge ordered it to speed up a process stalled in the courts for years. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/3XIszwOJul4/story01.htm

CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Dow Chemical to take full control of JV with Corning Posted:Fri, 11 Dec 2015 15:54:20 -0500
Dec 11 (Reuters) – Seeds and chemical maker Dow Chemical Co said it would assume full control of Dow Corning, its joint-venture with Gorilla glass maker Corning Inc. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/NQjxafmPfcc/dow-corning-idUSL3N14044420151211

UPDATE 2-RWE secures board approval for major overhaul
Posted:Fri, 11 Dec 2015 09:23:54 -0500
* To start filling new management jobs in early 2016 (Adds details from internal document, shareholder comment) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/yClmCpZ1sRA/rwe-breakup-board-idUSL8N1402O020151211

Friday, 11 December 2015

USDA Piglets and flag
New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/11/national-farmer-union-denounces-wto-food-label-ruling-calls-for-voluntary-country-of-origin-labels-cool-for-food/
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/10/world-trade-organization-wto-rules-against-us-food-labeling-safety-unlabeled-force-feeding-of-radioactive-japanese-food-coming-soon/
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/09/flood-warning/

Corrupt academia: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/12/09/greenpeace-sting-exposes-climate-denying-academics-hire

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Brazil state prosecutors to sue Vale, BHP over Samarco damburst Posted:Thu, 10 Dec 2015 17:46:26 -0500
SAO PAULO, Dec 10 (Reuters) – State prosecutors in Brazil said on Thursday they were bringing a civil lawsuit against miners Vale, BHP Billiton and their joint venture Samarco, an iron ore mine where a burst dam last month killed at least 13 people and devastated a nearby village. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/xfaOPjPYq5s/brazil-damburst-lawsuit-idUSL1N13Z2QJ20151210

Oregon declares emergency for counties hit by storm
Posted:Fri, 11 Dec 2015 04:30:29 GMT
SEATTLE (Reuters) – Fresh storms hit the U.S. Pacific Northwest on Thursday, triggering a state of emergency in several counties, after it received record-breaking rainfall that left two dead in Oregon and triggered widespread flooding, landslides and power cuts. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/LxqXDhAC540/story01.htm

Aurubis forecasts significant drop in 2015/16 profit
Posted:Fri, 11 Dec 2015 01:30:02 -0500
FRANKFURT, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Aurubis, Europe’s biggest copper smelter, expects its operating pretax profit to decline significantly in its current financial year due to a recent drop in copper prices, it said as it published quarterly results on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/CGrbp2dHISg/aurubis-results-idUSFWN13Z00P20151211

UPDATE 2-China’s Fosun shares halted after report says billionaire founder Guo unreachable
Posted:Fri, 11 Dec 2015 00:33:07 -0500
* Guo would be highest-profile China exec to go missing (Adds analyst comments, Fosun and Guo strategy details) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/kIpn4tv7LN8/fosun-intl-stocks-idUSL3N1400RP20151211

UPDATE 1-China aluminium smelters vow to cut capacity by 500,000 T by year-end Posted:Fri, 11 Dec 2015 00:06:51 -0500
* But country’s total aluminium capacity stands at over 30 mln T (Adds detail, background) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/OIdArJroWks/china-aluminium-cuts-idUSL3N1401SN20151211

UPDATE 1-Australia’s BC Iron shuts iron ore mine as price sinks Posted:Thu, 10 Dec 2015 22:42:42 -0500
* Prices have plummeted on oversupply, faltering China demand (Adds comment, detail) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/YXViHv77VcU/bc-iron-australia-idUSL3N1401AI20151211

Former Odebrecht CEO formalizes departure after six months in jail Posted:Thu, 10 Dec 2015 20:06:05 -0500
SAO PAULO, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Marcelo Odebrecht, the former chief executive of Grupo Odebrecht, has formalized his departure from Latin America’s largest engineering group after six months in prison on corruption charges, the Brazilian company said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Pq3UC5632r4/brazil-corruption-odebrecht-idUSL1N14002120151211

As fuel shortages hit Nepal, is renewable energy an alternative? Posted:Thu, 10 Dec 2015 04:08:41 -0500
KATHMANDU, Dec 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – On a Sunday morning, dozens of police officers in combat gear stand guard at a petrol station in Kathmandu’s Lalitpur neighbourhood. Outside, nearly a hundred cars, motorbikes and buses form a serpentine line, their drivers hoping to buy a few litres of fuel. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/NXTkPSb4DTU/nepal-climatechange-fuel-idUSL8N13Z1JO20151210

China to introduce tough emissions controls for ships
Posted:Thu, 10 Dec 2015 08:49:10 GMT
BEIJING/SINGAPORE, Dec 10(Reuters) – China will introduce tough controls on ship emissions at three key port areas from January to reduce sulphur dioxide which results in acid rain, causing respiratory difficulties and sometimes premature death, said the Ministry of Transport. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/VgnZGrN23uk/story01.htm

UPDATE 2- Glencore shares jump on increased debt-reduction target and spending cuts Posted:Thu, 10 Dec 2015 03:32:07 -0500
* Shares up more than 9 pct (Adds details on asset sales, analyst comment) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/RD-e4qWOkBM/glencore-outlook-idUSL8N13Z0EW20151210

UPDATE 1-China Hongqiao Group says to shut down 250,000 T aluminium capacity Posted:Thu, 10 Dec 2015 02:09:20 -0500
SHANGHAI, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Aluminium producer China Hongqiao Group said it will shut down 250,000 tonnes of production capacity starting on Thursday, as Chinese producers look to combat a slump in local prices to record lows. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/XLPi1zEpBKk/china-hongqiao-aluminium-shutdown-idUSL3N13Z2CY20151210

Australia’s Roy Hill makes first iron ore shipment
Posted:Thu, 10 Dec 2015 01:33:42 -0500
SYDNEY/TOKYO, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Australia’s Roy Hill mine shipped its first iron ore cargo on Thursday, marking the start up of the last of the mining-boom era mega projects in the country. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/FYtIW0rEptA/iron-australia-roy-hill-idUSL3N13Z2AX20151210

UPDATE 1-Australia’s east coast coal exports halted by protests Posted:Wed, 09 Dec 2015 19:07:36 -0500
SYDNEY, Dec 10 (Reuters) – The export of coal from Australia’s largest coal terminals was disrupted on Thursday after protesters chained themselves to equipment, causing a temporary halt to some operations. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/NgOLZzzDQIk/australia-coal-protests-idUSL3N13Y5RY20151210

UPDATE 2-Dow, DuPont soar on prospect of $130 bln merger ‘Christmas present’ Posted:Wed, 09 Dec 2015 16:17:24 -0500
Dec 9 (Reuters) – A potential marriage of chemicals titans Dow Chemical and DuPont would draw intense scrutiny from regulators in the United States and other countries, but Wall Street welcomed the reported merger talks, lifting shares of both companies by 12 percent. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/gCXb47KqOVc/dow-ma-dupont-idUSL3N13Y4KV20151209

Gaming the system: China steel exporters look for tax advantage Posted:Wed, 09 Dec 2015 16:00:01 -0500
* Tax rebates helping China exporters undercut overseas rivals http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/NH2v8dh6VAs/china-steel-exports-idUSL3N12R22R20151209

DuPont deal could offer relief for embattled Dow CEO
Posted:Wed, 09 Dec 2015 15:10:41 -0500
ATLANTA/NEW YORK, Dec 9 (Reuters) – For Dow Chemical Co chief executive Andrew Liveris, a merger with rival DuPont Co would come at a convenient moment, as he faces fresh pressure from a major investor and an ongoing federal investigation into the CEO’s spending. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/jvCjBSXGk0c/dowchemical-liveris-idUSL3N13Y51A20151209

UPDATE 1-Steel group Kloeckner writes down N.American operations to zero Posted:Wed, 09 Dec 2015 13:30:40 -0500
* Frankfurt-traded shares fall 3.2 percent after hours (Adds details about remaining goodwill, shares and steel market) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/JX8-QhhRJgk/kloeck-co-warning-idUSL8N13Y4G520151209

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/09/holtec-lockheed-martin-and-the-nj-political-machine/

Nuclear utilities want to pretend that they are low carbon, by ignoring the entire nuclear fuel chain, and use “carbon pricing” rather than renewables as “climate change tool”.

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China to sign nuclear, aviation deals with Russia next week
Tue Dec 8, 2015 4:06am EST
BEIJING China and Russia will sign nuclear energy, aviation and space deals next week during a visit to China by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/fw4gjfd9ksE/story01.htm

U.S.-Japan funded Raytheon SM-3 missile aces second test: sources Posted:Tue, 08 Dec 2015 23:21:39 GMT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and Japan on Tuesday conducted a second successful test of Raytheon Co’s new Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missile that is being jointly developed by the two countries, according to two sources familiar with the test. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/2roJecneKSw/story01.htm

U.N. calls on Brazil to improve safe water access after dam burst Posted:Tue, 08 Dec 2015 18:52:34 GMT
RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 8 (Reuters) – The Brazilian government and responsible mining companies must do more to ensure access to safe drinking water after a dam burst at a mine in early November and polluted a major river, a United Nations official said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/78FZlfBD_OI/story01.htm

European utilities want carbon price as main climate change tool Posted:Tue, 08 Dec 2015 19:12:20 GMT
PARIS (Reuters) – French power generator Engie and a group of European utilities called on Tuesday for carbon pricing rather than targets for increasing renewable energy use to be the main tool for fighting climate change. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/OpPG_hGKkxU/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Pipeline giant Kinder Morgan slashes dividend 75 percent Posted:Tue, 08 Dec 2015 22:31:02 GMT
HOUSTON, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Kinder Morgan Inc slashed its dividend 75 percent on Tuesday, marking the first time the U.S. pipeline giant has cut payouts to shareholders since it has been a publicly traded company. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/MHIuHurfN8E/story01.htm

Brazil alternative energy projects threatened by Abengoa’s woes Posted:Tue, 08 Dec 2015 21:14:04 GMT
SAO PAULO, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Spanish conglomerate Abengoa , teetering on the verge of bankruptcy, has halted construction of power transmission lines in Brazil, a potential setback for the South America nation’s bid to emerge from its worst energy crisis in 14 years. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/iSwgJUhP8uY/story01.htm

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/08/nuclear-free-us-presidential-candidates-sanders-and-comley/

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REFILE-As iron ore boom ends, Australia’s Pilbara targets tourists, farmers, algae Posted:Tue, 08 Dec 2015 02:19:58 -0500
PORT HEDLAND, Australia, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Aqua farms growing super foods could soon materialise in the rust-red dust of the Australian outback, alongside wheat fields, haystacks and cattle herds, as tumbling iron prices drive the minerals-rich Pilbara region to transform itself. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/mR_8gJJ5hi8/australia-mining-iron-idUSL3N13R1U320151208

Brazil’s Vale says civil lawsuit seeks $5 bln in damages from dam burst Posted:Mon, 07 Dec 2015 17:52:02 -0500
SAO PAULO, Dec 7 (Reuters) – A deadly dam burst at a Brazilian iron ore mine has triggered a civil lawsuit seeking 20 billion reais ($5.31 billion) in environmental and property damages from mine operator Samarco and its owners, BHP Billiton Ltd and Vale SA, Vale said in a securities filing on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Dh0_QmxXjA4/brazil-damburst-lawsuit-idUSE6N12L01920151207

Scientists assembled for Monsanto say herbicide not carcinogenic, disputing WHO report Posted:Mon, 07 Dec 2015 18:42:05 -0500
CHICAGO, Dec 7 (Reuters) – A panel of scientists is disputing a World Health Organization report published earlier this year that concluded glyphosate, the world’s most widely used weed killer and main ingredient in Monsanto Co’s Roundup herbicide, is probably carcinogenic to humans. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/9vmMoPCliKw/monsanto-herbicide-glyphosate-idUSL1N13W2G020151207

UPDATE 1-Blanket of still air leads to Beijing’s first smog “red alert”, some ignore warnings Posted:Tue, 08 Dec 2015 08:10:08 GMT
BEIJING, Dec 8 (Reuters) – A blanket of humid, still air resulting in smog that is expected to shroud Beijing for at least three days triggered the capital’s first ever pollution “red alert” on Tuesday as many residents ignored warnings to limit their time outdoors. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/F5cylANzwE0/story01.htm

Monday 7 December 2015

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/sandia-corporation-lockheed-martin-agreed-to-pay-4-7-million-to-resolve-allegations-related-to-lobbying-activities/

Mining, especially surface mining, almost hopelessly degrades the land. Use plant based, non-toxic, plastic jewelry instead of mined metals and mined stones. Nuclear accidents degrade the land for perpetuity, as does the current policy of burying nuclear waste. Nuclear energy is NOT needed.

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Sanders unveils climate plan to end U.S. oil, nuclear dependence Posted:Mon, 07 Dec 2015 05:01:01 GMT
WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders unveiled a climate change plan on Monday that seeks to end the country’s dependence on oil, coal and nuclear energy and could pressure party front-runner Hillary Clinton.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/RvfJ_92UqT0/story01.htm

INSIGHT-Brutal cartels fight over Mexico’s “conflict-free” gold revenues Posted:Sun, 06 Dec 2015 12:16:55 -0500
CARRIZALILLO, Mexico, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Heroin traffickers linked to the abduction and disappearance of 43 students a year ago are battling over millions of dollars paid by Canadian mining giant Goldcorp to a village in Mexico’s southern gold belt, leading to a wave of murders. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/JiRounpEOx0/mexico-mine-idUSL3N13T3XT20151206

As they abandon barren land, farmers take problems with them
Posted:Sun, 06 Dec 2015 16:08:18 -0500
PARIS, Dec 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Creeping deserts, loss of trees, barren soils and water shortages are pushing poor farmers off their land from Africa to Latin America, forcing people to seek new ways to survive, experts said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/cFXrfXjv8Dc/enviroment-land-migration-idUSL8N13V0LX20151206

RPT-Desperate Chinese steelmakers dump iron ore stocks
Posted:Sun, 06 Dec 2015 16:14:24 -0500
SHANGHAI/MANILA, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Cash-strapped Chinese steel mills are dumping iron ore stocks, selling at a loss to shore up cash flow in the latest sign of the sector’s worsening crisis, steel mill and trader sources said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/cPNDTBKe2QI/china-ironore-idUSL3N13V0BE20151206

UPDATE 1-Azerbaijan says 29 missing after oil platform fire feared dead Posted:Sun, 06 Dec 2015 19:13:49 GMT
BAKU, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Azeri state energy company SOCAR said that 29 workers missing after its oil platform in the Caspian Sea caught fire on Friday were feared dead, and President Ilham Aliyev declared a day of national mourning. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Vg7dxNvBSB4/story01.htm

Phase out fossil fuels to limit temperatures, a few CEOs say
Posted:Sun, 06 Dec 2015 16:19:57 GMT
PARIS, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Heads of companies including Unilever and Virgin Group urged a Paris summit on Sunday to get on track to limit temperature rises to the lowest possible level by setting a goal of phasing out fossil fuel use by 2050. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/hVl2ubWdRU8/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Egypt to appeal $1.76 bln award to Israel in gas dispute, freeze gas import talks
Posted:Sun, 06 Dec 2015 16:07:31 GMT
* Egyptian govt asks firms to freeze Israeli gas import talks (Adds prime minister comment) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/9XXkdUGhJ0I/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-German Vice Chancellor warns Saudi Arabia over Islamist funding Posted:Sun, 06 Dec 2015 15:40:37 GMT
BERLIN, Dec 6 (Reuters) – German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel urged Saudi Arabia on Sunday to stop supporting religious radicals, amid growing concern among some lawmakers in Berlin about the funding of militant mosques by the world’s biggest oil exporter. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/9-y4SUpllLQ/story01.htm

Chevron starts natural gas production from two new wells in Bangladesh Posted:Sun, 06 Dec 2015 14:42:18 GMT
DHAKA, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Chevron has started producing gas from two new wells in the Bangladeshi state of Sylhet, aimed at easing the country’s chronic energy shortages. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/C6fUe1dS9jA/story01.htm

Saturday, 5 December 2015

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/05/general-electric-to-pay-2-25-million-for-violating-federal-and-state-environmental-laws-in-waterford-new-york/

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GE in talks to sell its commercial lending and leasing business in Germany, France Posted:Thu, 03 Dec 2015 03:56:19 -0500
Dec 3 (Reuters) – GE said on Thursday it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Banque Federative du Credit Mutuel (BFCM) for the potential sale of its Equipment Finance and Receivable Finance… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/aScC4geYF94/ge-divestiture-idUSL3N13S31320151203

UPDATE 1-Goldcorp says CEO to retire, HudBay CEO to take post
Posted:Fri, 04 Dec 2015 18:01:49 -0500
TORONTO, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Goldcorp Inc, the world’s most valuable gold miner, said on Friday that Chief Executive Chuck Jeannes will retire after the company’s annual meeting in April 2016, with current HudBay Minerals Inc Chief Executive David Garofalo to succeed him. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/wGYjnv7OtiE/goldcorp-ceo-idUSL1N13T2LH20151204

Vahalla eyes hydro electricity plant in Chile’s parched Atacama desert Posted:Fri, 04 Dec 2015 15:05:44 -0500
SANTIAGO, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Valhalla Energia plans to build a hydroelectric power generation plant in Chile’s parched Atacama desert, the world’s driest, by using solar energy to pump sea water up the side of a 600 meter cliff and then have it rush back down to the Pacific Ocean below. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/l80WRj2BpcU/chile-renewables-idUSL1N13T1S220151204

Russia’s Gazprom asks Ukraine for guarantee on volumes needed until end-March Posted:Fri, 04 Dec 2015 14:36:09 GMT
MOSCOW, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Russian gas producer Gazprom said on Friday it had asked Ukraine’s Naftogaz to provide a guarantee on the volumes of gas it intended to purchase from Gazprom until the end of March. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/zsf_28Cux4Q/story01.htm

UPDATE 10-Oil drops after OPEC maintains output despite glut
Posted:Fri, 04 Dec 2015 22:17:44 GMT
NEW YORK, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Oil prices fell on Friday after news that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries was planning to maintain its production near record highs despite depressed prices, as OPEC continued to guard its share of an oversupplied market. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/pfXmYRybDVQ/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-U.S. shale oil producers pummeled after OPEC decision
Posted:Fri, 04 Dec 2015 20:56:16 GMT
Dec 4 (Reuters) – Fears low oil prices will persist for years sent shares of U.S. crude producers tumbling on Friday after OPEC failed to agree on a unified output cap, effectively letting its 13 members pump at will under a policy aimed in part at squeezing out U.S. rivals. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/IuYPxt8ZVNo/story01.htm

U.S. oil drillers cut rigs for 13th week in 14 -Baker Hughes
Posted:Fri, 04 Dec 2015 18:12:50 GMT
Dec 4 (Reuters) – U.S. energy firms this week cut oil rigs for an 13th week in the last 14, data showed on Friday, a sign drillers were still waiting for higher prices before returning to the well pad. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/72CPLSrCvUo/story01.htm

Azeri workers rescued from oil platform fire in Caspian Sea – TV Posted:Fri, 04 Dec 2015 17:48:13 GMT
BAKU, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Forty two workers have been rescued from an offshore oil platform that caught fire in Azerbaijan’s sector of the Caspian Sea, Azeri independent TV ANS said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/yTglLXLyIRo/story01.htm

Friday, 4 December 2015

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/04/massey-energy-ceo-don-blankenship-found-guilty-of-willfully-violating-mine-health-and-safety-standards-leading-to-the-deaths-of-29-miners-in-the-upper-big-branch-mining-disaster/
Upper Big Branch Mine fire boot
Photo from “Upper Big Branch The April 5, 2010, explosion: a failure of basic coal mine safety practices Report to the Governor Governor’s Independent Investigation Panel By J. Davitt McAteer et. al.

Cover of United Mine Workers of America report:
UMWA Industrial Homicide Upper Big Branch cover - p. 1

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China says to start claiming compensation from polluters
Posted:Thu, 03 Dec 2015 19:59:56 -0500
SHANGHAI, Dec 4 (Reuters) – The Chinese government plans to begin claiming compensation from polluting companies and individuals, particularly those who damage state property, over the next two years, China’s cabinet has said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/E1xDah-B9aU/china-environment-idUSL8N13S5MV20151204

UPDATE 3-Former Massey CEO found guilty of conspiracy in W. Virginia mine blast Posted:Thu, 03 Dec 2015 14:53:08 -0500
CHARLESTON, W. Va., Dec 3 (Reuters) – Former Massey Energy Chief Executive Don Blankenship was found guilty in federal court on Thursday of conspiring to violate safety standards at the Upper Big Branch mine, the site of a 2010 blast that killed 29 people. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/LnBgYRwpAXw/massey-energy-ceo-idUSL1N13S25J20151203

UPDATE 2-VW ready to sell assets should loan repayment falter – sources Posted:Thu, 03 Dec 2015 13:54:54 -0500
* VW sees falling number of cars affected by CO2 cheating (Adds VW comment on CO2 manipulations, detail on Skoda) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/CLbqGNPVvY0/volkswagen-emissions-idUSL8N13S4CS20151203

De Beers considering closing Canada’s Snap Lake diamond mine
Posted:Thu, 03 Dec 2015 12:04:46 -0500
TORONTO, Dec 3 (Reuters) – De Beers Canada said on Thursday that it may consider closing its Snap Lake diamond mine in the Northwest Territories, alongside other options, as it grapples with falling prices and costly operations at the unprofitable Arctic mine. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/UYotuRKfl08/anglo-american-canada-diamonds-idUSL1N13S1YV20151203

India targets temple gold hoard to rescue monetisation plan
Posted:Thu, 03 Dec 2015 09:55:30 -0500
MUMBAI/NEW DELHI, Dec 3 (Reuters) – India is trying to persuade rich temples to deposit some of their gold hoards with banks to revive a plan to recycle tonnes of the precious metal and cut gold imports, sources said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Cml4mZ6fC-k/india-gold-temples-idUSL3N13S3OG20151203

GM’s Opel denies understating CO2 emissions, fuel consumption
Posted:Thu, 03 Dec 2015 09:25:44 -0500
BERLIN, Dec 3 (Reuters) – General Motors’ Opel division has denied understating carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and fuel consumption after a German media report said the carmaker’s own tests on one of its models had shown strong deviations from official data. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/pt_d8hJUHtY/gm-emissions-opel-idUSL8N13S2KS20151203

Pakistan court filing asks British queen to return Koh-i-Noor diamond Posted:Thu, 03 Dec 2015 08:02:02 -0500
LAHORE, Pakistan, Dec 3 (Reuters) – A Pakistani attorney said on Thursday he has filed a court petition seeking the return of the famed Koh-i-Noor diamond Britain forced India to hand over in colonial times. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Ga7AxaxDN3w/pakistan-diamonds-idUSL3N13S43R20151203

UPDATE 2-Acacia Mining accelerates job cuts, workforce to fall by 27 pct Posted:Thu, 03 Dec 2015 05:32:51 -0500
* Shares flat at 180 pence (Adds CEO, analyst quote; share movement) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/g7AhwEqTgi0/acacia-mining-layoffs-idUSL3N13S2MR20151203

Russia says opposition to Nord Stream extension is “politicized” Posted:Thu, 03 Dec 2015 05:28:45 -0500
MOSCOW, Dec 3 (Reuters) – European Union criticism of a plan to expand the Nord Stream pipeline that supplies natural gas to Germany is politicized, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak was quoted as saying on Thursday by Russia’s RIA news agency. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/plKLwNmhPTw/russia-gas-nordstream-idUSR4N13K02Q20151203

GE sees earnings benefit from Alstom deal at low end of estimate Posted:Thu, 03 Dec 2015 22:55:21 GMT
NEW YORK, Dec 3 (Reuters) – General Electric Co expects benefits from its acquisition of Alstom SA’s power business to come in at the low end of the U.S. conglomerate’s previous estimate for 2016, the company said on Thursday, citing delays in closing the deal. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/cPmnjLG1j4A/story01.htm

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

New: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/02/us-nrc-continues-to-manipulate-the-asme-code-feigns-safety-concerns-comment-deadline-2-december-11-59-pm/

Contrary to the title, the US bill on mining rights in space appears to open up a legal quandary on the international level.

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UPDATE 5-Vale sees at least $443 mln mine disaster costs, long clean-up Posted:Tue, 01 Dec 2015 19:56:31 -0500
NEW YORK, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Brazil’s Vale SA said November’s deadly mining disaster could cost it at least $443 million, but it was too early to put a price tag on what it expects to be a long clean-up from the pollution caused by the dam burst. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/k0WjeghURGs/vale-sa-outlook-idUSL1N13R01520151202

U.S. bill ends legal quandary over mining rights in space
Posted:Tue, 01 Dec 2015 19:25:42 -0500
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Dec 1 (Reuters) – – A new law clears U.S. companies to own what they mine from asteroids and other celestial bodies, ending a legal quandary that had overshadowed technical and financial issues facing the startups, industry officials said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/RULlGxjRRfY/space-business-mining-idUSL1N13R00820151202

RPT-Protecting forests must become the norm in supply chains – prince Posted:Tue, 01 Dec 2015 13:22:58 -0500
* Business value of forests estimated at $150 billion annually http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/5vXbAr54Z1o/climatechange-summit-forest-idUSL8N13Q4PK20151201

UPDATE 1-Nigerian assembly passes $2.9 bln extra budget, mostly for gasoline Posted:Tue, 01 Dec 2015 18:11:09 GMT
ABUJA, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s national assembly on Tuesday approved a supplementary budget for 2015 of 574.53 billion naira ($2.89 billion), mainly to cover fuel subsidies and ensure gasoline supplies across the vast country into the new year. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ZTSB3wgKf5A/story01.htm

Renewables to light way for Africa ‘tired of being in the dark’ – AfDB Posted:Tue, 01 Dec 2015 19:31:21 GMT
PARIS, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Akinwumi Adesina, head of the African Development Bank (AfDB), has a bold vision for electrifying a continent where two-thirds of people lack access to power, and getting there by skipping carbon-intensive growth in favour of renewable energy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/k9PZEXUwBls/story01.htm

Climate deal needed if Bill’s billions are to help poor nations Posted:Wed, 02 Dec 2015 00:02:56 GMT
WASHINGTON, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Heads of state and big-name billionaires opened the Paris climate summit with a bang on Monday, promising billions of dollars to develop new green technology to solve a key sticking point of the negotiations: financing a low-carbon future for developing nations like India. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/jw0UxQRYc_A/story01.htm

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

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Solar plane raises $20 mln to resume record round-the-world trip Posted:Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:34:46 -0500
ZURICH, Nov 30 (Reuters) – The Swiss solar-powered plane whose record-setting, round-the-world flight was put on hold in July by weather and battery trouble has raised the $20 million it needs to finish the trip, co-founder and pilot Andre Borschberg said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/FJCTj_hcMFk/solar-airplane-idUSL8N13M2PS20151130

France and India look to the sun to save the planet
Posted:Mon, 30 Nov 2015 20:19:16 GMT
PARIS, Nov 30 (Reuters) – France and India on Monday launched an international alliance seeking to mobilise more than a trillion dollars by 2030 and deliver clean, solar energy to some of the planet’s poorest. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Ezzbq7vcqQ8/story01.htm

White House says would veto House energy and infrastructure bill Posted:Mon, 30 Nov 2015 23:37:37 GMT
WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (Reuters) – The White House said on Monday that President Barack Obama’s advisers would recommend that he veto the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015 if it comes to his desk. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/U963Eq5SnT0/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Goldman backs low-emissions stocks as climate talks start Posted:Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:45:52 -0500
MILAN/NEW YORK, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Electric carmaker Tesla Motors, lithium supplier Albemarle and solar-panel efficiency specialist SolarEdge Technologies are among winners from a growing focus on emissions as climate-change talks get under way, Goldman Sachs told clients. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/k-Ilb24ZAyk/climatechange-summit-carbon-stocks-idUSL8N13P41I20151130

Ukraine says can restore some power to Crimea when activists ready Posted:Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:37:47 -0500
KIEV, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s government has asked Tatar activists to allow repairs to the Kakhova-Tital electricity line to Crimea, but will only start resuming power supplies to the peninsula at a time agreed with the activists, the energy minister said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/Qex7h5A1kLA/ukraine-crisis-crimea-idUSR5N12Z00N20151130

UPDATE 2-Smog chokes Chinese, Indian capitals as climate talks begin Posted:Mon, 30 Nov 2015 05:44:38 -0500
BEIJING/NEW DELHI, Nov 30 (Reuters) – The capitals of the world’s two most populous nations, China and India, were blanketed in hazardous, choking smog on Monday as climate change talks began in Paris, where leaders of both countries are among the participants. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/x2Vndi7u9KE/climatechange-summit-china-smog-pix-tv-u-idUSL3N13P3BQ20151130

Monday, 30 November 2015

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UPDATE 1-French police detain scores of climate change protesters after clashes Posted:Sun, 29 Nov 2015 19:15:28 GMT
PARIS, Nov 29 (Reuters) – French police detained scores of climate change protesters after violent clashes on the Place de la Republique in central Paris on Sunday, a day before the official start of an international conference that aims to tackle global warming. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/_AnYx-4MRmw/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-“No Planet B”, marchers worldwide tell leaders before U.N. climate summit Posted:Sun, 29 Nov 2015 18:46:58 GMT
PARIS/PERTH, Australia, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of people from Australia to Paraguay joined the biggest day of climate change activism in history on Sunday, telling world leaders gathering for a summit in Paris there is “No Planet B” in the fight against global warming. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/rZAdskUDFkA/story01.htm

Negotiators grab head start on monumental climate challenge
Posted:Sun, 29 Nov 2015 18:36:41 GMT
* More and 150 heads of state and government to attend Monday http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Z5KnE36tbIg/story01.htm

France, India to launch global solar alliance
Posted:Sun, 29 Nov 2015 16:42:21 GMT
* India’s national action plan favours steep increase in solar http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/bIcPiCiL0Zk/story01.htm

Ukraine leaves sabotaged power lines to Russian-annexed Crimea in mud Posted:Fri, 27 Nov 2015 22:44:13 GMT
CHAPLINKA, Ukraine (Reuters) – Five days after saboteurs blew up power lines in southern Ukraine plunging Russian-annexed Crimea into an energy crisis, all four damaged pylons are out of action and engineers say they need a political decision to restore supplies. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/Jezi9vhb-kA/story01.htm

Ringleader of Paris attacks planned more strikes, mocked open borders Posted:Sat, 28 Nov 2015 01:07:01 GMT
PARIS (Reuters) – The ringleader behind the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris had plans to strike Jewish targets and to disrupt schools and the transport system in France, according to sources close to the investigation. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/gY-dwGz-MUs/story01.htm

EU mergers and takeovers (Nov 27)
Posted:Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:46:15 -0500
BRUSSELS, Nov 27 (Reuters) – The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/U8VuVvkhsgY/eu-mergers-idUSL8N13M3ZB20151127

Class action suit against Barclays alleges forex rigging losses Posted:Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:36:58 -0500
Nov 27 (Reuters) – A New York-based investment adviser filed a class action lawsuit against Barclays Plc on Friday alleging that rigged foreign exchange trading practices at the bank caused… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/_CQ0tt3mMC4/barclays-forex-classaction-idUSL1N13M14N20151127

Weak currency encourages Australia’s gold miners to dig deeper
Posted:Sat, 28 Nov 2015 20:04:23 -0500
SYDNEY, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Gold miners in Australia, emboldened by a weakening currency, have been increasing production in the face of a global rout in the precious metal, figures released on Sunday showed. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/3SkmOF9YTIE/gold-australia-idUSL3N13O00Y20151129

Brazil’s Samarco stops salary, supplier payments as assets frozen Posted:Sat, 28 Nov 2015 15:49:35 -0500
RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Brazilian iron ore miner Samarco has suspended payments to employees and suppliers because its funds have been frozen by courts in the wake of a deadly dam burst and destructive flood of muddy mine waste, the company said in a statement on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/_9ChGOLOwP0/brazil-samarco-payments-idUSL1N13N0JY20151128

UPDATE 2-Large China copper smelters agree to cut production in 2016 Posted:Sat, 28 Nov 2015 06:00:14 -0500
HONG KONG, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Nine large copper producers in China have agreed an initial plan to cut refined metal production by more than 200,000 tonnes in 2016 or around 5 percent from this year’s level, an executive at one of the producers said on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/AY4MjlTDQyQ/china-copper-output-cuts-idUSL3N13N02Z20151128

Paris climate activists plan human chain on global day of action Posted:Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:00:02 GMT
PARIS, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Activists plan to join arms and form a “human chain” in Paris on Sunday to urge action on global warming, in a muted rally after attacks on the city by Islamic State, at the heart of worldwide protests on the eve of a U.N. climate summit in France. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/J1Kn9NmVBlY/story01.htm

Protesters delay German minister on train to Paris climate talks Posted:Sat, 28 Nov 2015 17:17:51 GMT
FRANKFURT, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Protesters chained themselves to the railway tracks at Frankfurt station on Saturday to hold up a train carrying Germany’s environment minister who was travelling to Paris for a global climate conference, a police spokesman said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/sjc5i0h7-pg/story01.htm

Dubai to spend billions on clean energy push – government
Posted:Sat, 28 Nov 2015 15:54:11 GMT
DUBAI, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Dubai will spend billions of dollars on generating clean energy, the government said on Saturday, aiming to have solar panels installed on the roofs of all buildings by 2030. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/8DhVh2nmB6s/story01.htm

Germany’s Merkel urges strict, binding goals to tackle climate change Posted:Sat, 28 Nov 2015 11:51:56 GMT
FRANKFURT, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Germany’s chancellor gave a qualified welcome on Saturday to China’s pledge to tackle rising temperatures ahead of a global climate conference but she called for more ambitious goals to cut greenhouse emissions. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/YyvCg8WDqZ0/story01.htm

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FDA declines expanded approval for Bristol-Myers’ Opdivo drug
Posted:Fri, 27 Nov 2015 22:06:31 GMT
Nov 27 (Reuters) – Bristol-Myers Squibb Co said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declined to approve its immuno-oncology drug, Opdivo, for its expanded use to treat an additional type of advanced skin cancer. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/YAb_W7ssaf0/story01.htm

GLOBAL MARKETS-China stocks hit hard, rest of world shrugs
Posted:Fri, 27 Nov 2015 18:59:10 GMT
* Dollar up against euro, Swiss franc ahead of ECB, SNB next week http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/L3RdU5xzteE/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Vale confirms arsenic found in water days after Brazil dam burst Posted:Fri, 27 Nov 2015 18:15:32 -0500
RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Toxic materials such as arsenic were found in the water of the Rio Doce river days after a dam burst at a mine in Brazil earlier this month, an executive for Vale, the co-owner of the mine operator, confirmed on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/HhP4zK0ysPw/brazil-damburst-vale-sa-idUSL1N13M1K620151127

UPDATE 2-Brazil to sue BHP, Vale for $5 bln in damages for dam burst Posted:Fri, 27 Nov 2015 15:20:37 -0500
BRASILIA, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Brazil’s federal and state governments plan to sue the owners of the Samarco iron ore miner for 20 billion reais ($5.24 billion)in damages caused by the burst of a tailings dam, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira told reporters on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/xq0vzhOLLo4/brazil-damburst-damages-idUSL1N13M19620151127

German firms get creative in tackling CO2
Posted:Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09:23:33 -0500
FRANKFURT, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Filtering carbon dioxide through microbe-infested bubble baths is just one of the ideas being developed by top German industrial companies as they come under growing pressure to cut their emissions of greenhouse gases. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/yc_FAu9EAcE/climatechange-summit-germany-idUSL8N13L2HS20151127

Britain’s FTSE ends lower as miners slump
Posted:Fri, 27 Nov 2015 16:58:51 GMT
LONDON Nov 27 (Reuters) – British shares retreated on Friday as miners pushed the blue-chip FTSE 100 index into negative territory following weak Chinese industrial data which reignited concerns over China’s economic slowdown. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/jnWqBKX82IA/story01.htm

REFILE-Britain sends mixed messages on climate ahead of Paris talks Posted:Fri, 27 Nov 2015 15:42:13 GMT
LONDON, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Britain’s cuts to renewable energy subsidies and abandonment of its carbon capture and storage scheme are likely to diminish the country’s influence at the global climate talks starting in Paris this weekend, investors and green groups said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/rplFJR7BMrw/story01.htm

Brazilian lawyer arrested in Rio for planning bribes with senator Posted:Fri, 27 Nov 2015 15:33:56 GMT
BRASILIA, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Police on Friday arrested a Brazilian lawyer who authorities say was caught on tape arranging bribes with a ruling party senator to stop his client from turning state’s witness in a massive corruption probe. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/uVgdiaYIHN4/story01.htm

After oil price drop, Algeria eyes subsidy system reform
Posted:Fri, 27 Nov 2015 15:23:49 GMT
ALGIERS, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Algeria’s government is considering reforming its subsidy system, covering everything from energy and gas prices to food costs, to reduce spending as the OPEC country struggles with a sharp fall in oil prices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/4z17CCo4dfQ/story01.htm

INSIGHT-Musk’s Tesla faces German battle over battery-powered homes Posted:Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:55:25 GMT
FRANKFURT, Nov 27 (Reuters) – If Elon Musk’s vision of millions of households producing all their own power becomes a reality, it will probably happen first in Germany. But he will face a battle for market share against local firms with years of experience in renewable energy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/gMbsEvD4CwM/story01.htm