Is China slowly trying to capture the offshore oil market?

China is expanding its offshore oil and gas scene, undeterred by compliance, transparency, corruption or environmental issues that plague so many oil-rich countries.  Chinese development banks are willing to lend billions to oil-producing countries in Latin America and Africa, and its state-run oil companies are willing to invest in projects others fear to touch. This […]

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Deep disparities in the global energy system a matter of concern, says IEA

Deep disparities define today’s energy world. The dissonance between well-supplied oil markets and growing geopolitical tensions and uncertainties. The gap between the ever-higher amounts of greenhouse gas emissions being produced and the insufficiency of stated policies to curb those emissions in line with international climate targets, reports the International Energy Agency. admin

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Will there be wine after climate change?

With unexpected floods, prolonged droughts, spring frosts, and crazy hailstorms, climate change has been responsible for many ruined harvests. But one crop, nearly universally appreciated by consumers, is especially sensitive to the mercurial weather—winemaking grapes. Grapevines are particularly vulnerable to climate change because they take years to establish—three to four seasons to bear fruit, and […]

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