Environment

  • Baker Hughes helping IOG develop North Sea...

    Independent Oil and Gas PLC (IOG) is extending its seismic remapping agreement with Baker Hughes’ Reservoir Development Services (RDS) group to better understand resource potential for its Blythe and Cronx/Elgood projects in the Southern North Sea (SNS), with an expected delivery date of late July 2015.

  • New China-US bid to protect world's oceans

    China and the United States launched a joint initiative Wednesday to protect the oceans, highlighting such cooperation as proof the two nations can work together despite stubborn disagreements.

  • UN Marine Biodiversity Treaty resolution

    This long-awaited resolution references in its preamble the commitment made by Heads of State at the Rio+20 Conference to take a decision by September 2015 on a new instrument, and also “stresses the need for the comprehensive global regime to better address the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction.” 

  • 400 diesel drums collected from Sharjah sea

    Four hundred diesel fuel drums that fell from a ship as it sank off the coast of Sharjah have been safely collected from the sea.

    Engineer Hasan Altafaq, assistant director from the agriculture and environment department at Sharjah municipality, said the floating barrels were collected without any of the fuel leaking.

    “We coordinated with Bee’ah and several governmental entities. We took samples from the sea water to make sure that there was no pollution and to tackle any problem that might arise and hurt the marine life,” he said,

    Mr Altafaq added Sharjah Municipality carries out continuous campaigns to raise awareness about marine life and clean up initiatives to make sure the emirate’s shores remain pollution free.

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Criticism of New California Fracking Assessment

Three weeks after agreeing to take a hard look at offshore fracking’s threats to California’s coast, the Obama administration has released a draft environmental assessment from the Department of the Interior.

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Tatweer Petroleum launches solar power plant

A one-megawatt solar power plant was among three key projects launched by Tatweer Petroleum yesterday (February 14). Energy Minister and Tatweer Petroleum chairman Dr Abdulhussain Mirza inaugurated the projects at various Tatweer Petroleum facilities in the presence of board of directors, officials from the National Oil and Gas Authority, nogaholding and Bapco, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.

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In Depth: Offshore Wind Farms in the Netherlands

Last June, the Dutch government was obliged by court to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gasses with 25 per cent by 2020 compared to 1990. Climate organisation Urgenda has instituted legal proceedings against the Dutch government.

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Seroka: LA Port Well Ahead of Emission Targets

Despite reports on the Port of Los Angeles’ failure to meet pollution-reduction measures, the port’s Executive Director Gene Seroka claims that the port has actually met its targets nine years ahead of schedule.
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