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Use my four out of five rule

May 2014
Harold W Kroto

Whatever conclusion is reached on the "reality" of global warming is subject to possible errors of judgment, but the consequences of this phenomenon appear so serious that "caution is never enough." From Oil 25, the contribution of Harold W. Kroto, Nobel Prize in Chemistry recipient, 1996

Europe: Shale gas, still a distant dream

May 2014
Sebastiano Fusco (Agenzia Nova)

The Ukraine crisis and Russia's threats to cut off the supply of natural gas have again placed the technical controversy surrounding unconventional hydrocarbon extraction at center stage. However, the EU does not have the same environmental conditions as in the U.S. or Canada and initial results will not be seen until 2020



China and Russia sign long-standing gas deal

May 2014
Editorial Staff

After years of negotiations, Beijing and Moscow signed a $400 billion gas deal that will allow Russia to supply China with 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas for 30 years. The Kremlin is trying to diversify its commercial partners as the Ukraine crisis impacted its ties with Kiev and the West and especially with EU Member States



Netherlands, sharp GDP fall as gas output plunges

May 2014
Lina Roger

The Netherlands economy contracted by 1.4 percent in the first quarter of this year, mainly due to a decrease in gas sales. The country is the second largest gas producer in Europe following Norway, and the energy sector is an important component of GDP



The enigma of the Dragon

May 2014
Minxin Pei

China’s energy requirements and oil imports of the Asian giant are growing at an alarming rate. But will the U.S.A., increasingly closer to independence, continue to defend global supplies at its expense?



China, shale gas race may lead Russia to downsize ambitions

May 2014
Yao Jin

As far as the London think tank, the Overseas Development Institute, is concerned there are  countries that are "winners" and "losers" in the shale gas revolution. Among the former is Beijing – together with the United States – while Russia itself is among those who will be negatively affected by the shale gas boom



The judgment of future generations

May 2014
Gary Hart

Competition between countries in some areas of science, ostensibly in the name of national pride, is incomprehensible. We must leave our grandchildren a new and safe source of energy and the opportunity of a truly global community, which can best come through cooperative efforts



China: CNPC increases its share of investments in Turkmenistan

May 2014
Yao Jin

Four billion dollars have been earmarked for the industrial development of the Bagtyýarlyk area, in the former Soviet Republic. China National Petroleum Corporation is undertaking the exploration and production work in the Turkmenistan gas fields



Ecuador rejects petition to stop Yasuní National Park oil drilling

May 2014
Lina Roger

Ecuador has rejected a petition to stop oil drilling in the Yasuní National Park because according to the government, there were not enough signatures. However, the organizers have accused President Rafael Correa of fraud and manipulation



Earthquakes, drilling and science

May 2014
Davide Tabarelli

Following the conclusion of the ICHESE Commission, who said it is not possible to rule out a connection between earthquakes and drilling, the Emilia Romagna region has blocked the new concessions for hydrocarbon. A defeat for science, but a loss for the public



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