Green hydrogen plan for Scottish oil terminal announced

Plans to turn the Flotta Oil Terminal in Orkney, Scotland into one of the world’s first large-scale green hydrogen plants have been unveiled.   French oil giant Total Energies is part of a consortium proposing to use offshore wind power to produce hydrogen on an industrial scale at the facility.   Terminal operator Repsol Sinopec […]

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US jobs growth less than expected in September

The US added a disappointing 194,000 jobs in September, as the Delta variant of coronavirus continued to drag on the economy, official figures show.   The unemployment rate fell from 5.2% in August to 4.8%.   There were notable job gains in hospitality, retail and transportation, while employment in education declined, the US Bureau of […]

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China’s coal price hits new record

The price of coal used in China’s power plants has surged to a new record high as another of the country’s key mining regions is hit by flooding.   Heavy rains hit Shanxi in recent days, the country’s biggest coal producing province, after record floods struck the mining region of Henan in July.   Thermal […]

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US votes to extend debt ceiling

The US Senate has voted to temporarily raise the nation’s debt limit, avoiding a historic default that experts say would have devastated the economy.   Senators agreed to increase the limit by $480bn (£352bn), which will cover the US until early December.   The bill was approved in a 50-48 vote, following weeks of partisan […]

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UK gas prices fall from record high after Russian input

UK wholesale gas prices hit a record high before falling after Russia said it was boosting supplies to Europe.   Russia President Vladimir Putin appeared to calm the market after gas prices had risen by 37% in 24 hours to trade at 400p per therm on Wednesday.   UK gas was 60p per therm at […]

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Scientists warn that climate change and plastic pollution are linked

Scientists are warning politicians immersed in climate change policy not to forget that the world is also in the midst of a plastic waste crisis.   They fear that so much energy is being expended on emissions policy that tackling plastic pollution will be sidelined.   A paper from the Zoological Society of London and […]

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