European press roundup: Minimum EU targets reached on climate action and energy efficiency

This week the European press focused on the deal reached on the energy and climate package during the Climate Summit. However, some of the targets were lowered until finally Poland, one of the biggest Eastern countries opposing more ambitious targets, together with Czech Republic accepted the deal. But the website of the Spanish radio-TV channel RTVE focused mainly on the agreement on cross-border … [Read more...]

Parliamentary hearings perverted by political groups: Greens? Turmes

[embedded content] ?U Talking to Me?? debate with Kathleen Van Brempt (S&D) and Claude Turmes (Greens) How did the centre-right and centre-left coalition in the European Parliament come to an agreement on the new team of European commissioners? That was the topic of our weekly show ?U Talking to Me?,? with guests Kathleen Van Brempt, a member of the Socialists & Democrats (S&D) … [Read more...]

Algeria Increasingly Under Spotlight

October 23rd, 2014 4:45pm Posted In: Natural Gas, News By Country, Other Countries, Algeria Italy?s Enel unveiled its plans to expand in the upstream sector, after been awarded two gas exploration blocks in Algeria (Msari Akabli and Tinrhert). ?Enel has been awarded, alongside oil and gas multinational Dragon Oil, two gas exploration blocks in Algeria in a bid round launched in January by … [Read more...]

Oil Prices Are Dropping. Will We Turn Into Gas-Guzzling, Energy Monsters Again?

In the 1970s, years of high oil prices forced the United States to get more strategic about how it used fossil fuel. Drivers switched from Detroit-made gas-guzzlers to Japanese econo-boxes. House builders began putting more insulation in walls. Washington and a bevy of states threw taxpayer subsidies at then-wacky ideas like wind and solar power. But by the early 1980s, oil prices cratered, and … [Read more...]

EU-Russia Gas Relations and the Ukrainian Crisis: Why Pipeline Politics Should Not Be Overemphasized

October 23rd, 2014 12:20am Posted In: Pipelines, Natural Gas, News By Country, Russia, Ukraine, Featured Articles, Expert Views EU-Russia gas relations have been predominately analyzed within the broader geopolitical framework with a particular focus on pipeline politics and the physical dimension of energy security that has included inter alia debates about EU diversification strategies and … [Read more...]

Season of birth correlations is not astrology

Astrology-related? Nope. In fact, it?s not even a new concept. But looking back through research history, findings are muddled and confusing. Season of birth affects your mood later in life. Babies born in the summer are much more likely to suffer from mood swings when they grow up while those born in the winter are less likely to become irritable adults, scientists claim. Researchers studied … [Read more...]

The Strange Remains the same for 20 October 2014

What happened to the American Society for Psychical Research? Michael Prescott?s Blog: Decline and fall. Ebola paranoia: We need precaution within reason  ? JREF. At FTC?s Request, Court Stops Supplement Marketers From Deceptive Advertising and Illegally Debiting Consumers? Accounts | Federal Trade Commission. Violent video games research: consensus or confusion? | Just In Time … [Read more...]

Bosnia’s Stricken SDP Promises Radical Shake-up

Elvira M. Jukic Leaders of Bosnia's Social Democratic Party, SDP, which suffered a debacle in the recent general elections, concluded at a leadership session that the party needs radical changes.Zlatko Lagumdzija, the head of the SDP, who is widely blamed for the party's bad results and for the direction it took in its last four years in power, said a party congress would soon elect new … [Read more...]

Right of a EU member states to say No to GMO crops in question

Last-minute authorization of eight GMOs? So far a majority of member states of the European Union would like to ban genetically modified organisms (GMOs) from their territory. This so-called op-out clause is at the centre of a huge discussion on European rules to be established by next year. But regardless, the outgoing Commission could meanwhile give green light to new GMO crops. The European … [Read more...]

2014 Perseid meteor shower to be ?outshone? by August 10 record Supermoon

The 2014 Perseid meteor shower will peak between August 10 and 13 ? but August 10 is also the date of the year?s record Supermoon, which may take away some of the sheen of the annual meteor show in the sky. The August 10 Super Moon is the ?big one? of 2014 because the moon will be just 356 896 km from Earth. The Perseids, which peak during mid-August, are considered to be the best meteor shower of … [Read more...]