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Shell Oil drilling in Arctic set to get US government permission

Controversial decision expected from US interior secretary likely to spark protests from campaigners against Anglo-Dutch exploration in seas off Alaska

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Coal's share of global energy market at highest level since 1970

Use of coal for power generation and other purposes grew by 3% in 2013 – faster than any other fossil fuel

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Court rules environmental risks of Shell's Arctic drilling have not been properly assessed

Shell's hopes of drilling in Arctic waters off Alaska this summer faced a serious setback when a US federal court ruled that the full range of environmental risks had not been assessed by the government.

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BP accuses Louisiana leaders of 'political grandstanding' over Deepwater Horizon disaster

Oil company and US state embroiled in war of words over the clean-up operations after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster

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UK watchdog admits losing nuclear materials dozens of times

Radioactive materials have gone missing from businesses, hospitals and even schools more than 30 times over the last decade, a freedom of information request to the UK's health and safety authorities has revealed.

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BP hit with new $34 billion Deepwater Horizon claim from southern state governments

Latest demand comes from local and southern state governments, including Louisiana and Mississippi, hit hard by pollution following 2010 blowout

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BP claims new supercomputer will improve safety

BP is to spend $100m (£62m) over the next five years in an attempt to find more oil using what it claims is the world's largest supercomputer for commercial research, with a memory equivalent to nearly 150,000 iPods.

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British MPs demand halt to 'reckless' Arctic oil and gas drilling

Commons environment committee urges halt to exploration until safety improves, and calls for unlimited pollution penalties and creation of 'no-drill zone'

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British scientist calls for 'major nuclear program' to head off climate change

A leading British academic has called for accelerated research into futuristic geo-engineering and a worldwide nuclear power station "binge" to avoid runaway global warming.

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Shell criticized for limited testing of Alaska drilling containment equipment

Shell has been accused of "stock-car racing recklessness" after apparently undertaking only the most limited testing of a key piece of equipment aimed at preventing a Gulf of Mexico-style blowout during its controversial drilling in the Arctic.

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Agriculture Dept. cuts corn production forecast as drought raises crisis fears

The US government slashed its forecast for drought-hit corn production by 17% on Friday, raising fears of a new global food crisis and sending some commodity prices to record levels.

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Climate change means industries are gearing up for Arctic oil rush

The small group of international scientists, politicians and business leaders are using the Arctic research station as a makeshift conference centre for urgent talks on how to fast-forward a low carbon economy. They have come to the snowy archipelago of Svalbard, a few hundred miles from the North Pole, to hear the latest bad news on melting glaciers and climate change.

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IMF warns that oil prices could double in ten years

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been warned by its internal research team that there could be a permanent doubling of oil prices in the coming decade with profound implications for global trade.

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BP faces legal action over Russian oil spills

BP has stepped into a new row over oil spills – this time in Russia – less than 24 hours after announcing it was going to pay out $8bn in America for polluting beaches with the Deepwater Horizon blowout.

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