Riyadh (Reuters) - No other OPEC leaders at a summit in
Riyadh have joined the world's top oil exporter Saudi Arabia in
committing cash for research into helping the environment,
Algeria's energy minister said on Sunday.
TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese whaling fleet left on Sunday
for an expedition that activists say will for the first time
target humpbacks, a perennial favorite among whale-watchers.
LONDON (Reuters) - An ancient flood some say could be the origin of the story of Noah's Ark may have helped the spread of agriculture in Europe 8,300 years ago by scattering the continent's earliest farmers, researchers said on Sunday.
Using radiocarbon dating and archaeological evidence, a British team showed the collapse of the North American ice sheet, which raised global sea levels by as much as 1.4 meters, displaced tens of thousands of people in southeastern Europe who carried farming skills to their new homes.
"We will give $300 million for research into helping the
environment," he said in a speech during a summit of OPEC heads
of state which is taking place in the Saudi capital.
There is a strong sense of déjà vu in the bleak picture that the International Energy Agency (IEA) –– sometimes described as "the rich world's energy watchdog" –– painted last week of likely global energy consumption over the next two decades, and its consequences for climate change.
In the early 1970s, open conflict between the Arab states and Israel set oil prices skyrocketing. Simultaneously, the Club of Rome and other organisations warned that the world risked running out of many key natural resources. Both led to widespread calls for massive investment in alternative renewable-energy sources, and for new, non-energy-intensive lifestyles.
VALENCIA, Spain (Reuters) - Governments must do more to
fight global warming, spurred by a new U.N. scientific report
and damage to nature that is already as frightening as science
fiction, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday.
Black cats have a bad name in many countries, but nowhere
more so than Italy, where a papal edict in the middle ages
declared they were instruments of the devil. Black cats were
thrown into the fires to join witches burned at the stake.
Volkswagen and its premium brand Audi were interested in
Porsche's lightweight construction of the four-door Panamera
model, which is scheduled to hit dealerships in 2009, Porsche
development chief Wolfgang Duerheimer told the paper in an
article to be published on Monday.
"...the price of this energy is lower than its real price,"
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying by the official IRNA
news agency before leaving Tehran, first to Bahrain and then to
attend an OPEC summit in Riyadh.
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