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Railway traffic in oil products, grain, metals, coal and chemicals along the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TITR) was up by 2,800 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) for the first 10 months of 2018. That's an increase of 17.5 times what traffic was for the same period in 2017.
As global markets are beginning to demand much cleaner energy sources, conventional fossil fuel makers are getting ready to provide alternative energy, for the 1 billion around the world who currently have no access to electricity.
A German court ruled in September – and recently published the legal basis for its decision -- that those who speak or act peacefully on behalf of the pro-Palestinian BDS (Boycott-Divest-Sanctions against Israel) movement are protected by the German Constitution under freedom of expression and assembly.
The follow-up conference to the original Paris Climate Accords meetings in 2015 concluded with mostly empty promises and little sense of urgency.
The parties in the Yemen civil war have reportedly reached agreement to a cease-fire at the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah.
In a vote which should rattle the Trump administration for multiple reasons, on December 13 the U.S. Senate voted to end U.S. military support for the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in its savage war on Yemen.
Following a motion from the London City Assembly, on December 11 London’s Mayor declared a Climate Emergency and pledged an aggressive plan to reach carbon neutrality by 2030.
After a public plea by the UN Secretary General at the COP24 climate change talks in Poland on December 12, the European Union and a group of developing countries signed on to do something far more serious about reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
With 164 countries having finally agreed on a much-needed common set of policies for dealing with global migration, why is there such unease about this pact’s final form?
A new law passed in Australia’s parliament on December 6 allows the Australian government to force both local and international technology companies to turn over encrypted communications on demand.
Hakan Fidan, the head of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT), met with Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director Gina Haspel and some U.S. senators for a confidential briefing on the brutal slaying of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Trump didn't want to be confused by the info.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced December 6 that his government will soon be issuing a tender for the construction of the 45-kilometer new shipping channel to be built parallel to the Bosphorus Strait.
A new research study shows how polar bears, an animal at the top of the Arctic food chain, have become a victim of 'biomagnification' of pollutants ingested by fish and other marine species all the way up that food chain.
Public pressure has finally forced the Vatican to begin a formal investigation into the sexual abuse at the Institute of the Good Samaritan in Chile, after long supporting and concealing the abuse.
During the regular meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on December 5, members reached a tentative agreement to cut oil production as a means of stabilizing prices.
In one of more the more upsetting health studies recently, researchers discovered that virtually all touchscreens in multiple McDonald’s locations at two cities in the UK were covered in fecal bacteria.
In research just unveiled at the UN COP24 Climate conference in Poland, carbon dioxide emissions are on track this year for the fastest rise in history and to a record new level.
As privacy concerns grow with so-called ‘free’ services like Google and Facebook under pressure, alternatives to Google’s powerful search engine are beginning to gain momentum and significant market share.
In a chilling opening keynote address to the nations attending this year’s UN Climate Summit in Poland, David Attenborough demanded urgent action now, because the “Collapse of our civilizations and extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.”
Germany announced on November 29 that Amazon is under investigation for “abuse” in its regional drive for e-commerce market share.
Infineon Technologies AG, a German advanced microelectronics company, and NSRCEL at Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore are partnering to help with the early growth stages of Artificial Intelligence start-ups.
As Texas’ Permian basin reaches full oil production levels, the U.S. is about to become a net oil exporter for the first time in almost three-quarters of a century.