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Will The Arab Spring Cause Israel’s Natural Gas Supply To Run Dry?

Date: 23 March 2012

Egypt supplies nearly 40 percent of Israel’s natural gas needs. Yet the cordial relationship, which both governments once enjoyed, has since broken down. To make matters worse, populist sentiments emanating from the Arab Spring are now calling for Cairo to revoke all sales of natural gas across their border. 

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Zimbabwe’s Descent Into Darkness: Robert Mugabe & The Energy Crisis

Date: 19 March 2012

Zimbabwe consumes more energy than it can produce; and in order to meet this energy shortfall, the country has been importing energy from its neighbours. But what happens when Zimbabweans can no longer pay for their energy, and how did the country get into this situation in the first place?

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The Price of India’s Nuclear Ambitions: People's Lives?

Date: 2 March 2012

After being in denial for years, India’s Department of Atomic Energy finally admitted last month that the deaths of some employees and their dependents at the Kalpakkam nuclear site were caused by multiple myeloma, a rare form of bone marrow cancer linked to nuclear radiation. Will this news put a damper on India’s plans to broaden their nuclear power capabilities?

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How Will Oil Sanctions On Iran Affect Africa’s Largest Economy?

Date: 22 February 2012

The latest round of US sanctions on Iran has left many countries scrambling for new sources for oil. South Africa, who receives nearly 25 percent of its need from Iran, is no different. Yet for South Africa, the situation is further complicated due to its long ties with Iran. Additionally, as the only the nation in the world to have voluntarily surrendered its incipient nuclear weapons program, South Africa could be a crucial player in Iran’s nuclear talks.

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Just What Is Russia’s Fracking Agenda In Bulgaria?

Date: 10 February 2012

Last month, the Bulgarian National Assembly voted to impose an indefinite ban on shale gas exploration and extraction in Bulgaria using hydraulic fracturing or other similar technology. But new evidence have emerged that may suggest some form of covert Russian influence in the matter. 

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Coal Comfort: Will Pakistan’s Latest Energy Project Flourish or Flop?

Date: 16 January 2012

Pakistan faces a desperate need for more energy. As such, officials are now pinning their hopes on an underground coal gasification project that they hope will be able to power the country for the next 30 years. But will the country’s lack of knowledge and expertise, coupled with inept crony management, threaten to snuff out their latest efforts?

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The Future of Renewable Energy in Africa: Promising or Precarious?

Date: 9 January 2012

In 2011, the total investments in renewable energy in Africa rose from $750 million in 2004 to $3.6 billion. By 2020, this sum is expected to grow to $57 billion – a staggering 1,583 percent increase in nine short years. Will Africa be able to do what it takes to ensure its energy future?

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Will India’s National Solar Mission Shine?

Date: 3 January 2012

The Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission is a major government initiative in India that aims to promote ecologically sustainable growth for the country, while addressing India’s energy security challenges. But, disputes between the private and public sectors threatens to cast a dark shadow over the project. Will India’s National Solar Mission get its chance in the limelight? 

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Taiwan: Another Fukushima In The Making?

Date: 30 December 2011

In the wake of the Fukushima disaster, countries around the world have been re-evaluating their nuclear power facilities. Just like Fukushima, Taiwan’s nuclear power reactors are fairly old, with all six of its existing reactors built near fault lines. Will there be a turnaround in Taiwan’s commitment to nuclear energy?

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Iraq Desperately Seeking Investors as the US Withdraws

Date: 19 December 2011

Is the United States leaving Iraq for good, or are they leaving them in the lurch? As Iraqis celebrate the departure of the last American convoy, Iraq’s security and economy remains extremely vulnerable. President Obama has said that Iraq will grow faster than India and China, but can, and will Iraq warm up to economic cooperation with the United States? 

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Could A Gulf War III Erupt Between Iraq And Kuwait Over Oil?

Date: 14 December 2011

Though more than 20 years have passed since Saddam Hussein led Iraq in invading Kuwait, eventually sparking the First Gulf War, conflicts over the two countries over the 10 oil fields that spread across the Iraqi-Kuwaiti frontier still remain. Once again, both countries are throwing accusations at each other, with Iraqis complaining that Kuwaitis have been “stealing” their oil, while Kuwait alleges that Iraqi companies are extracting oil from Kuwaiti oil reserves. Will there be a third Gulf War?

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Mexico’s Big Fracking Decision: Pesos, Power or People?

Date: 12 December 2011

According to a recent EIA report, Mexico is now sitting on very large natural gas fields that could allow it to end gas imports and could give it energy independence. But in order to unleash the natural gas, Mexico will have to utilize the process of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, which has numerous environmental risks. What will the Mexican government do?

 

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Crikey! Can Australia Afford To Go Solar?

Date: 6 December 2011

Australia, like all modern economies, needs an assured supply of energy to function effectively. Presently, coal generates about 80 percent of Australia's electrical energy output; but as external sources of fossil fuels continue to decline, a shift to renewable energy sources is needed. But the costs for such a move, particularly to solar power, are high. What are Australia’s alternatives?

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Kazakhstan’s Extraordinary Rise To Power In The Energy Game

Date: 28 November 2011

In 2011, Kazakhstan's oil exports ran at 1.74 million barrels per day. The total value of the nation’s oil exports have also risen by 112 times in the last 20 years, with the nation now exporting over $54.086 billion worth of oil in this year. But despite being one of the world’s rising oil exporters, Kazakhstan has also begun diversifying its energy exports to nuclear resources as well, with the nation now becoming the world’s largest producer of mined uranium.

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Tensions Brew In The Caspian Sea With Russia’s Latest Move

Date: 24 November 2011

Since the collapse of the USSR in 1991, the nations that border the Caspian Sea – namely Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan – have quarrelled over how to properly divide its waters. With as much as 250 billion barrels of recoverable oil, 200 billion barrels of potential reserves and 9.2 trillion cubic meters of recoverable natural gas, at stake, tensions have risen over recent moves by Russia to develop its offshore resources.

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Barely A Year After Fukushima, IEA Says: Embrace Nuclear

Date: 21 November 2011

The latest report from the IEA is not going to please environmentalists. Accordingly, the IEA admonishes governments for not fully embracing renewable energies – including nuclear energy. But to be fair, there is a desperate need to focus on nuclear power if we are to meet growing energy demand. The only question then that remains is whether governments have the cash and political will to consider embracing nuclear. 

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Fracking Hell: Hydraulic Fracturing Confirmed As Cause For Increased Earthquakes In US

Date: 16 November 2011

Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” as it is otherwise known, is the process by which pressurized water is used to fracture rock layers thus releasing petroleum, natural gas, or other substances so that they can be extracted. While oil and gas companies have taken out very expensive media campaigns to promote the benefits of the technology, genuine concerns have emerged over its environmental and ecological impact. 

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Will Germany Regret Going Non-Nuclear?

Date: 14 November 2011

The fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster left the entire world running scared. Germany, for instance, announced that they would be shutting down all of its 18 nuclear power plants by 2022, choosing to rely on renewable energy sources and traditional coal-fired plants in the future instead. But the cost of utilising renewable energy sources will be great. Apart from having to actually invest into the technology, Germany could also face opportunity losses that would harm its long-term economic planning.

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Egypt’s New Wind of Change

Date: 8 November 2011

 

Wind power may currently only contribute to less than 1 percent of Egypt’s energy output, but most experts believe that it has the potential to meet the nation’s energy needs. The largest bottleneck thus far to expanding Egypt’s wind power facilities, though, has been in securing funding for the development. But with the overthrow of the Mubarak government coupled with newer, and more ambitious plans for the industry, there is renewed optimism for a wind-powered revival in the country.

 

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Oil Claims in South China Sea: Will International Law or Force Prevail?

Date: 3 November 2011

 

Several nations are contesting the South China Sea’s offshore resources. China has stepped out to warn that it is not to be provoked, while countries like the Philippines and Vietnam are hoping that international law would provide some backing for its claim to oil. But no one is raising any eyebrows; after all billions in oil profits are at stake here. 

 

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