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Oilsands crude headed for price shock in 2020 due to new fuel standards PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 08 June 2018 18:28
 
The coming marine shipping rules could double or even triple the discount on heavy oil, pushing it much wider than the US$30 a barrel discount from earlier this year
 
Raw oilsands. Tighter pollution rules by the International Maritime Organization is expected to wallop prices for heavy oil containing high levels of sulphur.Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press
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Dan Healing
 
http://business.financialpost.com/commodities/energy/new-marine-fuel-standards-expected-to-hit-prices-for-oilsands-crude-in-2020June 7, 2018
 
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Raw oilsands. Tighter pollution rules by the International Maritime Organization is expected to wallop prices for heavy oil containing high levels of sulphur.Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press
 
 
 
CALGARY — Canada’s oilsands industry, hard hit by a price storm this year, could be sailing straight into a pricing typhoon stirred up by new fuel standards for the international shipping industry.
 
The tighter pollution rules by the International Maritime Organization, dubbed IMO 2020, are set to take effect Jan. 1, 2020, resulting in the sulphur content limit of “bunker” fuel on ships dropping from 3.5 per cent to just 0.5 per cent.
 
The switch is expected to wallop prices for heavy oil containing high levels of sulphur — exactly the kind of the raw bitumen that makes up about half of Canada’s 4.4 million barrels per day of crude oil production.
 
“It’s bad news for any producers of heavy, sour crude oil,” said Martin Tallett, president of Massachusetts-based oil market research firm EnSys Energy.
 
“The shock is going to go through the system and affect all products, all regions.”
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Alberta oilsands waste exported by American refineries to pollution-choked India PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 06 June 2018 10:15

By the Associated Press · Posted: Dec 01, 2017 9:25 AM MT | Last Updated: December 1, 2017

'We should not become the dust bin of the rest of the world'
 
 
U.S. oil refineries that are unable to sell a dirty fuel waste product at home are exporting vast quantities of it to India instead.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File) (The Associated Press)
U.S. oil refineries that are unable to sell a dirty fuel waste product at home are exporting vast quantities of it to India instead.
 
Petroleum coke, the bottom-of-the-barrel leftover from refining Canadian oilsands crude and other heavy oils, is cheaper and burns hotter than coal. But it also contains more planet-warming carbon and far more heart- and lung-damaging sulfur — a key reason few American companies use it.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 June 2018 14:42
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Poet and accomplished foreign minister elected to be President of the UN General Assembly PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 06 June 2018 04:26
By Alan Ware
www.unfoldzero.org/1696-

The United Nations yesterday (June 5, 2018) elected Ecuador Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa to be the incoming President of the UN General Assembly. She will become the 73rd person, and the fourth woman ever, to hold the UNGA presidency.

Sra Espinosa is a former Defence Minister, Ambassador to the UN in Geneva and an accomplished poet, having published five volumes of poetry and receiving the Ecuadorian National Poetry Prize in 1990.

Sra Espinosa has also been a long-time advocate for peace, human rights, nuclear disarmament and environmental protection. She serves as a Council Member of the influential World Future Council, and has partnered in a number of events and initiatives with key international peace and disarmament organisations including Abolition 2000Basel Peace OfficeParliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament  and UNFOLD ZERO.

During her term as Ecuador Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, for example, she co-hosted a number of nuclear disarmament events with these NGOs at the UN, including some of the annual commemoration events for the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

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South African Lawsuit Could Bring Sweeping Changes to Land and Mining Rights PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 05 June 2018 18:26
 
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Amadiba residents gather to oppose a mine that has the support of a local chief and that has gained approval from the minerals department. Photo courtesy of Nonhle Mbuthuma
Residents of the Eastern Cape's Amadiba coastal area gather in September 2015. Many fear mining would threaten their way of life by destroying grazing land and creating rifts in the community. Courtesy: Nonhle Mbuthuma
 
PRETORIA, Jun 5 2018 (IPS) - South Africans await judgement to be handed down in a court case that could set a sweeping precedent by empowering communities on communal land with the right to reject new mining projects.
 
Calling the case a referendum on “the right to say no,” residents of several rural villages along the country’s eastern coast are asking the court to reinterpret current minerals extraction legislation to compel mining companies to gain explicit community consent prior to breaking ground on new operations.
 
The court case, for which arguments were heard in late April in Pretoria, stems from a dispute over a proposed titanium mine that has raged for more than a decade in the country’s rural Eastern Cape province in an area known as the “Wild Coast.” The project has pitted Australian mining company Mineral Commodities Ltd against a group of five local villages, collectively known as Amadiba. Locals consistently turned back the company’s attempts to mine, but bouts of violence have left several people dead.
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IUCN Director General’s statement for World Environment Day and World Oceans Day 2018 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 07:40
IUCN Director General’s statement for World Environment Day and World Oceans Day 2018
Tue, 05 Jun 2018
 
We have all seen the images of plastic polluting beaches and entangling marine animals from the tropics to the Arctic. Plastic pollution has become a truly global environmental problem, just as plastic itself is an all-pervasive part of our lives. On this World Environment Day, we are reminded that this challenge has no easy solutions. As such, we must accept that looking for a silver bullet will create the illusion of progress while the real problem only gets worse.
 
Marine life faces growing threats from plastic entering the world's oceans. 
 
Marine life faces growing threats from plastic entering the world's oceans.
 
 
 
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