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United States Poised To Take The Lead In Oil Production
2012-11-13 07:49:25

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online U.S. oil output is set to surpass that of Saudi Arabia and Russia by 2017, reaching levels high enough to make the country nearly energy independent, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Monday in its annual World Energy Outlook report. “North America is at the forefront of a sweeping transformation in oil and gas production that will affect all regions of the world, yet the potential also exists for a similarly...

2011-05-31 07:25:00

Even as governments around the world have pushed to limit global warming, record levels of carbon dioxide filled the atmosphere in 2010, according to new figures released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) on Monday. "Energy-related carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2010 were the highest in history," the IEA said in a statement on its website. The record global emissions were driven mainly by booming economies that still rely on coal for their energy needs, it added. CO2 emissions...

2010-09-07 13:05:00

300 HIGH-CALIBRE SPEAKERS AND 4,000 PARTICIPANTS WILL GATHER IN MONTREAL TO DEBATE THE WORLD ENERGY SITUATION FROM SEPTEMBER 12 TO 14 MONTREAL, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ - The sessions of the World Energy Congress - Montreal 2010 will open in just a few days. More than ever, energy is front and centre in the news. It is increasingly clear that energy and climate-related problems and challenges are becoming more global, while awareness of these problems and a sense of urgency surrounding them have...

2010-07-20 06:24:51

The United States, which has been the world's biggest energy consumer for more than a hundred years, has been bumped back by China, according to new data from the International Energy Agency (IEA). IEA, whose forecasts are generally regarded as front-running indicators for the energy industry, said China used up 2,252 million tons of oil equivalent last year, about 4 percent more than the US, which burned through 2,170 million tons. The oil-equivalent metric represents all forms of energy...

2009-10-06 15:40:00

The sluggish global economy could actually have benefits for reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions by 3 percent this year, according to a report from the International Energy Agency on Tuesday. IEA economist Fatih Birol told reporters that the 3 percent drop from the previous year would represent the largest in 40 years. Traditionally, global greenhouse gas emissions have risen by 3 percent each year. The announcement comes as part of the IEA's World Energy Outlook report, being...

2009-09-21 12:45:00

A report citing an International Energy Agency study shows that greenhouse gas emissions have fallen thanks to the global downturn, handing the world a chance to move away from high-carbon growth, AFP reported. Carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels had dropped significantly this year -- further than in any year in the past four decades, according to the unpublished IEA study. While falling industrial output was largely responsible for the emissions plunge, other factors such as shelving...

2009-08-03 12:25:46

World oil supplies will pass their peak production sooner than expected, creating conditions for a global energy catastrophe, a French energy economist says. Higher crude prices brought on by sharply growing demand, coupled with a stagnation or decline in supply, could shove any recovery off-course, said Fatih Birol, chief economist at the International Energy Agency in Paris. Birol told The Independent that the public and many governments are ignoring reports that the oil is running out...

2007-12-03 11:05:00

BALI, Indonesia -- Coal-burning power plants belch pollutants into the air in China, contributing to global warming that experts say has destroyed billions of dollars in crops. In India, melting Himalayan glaciers cause floods, while raising a more daunting long-term prospect: the drying up of life-sustaining rivers. The two economic giants are becoming increasingly aware of the effects of rising temperatures. But though they are among the biggest contributors to the problem, both say they...

2005-11-07 08:25:00

By Marguerita Choy and Peg Mackey PARIS/LONDON (Reuters) - The world must change its energy habits or struggle with choking fumes, runaway oil demand and a growing dependence on the volatile Middle East for fuel, the International Energy Agency said on Monday. Energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions will soar by more than 50 percent by 2030 if consumers keep burning oil unchecked, the IEA said in its World Energy Outlook. That would blow a hole in the Kyoto protocol aimed at cutting...

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