Barbara Lewis

COP17, UN climate talks in trouble as time runs out

Ministers fought to save UN climate talks from collapse, searching to narrow differences between rich and poor nations over fighting global warming.

Thirty years on, Aids fight may tilt more to treatment

After 30 years of Aids prevention efforts, global leaders may now need to shift their focus to spending more on drugs used to treat the syndrome.

Opec makes deep oil cut to rescue prices

Opec ministers on Wednesday agreed to remove a record 2,2-million barrels per day (bpd) from oil markets.

Oil tops $130 haunted by future supply worry

Oil climbed to a life-time high above a barrel on Wednesday, driven higher by a combination of long-term production worries and a near-term focus on tight fuel stocks. A United States government report later on Wednesday was expected to show crude inventories rose for a fifth straight week.

Opec keeps output steady in face of $100 oil

Ministers of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) on Wednesday agreed to keep oil output steady and said record high prices had been driven by factors that were beyond their control. United States crude hit a record of ,95 a barrel on Monday and was trading above on Wednesday.

Opec poised to keep output steady, US unhappy

Opec ministers are poised to hold output steady at a meeting on Wednesday, resisting pressure from top consumer the United States to pump more oil to help prop up a fragile economy. Opec has said triple-digit oil has been driven by factors beyond its control, such as a weak dollar and speculation and not by any lack of fuel.

Swedes get a buzz visiting nuclear plants

It's not everyone's dream destination, but in Sweden thousands of visitors each year head to remote coastland to view the nation's nuclear power plants. At Forsmark, one of the country's three nuclear plants, tourists wear protective clothing and carry dosimeters, which monitor their radiation exposure.

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