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Syria condemned at toxic arms watchdog over sarin attacks

Jul 09, 2020 - 9:40 PM

Only Russia, China, and Iran vote against the decision at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons' executive council accusing Syria of breaching the Chemical Weapons Convention

OPCW. This picture taken on April 20, 2017 shows the logo of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons at the headquarters in The Hague. File photo by John Thys/AFP

Abu Dhabi's ADNOC sells pipeline firm stake to foreign investors

Jun 23, 2020 - 9:40 PM

A consortium acquires a 49% stake in Gas Pipeline Assets, a newly formed subsidiary of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

ABU DHABI. The seafront promenade in the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company office complex (C) in the foreground on May 29, 2019. File photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

Battle to prevent fresh gas leak at Indian plant

May 08, 2020 - 3:56 PM

The accident leaves 12 dead and hundreds hospitalized outside the industrial port city of Visakhapatnam

GASES IN THE AIR. Municipal personnel spray water to mitigate the presence of gases in the air a day after a gas leak incident around the area of LG Polymers plant in Visakhapatnam on May 8, 2020. Photo by AFP

Dennis Uy completes acquisition of 45% of Malampaya

Mar 11, 2020 - 7:30 PM

The Malampaya gas field supplies roughly 30% of the total national demand for electricity

Gov't sets price freeze for kerosene, LPG until March 24

Mar 11, 2020 - 7:10 PM

The price freeze comes as coronavirus cases rise in the Philippines

File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


Amazon, African forests turning from CO2 sink to source – study

Mar 05, 2020 - 6:48 PM

The rate of forest decline varies throughout the world, with the Amazon's absorption ability dropping far faster than the tropical forests of sub-Saharan Africa

AMAZON. View of the Amazon jungle. File photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Dennis Uy gets PCC approval to buy 45% of Malampaya

Feb 25, 2020 - 4:30 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission says Dennis Uy's acquisition of Chevron Philippines' shares in the Malampaya gas facility will not reduce market competition

Trump approves sanctions vs Russia-Europe gas pipeline

Dec 21, 2019 - 2:38 PM

The sanctions target companies building a pipeline that is seen by the United States to increase Russia's influence in Europe

SANCTIONS. US President Donald Trump seeks to weaken Russia's leverage over Europe with sanctions against the gas pipe. File photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

PG&E agrees to $13.5 billion payout for deadly California fires

Dec 07, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Faulty Pacific Gas & Electric powerlines are blamed for sparking Camp Fire, the deadliest in the state's history

PG&E. The Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) logo is displayed on a hard hat at a work site on July 30, 2014 in San Francisco, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Putin, Xi launch 'historic' Russian gas pipeline to China

Dec 02, 2019 - 6:49 PM

Presiding by video link-up over an elaborate televised ceremony, Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping hail the 'Power of Siberia' pipeline as a symbol of cooperation

VLADIMIR PUTIN. Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a ceremony inaugurating the "Power of Siberia" pipeline via a video link in Sochi on December 2, 2019. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Dennis Uy now owns almost half of Malampaya gas field

Nov 13, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Dennis Uy buys all of the shares of Chevron Malampaya LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chevron Philippines, which has a 45% stake in the Malampaya gas field

More evacuations as wildfire breaks out in Los Angeles

Oct 29, 2019 - 10:56 AM

The so-called Getty Fire ignites overnight near a major freeway and quickly spreads south and west towards neighborhoods, scorching some 240 hectares and sending people fleeing in the dark

Firefighters battle the Getty Fire in houses on fire in Brentwood, California on October 28, 2019. A wildfire broke out early Monday near the renowned Getty Center in Los Angeles, forcing widespread evacuations as the flames destroyed several homes in hillside communities. The so-called Getty Fire broke out overnight near a major freeway and quickly spread south and west, scorching 500 acres (202 hectares) and sending people fleeing in the dark.  Apu Gomes / AFP

Millions face power cuts as California fires spread

Oct 27, 2019 - 2:17 PM

The Kincade Fire, which is only 10 percent contained, has grown to 25,955 acres

FIREFIGHTERS. Members of an inmate firefighting crew are silhouetted against a hillside with a track of PG&E lines during firefighting operations to battle the Kincade Fire in Healdsburg, California on October 26, 2019. Photo by Philip Pacheco/AFP

Carpio welcomes Russian oil exploration in West Philippine Sea

Oct 20, 2019 - 2:41 PM

Retiring Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says Manila should be also spreading out service contracts for oil exploration in the West Philippine Sea to countries other than China

STAUCH DEFENDER. Retiring Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the Philippine should spread out partners for oil exploration in the West Philippine Sea. Rappler Screenshot

2 killed, 12 missing after huge blast rocks China gas plant – state media

Jul 19, 2019 - 9:01 PM

(UPDATED) Xinhua says the blast occurred in the air separation unit of the Henan Coal Gas Group factory and not in the gas tank areas, citing a source in the Yima city government

Climate change threatens half World Heritage sites' glaciers – report

May 01, 2019 - 12:00 AM

Authors of a new study 'predict glacier extinction by 2100 under a high emission scenario in 21 of the 46 natural World Heritage sites where glaciers are currently found'

Alpine glaciers risk 90% melt by 2100 – study

Apr 09, 2019 - 11:15 PM

A team of researchers in Switzerland finds that due to historic emissions and current CO2 levels, the Alps will lose half of its glaciers no matter what is done about emissions

Rhone Glacier image from Shutterstock

Methane on Mars: A new discovery or just a lot of hot air?

Apr 06, 2019 - 8:30 AM

There have been no direct observations of living organisms or fossils on Mars so far. But there are other types of evidence.

NEW DISCOVERY? Methane detected at Mars’ Gale Crater (the center picture). Kevin Gill/Flickr, CC BY-SA

Raw materials behind half of global emissions – U.N.

Mar 12, 2019 - 6:26 PM

Authors of a major new report present lawmakers and businesses with a stark choice: drastically reform the global economy to get more from less, or risk the collapse of global infrastructure

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Mar 11, 2019 - 8:32 PM

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Norway sovereign wealth fund, world's biggest, to dump oil and gas

Mar 08, 2019 - 8:08 PM

(UPDATED) The government of Norway says the divestment is specifically targeting exploration and production companies, 'rather than selling a broadly diversified energy sector'

Natural Gas in the Philippines

Feb 26, 2019 - 10:50 AM

The world is clamoring for a cleaner future. How can the PH keep up?

How natural gas plants benefit communities

Feb 26, 2019 - 10:40 AM

In Batangas, natural gas plant projects are powering up businesses, helping build infrastructure, and supporting communities

Natural gas and renewables are a perfect match in cutting carbon emissions

Feb 26, 2019 - 10:36 AM

In the transition to clean energy, natural gas solves the need for a reliable renewable energy partner

Why natural gas makes sense for PH economy

Feb 26, 2019 - 10:31 AM

As the Philippines looks to diversify its energy mix, one source - natural gas - has become increasingly important

Natural gas in the Philippines

Feb 06, 2019 - 5:12 PM

The world is clamoring for a cleaner future. How can the PH keep up?

Phoenix Petroleum invests P250 million for Batangas LNG hub

Feb 01, 2019 - 6:04 PM

Phoenix Petroleum says it is putting up an initial investment of P250 million for an liquefied natural gas hub in Batangas

LPG prices rise on February 1

Feb 01, 2019 - 1:46 PM

At least 3 companies submit their notice of increases to the Department of Energy on February 1

SC rules: No share for Palawan in Camago-Malampaya gas project proceeds

Jan 23, 2019 - 3:15 PM

The unanimous decision is that the earnings from the offshore gas project will go to the national government because Palawan's jurisdiction refers only to land area

Supreme Court of the Philippines in PAdre Faura on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Dennis Uy's Phoenix Petroleum, China's CNOOC get nod for LNG terminal

Jan 14, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The Department of Energy grants Tanglawan Philippines LNG Incorporated the notice to proceed to build a liquefied natural gas terminal in Batangas

GRANTED. The Department of Energy grants the joint venture of Dennis Uy and China's CNOOC the notice to proceed to build an LNG facility. Rappler file photos

Paris gas blast toll rises to 4 after body found in rubble

Jan 13, 2019 - 9:02 PM

Authorities say the building hit by the blast needed to be reinforced as clearing operations in the area could continue for about a week

Two firefighters killed as gas leak explosion rocks central Paris

Jan 12, 2019 - 5:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Besides the two dead firefighters, 47 people are injured in the blast, 10 of them seriously, the Paris prosecutor's office says

BLAST. A vehicle is overturned amid debris after the explosion of a bakery on the corner of the streets Saint-Cecile and Rue de Trevise in central Paris on January 12, 2019. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

Drop beef and save millions of lives, slash emissions

Jan 03, 2019 - 10:58 PM

A new research conducted for the World Economic Forum shows that efforts to replace meat and especially beef could provide huge benefits for human health and the environment

Rescuers pull more bodies from rubble of Russian gas explosion

Jan 02, 2019 - 7:01 PM

(UPDATED) The number of people killed in the deadly New Year's Eve gas explosion rises to 22, while 19 people are yet to be found

SURVIVOR. A 10-month old baby survives the gas explosion in Russia as rescuers continue to look for other remaining bodies. Photo by Ho/Russian Emergency Situations Ministry/AFP

Rescuers pull baby alive from Russian block after gas blast

Jan 01, 2019 - 8:50 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The baby is found after rescuers are forced to temporarily halt the search for dozens of missing people in the rubble, for fear the rest of the block comes down

SURVIVOR. This handout picture released by The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry on January 1, 2019, shows emergency officers transporting a baby surviver after a gas explosion rocked a residential building in Russia's Urals city of Magnitogorsk. HO / RUSSIAN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS MINISTRY / AFP

4 dead, dozens missing after gas explosion hits Russia high-rise

Dec 31, 2018 - 4:50 PM

(UPDATED) 70 people are still missing, feared to be trapped under the rubble

Panelo: Did Robredo, Morales read PH-China oil deal before criticizing?

Nov 26, 2018 - 7:40 PM

'Disappointment comes to mind as expectations for their being trained in the law have not been reached,' says the President's spokesman

DEFENDING THE DEAL. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo insists Vice President Leni Robredo and former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales must have only based on media reports their criticism of the PH-China deal. Malacañang file photo

DOCUMENT: Oil, gas development deal between Philippines, China

Nov 26, 2018 - 2:14 PM

The document states that the Philippines and China will come up with joint oil and gas exploration agreements in one year

Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Rodrigo Duterte on November 20, 2018. Screengrab from RTVM

Oil and gas deal in West PH Sea 'victory for 'bully' China – Alejano

Nov 23, 2018 - 11:52 AM

'The fact that we have recognized China in sharing with [them] our own resources in our own waters is already a victory on their part,' says Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano

'VICTORY' FOR CHINA. Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano is against the oil and gas development deal signed by the Philippines and China. Screenshot from Rappler

PH-China deal on oil, gas dev't creates body to study joint exploration

Nov 21, 2018 - 12:46 PM

Up to the last minute, uncertainty clouded what kind of oil and gas deal would come out of Xi's state visit. The MOU appears to be a softer version of the framework earlier prepared.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte (R) react after a joint press statement at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila on November 20, 2018. - Chinese President Xi Jinping called his visit on November 20 to long-time US ally the Philippines a "milestone", as he aimed to boost blossoming ties on the promise of billions of dollars in backing for mega-projects. Photo by Mark Cristino/Pool/AFP

PH, China sign deal on oil, gas development in West PH Sea

Nov 20, 2018 - 6:56 PM

Philippine and Chinese officials exchange 'memorandum of understanding on oil and gas development' during Xi Jinping's historic state visit

China's President Xi Jinping (centre L) and Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte (C) walk to their bilateral meeting after inspecting the honour guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Malacanang palace grounds in Manila on November 20, 2018. - Chinese President Xi Jinping called his visit on November 20 to long-time US ally the Philippines a "milestone", as he aimed to boost blossoming ties on the promise of billions of dollars in backing for mega-projects. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Makati says Phoenix Bangkal station had no business permit

Nov 06, 2018 - 11:21 PM

Phoenix Petroleum however says it had complied with all required permits and it even voluntarily closed down the station which was the source of a gas leak last week

GAS LEAK. Firefighters discover the Phoenix Petroleum station along Evangelista street in Barangay Bangkal, Makati City is the source of a gas leak. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Makati gas station owners summoned after Phoenix gas leak

Nov 03, 2018 - 6:12 PM

Acting City Administrator Michael Camiña says owners need to be reminded of safety guidelines for gasoline stations to prevent future leaks

INSPECTION. Firefighters warn of an explosion if diesel fumes accumulate too much aboveground. Photos from Makati police

INFOGRAPHIC: How does natural gas complement our shift to renewable energy?

Oct 26, 2018 - 4:43 PM

How does this energy source help us transition to a cleaner power mix?

INFOGRAPHIC: Natural gas and the Philippines' rising power demands

Oct 05, 2018 - 10:54 AM

When it comes to energy security, we shouldn’t put all our eggs in one basket

Oil prices jump for 8th consecutive week, Brent crude breaches $83

Oct 02, 2018 - 11:03 AM

The latest round of price increases brings common gasoline prices to around P59 to P62 per liter, and diesel prices to around P47.95 to P50.75 per liter

Fires, explosions erupt in multiple US towns near Boston

Sep 14, 2018 - 5:25 PM

The Massachusetts State Police says they have responded to 70 reports of fires, explosions and the smell of gas in a widespread zone encompassing the east coast towns of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover

GAS EXPLOSIONS. Firefighters inspect a home after a gas explosions on September 13, 2018 in North Andover, Massachusetts. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images/AFP

9 dead in Nigeria gas explosion – state governor

Sep 11, 2018 - 11:26 PM

The gas explosion happens in Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa state.

1 dead, 2 injured in gas leak at Samsung chip plant

Sep 04, 2018 - 6:20 PM

The 3 victims were employees of one of Samsung's suppliers and were inspecting the factory's gas-related facilities, Samsung says

CLEANROOM. Samsung semiconductors being worked on in a cleanroom. Image from https://news.samsung.com

Natural gas and renewables are a perfect match in cutting carbon emissions

Aug 31, 2018 - 1:37 PM

In the transition to clean energy, natural gas fills in where renewables fall short.