Serious litigation relating to man-made climate change began in the first half of this decade. The most notable cases are in the US, where legal tradition and process lend themselves to the pursuit of new types of actions.
Oil & Gas
Everywhere we look, the renewables revolution seems to be top of the agenda, whether it's wind, tidal or solar.
OVER recent weeks, the optimism that had driven commodity prices and equities higher disappeared. The escalation of the Greek debt problems has certainly highlighted the still significant issues facing the global economy. In broad terms, we believe that if the market is undergoing volatile movements in a possible sideways direction, then the quoted oil&gas sector may still outperform.
When oil prices were above $100 per barrel and demand was outstripping supply, the top priority for most companies was maintaining and increasing production, with cost control and "value creation" taking a secondary role.
As one of Norway's biggest trainers of skilled workers, Statoil says it plans to take on 184 apprentices in 2010 - 16 more than last year.
LAST month, Lucile Franoux, a petroleum engineer with Maersk Oil in Aberdeen, started a six-month exchange internship in Mexico with Pemex, the Mexican state oil company.
THE Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) has granted accreditation to the graduate training programme set up by Fugro GEOS. This programme aims to provide graduates with a blend of learning - e-learning, classroom learning and workshop training - to ensure that they develop the competencies they require for their job and also to ensure that their wider professional needs are met.
DO YOU get chauffeured to school in mum or dad's massive lump of four-wheel-drive urban assault vehicle? There's a fair possibility as Aberdeen is stuffed with such vehicles. Or is the mode of transportation more responsible - a small hatchback perhaps? It seems blindly obvious, but the best way to reduce emissions in the short term is a "drastic downscaling of both size and weight' of conventional petrol and diesel cars", according to an Oxford University study.
BY DIPPING ordinary paper or fabric in a special ink infused with nano-particles, a Stanford University engineer has found a way to cheaply and efficiently manufacture lightweight paper batteries and super-capacitors as well as stretchable, conductive textiles known as "eTextiles".
Scientists in California have come up with a radical new approach to flexible solar-cell technology that apparently makes them both more effective and cheaper.
LAMPRELL, a specialist provider of engineering services to the international oil&gas industry, has secured two significant new contract awards from Fred Olsen Windcarrier totalling $320.4million.
ABERDEEN company ffA (Foster Findlay Associates) and TerraSpark Geosciences have agreed to mutually explore advancement of 3D seismic analysis and interpretation capabilities and to explore parallel research and development programmes.
HEWLETT Packard and Shell are collaborating in the development of a wireless sensing system to acquire extremely high-resolution seismic data on land.
The first issue surrounding diabetes and working offshore is that you must disclose to your employer and occupational healthcare provider that you have the condition.
A NEW rig, Iran Alborz, has started work in the Caspian. It is Iranian-built and has now started work on a well in the Iranian sector. Hedayatollah Khademi, managing director of the rig's owner, North Drilling, has been reported as saying this is the first of three wells scheduled to be drilled this year.
THE Marcliffe Hotel was the venue for this year's Energy Institute annual dinner, which took place last Thursday, February 25.
THE Oil & Gas UK Breakfast Briefing took place at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre last Thursday, February 25.
THE Oceanology International exhibition and conference being staged in London this month will also host the two-day UKSPILL10 Marine Oil Spill Seminar organised by the UK Spill Association (UKSPILL).
ABERDEEN'S 2010 All-Energy show promises to be the most timely and relevant yet to the renewables and oil&gas communities.
THE partners in the Gudrun discovery offshore Norway have decided to go ahead with its development based on a single steel-jacket platform.
A STRONG operational performance and a rig utilisation rate of 8% helped Norwegian company Prosafe to an operating profit of $218.6million for the year 2009.
ITALIAN company Saipem has secured four new drilling contracts for its jack-up drilling rig, Perro Negro 3, and semi-submersibles. The Perro Negro 3 has been hired by Harrington Dubai for a six-month campaign in the Persian Gulf, with an option for an additional 18 months. Scarabeo 4 has received an extension to its contract with International Egyptian Oil Company (IEOC) that began in 2007 and which will now keep the rig working in the Egyptian part of the Mediterranean Sea until June 2013.
SHELL has firmed up on its order for a new type of low-profile subsea production tree developed by GE Oil & Gas's drilling and production division in Aberdeen.
ITALY'S Eni has become the latest to make oil discoveries offshore ultra-deepwater Angola.
Anadarko has made what appears to have the makings of a major hydrocarbons discovery off Mozambique, East Africa, where there has so far been little offshore exploration, let alone success.