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Fluye el petróleo, sangra la selva

-Graffiti en Quito - Ecuador

Keep the oil in the soil and the coal in the hole

-Conference of Polluters - COP17 - Durban 2011



Brazil to hold 1st pre-salt auction in October

La Prensa

5347574wRio de Janeiro, May 23 (EFE).- Brazil's first auction of contracts to develop offshore oil and gas reserves in the pre-salt region will be held in October, or earlier than previously scheduled, the government said Thursday.

The government's National Council for Energy Policy authorized the change.

Rights to develop blocks in the Libra field, which is estimated to hold between 8-12 billion barrels of recoverable oil, will be on offer in the first bidding round.

Brazil currently has 14 billion barrels of proven reserves.

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Brazil's 11th bidding round for oil and gas exploration blocks receives record bids

World Oil

BRASÍLIA -- The 11th Bidding Round for Oil and Gas Exploration Blocks held yesterday by the Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) in Rio de Janeiro received a $1.4 billion in bids for exploration rights.

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The Last Time Atmospheric CO2 was at 400 parts per million Humans Didn't Exist


400-ppm-Keeling-curvePosted by Peter Gleick on May 10, 2013

The planet has passed a disturbing landmark, a marker on a continuing highway to climate disruption. On May 9th, the NOAA and the Mauna Loa observatory reported that atmospheric CO2 levels touched 400 parts per million. Before humans started burning fossil fuels, they were around 280 parts per million.

Mauna Loa measurements of carbon dioxide. From http://keelingcurve.ucsd.edu/

The last time atmospheric CO2 was at 400 parts per million was during the ancient Pliocene Era, three to five million years ago, and humans didn't exist.

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Yasunizing the World (2)


Joan Martinez Alier, Guest Blogger
In May 2013, the international press has become alive to the fact that
there is a lot of unburnable fossil fuels. "Unburnable" carbon has
become a buzz word in The Economist and in The New York Times. If the
oil, gas and coal reserves are burnt at present speed, there is no
chance whatever of limiting carbon dioxide concentration below 500 ppm.
A large part of such reserves must remain in the ground. The Grantham
Institute of the London School of Economics has produced a report that
proves that the policies advanced since 1997 by Oilwatch to leave oil in
the soil were right, and announces that the money value of fossil fuels
reserves will necessarily come down if something is effectively done
against climate change. The Economist (4 May 2013, "Unburnable Fuels")
dismisses "technological fixes" such as carbon sequestration and

Read more: Yasunizing the World (2)

Yasunizing the world?


joan-martinez-alierWhen Svante Arrhenius, a Swedish chemist and Nobel laureate, published the first articles on climate change in 1896, the carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere was 300 parts per million (ppm). It is now reaching 400 ppm and rising 2 ppm per year.

Arrhenius announced that by burning coal found underground, industrialised countries were releasing more and more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and that this would increase temperatures. He could not know that in the twentieth century coal burning worldwide would increase seven-fold or that in addition to coal burning would be added much more oil and natural gas; in addition to the effects of deforestation.

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Why Shell Must be Held Accountable for its Niger Delta Ecocide


Rechtszaak Shell PCrom MG 4642-kopie-WP-1Four Nigerian farmers and fishermen who are victims of multinational oil giant Shell's unrelenting polluting activities in the Niger Delta are striving for justice.

The four Nigerian plaintiffs stand with supporters outside the court in The Hague. If their case against Shell is successful, it will be the first time that a Dutch multinational has been held accountable for environmental damage caused overseas (Photo/Pierre Crom/Friends of the Earth).

They have high hopes that on 30 January 2013 a Dutch court will issue a verdict in their favour as part of a ground-breaking legal case they filed against the Anglo-Dutch oil corporation.

Read more: Why Shell Must be Held Accountable for its Niger Delta Ecocide

Brazil qualifies 6 more companies for oil-licensing round


5255259wBrazil's ANP energy regulator has authorized six more companies to participate in an auction of offshore oil and natural gas exploration and production blocks.

The six newly qualified companies bring to 44 the number registered to participate in the 11th oil-licensing round, scheduled for May 14-15, the ANP said.

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