European Union may enact binding limits on methane emissions from gas industry

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The European Union is considering binding standards for natural gas to limit emissions of methane, the second-largest contributor to global warming after carbon dioxide. The 27-member bloc is the world’s biggest importer of gas, and imposing such standards could affect its major suppliers, which include Russia and Norway.Published on Wednesday, the EU methane strategy includes a clearer commitment than previous drafts, which shied away from methane limits on gas consumed in Europe. It said any legislation would follow an impact assessment involving international partners.“The Commission will consider methane emission reduction targets, standards or other incentives for fossil energy consumed and imported in the EU in the absence of significant commitments from international partners,” the policy said. Curbing methane is key to plans to cut EU greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. However, that target does not capture the emissions released to produce or transport gas to the EU, whereas methane standards for imported gas would.Methane, which is emitted from leaky oil and gas pipelines and infrastructure, unused coal mines and farming, is 84 times more potent than CO2 in its first 20 years in the atmosphere.The Commission will propose legislation next year requiring oil and gas companies to monitor and report methane emissions and repair leaks. It will consider banning venting and flaring, which release methane into the atmosphere or deliberately burn it.Satellite data has shown methane emissions significantly higher than levels reported by industry. The Commission said it will help launch an independent international body to gather data, supported by EU satellites.[Kate Abnett]More: EU considers binding methane emissions standards for gas European Union may enact binding limits on methane emissions from gas industrylast_img read more

Search warrant leads to multiple charges

first_imgRising Sun, IN—Thursday, officers with the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office and Indiana State Police executed a search warrant at a residence on Scotts Ridge Road in Switzerland County. Methamphetamine, heroin, hypodermic needles, and several other items of drug paraphernalia were recovered in the residence.  Angel Sellars and Anthony P. Meadows were both arrested on multiple charges from the search.last_img

Top two sailors re-crowned in National Championships

first_imgAfter a weekend of high performance racing at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattaya, Keerati Bualong and Kamolwan Chanyim retained their titles as national champions in their respective Olympic class sailboats. In the Laser Standard, Keerati, 21, almost effortlessly reclaimed the title of National Champion for the fifth time over the weekend of February 22-23.  His talented Sattahip training partner and friendly rival Supakon Pongwichean lifted only one bullet point off the Olympian, finishing a respectable second.  Former Dart world champion Gareth Owen took third place ten points behind.Keerati Bualong (left) and Kamolwan Chanyim (right) with the RVYC’s Malee Whitcraft.The leading lady of the fleet, Koravic Bhanubandh, finished an impressive 7th overall, and Charlie Zbinden was named top Laser Great Grand Master (a title reserved for those aged 65 and up), age being no limit in the light conditions. In the Laser Radial fleet, which uses the same hull but a slightly smaller sail for sailors of lighter weight, the Kingdom Property sponsored Kamolwan Chanyim, 18, finished second behind visiting Singaporean Jevyn Ong after overcoming the first day’s challenge by current European Grand Master Champion Max Hunt of the UK and taking first place from Jevyn in two of the final day’s races.  She had secured her title for the third time on the first day however as the top Thai national in the fleet, finishing the first four races well ahead of Sattahip’s sailing sisters Kanapan and Yanakamin Pachatikapanya.Top Laser Radial sailors (from L to R): Neil Dunkley, Kamolwan Chanyim, Jevyn Ong and Max Hunt.The event welcomed sailors from the UK, Myanmar, Singapore, Japan, and Sweden, setting the bar high for those after a podium finish.Wind proved initially elusive on the first day of racing, only just filling in enough to race by the noon start.  Sattahip’s Keerati quickly showed he was in top form with his first win of the weekend.  The RVYC’s Gareth did his best to keep him in sight and finished second.The second race saw the race committee resort to a black flag start as the tide was pushing the boats over the line.  Two boats still fell afoul of being over the line and were duly penalized, as Supakon followed Keerati home.At the start of the third race it was fun and games at the pin end of the start line with one incident resulting in the only protest of the weekend.  Supakon managed to take a win in the third race, but Keerati was close behind.  The final race of the day reverted to form with Keerati followed by Supakon, but this time chased home by Don Whitcraft.In the Radial, Singapore’s Jevyn showed off his masterful boat speed skills to take three firsts and a second on the first day.  Just behind, there was a tight battle for second place between Max and Kamolwan.  Max starred in the third race, taking a race win.  Kamolwan fought back to finish in front of Max in the last race of the day, but both allowed Kanapan to get through to second to follow Jevyn across the line.Royal Varuna Yacht Club a hive of activity on race weekend.The tide was a bit stronger for Sunday’s early start, but there was enough wind to get the racing underway.  In the Standard, the domination of the top two continued.  They were obviously enjoying the light to medium wind and catching shifts up the first beat, getting across to the right side where a little extra wind and a lift paid off.  Behind them, the RVYC’s Chris Dando and Don Whitcraft took third places in the first three races of the day.For the final race of the championship, both Keerati and Supakon decided they had secured the top spots and went home for an early shower.  Again the right of the beat paid and it was Japanese Shin Suenaga who led round the first mark.  He was chased by the UK’s Peter Young with the rest of the pack bunched together behind.  Eventually Peter managed to run Shin down and take the lead downwind to win the final race of the Championship.Also on Sunday, the top of the Radial fleet saw a great battle between Jevyn and Kamolwan, the young sailors showing the more experienced mariners chasing them just how to do it.  Four races were sailed and both took two wins and two seconds.last_img read more

Piemonte Calcio in FIFA 20 and Zebre in FM 20; Juventus really can’t catch…

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFPAdvertisement NBA Finals | Brooklyn VskyyxWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ew6n6( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) dkeWould you ever consider trying this?😱ek1wCan your students do this? 🌚fuylzRoller skating! Powered by Firework Earlier this year, EA Sports lost their rights to use the Juventus’ club name, jersey or stadium in their annual installment FIFA, due to Japanese video game publishers Konami securing their rights for the Italian champions. Now SEGA is following the same, as the Old Lady will be renamed to ‘Zebre’ in their upcoming simulator Football Manager 2020.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFPJust like FIFA, SEGA’s managerial simulator annual franchise will see the Bianconeri in a new club crest, redesigned jersey, and a custom stadium. However, they will too be able to retain the players’ names and faces.Just like the name ‘Pienonte Calcio’ was inspired from a defunct Italian club ‘Piemonte FC’ from the early days of Prima Categoria, ‘Zebre’ is one of the many nicknames Juventus has gained. ‘Zebre’ means zebra in Italian, a nod to the club’s black and white jersey.Advertisement Check out this in game picture below, showcasing an unlicensed Juventus, courtesy of Goal.com.Image Courtesy: Goal.comModders have already started creating fixes and unofficial patches that players can use to alter the name back to Juventus. This will also help with the in game naming of Champions League and Europa League into Euro Cup and Euro Vase, respectively, also due to licensing issues, as its currently held by EA Sports.Advertisement Football Manager 2020 is releasing 19 November on Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS, macOS and as a launch title for Google Stadia. Advertisementlast_img read more