Day: June 25, 2020

Satellites reveal major new gas industry methane leaks

LONDON (Reuters) – Last fall, European Space Agency satellites detected huge plumes of the invisible planet-warming gas methane leaking from the Yamal pipeline that carries natural gas from Siberia to Europe.

A undated handout image shows methane emission hotspots associated with oil, gas and coal between January 2019 and May 2020. KAYRROS/Handout via REUTERS

Energy consultancy Kayrros estimated one leak was spewing out 93 tonnes of methane every hour, meaning the daily emissions from the leakage were equivalent to the amount of carbon dioxide pumped out in a year by 15,000 cars in the United States.

The find, which has not been reported, is part of a growing effort by companies, academics and some energy producers to use space-age technology to find the biggest methane leaks as the potent heat-trapping gas builds up rapidly in the atmosphere.

Kayrros, which is analysing the satellite data, said another leak nearby was gushing

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Lobbyist Abramoff to plead guilty in cryptocurrency fraud case

FILE PHOTO: Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff walks outside Miami’s courthouse in Miami March 29, 2006. Abramoff, a disgraced lobbyist at the heart of a Washington influence-peddling scandal that has rattled top Republicans, was sentenced to nearly six years in prison on Wednesday for fraud in the purchase of a Florida casino cruise line. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo

(Reuters) – The U.S. government said on Thursday that lobbyist and former convict Jack Abramoff had agreed to plead guilty to violating a federal lobbying disclosure law in connection with an alleged fraudulent offering of the cryptocurrency AML Bitcoin.

Abramoff and Rowland Marcus Andrade, the chief executive of NAC Foundation, were accused of conspiring to make false and misleading statements to potential purchasers of the cryptocurrency. Andrade was also criminally charged in connection with the offering.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday announced parallel charges against NAC, Andrade and Abramoff. Abramoff, who

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Verizon suspends advertising on Facebook, joins growing boycott

FILE PHOTO: The Verizon logo is seen on the side of a truck in New York City, U.S., October 13, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

(Reuters) – Verizon Communications Inc said on Thursday it was pausing advertising on Facebook Inc following widespread support for a campaign that called out the social media giant for not doing enough to stop hate speech on its platforms.

“We’re pausing our advertising until Facebook can create an acceptable solution that makes us comfortable,” a Verizon representative said.

Verizon joins a list of U.S. companies that have stopped advertising on Facebook in support of the Stop Hate for Profit campaign, started by several U.S. civil rights groups, even as Facebook worked to contain the growing revolt.

Ice cream brand Ben & Jerry’s and outdoor gear companies Patagonia and The North Face are among 10 brands that previously said they would suspend ads on the social media site.

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New York City legalizes electric bikes and scooters, will create e-scooter pilot program

FILE PHOTO: A delivery driver looks at this phone as he rests on his electric bike in Beijing, China January 25, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York City Council on Thursday approved several bills that will legalize the private use of electric scooters and bicycles in the city’s five boroughs, a change long-sought by food delivery workers and transportation advocates.

The city will also create a shared electric scooter pilot program that will allow e-scooter companies to apply for permits to operate in the city, with the exception of Manhattan.

E-scooter companies have long complained about not being allowed to operate in the largest U.S. city, with more than eight million residents, while permitted in dozens of other U.S. cities.

The pilot program is scheduled to start by May 2021 and is expected to last no more than two years, according to the bill. Scooter

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