Emissions of methane -- a planet-warming gas several times more potent than carbon dioxide -- have risen by nine percent in a decade driven by mankind's insatiable hunger for energy and food, a major international study concluded Wednesday.
Methane (CH4) has a warming potential 28 times greater than CO2 over a 100-year period and its concentration in the atmosphere has more than doubled since the Industrial Revolution.
Over a 20-year period, it is more than 80 times as potent.
Poland's top oil company on Tuesday set in motion plans to merge the country's four top energy companies into an entity with enough clout to compete in the international arena.
"The merger of leading Polish companies will create an entity with diversified revenues, a large raw material base, modern processing, clean energy and integrated detail," Daniel Obiatek, chief executive of PKN ORLEN said in a tweet to announce the move.
Russian energy giant Gazprom on Tuesday reported a significant first-quarter loss after years of profits due to the depreciation of the ruble and low oil prices.
The state-controlled group recorded a net loss of 116 billion rubles ($1.6 billion) in the first quarter compared to profits of 536 billion rubles recorded over the same period last year.
The company said its revenue was down 24 percent to 1.7 trillion rubles, mainly due to a decrease in sales of gas to Europe and other countries.
Yemen's Huthi rebels have given UN inspectors the green light to inspect a decaying oil tanker abandoned off the coast with 1.1 million barrels of crude on board which experts say could rupture at any time.
A breach of the vessel would have disastrous results for Red Sea marine life and tens of thousands of impoverished people who depend on fishing for their livelihood.