World faces ‘staggering’ oil glut by end of decade, energy watchdog warns

The world faces a “staggering” surplus of oil equating to millions of barrels a day by the end of the decade, as oil companies increase production the International Energy…Continue readingWorld faces ‘staggering’ oil glut by end of decade, energy watchdog warns

Lightning, downpours kill 65 in Pakistan, as April rain doubles historical average

At least 65 people have died in storm-related incidents including lightning in Pakistan, officials said, with rain so far in April falling at nearly twice the historical average rate.…Continue readingLightning, downpours kill 65 in Pakistan, as April rain doubles historical average

Dubai reels from floods chaos after record rains

Huge tailbacks snaked along six-lane expressways after up to 254 millimeters of rain—about two years’ worth—fell on the desert United Arab Emirates on Tuesday. The storms hit the UAE…Continue readingDubai reels from floods chaos after record rains

QatarEnergy awards $6bn worth contracts for further development of Al-Shaheen field

QatarEnergy has awarded four main engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) contract packages, collectively valued at over $6bn, for the next development phase of the Al-Shaheen field located offshore…Continue readingQatarEnergy awards $6bn worth contracts for further development of Al-Shaheen field

Dubai summit adopts world-first ‘transition’ from fossil fuels

Nearly 200 nations meeting in Dubai on Wednesday approved a first-ever call for the world to transition away from fossil fuels. The biggest-ever COP meeting hosted more than 88,000…Continue readingDubai summit adopts world-first ‘transition’ from fossil fuels

Hundreds of new oil and gas projects approved despite climate crisis

More than 400 oil and gas projects were approved globally in the last two years despite calls to abandon all new hydrocarbon development, new figures showed as the UN…Continue readingHundreds of new oil and gas projects approved despite climate crisis

Human-caused heating behind extreme droughts in Syria, Iraq and Iran

Extreme droughts that have wrecked the lives of millions of people in Syria, Iraq and Iran since 2020 would not have happened without human-caused global heating, a study has…Continue readingHuman-caused heating behind extreme droughts in Syria, Iraq and Iran

Saudi Aramco profits exceed expectations on back of buoyed oil price

Saudi Aramco’s net profits surpassed analyst expectations as it revealed the impact of deeper production cuts this summer after the kingdom moved to prop up the oil price. The…Continue readingSaudi Aramco profits exceed expectations on back of buoyed oil price

Here are the places that could become too hot for humans due to climate change

Heat waves have always been part of summer, but the familiar short periods of oppressive conditions have grown into weeks to months of sweltering heat. Research has shown that…Continue readingHere are the places that could become too hot for humans due to climate change

Hyundai affiliates sign $2.4bn contract for Jafurah gas project phase two

Hyundai Engineering & Construction and Hyundai Engineering have inked a $2.4bn contract with Aramco for the construction of a gas processing plant for the Jafurah gas project phase two…Continue readingHyundai affiliates sign $2.4bn contract for Jafurah gas project phase two

QatarEnergy, ENI sign 27-year LNG supply agreement for up to 1MTPA to Italy

Affiliates of QatarEnergy and Eni signed a long-term LNG sale and purchase agreement (SPA) for the supply of up to one million tons per annum (MTPA) of LNG from…Continue readingQatarEnergy, ENI sign 27-year LNG supply agreement for up to 1MTPA to Italy

In New Scramble for Africa, an Arab Sheikh Is Taking the Lead

A prominent sheikh in the oil-rich Gulf state hosting this year’s UN climate negotiations, COP28, is heading a new rush to capture and sell carbon credits by managing tens…Continue readingIn New Scramble for Africa, an Arab Sheikh Is Taking the Lead

Thousands suffer heat stress on hajj pilgrimage as temperatures reach 48˚C

More than 2,000 people suffered heat stress during the hajj pilgrimage, Saudi officials said on Thursday, after temperatures soared to 48˚C (118˚F). Over 1.8 million Muslim worshippers performed the…Continue readingThousands suffer heat stress on hajj pilgrimage as temperatures reach 48˚C

Iraq’s oil boom blamed for worsening water crisis in drought-hit south

To help extract oil, companies pump large quantities of water into the ground. For each barrel of oil, many of which are later exported to Europe, up to three…Continue readingIraq’s oil boom blamed for worsening water crisis in drought-hit south

ADNOC and TAQA close financing for 3.8 billion dollar decarbonisation of oil and gas extraction

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) have closed financing for a $3.8 billion project to decarbonise ADNOC’s offshore oil and gas extraction…Continue readingADNOC and TAQA close financing for 3.8 billion dollar decarbonisation of oil and gas extraction

Warming of up to 5°C in this century projected for the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East

Unprecedented and societally disruptive extreme weather events, including heat waves, droughts, dust storms and torrential rains, will soon become a reality unless immediate, ambitious, and transboundary climate action is…Continue readingWarming of up to 5°C in this century projected for the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East

Climate migrants flee Iraq’s parched rural south, but cities offer no refuge

The UN describes Iraq as the fifth-most-vulnerable country to climate change. Temperatures have increased by 1.8˚C (3.2˚F) in three decades, well above the global average, and in the summers,…Continue readingClimate migrants flee Iraq’s parched rural south, but cities offer no refuge

Pakistan declares floods a ‘climate catastrophe’ as death toll tops 1,000

Flash floods, which have intensified in recent days, have swept away villages, roads, bridges, people, livestock and crops across all four provinces. Pakistan has appealed for international help as…Continue readingPakistan declares floods a ‘climate catastrophe’ as death toll tops 1,000

Heatwaves scorch Iraq as protracted political crisis grinds on

Temperatures have soared up to nearly 50˚C (122˚F) in Baghdad almost daily, and in the southern city of Basra, temperatures have come close to 53˚C (127˚F) – dangerously high…Continue readingHeatwaves scorch Iraq as protracted political crisis grinds on

Heavy Rain Causes Deadly Flooding Across Iran

Heavy rains in Iran have set off flash floods and landslides in 21 of the country’s 31 provinces, killing at least 53 people, heavily damaging hundreds of villages, cutting…Continue readingHeavy Rain Causes Deadly Flooding Across Iran

ADNOC Drilling wins $2 billion worth of contracts for Ghasha mega-project

The Ghasha gas project is located on the north-western shore of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) is developing the project. ADNOC expects…Continue readingADNOC Drilling wins $2 billion worth of contracts for Ghasha mega-project

Concerns as Pakistan glaciers melt

As dawn breaks over Javed Rahi’s mountain village, a loud boom shatters the silence and a torrent of water comes cascading down from the melting glacier nearby, followed by…Continue readingConcerns as Pakistan glaciers melt

Shell signs up to Qatar project as LNG demand booms

Shell has become the latest international partner in the expansion of the world’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Qatar as global demand for the fuel soars. Europe’s…Continue readingShell signs up to Qatar project as LNG demand booms

Iraq swept by tenth sandstorm in weeks

Iraq temporarily closed Baghdad airport Monday as choking clouds of dust blanketed the capital, the latest crippling sandstorm in a country that has warned climate change poses an “existential…Continue readingIraq swept by tenth sandstorm in weeks

QatarEnergy signs deal with TotalEnergies for North Field East

QatarEnergy signed a partnership deal with TotalEnergies for the North Field East expansion of the world’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, and said more partners would be announced…Continue readingQatarEnergy signs deal with TotalEnergies for North Field East

‘It seems this heat will take our lives’: Pakistan city fearful after hitting 51˚C (124˚F)

Muhammad Akbar, 40, sells dried chickpeas on a wheelbarrow in Jacobabad, and has suffered heatstroke three times in his life. But now, he says, the heat is getting worse.…Continue reading‘It seems this heat will take our lives’: Pakistan city fearful after hitting 51˚C (124˚F)

Climate change ravages Iraq as palm trees make way for desert

Basra, Iraq – Southern Iraq was once known as the “black land” – the vast swaths of palm trees blocking out everything else, and providing food, shelter, and shade.…Continue readingClimate change ravages Iraq as palm trees make way for desert

Iraq sandstorm grounds flights, sends 1,000 to hospitals

Iraq closed public buildings and temporarily shut airports Monday as another sandstorm—the ninth since mid-April—hit the country. More than 1,000 people were hospitalised across the nation with respiratory problems.…Continue readingIraq sandstorm grounds flights, sends 1,000 to hospitals

Mideast sandstorms snarl traffic, close schools, harm health

Sandstorms across the Middle East have delayed flights, closed schools and hospitalised thousands—a phenomenon experts say could worsen as climate change warps regional weather patterns. The Middle East has…Continue readingMideast sandstorms snarl traffic, close schools, harm health

Extreme temperatures compound poverty in Pakistan’s hottest city

Jacobabad in Pakistan’s arid Sindh province is in the grip of the latest heatwave to hit South Asia—peaking at 51˚C (124˚F). Canals in the city—a vital source of irrigation…Continue readingExtreme temperatures compound poverty in Pakistan’s hottest city

Pakistan city hits nearly 50˚C (122˚F) as blistering heatwave grips nation

Pakistan is in the grip of a blistering heatwave, with parts of the nation already scorched by temperatures of nearly 50˚C (122˚F) as officials warn of acute water shortages…Continue readingPakistan city hits nearly 50˚C (122˚F) as blistering heatwave grips nation

Saudi Aramco overtakes Apple as the world’s most valuable company

Saudi Aramco has overtaken Apple as the world’s most valuable company after higher oil prices pushed shares of the world’s biggest crude exporter to record levels, while a broader…Continue readingSaudi Aramco overtakes Apple as the world’s most valuable company

India, Pakistan must brace for even worse heatwaves

The devastating heatwave that gripped India and Pakistan over the last two months is unprecedented, but worse—perhaps far worse—is on the horizon as climate change continues apace, top climate…Continue readingIndia, Pakistan must brace for even worse heatwaves

Saudi Aramco closed a deal to sell a stake in its natural-gas pipelines for $15.5 billion

An investor group, led by BlackRock, acquired a 49% stake in Aramco Gas Pipelines Co. in a lease and leaseback deal in December, according to a statement. The consortium…Continue readingSaudi Aramco closed a deal to sell a stake in its natural-gas pipelines for $15.5 billion

Across Iraq’s south, there is a sense of an ending

Where civilization emerged between the Tigris and Euphrates, climate change is poisoning the land and emptying the villages.Continue readingAcross Iraq’s south, there is a sense of an ending

Tropical Cyclone Shaheen produced as much as four years’ worth of rain in Oman

Up to 14½ inches (368mm) fell in Al Khaburah, which is just to the west of where the storm came ashore. The city of about 40,000 people averages between…Continue readingTropical Cyclone Shaheen produced as much as four years’ worth of rain in Oman

Pakistan’s mission to plant 10 billion trees across the country

It’s all part of an effort that started in 2015, when Imran Khan — then a provincial politician and now Pakistan’s prime minister — backed a program dubbed a…Continue readingPakistan’s mission to plant 10 billion trees across the country