Companies that have "facilities with chemicals of interest" should safeguard their sites against the risk of an Iranian attack by increasing physical security and cybersecurity controls, according to a bulletin released by the Department of Homeland Security. The bulletin recommends stronger controls at sites that handle toxic or flammable chemicals, or substances that could be stolen and used alone or in combination with other chemicals to create weapons.
American Chemistry Council President and CEO Chris Jahn is "strongly encouraged" by the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which was advanced to President Donald Trump's desk on Wednesday by an 89-10 vote on the Senate floor. "US chemical manufacturers can strengthen our competitiveness and win with countries like China when we are free to innovate across borders and take advantage of integrated supply chains with our two largest trading partners in Canada and Mexico," Jahn said.
The meteorite that struck Earth about 66 million years ago was likely the driving factor behind the extinction of the dinosaurs rather than extreme volcanic activity, according to a study published in Science. Researchers examined deep sediments in the North Atlantic to create global temperature data and found that temperatures around the world at the time of the extinction were lower than if volcanoes had been a primary factor.
Sprint is powering its 800 Virginia retail outlets, cellphone towers and corporate offices entirely with renewable energy under an arrangement with Renewable Energy Services. The carrier said the move is one part of its goal to become entirely carbon neutral by 2025.
Ice, depressions and dark troughs reflecting strong storms are visible in a new image captured by the Mars Express space probe's High Resolution Stereo Camera, or HRSC. "The strength of HRSC is to perform high resolution digital terrain models of the martian surface in order to provide topographic context for the geoscientific evaluation of surface processes in space and time," says researcher Ralf Jaumann.
Rhode Island has put solar panels on the roofs of 33 of its diesel buses to improve battery life and performance and ideally save thousands of dollars a year on replacing or jump-starting the vehicles. The panels, funded in part by a state renewable energy grant, will start the buses and operate some of their systems.
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories has signed a four-year contract with Atkins Energy Germany to help with the decommissioning of RWE Nuclear's prototype boiling water reactor at the 268-megawatt Lingen, Germany, nuclear power plant, which has been shut down since the late 1970s. CNL will provide engineering and operational staff, as well as manufacturing and deployment services for some of the equipment used for reactor segmentation.
Safety reviews and mandatory nuclear power plant modifications put in place after the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster have slowed nuclear power development around the world. However, digitalization of new plant designs is helping improve risk assessment by combining data with international best practices.
Daily Norwegian oil production increased last month to the highest level since January 2011, according to data released today by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate. Output reached 1.76 million barrels per day, in part due to production at the Johan Sverdrup field, which began operating in October.
Eni and Total each won rights to operate blocks in the Namibe basin off Angola's coast in a bidding round that ended in November, while Angolan state oil company Sonangol won a 35% interest in a third offshore block, Angola's petroleum regulator said Thursday. The blocks are in areas not yet producing oil or natural gas.