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A new oil order has emerged over the past few years as oil prices have taken a plunge of about 60%. U.S., world’s one of key importer is about to become a major exporter of hydrocarbons. OPEC cartel, which has historically been a key player politically and price maker, losing its relevance and pricing power. On the energy front, renewables and gas becoming key challenger to oil’s global dominance. Moreover, this lower price is hitting energy exporters harder, creating global economic vulnerabilities. This new oil price and geo-political order demand greater analysis, which is the main focus of this series.

Oil in Global Economy Series

Expect more power price hikes – a 1970s-style energy shock is on the cards

May 28, 2022 11:21 am UTC| Economy

Yesterday the Australian Energy Regulator increased the default market offers that apply to electricity retailers in New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland by 8% to 18%, depending on type of tariffs and...

Oil in Global Economy Series

Just Stop Oil: protests will be even more disruptive if they kick off panic buying

Apr 16, 2022 02:23 am UTC| Economy

Protesters from the climate activist groups Just Stop Oil and Extinction Rebellion have blocked at least 11 fuel depots across England and disrupted supplies (though its always tough to quantify exactly how much disruption...

Oil in Global Economy Series

What will the fuel excise cut save you? Not as much as the Treasurer says

Apr 05, 2022 11:52 am UTC| Economy

As an appeal to middle Australia, to the voters politicians routinely describe as working families or battlers, the Morrison governments centrepiece budget move to halve the fuel excise for six months has obvious...

Oil in Global Economy Series

Would gas tax breaks make a big difference when prices are skyrocketing?

Mar 27, 2022 14:36 pm UTC| Economy

With gasoline prices trending over US$4 per gallon nationwide, politicians are feeling the heat. In response, Maryland and Georgia have temporarily waived their state gasoline taxes to reduce the burden on consumers. Other...

Oil in Global Economy Series

Oil price shocks have a long history, but today's situation may be the most complex ever

Mar 12, 2022 11:27 am UTC| Economy

The world is in the grip of an oil price shock. In just a few months, prices have risen from US$65 a barrel to over $130, causing fuel costs to surge, inflationary pressure to rise and consumer tempers to flare. Even...

Oil in Global Economy Series

Ukraine: 'I'm surprised the oil price hasn't hit US$130 a barrel yet' – energy trading expert Q&A

Feb 26, 2022 10:00 am UTC| Economy

Energy prices shot up after Russian President Vladimir Putin shocked the world by ordering a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Oil is trading over US$100 (75) a barrel for the first time since 2014 and natural gas prices...

Oil in Global Economy Series

What Russia's war means for Australian petrol prices: $2.10 a litre

Feb 24, 2022 20:43 pm UTC| Economy

Global crude oil prices have already reached their highest levels since 2014 in response to Russias military incursion into Ukraine. With Russia being the worlds second-largest exporter of crude oil and refined petrol,...

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Economy

Naver Cloud becomes first S. Korean cloud service provider to develop gene analysis platform

Naver Cloud became the first South Korean cloud service provider to develop a gene data analysis platform. The newly-developed Nvidia Clara Parabricks on the platform of Naver Cloud, an affiliate of South Koreas leading...

Hyundai Steel uses low-carbon electric furnace to produce high-end steel

Hyundai Steel Co. will launch the production of high-end steel materials by establishing Hy-Cube, a new electric furnace-based steel production system. The Hy-Cube technology is based on a new electric furnace concept...

S. Korean scientists use mussel adhesive protein to connect severed nerve segments

South Korean scientists have developed a method using mussel adhesive protein to connect severed nerve ends without the need to use suture threads. A joint research team from Pohang University of Science and Technology,...

ESPN optimistic of rights renewal with F1

ESPN held talks with Formula One over a broadcast partnership renewal, according to the US networks president of programming and original content, Burke Magnus. The current deal, where ESPN pays about US$5 million...

MLS taps Caterpillar for major sponsorship deal

Major League Soccer (MLS) has tapped US construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar as a major sponsor in a new, multi-year partnership. The agreement is meant to enhance Caterpillars profile by utilizing MLSs...

Politics

Afghanistan: Taliban's restrictions look to make women, girls 'invisible', UN expert says

The Taliban has increasingly imposed restrictive policies on Afghan women and girls months since retaking control of Afghanistan. A UN expert who visited the country said the restrictive policies by the insurgent group...

Iran: Incident at Parchin military complex leaves one killed, one wounded

An incident occurred at Irans Parchin military complex this week, leaving two casualties. One was killed, and another was wounded in the incident, according to the countrys defense ministry. Irans defense ministry...

US Justice Department targeting Trump attorneys, advisers in fake electors investigation

The US Justice Department has mostly kept silent about its ongoing investigations, particularly probes related to the attempt by Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 elections and stay in power. With the focus...

US GOP Rep. Jim Jordan demands to see all evidence against him before complying to Jan. 6 panel subpoena

The Jan. 6 congressional committee investigating the Capitol insurrection moved to issue subpoenas to a handful of sitting Republican lawmakers in Congress. Republican Rep. Jim Jordan recently demanded that he view all the...

Science

S. Korean scientists develop magnet-based soil purification tech

The Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute had developed a method for purifying radioactively contaminated soil by using magnets to separate radioactive cesium from the soil. Cesium is most frequently found in...

Hyundai Mobis’ monitoring system reduces drowsy driving risks by 30%

Hyundai Mobis Co. has come up with an in-house brainwave-based driver monitoring system that can reduce the risk of drowsy driving by up to one-third. The system, dubbed M.Brain, is a wearable earpiece that continuously...

California start-up Bionaut Labs to send tiny robots on voyage into brains

California start-up Bionaut Labs will conduct its first clinical trials on sending miniature robots deep inside the human skull to treat brain disorders The tiny injectable robots can be guided through the brain using...

Kirin, Meiji University develop electric chopsticks that make low-salt food taste salty

Food producer Kirin and Meiji University have developed a pair of chopsticks that stimulate the taste of salt in foods with low salt content through extensive research. This technology, which has yet to be named,...

Japanese researchers develop plastic with self-repairing powers

Japanese researchers have found a way to create self-repairing plastics that can be used in many products and reduce the amount of waste now polluting the planet. It might have practical applications for home...

Technology

From glasses to mobility scooters, 'assistive technology' isn't always high-tech

This month, the first ever World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF Global Report on Assistive Technology was released. The WHO estimates one in three of us will need assistive technology, ranging from glasses to...

A unified cybersecurity strategy is the key to protecting businesses

Following the changes the pandemic has brought about in the business world, organizations have significantly increased their use of data and the internet. This, in turn, has increased the prevalence of cyberattacks and...

AI could help us spot viruses like monkeypox before they cross over – and help conserve nature

When a new coronavirus emerged from nature in 2019, it changed the world. But COVID-19 wont be the last disease to jump across from the shrinking wild. Just this weekend, it was announced that Australia, is no longer an...

Blizzard reveals global release times for ‘Diablo Immortal’

The free-to-play Diablo Immortal is launching in a few days, and Blizzard Entertainment has announced at exactly what time the game will go live. PC gamers can also start preparing for its arrival and start to pre-load the...

FromSoftware suggests ‘Dark Souls’ online servers are coming back soon

The long wait may be over soon for avid fans of Dark Souls. Developer FromSoftware has recently provided an update on the status of the games online servers more than four months after they were taken down...
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