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World’s biggest oil, gas companies agree to framework for tracking, reporting methane emissions

World’s biggest oil, gas companies agree to framework for tracking, reporting methane emissions

Science
Nov. 23 (UPI) -- The world's biggest oil and gas companies have agreed to a track and report methane emissions with greater accuracy and transparency, according to an announceetnt by the United Nations Environmental Program. "To win the race to net zero emissions, we need everyone on board. We need ambitious action from the oil and gas industry," Inger Andersen, executive director of the UN Environmental Program, said in a news release. Advertisement "UNEP is committed to supporting efforts that reduce methane emissions, and we recognize the leadership of companies that have joined such an ambitious methane reporting framework. We look forward to seeing actions that turn commitments into actual emissions reduction," Andersen said. Efforts to slow climate change have primarily focused on h...
Greece, UAE agree to mutual defense pact

Greece, UAE agree to mutual defense pact

Business
Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Greece and the United Arab Emirates, countries opposing recent Turkish policy, agreed to a strategic partnership on Monday. "I had the pleasure of meeting Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Prime Minister of Greece," UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed announced in a Twitter message after the two met in Abu Dhabi on Monday Advertisement "I am happy to announce the establishment of a strategic partnership to enhance political, economic and cultural cooperation between our countries," bin Zayed. The clause regarding mutual defense, calling for aid if one country's territorial integrity is threatened, is likely the most significant element of the pact. Although Greece and the UAE do not share a border or belong to a common alliance, each country regards Turkey as a threat. Greece dis...
Navy, Marines agree to integrated plan for southern commands

Navy, Marines agree to integrated plan for southern commands

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Nov. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Navy and Marine Corps commanders signed a plan codifying areas of responsibility to strengthen partnerships in the U.S. Southern Command. The Integrated Maritime Campaign Support Plan, a document regularly updated and modified, spells out strategies to better coordinate the 4th Fleet's Southern Command and Marine Corps Forces South. Advertisement Each command focuses on Central and South American waters. "We have competitors who seek to replace our influence in the maritime domain with an alternative form of partnership in the USSOUTHCOM AOR [the Southern Command's area of responsibility]," said Maj. Jon Wilkins, the Marine Corps' lead planner. "This plan acknowledges the nature of this competition, and seeks to maintain a continuous competitive advantage in the mari...
Azerbaijan and Armenia agree to new ceasefire agreement

Azerbaijan and Armenia agree to new ceasefire agreement

World
Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The governments of Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed to a new temporary ceasefire agreement beginning on midnight Sunday after military skirmishes and bombing of civilians escalated the conflict between the two countries. "The Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Armenia have agreed to a humanitarian truce," Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry said a written statement on Saturday, as reported by the Azerbaijan-based Anadolu news agency. Advertisement Diplomats from both sides have been negotiating a ceasefire in Moscow, as part of the so-called OSCE Minsk Group made up of government officials from Russia, France and the United States. But so far, attempts to negotiate peacefully have not held. Tensions escalated Saturday in the conflict after shelling destroyed homes and kill...
Lockheed, Pentagon agree on $70.6M settlement over F-35 parts problems

Lockheed, Pentagon agree on $70.6M settlement over F-35 parts problems

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Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin will invest nearly $ 71 million to correct an ongoing problem with spare parts for the F-35 fighter plane, an agreement the Pentagon states. The agreement, announced on Tuesday, will be formalized within two weeks, a Defense Contract Management Agency spokesman said. Advertisement The deal refers to over 15,000 F-35 spare parts delivered to the U.S. military without "electric equipment logs," which permit the parts to the identified and absorbed into logistics systems. Incorrect or unavailable information delays the uploading of data, and the dispute centered on at least $ 183 million in Defense Department expenses owing to the problem. The parts in question were rejected for installation only because of the lack of tracking data -- no flaws in safety or...