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Oil could rise $10 per barrel after drone attack forces Saudi to cut output in half

Oil could rise $10 per barrel after drone attack forces Saudi to cut output in half

Finance
A trader wipes his eyes as he watches stock prices at the New York Stock Exchange in New York.Don Emmert | AFP | Getty ImagesOil prices could jump as much as $ 10 per barrel after a number of drone strikes hit the center of Saudi Arabia's oil industry, forcing the kingdom to cut its oil output in half.Ten drones attacked an oil processing facility at Abqaiq and the nearby Khurais oil field on Saturday, causing a loss of 5.7 million barrels of crude production a day or 50% of the kingdom's oil output. Although it's still too early to tell the extent of the damage and how long the facilities will be shut down, oil analysts and traders told CNBC the impact on the commodity's price could be in the double digits."This is a big deal," said Andrew Lipow, president of Lipow Oil Associates. "Fearin...

Concerns rise over tainted sewage sludge spread on croplands

Technology
For more than 20 years, the eastern Michigan town of Lapeer sent leftover sludge from its sewage treatment plant to area farms, supplying them with high-quality, free fertilizer while avoiding the expense of disposal elsewhere. But state inspectors ordered a halt to the practice in 2017 after learning the material was laced with one of the potentially harmful chemicals known collectively as PFAS, which are turning up in drinking water and some foods across the U.S. Now, the city of 8,800 expects to pay about $ 3 million to have the waste treated at another facility and the leftover solids shipped to a landfill. Testing has found elevated PFAS levels in just one field where the sludge was spread, but farmers have lost an economical fertilizer source and hope more contamination doesn't tur...
Stranded whales: Numbers on the rise around UK shores

Stranded whales: Numbers on the rise around UK shores

Science
The number of whales and dolphins washed up around the UK coastline has risen, according to new figures.In 2017 alone, 1,000 animals were stranded - more than in any year since records began.Scientists found a number of causes for the deaths, including infectious diseases, fishing and plastic. A total of 4,896 whales, dolphins and porpoises were reported between 2011 and 2017 - up 15% on the previous seven years.Rob Deaville of ZSL (Zoological Society of London), who led the report, said: "It's difficult to say conclusively what's driven this rise, but it's potentially associated with multiple causes, including increases in local reporting effort and seasonal variation in the population density of some species."Although in some r...
Depression, anxiety risks rise after hysterectomy, study says

Depression, anxiety risks rise after hysterectomy, study says

Health
Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Hysterectomies raise the risk of developing mental health disorders, new research shows. All women have a 6.6 percent elevated risk for depression and a nearly 5 percent likelihood for anxiety when they had their uteruses removed, according to a cohort study published in Menopause. For women between ages 18 and 35, that risk shoots up to 12 percent. "Our study shows that removing the uterus may have more effect on physical and mental health than previously thought," Shannon Laughlin-Tommaso, a researcher at Mayo Clinic and study senior author, said in a news release. "Because women often get a hysterectomy at a young age, knowing the risks associated with the procedure even years later is important." The study was designed to explore the impact of new hysterectomies on w...