JAKARTA – Jakarta food and beverages retailer Ong Tek Tjan sells ice cream in cups his customers can eat afterwards, instead of throwing away – they are made from seaweed and taste like jelly, in flavors from peppermint to green tea. Indonesian startup Evoware, which makes the cups, as well as other containers, from farmed seaweed free of chemicals, is relying on its biodegradable alternative to plastic packaging to reduce contamination of the environment. “I…"Indonesian startup wages war on plastic with edible seaweed cups"
DUBAI/TOKYO/LONDON – Iraq has hired Japan’s Toyo Engineering to help build a gas pipeline to Kuwait and a related petrochemical plant as Baghdad looks to reduce flaring and finish paying reparations owed for its 1990 invasion of its neighbor. The project, details of which have not been reported before, would allow Kuwait to diversify its gas imports in the wake a political crisis between Gulf states and major supplier Qatar. It would also deal a…"Exclusive: Iraq looks to Kuwait gas pipeline to pay off reparations"
WASHINGTON – African-Americans face a disproportionate risk of health problems from pollution caused by the oil and gas industry, and the situation could worsen as President Donald Trump dismantles environmental regulations, according to a report issued on Tuesday by a pair of advocacy groups. The report, issued by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People civil rights group and the Clean Air Task Force, said more than a million African-Americans live within half…"African-Americans taking brunt of oil industry pollution: report"
KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian state energy company Petronas and Aramco are facing “technical issues” in finalizing the Saudi oil major’s $7 billion investment in a refinery project, but the deal will be completed soon, state news agency Bernama reported on Friday. The government “is giving room to Petronas and Saudi Aramco to resolve several technical issues related to the investment agreement,” Bernama reported, citing Abdul Rahman Dahlan, a minister in the Malaysian prime minister’s office.…"Malaysia’s Petronas, Aramco to finalize RAPID deal after resolving ‘technical issues’: Bernama"
– LyondellBasell Industries NV has approached Brazil’s Braskem SA for a potential takeover, valuing the petrochemicals company at more than $10 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. The talks are at an early stage and there is no guarantee of a deal, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. A deal would help LyondellBasell expand in Latin America, where Braskem is the biggest petrochemicals company. The news comes amid a wave…"LyondellBasell approaches Brazil’s Braskem for takeover: WSJ"