Afghanistan opium poppy production increasing, U.N. says
The boom in opium poppy cultivation is especially strong in regions where Western troops have left, the U.N. says. KABUL, Afghanistan — Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has been increasing for a third year in a row and is heading for a record high, the United Nations said in a report Monday.
Afghanistan Opium Production Increases for 3rd Year
The increase, reported Monday in a United Nations assessment, raised the specter that Afghanistan could become, in the words of one official, “the world’s first true narco-state.”
Afghan Opium Production Surges
The amount of land under opium cultivation in Afghanistan increased for a third straight year, a United Nations survey released on Monday said.
Exclusive: Venezuela says crude, liquids output stable at 3.12 million bpd
CARACAS - Venezuela's production of crude and natural gas liquids has stabilized at 3.12 million barrels per day after state oil company PDVSA halted a decline in output from the OPEC nation's second-most-productive region, Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said in an interview on Monday.
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Washington's Exploding Manholes Explained?
sciencehabit writes "Researchers who mapped methane concentrations on the streets of the nation's capital found natural gas leaks everywhere, at concentrations of up to 50 times the normal background levels. The leaking gas wastes resources, enhances ozone production, and exacerbates global warming—not to mention powering the city's infamous exploding manholes. Most of the natural gas we burn for heat and on stovetops in the United States is methane, a simple carbon atom surrounded by four hydrogens. Carbon dioxide gets more press, but methane is the more powerful agent of global warming, 21 times more effective than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere. And methane levels are rising fast. Methane levels in the atmosphere were just 650 parts per billion a century ago, versus 1800 ppb today."