Former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has offered to help free three detained Australians in Iran, but the attacks on Saudi oil facilities have made the situation vastly more complicated.
Iran is being accused of 'hostage diplomacy' by resorting to incarcerating foreign nationals at a time when sanctions are crippling its economy.
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Australia has committed to joining the US and the UK in a mission to protect oil ships in the Strait of Hormuz. But why is the Strait the source of so much tension between the US and Iran?
Australia will commit a frigate, an aircraft and some headquarters staff to a US-led operation in the Strait of Hormuz.
As Australia commits to joining a coalition in the Strait of Hormuz, preventing escalation of any conflict should be the primary concern of all players.
Treading water: the Grace 1 tanker was seized by Gibraltar in early July.
After Brexit, the UK will need to decide whether it supports EU diplomacy or US militarism.
Steam rises from Neurath coal-fired power plant near Cologne, Germany. May 2 2019.
A new study lays out what must happen immediately for any hope of limiting global warming to 1.5°C.
A weaker domestic economy could limit Trump’s options.
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Trump may find it harder to maintain support for his escalating tariffs on China if the US economy shows further signs of weakness.
US President Donald Trump’s language has only inflamed the tense situation.
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A tense standoff in the world’s most volatile region is not only dangerous, it could have been avoided by the US adhering to an agreement that was far from perfect, but better than the alternative.
Protesters at a hearing on President Donald Trump’s plan to allow offshore oil and gas drilling along most of the nation’s coastline, Feb. 14, 2018 in Hamilton, N.J.
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The Trump administration plan to expand offshore oil and gas production along US coastlines faces serious roadblocks. But there are smarter ways to pursue 'energy dominance.'
Here’s … Donny.
From May 2, any countries buying oil from Iran can expect US sanctions.
Supporters wave signs during an anti-carbon tax rally in Calgary in October 2018.
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Given Alberta's innovative spirit and its emissions-reducing results, is this a time for the province to turn its back on carbon policy and tarnish its reputation in a world transitioning to lower carbon?
Oil sheen drifting from the site of the former Taylor Energy oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.
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In 2004 an underwater avalanche destroyed an oil platform off Louisiana, causing a 14-year spill. An expert on oil and gas seeps in the Gulf of Mexico warns that this could happen in other places.
A soldier guards a fuel distribution centre in El Salto, Mexico.
Recent pipeline explosions have brought the problem of Mexico's black market for oil into tragic relief.
The discovery of oil can make or break a country’s economy.
With ExxonMobil set to begin oil production in Guyana next year, this tiny South American country will soon become unthinkably rich. But neighboring Venezuela shows how an oil boom can go bust.
It's too soon for South Africa to start counting its chickens over the recent offshore gas find by global energy giant Total.
A sculpture of an oil pump held by a human hand stands outside the headquarters of Venezuela’s state-owned oil company.
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Can a new government, perhaps by shoring up democracy and oversight, harness this commodity for peace and prosperity?
Blackouts are common in Haiti. In this February 2006 photo, Haitian electoral workers count ballots by candlelight during a routine blackout in Port-au-Prince.
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For many Haitians, blackouts do not just signal a political crisis; they also symbolize feelings of their loss of political power.
The Flint Hills Resources oil refinery, near downtown Houston.
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The coal, oil and natural gas industries are also connected with human rights violations, public health disasters and environmental devastation.
Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid Al-Falih.
AP Photo/Ronald Zak
The oil-exporting organization may have mustered the political will to cut production, but its disunity remains intact.
Protesters are seen outside an event Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was attending in Calgary on Nov. 22, 2018.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Canada has joined the international community in calling for a transition away from fossil fuels. There is no reason to wait for more painful disruption before planning for that transition.
A fan of fuel blends that contain as much as 85 percent ethanol.
AP Photo/Jim Mone
Vehicles made before 2001 could suffer fuel system or engine damage if they're run on E15.