US airstrikes, which helped Kurdish peshmerga take back at least part of Mosul Dam over the weekend, are fueling speculation that oil motivated US involvement in Iraq. But the facts point otherwise. Also: Libya continues its reintegration into global oil markets; if the GOP captures the Senate, the US shale boom would likely accelerate. Catch up on the week in global energy with Recharge.
Africa faces a dilemma: It's vulnerable to climate change but needs coal to grow robustly. So which way are Africans going?
Oil prices have been steady or dipping in recent weeks, despite continued geopolitical turmoil. Calm prices are largely due to soft demand for oil globally – a situation that could pose problems for oil companies saddled with too much debt.
Tiger selfies are now illegal in New York after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law this week banning the practice of taking photos with a tiger, lion, or other big cat. The tiger selfies are popular on online dating sites but denounced by some who say they are dangerous for both the tigers and the people taking the photos.
Approval of the Keystone XL pipeline could be a reality if Republicans take control of the Senate in the midterm elections. Keystone XL has bipartisan support in both chambers already, and a Republican Senate could force President Obama to either approve or veto the controversial project.
Ukraine's parliament is set to vote Tuesday on a package of sanctions against Russia that could include limiting the flow of Russian gas through Ukraine and to Europe. The move is a measure of desperation amid a Ukraine crisis that shows little sign of easing.
Many in the energy industry are racing to invent a better battery for smartphones and other devices, but what if the latest electronic gadget didn't need a battery to begin with?