Tall, thin, copper-rich Chile can often appear an anomaly in South America. Rather than picturesque Andean highlands, kaleidoscopic indigenous groupings, ponchos and pan-pipes that draw shoals of Gap Year students from across the world, it brings to mind images of a glistening economic success story, gleaming skyscrapers in Santiago and a haven of stability among more »
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In today's roundup we look at whether 'independent academic reports' backing fracking in the US are actually produced by Big Oil in disguise; the debate around a groundbreaking report which puts Peak Oil to rest once and for all, and finally, how Bob Dudley's woes at BP look set to continue for a while yet. Guardian, UK : Is the gas industry buying academics? The "Do we frack, don't we frack" battle has drawn in new contenders to the arena; this time, academics in US universities who, it turns out, have been receiving $$$s from Big Oil while writing pro-fracking reports.