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Fracking is the process of extracting gas and oil
rock by drilling into the earth.
"We cannot allow Britain's national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty to be developed into oil
and gas fields ... Parliament should ...
and gas should be put on hold in the U.K. because of risks to public health and the environment, a panel of lawmakers said.
A moratorium on fracking is needed to prevent the U.K. from missing its carbon
targets and ...
Ranchers arrested for trespassing on their own property. Preachers moonlighting as land agents. Billionaire activists hiring former Navy SEALs to conduct mock terror attacks. Given the farcical turns the fight over Keystone XL has taken, it’s ...
In remarks that spanned economic growth to income inequality, the Sept. 11 attacks at the start of the century to new partnerships abroad, President Barack Obama declared global warming the most profound danger to the future of the ...
prices are to be cheered: may they stay low for a long time and decrease even further. Here are five reasons why they are great for our health and that of the planet.
1. The end of fossil fuel subsidies
Our binge on ...
Despite arguments that climate change is not a financially material risk in the short and medium term, asset manager Axa has warned investors not to exclude climate risks from their investment decisions.
The asset manager, one of the ...
Fracking companies will be legally bound to reveal the chemicals used to blast gas out of every well they drill and to better monitor for groundwater pollution, under concessions made by the government in parliament. But the Labour party, which ...
America has 2.5m miles of oil
and gas pipelines. But none of those pipelines are anywhere near as contentious as the Keystone XL, which would transport tar sands crude oil
from Canada to refineries on the US gulf coast. Over the past six-plus ...
There’s no doubt that US-based fracking – the process through which oil
and gas deposits are blasted from shale
deposits deep underground – has caused a revolution in worldwide energy supplies.
Yet now the alarm bells are ringing about ...
Last year, it often seemed like we were fighting attacks on the environment from all sides. But those of us pushing back against pollution and climate change enjoyed some significant victories in 2014, including the People’s Climate March in New ...
The methane that leaks from 40,000 gas wells near the desert trading post of Cuba, New Mexico, may be colourless and odourless, but it’s not invisible. It can be seen from space.
Satellites that sweep over the north of the energy-rich ...
Emboldened by mounting scientific evidence and shifting poll data, Gov. Andrew Cuomo veered sharply away from America’s conventional wisdom about the wonders of high-volume hydraulic fracturing of shale
formations when he banned the practice in ...
Crude tumbled into a bear market this year as oil
extraction soared at shale
formations in Texas and North Dakota as companies split rocks using high-pressure liquid, a process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Photographer: Andrew ...
A new financial crisis is threatening to dwarf the 'subprime' mortgage debacle, writes Paul Mobbs. Cheap money from central banks has fuelled some $1.3 trillion of risky investments in high-cost 'unconventional' oil
and gas. Now, with oil
Callie Roberts is a senior, studying cancer biology and environmental policy, at Duke University. She has been awarded the Teens for Planet Earth Award, Ashoka Youth Venture Award, President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award, and President’s ...
Seen with the naked eye, a natural gas facility's storage tanks and pipes appear fairly innocuous-boring, in fact. Switch to an infrared camera, and it looks like a five-alarm fire. Clouds of gas billow upward, spewing methane gas into the ...
Solar panels glisten from every thatched hut on this crowded island, one of the largest in this remote chain off the Panamanian coast. But the tiny emblems of green energy offer no hope against climate change.
They have helped the ...
Investing in fossil fuels is becoming increasingly risky because global action to tackle climate change will curb demand, forcing companies to leave unprofitable reserves in the ground, Ed Davey, the energy secretary, has ...
Thursday's OPEC meeting in Vienna was widely billed as the most important in years. OPEC ministers decided to resist calls to cut their oil
production in response to the fall in oil
prices since June. After three years of holding steady around ...
Hundreds of government-funded boreholes are set to be drilled across Britain to try to persuade the public that a looming shale
gas boom can be developed safely, the Observer has learned. Sensors in the boreholes would detect possible water ...
Pop the champagne corks in Washington! It’s party time for Big Energy. In the wake of the midterm elections, Republican energy hawks are ascendant, having taken the Senate and House by storm. They are preparing to put pressure on a president ...
House lawmakers passed legislation Friday to approve the Keystone XL oil
pipeline to bring carbon
-intensive tar sands oil
from Alberta, Canada, to the Texas Gulf Coast. The Senate is expected to vote this week on a similar pro-Keystone bill ...
Burning crude oil
as gasoline in vehicles is already one of the world's biggest sources of carbon
dioxide emissions, and one of the United States' largest sources of crude oil
is the Bakken shale
in North Dakota.
NASA satellite images ...
Renewable energy, not shale
gas, has played the biggest role in reducing US emissions, according to new analysis from Greenpeace's Energydesk site.
Many energy and political commentators have argued that a surge in US shale
The first large ethanol plants to produce biofuel from nonfood sources such as corncobs are starting operations in the Midwest as the industry worries that they might also be the last -- at least in the United States.
After a decade of ...