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boom has boosted emissions of toxic chemicals as well as releases of methane, a potent greenhouse gas
. State regulator Garry Kaufman tells host Steve Curwood that Colorado has become the first state to respond with tighter ...
When Barack Obama took office in 2009, it was clear that if he could do four big things, his presidency would probably be judged a success.The first, of course, was to pull the country out of its desperate economic crisis. The second was ...
The use of wind, solar, and other renewable energy resources will increase significantly over the next few decades, but fossil fuels such as oil, coal, and natural gas
likely will continue to dominate the energy mix and drive the global economy, ...
A flurry of coal-fired power plants -- major sources of climate change
-fueling carbon dioxide emissions -- could be closed by 2016, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts.
New emissions regulations and low natural
If you are not the sort of person who watches Meet the Press (because you are not an old person), you may have missed Sunday's "debate" between Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Mr. William Nye, Science Guy. Allow me to summarize: There is no ...
When Lynn Buehring leaves her doctor's office in San Antonio she makes sure her inhaler is on the seat beside her, then steers her red GMC pickup truck southeast on U.S. 181, toward her home on the South Texas prairie.About 40 miles down ...
A STUDY in the journal Science finds that the United States is putting a lot more methane, a potent contributor to global warming and the primary compound in natural gas
, into the air than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated. ...
Parts of Britain may be under water after the worst floods in half a century, but a team of top academics from Newcastle and Oxford University is warning that the country is at risk of water shortages that could shut down power stations and ...
STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:
The latest news about natural gas
arrives in an awkward moment. American gas
drilling is booming. The market is expanding. And natural gas
is promoted as a clean fuel, far better to run buses or heat homes than oil. ...
We now have an answer to why global temperatures have risen less quickly in recent years than predicted in climate change
models. (It’s necessary to add immediately that the issue is only the rate of that rise, since the 10 hottest years on ...
IF YOU thought shale gas
was a nightmare, you ain't seen nothing yet. A subterranean world of previously ignored reserves is about to be opened up. These are the vast coal deposits that have proved unreachable by conventional mining, along with ...
The U.S. is in a golden age for natural gas
. Will leaky infrastructure bring it to an end?
A new report, issued today in Science, is the latest to tackle the difficult issue of how much gas
- and its primary ingredient, methane - leaks ...
Atomic power is gaining currency in the global energy market, former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman told CNBC this week, arguing that nuclear should be considered part of the arsenal in the fight against global warming.
"It's not ...
The amount of the heat-trapping gas
methane in the atmosphere is considerably greater than government estimates, a problem significantly fueled by leaks from the U.S. natural gas
system, according to a study released Thursday.
Listening to President Obama's State of the Union address, it would have been easy to conclude that we were slowly but surely gaining in the war on climate change
. "Our energy policy is creating jobs and leading to a cleaner, safer planet,' the ...
A major study released today on one of the most important issues in the fracking
debate gives at least a little ammunition to both sides.
Fracking for natural gas
in the Marcellus Shale formation.
The study concludes that the ...
Concerns have been raised over the risks of giving "fracking" the go-ahead in flood-prone areas of the UK, as parts of the country face continued flooding.Greenpeace said licences had been given to companies to potentially drill for shale ...
Some of the nation's driest, drought-plagued places have quickly become its busiest hot spots of drilling for shale gas
and oil, especially in Texas, Colorado and California.
It's a dust-bowl-sized problem likely to become worse, ...
The greening of American energy is both real and profound. Since President Obama took office, the nation's solar capacity has increased more than tenfold. Wind power has more than doubled, to 60,000 megawatts -- enough to power nearly 20 million ...
The nighttime satellite photos are a handy reference guide to man’s creeping takeover of the planet. Densely packed southern England is a blanket of white light. Ditto the stretch between Washington, D.C., and Boston—in effect, one big city. As ...
What kind of world is this? In China, an almost 1,350 square mile freshwater lake -- that’s more than four times the size of New York City -- recently dried up due to an ongoing drought. In the high Sierra of America’s West, bears have forgone ...
For the past several years, I've been writing about what happens when big oil and gas
corporations drill where people live. "Fracking"-- high-volume hydraulic fracturing, which extracts oil and methane from deep shale--has become my beat. My ...
Are there any self-respecting environmental organizations out there that are still behind President Obama? After his State of the Union on Tuesday it's hard to imagine there could be. In his address, Obama proudly declared, "The 'all the above' ...
Confronted by rising energy costs and international competition, the European Union's executive body has recommended relaxing rules on renewable energy with a plan that doesn't hold specific nations responsible for specific targets. The EU's ...
This is part of The North, a Globe investigation of unprecedented change
, to the climate
, culture and politics of Canada’s last frontier. Join the conversation with #GlobeNorthThe Globe’s Artic Circle panel of experts and leaders is ...