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As environmentalists began ratcheting up pressure against Canada's tar sands three years ago, one of the world's biggest strategic consulting firms was tapped to help the North American oil industry figure out how to handle the mounting activism. ...
Governments have set the wrong target to limit climate change
. The goal at present--to limit global warming to a maximum of two degree Celsius higher than the average for most of human history--“would have consequences that can be described as ...
The government of Botswana has quietly allowed international companies to explore for natural gas
in some of the country's most sensitive national parks using the controversial drilling method of hydraulic fracturing, according to a new ...
Hundreds of miles from the shale oil of southern Illinois, nearly 300 people jammed into a hearing room in Chicago this week in an attempt to turn the tide against horizontal hydraulic fracturing.
"This is where the majority of the ...
The National Park Service (NPS) is walking back comments that showcased doubts about whether natural gas
development can help battle climate change
, acknowledging they “did not receive appropriate review.”NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis, in ...
A major new study blows up the whole notion of natural gas
as a short-term bridge fuel to a carbon-free economy.
is mostly methane (CH4), a potent heat-trapping gas
. If, as now seems likely, natural gas
production systems ...
With a bold indifference to both timing and facts, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis took to the House floor this week to denounce Colorado's oil and gas
regulations as toothless just one day after the Hickenlooper administration unveiled air-quality ...
The proposal, advanced by the G77 plus China, that the US and other nations should pay tens or even hundreds of billions of dollars to poor countries that suffer disasters, is a central theme of the climate
negotiations now taking place in ...
The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday proposed reducing the amount of ethanol that is required to be mixed with the gas
oline supply, the first time it has taken steps to slow down the drive to replace fossil fuels with renewable forms of ...
A boom in gas
production will reshape the US role in Asia and could fuel new tensions with a growing, energy-hungry China, a new report says.US foreign policy has historically been based largely on demand for outside energy, with ...
For more than 30 years, Dan Dominguez helped operate the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station near San Diego. Now he's helping to button it up for good.
Dominguez is one of nearly 600 people still working at the two-reactor plant, down ...
A Boston Globe reporter yesterday alarmed environmentalists with a preview of his interview with U.S. EPA chief Gina McCarthy that indicated she has an open attitude about the Keystone XL pipeline and hydraulic fracturing.
The McCarthy ...
From Virginia to Colorado to Washington, voters on election day 2013 threw their weight behind politicians and policies that in one form or another limit the use of coal, oil, or natural gas
Energy from fossil fuels isn't likely to ...
Coal is still king in eastern Wyoming in the Powder River Basin, here shown at Alpha Coal's Eagle Butte Mine outside of Gillette. But oil and gas
are starting to make a play.
Coal mines have torn into vast areas of the rolling hills, ...
SUMMARY In an unlikely alliance, natural gas
companies and environmentalists have decided to work together to make fracking
safer. Rick Karr travels to Pennsylvania to explore the tensions this has created among environmental ...
Concerns are intensifying in the US about the troubling interdependence of the economy's water and energy needs. In particular, the vast quantities of water (about 40% of national water withdrawals) needed for cooling US power plants are making ...
When members of Environmental Action became fed up with pro-fracking spots aired by the America’s Natural Gas
Alliance (ANGA) on National Public Radio (NPR), they set up a mock website NPR-Dont-Even-Thinkaboutit.org to collect their own messages ...
In December 2012, a pink-haired complex systems researcher named Brad Werner made his way through the throng of 24,000 earth and space scientists at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, held annually in San Francisco. This year's ...
As the battle over the Keystone XL pipeline has worn on -- and it’s now well over two years old -- it’s illuminated the Obama presidency like no other issue. It offers the president not just a choice of policies, but a choice of friends, ...
Last week, environmentalists got a rare bit of good news: U.S. CO2 emissions dropped 3.8 percent in 2012, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. That brings emissions to their lowest level since 1994, and represents the fifth ...
Students from more than 720 campuses and communities attended Power Shift 2013 last weekend in order to discuss climate
, energy and environmental justice issues.Power Shift, hosted by Energy Action Coalition, is a biannual convergence of ...
"It's not for me to judge the relative merits of fracking
versus wind turbines." So said Dame Helen Ghosh, the National Trust's new director general.
To this there are two obvious responses. The first is: yes, as the head of Britain's ...
The emissions of greenhouse gas
es by American industry has declined 10 percent since 2010, according to data released today by the Environmental Protection Agency. That change
comes as power plants increasingly choose natural gas
over coal, the ...
Casino: Risk, Uncertainty, and Economics for a Warming Worldby William D. NordhausYale University Press, 378 pp., $30.00
Forty years ago a brilliant young Yale economist named William Nordhaus published a ...
The shale-gas boom in the United States won't do much to cut U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions or tackle global warming. That's because, in addition to killing off coal-fired plants, cheap gas
will also edge out cleaner energy sources like wind, ...