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Providing water for our still growing human population is reaching crisis levels. Water is vital for agriculture, energy production and industrial processes worldwide. Floods and droughts in Asia, Latin America, Europe and the United States ...
Just as the world becomes more uncertain, Britain has left itself open to the worst the world can throw at it by becoming a net importer of fuel and a bigger importer of food.
If governments are supposed to act as risk managers, ...
In January 2011, with air quality worsening in Texas' booming oil
and gas fields, state environmental regulators adopted rules to reduce emissions.The industry rebelled. So did the state legislature.A few months later, lawmakers ...
DENNIS LITHGOW is an oil
man, but sees himself as a manufacturer. His factory is a vast expanse of brushland in west Texas. His assembly line is hundreds of brightly painted oil
pumps spaced out like a city grid, interspersed with identical ...
For years, natural gas has enjoyed a reputation as the cleanest fossil fuel because it releases less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere when it is burned than coal or oil
With technology that allows companies to extract gas from ...
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 ...
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 ...
Fracking--the use of hydraulic pressure to crack layers of shale
that hold oil
and natural gas--is controversial. That’s one thing we know about a debate
that mainly focuses on what we don’t know. The most common concern is the contamination of ...
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
The study concludes that the ...
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 future cleanliness of the Washington region’s drinking water has unexpectedly become a central concern in the national debate
over the controversial natural-gas drilling method known as “fracking.”The gas industry is pushing to allow ...
For years, Europe has tried to set the global standard for climate-change regulation, creating tough rules on emissions, mandating more use of renewable energy sources and arguably sacrificing some economic growth in the name of saving the ...
Countryside campaigners are to try to bridge the ever-growing gap between fracking firms and protestors by providing neutral forums to debate
the issues involved in exploiting shale
gas and oil
. The Council for the Protection of Rural England, ...
The broad high prairie of eastern Wyoming and southern Montana was once the bottom of a shallow sea, a rich subtropical swampland for millions of years. Layers of plants began forming peat beds 60 million years ago, later to be buried and ...
Total, the first major oil
company to join the race to find shale
gas in Britain, has promised to bring high safety standards to the controversial industry and shrugs off any fears of damage to its reputation.
But environmental ...
When a freight train rolls through Barrington, Illinois, gates with flashing lights lower to block all four of the village's cross-town thoroughfares-often at the same time. It happens 20 times a day.
And as more and more of those trains ...
After environmentalists, lawmakers and the oil
industry got together last year to draft Illinois' first regulations for hydraulic fracturing, the rest was supposed to be easy.
The unusual collaboration was praised as a potential model ...
On the side of a mountain road in Pennsylvania's Tiadaghton State Forest, I'm trying to avoid a steady stream of heavy truck traffic. Acres of freshly cut tree stumps stretch out in front of me.
Kevin Heatley lives in the area and has ...
Tuesday's train derailment is the latest in a series of oil
-train accidents that have fueled a debate
over how to safely transport crude oil
and refined petroleum products. North American oil
and gas production is rising faster than pipeline ...
In at least four states that have nurtured the nation's energy boom, hundreds of complaints have been made about well-water contamination from oil
or gas drilling, and pollution was confirmed in a number of them, according to a review that casts ...
The derailment and fire that led to the evacuation of a North Dakota town has renewed the debate
over whether it’s safer to ship oil
by rail or pipeline as the U.S. completes a review of the Keystone XL project.
“Any time there is an ...
One of my stranger speaker invitations recently was earlier this month in Moscow to an Adam Smith conference on Russia EOR (enhanced oil
recovery), where I found myself in the ironic position of giving a presentation to reassure the audience that ...
President Barack Obama could probably lift the prohibition on domestic oil
exports on his own, but the White House has little reason to favour U.S. oil
producers and it would be safer politically to involve Congress in any eventual ...
The stubborn rock that the energy industry breached to unleash a nationwide oil
and gas rush remains a worthy foe, as producers must turn their drills ever faster to keep the boom`s lifeblood flowing.
Engineers have long known that ...
More than half of the UK could be suitable for shale
gas fracking, according to a government-commissioned report.
Under the maximum scenario, up to 2,880 wells could be drilled for oil
or gas in a new licensing round, the report says, ...