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Fracking the USA: New Map Shows 1 Million Oil, Gas Wells

Fracking the USA: New Map Shows 1 Million Oil, Gas Wells

FracTracker researche counted more than 1.1 million active oil and gas wells across 36 states, published most of the raw location data for each of those wells and mapped them. The result is an interactive map showing generally where you’ll find oil and gas wells, fracked or not, and the oil and gas basins where wells could be drilled in the future.… Read More

New NASA Satellite Shows Future of Precip Imagery

New NASA Satellite Shows Future of Precip Imagery

NASA’s latest satellite has opened its eyes for the first time and the images it has beamed back to scientists on Earth provide a new view of the globe’s rainfall. They also offer a sneak peek into how the satellite could help provide more detailed imagery and analysis of hurricanes, nor’easters and other strong storms as they form around the plane… Read More

Catch the Breeze: Wind Farms Blast Across U.S.

Catch the Breeze: Wind Farms Blast Across U.S.

Two new online interactive maps produced by the federal government show where the nation’s wind farms are, how quickly they were built and what impact they may have on the landscape.… Read More

Drilling, Fracking Efficiency Fuels Oil and Gas Boom

Drilling, Fracking Efficiency Fuels Oil and Gas Boom

Technological advances in drilling efficiency is one of the reasons shale oil and natural gas production continues to skyrocket in six of America’s biggest oil and natural gas fields, according to a new U.S. Energy Information Administration report.… Read More

North Dakota Gas Flaring Doubles, Pumping CO2 Into Air

North Dakota Gas Flaring Doubles, Pumping CO2 Into Air

Fracking for crude oil in North Dakota is big business, but the amount of natural gas wasted through flaring has doubled in the state's Bakken shale oil field since 2011, emitting millions of metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. … Read More

Where are the Tornadoes? Slow Start, but No Guarantees

Where are the Tornadoes? Slow Start, but No Guarantees

The past two years have been one of the quietest periods for tornadoes in the U.S. since the late 1980s. This tornado season is off to a sluggish start as well, but there are no guarantees this year will follow suit. March represents a major weather transition period. As spring spreads from north to south, snow melts, leaves unfurl, and heat retur… Read More

Spring is Arriving Earlier and Earlier in the U.S.

Spring is Arriving Earlier and Earlier in the U.S.

March 20th marks the first day of the vernal equinox, although spring might feel like it's never going to arrive for those still battling unseasonably cold weather from the Midwest to the East. But don’t be fooled by this year's cooler temperatures. When you define the onset of spring as the “first leaf” date for a number of plants, the season is a… Read More

The Best View You’ll See of the Spring Equinox

The Best View You’ll See of the Spring Equinox

The spring equinox arrives on Thursday. That might have many people living in the eastern half of the country hope that cool weather will final exit the region. But in the meantime, at least enjoy the view of the equinox from space courtesy of NASA’s Earth Observatory. The equinox is a function of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun. On March 20, the… Read More