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U.S. Corn Belt the Most Productive Region in the World?

U.S. Corn Belt the Most Productive Region in the World?

NASA researchers have used a new satellite technique to see where the most productive plant-growing regions in the world are. For a few months every year, it turns out the U.S. Corn Belt has the most prolific plant growth on the planet, beating out even the ever-green Amazon. The surprising discovery not only gives the Midwest a feather in its cap,… Read More

Tornado Technology Innovation Born From 1974 Tragedy

Tornado Technology Innovation Born From 1974 Tragedy

Thursday marked the 40th anniversary of one of the most destructive tornado outbreaks in U.S. history. The event, deemed a Super Outbreak, took place over two days and spawned nearly 150 tornadoes across 13 states and the Canadian province of Ontario. The storm left behind millions of dollars in damage and caused 300 deaths and 6,000 injuries. The … Read More

U.S. Lags Behind China in Renewables Investments

U.S. Lags Behind China in Renewables Investments

For the second year, an annual Pew Charitable Trusts report, “Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race?”, shows that China is the world leader in clean energy investment, with $54 billion in investments in renewables in 2013, well above total U.S. 2013 investment of $36.7 billion.… Read More

Mind the Fracking Data Gap, Study Says

Mind the Fracking Data Gap, Study Says

A new University of Texas-Austin analysis of natural gas drilling and fracking in urban areas near Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, not only illuminates that fracking knowledge gap, but blasts regulatory agencies at nearly every level of government for dismissing public concern about the health and environmental impacts of oil and gas development.… Read More

Rains Won’t Quell California Wildfire Season

Rains Won’t Quell California Wildfire Season

Where there is drought in the West, major wildfires are sure to ignite. 2014, just like last year, promises to be another year of destructive wildland blazes in the states where drought has hit the hardest over the last several years: California, Arizona and New Mexico. The rest of the country, however, can expect a nearly-normal or below normal f… Read More

Fracking Boosts U.S. Oil to 10 Percent of Global Supply

Fracking Boosts U.S. Oil to 10 Percent of Global Supply

The headlong rush to produce "tight" oil in Texas, North Dakota and elsewhere has catapulted the U.S.’s contribution to total global crude oil supply to more than 10 percent, new U.S. Energy Information Administration data show.… Read More

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