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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

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

Hopes Pinned on Kemper Power Plant to Make ‘Clean Coal’

Hopes Pinned on Kemper Power Plant to Make ‘Clean Coal’

The massive block of steel towers and pipes rises out of the morning fog like a sci-fi fantasy. But this coal-fired power plant could help save the climate, or at least that's the hope of the Obama administration. The plant in east-central Mississippi was repeatedly invoked by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to justify sweeping new clima… Read More

New Ozone-Destroying Gases Found in the Atmosphere

New Ozone-Destroying Gases Found in the Atmosphere

Dozens of mysterious ozone-destroying chemicals may be undermining the recovery of the giant ozone hole over Antarctica, researchers have revealed. The chemicals, which are also extremely potent greenhouse gases, may be leaking from industrial plants or being used illegally, contravening the Montreal protocol which began banning the ozone destroye… Read More

Social Cost of Carbon Greatly Underestimated: Report

Social Cost of Carbon Greatly Underestimated: Report

Carbon dioxide emissions are causing the climate to change and those changes come with a real cost. The big questions are what’s the price tag for that “social” cost and when does it gets paid? According the a new report, current best estimates could actually be on the low end thanks to “unknown unknowns.” The most recent estimate for the cost of … Read More

India’s Diesel Fumes Impacting Glacier Melt in Himalayas

India’s Diesel Fumes Impacting Glacier Melt in Himalayas

– Being a traffic policeman in Kolkata is a life-threatening business. Not only are you at risk of being run over on the traffic-clogged roads and streets of this chaotic city of 14 million – you’re also more than likely to suffer from serious health problems due to some of the worst air pollution not just in India, but in the world. According to … Read More