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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

IPCC Says Climate Change is Here, World Needs to Adapt

IPCC Says Climate Change is Here, World Needs to Adapt

The overall warming of the planet has had a clear impact on Earth’s natural systems and human society and will pose increased – and potentially disastrous – risks in the future if the world does not make a more concerted effort to adapt and try to prevent the worst possible outcomes. That’s the continued message from the Intergovernmental Panel on… 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

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

White House Brings Together Big Data & Climate Change

White House Brings Together Big Data & Climate Change

Addressing climate change just got an assist from big data. The White House released the first installment of data and tools for web developers, planners and the public to see the challenges climate change poses and to help identify solutions. The new site, climate.data.gov, is part of a broader Climate Data Initiative to make climate data easily … Read More

Wood Burning for Home Heating Trendy in Northeast

Wood Burning for Home Heating Trendy in Northeast

As prices of propane and heating oil have risen in recent years, residents in all Northeastern states are increasingly turning to wood as their primary source of home heating fuel, according to a U.S. Energy Information Administration report released this week.… Read More

GAO: Climate Change Threatens Energy Infrastructure

GAO: Climate Change Threatens Energy Infrastructure

The U.S. Government Accountability Office published a report in March showing that U.S. power lines, electric power plants, renewable energy generators and other energy infrastructure are threatened in a changing climate, especially to rising seas, extreme weather and drought. … Read More