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Study: Water Use Skyrockets as Fracking Expands

Study: Water Use Skyrockets as Fracking Expands

Oil and natural gas fracking, on average, uses more than 28 times the water it did 15 years ago, gulping up to 9.6 million gallons of water per well and putting farming and drinking sources at risk in arid states, especially during drought … Read More

The U.S., Brazil and China All Set Major Climate Goals

The U.S., Brazil and China All Set Major Climate Goals

The world got a major dose of climate clarity on Tuesday. The U.S., Brazil and China — three of the world’s top greenhouse gas emitters — all released major commitments to reduce or at least slow their greenhouse gas emissions, protect forest and ramp up their use of renewable energy. The flurry of activity comes with five months to go until major… Read More

EU Ministers Seek Binding Deal at Paris Climate Talks

EU Ministers Seek Binding Deal at Paris Climate Talks

European Union ministers are seeking an ambitious, durable and legally binding deal to curb global warming, enforced through five-yearly reviews, a draft of their position statement for U.N. climate talks shows. Diplomats have already drawn up a draft text.… Read More

Google to Convert Coal Power Plant to Data Center

Google to Convert Coal Power Plant to Data Center

Google will convert an old coal-fired power plant in rural Alabama into a data center powered by renewable power, expanding the company’s move into the energy world. The technology giant said on Wednesday that it would open its 14th data centre inside the grounds of the old coal plant, and had reached a deal with the Tennessee Valley Authority.… Read More

Dutch Court Issues Landmark Ruling to Curb Emissions

Dutch Court Issues Landmark Ruling to Curb Emissions

A district court ordered the Dutch government on Wednesday to cut greenhouse gas emissions faster than currently planned in a rare use of the legal system to curb global warming. A judge in The Hague said the state must "ensure that the Dutch emissions in the year 2020 will be at least 25 percent lower than those in 1990."… Read More

New Rules Would Cut Emissions From Buses, Big Rigs

New Rules Would Cut Emissions From Buses, Big Rigs

Big rigs and other medium- and heavy-duty trucks plying U.S. highways may become much more fuel efficient if new rules proposed on Friday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are finalized. The rules, submitted as part of the Obama administration’s Climate Action Plan, seek to increase the fuel efficiency of medium and heavy-duty trucks … Read More

States See Renewable Future in Offshore Wind Farms

States See Renewable Future in Offshore Wind Farms

Developers and government officials who gathered at the North American Offshore Wind Summit this week said they are optimistic that water-bound wind turbines will eventually catch on in the U.S. as they have in Europe. The Obama administration sees wind turbines in the Atlantic as a way to help wean the country’s electric power supply away from … Read More

Twitter Could Shape Flood Disaster Response

Twitter Could Shape Flood Disaster Response

First the rains came. Then the floods. Then the tweets. In late January 2014, Jakarta was inundated with heavy rain. So much rain fell that the region saw 16 inches more rainfall than normal for the month. Rivers rose and punctured their banks, spilling onto the streets of the Indonesian capital. Flood waters reached over 6 feet in some areas and … Read More

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Mississippi and Ohio River Flooding Striking photos from recent flooding of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.

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