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Cartier Island marine reserve is part of a network that covers one-third of Australian waters. Australian Institute of Marine Science

Oil, gas and marine parks really can coexist in our oceans – here’s how

Marine parks need to cover large swathes of ocean, but they also need to cover the right areas if they are to deliver the best conservation. New research off Australia's northwest suggests how.
The EPA has issued rules to regulate methane emission from new oil and gas wells in the face of industry and political pushback. gas storage via www.shutterstock.com

Why utilities have little incentive to plug leaking natural gas

The Obama administration wants to regulate methane leaks from oil and gas operations. Here's why we can't count on market forces to make it work.
Florida’s unique geology means alternative fracking methods would be used, but can aquifers be safely separated from injection wells? jsjgeology/flickr

Should Florida ‘frack’ its limestone for oil and gas? Two geophysicists weigh in

There's a debate over whether fracking should be introduced into Florida, a state with a unique geology and hydrology that introduces a long list of environmental concerns.
Looking for relief: Southern California Gas Company and outside experts work on a relief well at the Aliso Canyon designed to stop the ongoing natural gas leak. Dean Musgrove/Reuters

California’s Aliso Canyon methane leak: climate disaster or opportunity?

The Aliso Canyon methane leak in California is bad, but it's only a small portion of the methane leaked from the natural gas industry's sprawling pipeline and storage infrastructure.
Even if Exxon eludes charges in New York, the attorney general’s investigation sends a message on corporate accountability. mortaupat/flickr

In targeting Exxon on climate, New York puts all corporations on notice

Until now, the legal system has tolerated corporate deceptions of the public but New York state's investigation into Exxon on climate could start to rewrite the rules.

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