Icicles on a bush in downtown Houston, Feb. 15, 2021.
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Heat waves, droughts and deep freezes can all strain the electric grid, leading utilities to impose rolling blackouts. Climate change is likely to make these events more common.
The costs that fossil fuels impose on public health through air pollution alone are enormous.
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Shifting from fossil fuels to electricity is climate-friendly, but serious cooks don't think much of electric stoves. Will induction cooking finally catch on as an alternative?
Despite the government spruiking a 'gas-led economic recovery', natural gas is clearly on the way out. It's time for a serious rethink on the way many Australians cook and heat our homes.
Activity in the San Ardo oil field near Salinas, California, has been linked to earthquakes.
California was thought to be an exception, a place where oil field operations and tectonic faults apparently coexisted without much problem. Not any more.
Noise, pollution and other stressors from trucks and drilling can harm residents’ health. In Colorado, an upcoming vote on new setback rules is expected to widen the buffer zone.
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Living near oil and gas production can affect mental health, driving stress and feelings of depression.
A surface coal mine in Gillette, Wyoming, photographed in 2008.
The pandemic recession has reduced US energy demand, roiling budgets in states that are major fossil fuel producers. But politics and culture can impede efforts to look beyond oil, gas and coal.
Building a new power plant hardly fits in with the Coalition's free market philosophy, but then again neither does a massive support package to cushion the economy through a pandemic.
Investment in gas will not herald Australia's economic recovery. It's likely to hinder it.
Flaring gas at an oil production site outside Williston, North Dakota.
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Flaring, or burning, waste gas from energy production has sharply increased over the past decade. It wastes usable fuel, pollutes the air, and helps drive climate change.
Energy efficiency and electrification should lead the effort to decarbonise society, not hydrogen.
Methane bubbles form in a pit digester on a dairy farm as bacteria break down cow manure. The methane can be collected and used as an energy source.
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Energy companies are marketing a new fuel: 'renewable' natural gas. But it's not the same from a climate change perspective as wind or solar energy.
A pump jack in the town of Signal Hill, California, which sits within the Long Beach Oil Field near the Port of Long Beach.
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A new study finds an association between living near active oil and gas wells in California and low birth-weight infants, adding to findings elsewhere on health risks from oil and gas production.
The long-awaited paper sets a positive tone. But it's not clear if the government grasps the sheer scale or urgency of the emissions reduction task.
Wind turbines in the first rays of sunlight at the Saddleback Ridge Wind Project in Carthage, Maine, March 20, 2019.
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How should the United States power its economy in 2050? A recent survey finds surprising agreement from Americans of all political stripes.
Supporters of the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs who oppose the Coastal GasLink pipeline set up a support station near Gidimt'en checkpoint near Houston B.C., in January 2020.
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The fact that so many Canadian pension funds are tied to oil and gas companies is a deeply structural form of racialized oppression and a denial of Indigenous rights.
A fracking boom for natural gas has taken hold of northeastern B.C.
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Fracking in northeastern British Columbia has left behind tens of thousands of wells. Some of these are leaking — and could threaten the environment and the public's health.
Britain's electricity supply is getting greener but the burning question remains over how to decarbonise heating.
Few people would have predicted in 2010 that by the end of the decade, electricity generation from renewables would outpace nuclear.
Britain greets a new decade with substantially cleaner electricity, but challenges lie ahead to decarbonise its transport and heating.
Chief Scientist Alan Finkel says Australia can be a world leader in hydrogen production and export.
Just 1kg of hydrogen can power a split-cycle air conditioner for 14.5 hours. The possibilities are endless - and now we have a plan to get there.