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Coal power has long been a mainstay of the electricity system but has lost share as natural gas prices have gone down. John Fowler

Do coal and nuclear need a helping hand? 5 essential reads

The Department of Energy's review of the electricity grid finds natural gas, rather than renewables, has hurt coal and nuclear power. But that's only half the story of the changes underway.
Shell’s drilling rig destined for waters off Alaska met with problems in the Arctic and protesters in Seattle. AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Trump’s offshore oil drilling push: Five essential reads

The industry has wanted access to offshore oil for decades, but the Arctic remains challenging. Consumers, meanwhile, seem conflicted on expanded offshore drilling.
An update on the classic Earthrise photo: NASA’s latest image of Earth from one million miles away. NASA Earth Observatory

2015, the year that was: environment and energy

From California’s drought and fracking in the US to the pope's encyclical and the post-Paris future of climate change, environment and energy stories rose to global importance this year.