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Study Shows Air Emissions from Fracking Sites Contain Carcinogens and Other Harmful Chemicals

Study Shows Air Emissions from Fracking Sites Contain Carcinogens and Other Harmful Chemicals

When hydraulic fracturing (or fracking - the technique of extracting natural gas from rocks) was thrust into the public consciousness with the release of the 2010 film Gasland, most of the conversation

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New Study Shows Natural Gas is a Bridge (Fuel) to Nowhere

New Study Shows Natural Gas is a Bridge (Fuel) to Nowhere

Natural gas has been widely billed as a “bridge fuel” – a low-carbon alternative to coal that will help us make the transition to cleaner energy – but a new study pokes some big

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Sierra Club Turned Down $30 Million Gift From Natural Gas Fracking Company

Sierra Club Turned Down $30 Million Gift From Natural Gas Fracking Company

Thanks to efforts by environmentalists and opponents of the natural gas industry, the process of fracking has come under the limelight recently - and the federal government is considering new, tougher

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Coal Accounts for Less than 40% of U.S. Electricity Production in 2011, Lowest Level in Over 30 years

Coal Accounts for Less than 40% of U.S. Electricity Production in 2011, Lowest Level in Over 30 years

The Energy Information Administration has released data to show that in 2011, coal power made up less than 40% of all U.S. electricity. As coal-fueled electric dropped to 30 year lows last year, the

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3M’s New Nanoparticle Technology Could Make Natural Gas Cars Cheaper and More Attractive

3M’s New Nanoparticle Technology Could Make Natural Gas Cars Cheaper and More Attractive

Gas prices have increased at record levels this month, with prices climbing for 20 days in a row, and as gas prices rise, interest in more fuel efficient vehicles go up as well. Automakers have continued

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US Department of Energy Decreases Estimate of East Coast Natural Gas Reserves by 66%

US Department of Energy Decreases Estimate of East Coast Natural Gas Reserves by 66%

The US Department of Energy took a chunk out of the natural gas industry's high hopes for the future yesterday by slashing the amount of gas estimated to be held in the Marcellus Shale -- a huge swath of

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Barcelona to Build the World’s First Carbon-Neutral Indoor Ski Slope

Barcelona to Build the World’s First Carbon-Neutral Indoor Ski Slope

The designers behind Ski Dubai's artificial ski slope, Snow World and B01 Arquitectos, have teamed up to improve on their original design with the world's very first carbon-neutral indoor ski slope in

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Bulgaria Officially Bans Hydraulic Fracturing for Natural Gas

Bulgaria Officially Bans Hydraulic Fracturing for Natural Gas

The country of Bulgaria just thwarted Chevron and took a big step forward for the environment by banning hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) for natural gas, making it the second European nation to do so

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EPA to Provide Clean Drinking Water to Families Near Fracking Sites in Pennsylvania

EPA to Provide Clean Drinking Water to Families Near Fracking Sites in Pennsylvania

Showing concern for the dangerous impact of hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) on ground water reserves, the EPA has decided to provide clean drinking water to four families in Dimock, Pennsylvania who

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Report Shows 18.5-Mile-Wide Cloud of Air Pollution Rose From the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Report Shows 18.5-Mile-Wide Cloud of Air Pollution Rose From the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

According to a study released today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the massive plume from the Deepwater

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EPA Finds Fracking Chemicals in Wyoming Groundwater, Oil and Gas Industry Fights Back

EPA Finds Fracking Chemicals in Wyoming Groundwater, Oil and Gas Industry Fights Back

Late last week the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a preliminary report that they've found dangerous levels of toxic chemicals related to hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) in

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Fracking Ban in the Delaware River Basin Preserved After Meeting to Lift Ban is Cancelled

Fracking Ban in the Delaware River Basin Preserved After Meeting to Lift Ban is Cancelled

Thanks to a petition put together by CREDO Action, a grassroots political advocacy group, the ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas (usually referred to as fracking) in the Delaware River Basin is

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Honda Civic Natural Gas Named 2012 Green Car of the Year at the LA Auto Show!

Honda Civic Natural Gas Named 2012 Green Car of the Year at the LA Auto Show!

There haven't been too many surprises at the LA Auto Show this year, but Green Car Journal served up a shocker first thing this morning by naming the Honda Civic Natural Gas its 2012 Green Car of the

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Peaceful German Kindergarten Has a Green Roof with a Hole for a Tree to Grow Through!

Peaceful German Kindergarten Has a Green Roof with a Hole for a Tree to Grow Through!

Located in the Bohnsdorf-Grünau neighborhood of Berlin, an Evangelistic Church community, the school occupies a corner plot of land thick with trees. Almost a miniature forest, the plot was played up by

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This American Life Digs Deep into the Issues Behind Hydrofracking

This American Life Digs Deep into the Issues Behind Hydrofracking

On their latest weekly episode, Public Radio International's popular show, This American Life, digs deep into the issue of hydraulic fracturing -- or fracking as it is commonly referred to. Fracking is a

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Study Shows Natural Gas Fracking is More Harmful Than Coal

Study Shows Natural Gas Fracking is More Harmful Than Coal

Natural gas may be a marginally cleaner fossil fuel than coal, but obtaining it through the processing of fracking turns out to be more damaging to the climate than coal ever was. Fracking is a process

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Florida Launches the World’s First Hybrid Solar Energy Plant

Florida Launches the World’s First Hybrid Solar Energy Plant

The Sunshine State is embracing solar energy with the launch of the world's first hybrid solar energy plant -- the Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center. Situated in Martin County, the plant utilizes

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UPS Switches Trucks From Diesel To Liquefied Natural Gas

UPS Switches Trucks From Diesel To Liquefied Natural Gas

Mail carrier services use a substantial amount of gas as they deliver packages, so it comes as no surprise that they're also on the forefront of a lot of eco-friendly, fuel-efficient practices. UPS just

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UK Could Fund First Natural Gas Carbon Capture Plant

UK Could Fund First Natural Gas Carbon Capture Plant

Carbon capture and storage (CCS), a technique to bury CO2 emissions from industrial sources underground, is still an emerging technology. It's mostly used in coal plants, but the UK announced this week

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Adobe Installs A Dozen Bloom Boxes

Adobe Installs A Dozen Bloom Boxes

Adobe, the company behind Flash Player and Adobe Reader, has always been a supporter of renewable energy - remember when they installed a wind farm at their headquarters in San Jose? Well now they've

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Rwanda Taps Volcanic “Exploding Lake” for Power

Rwanda Taps Volcanic “Exploding Lake” for Power

Photo by Julien Harneis Rwanda is harnessing the natural gas in one of three known “exploding lakes” to generate electricity in a nation where just 1 in 14 houses has access to power. The

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Cryogen Energy Storage System Could Cut Peak Fuel Use by Half

Cryogen Energy Storage System Could Cut Peak Fuel Use by Half

Photo by deeje Our current energy system is wasteful in part because power plants have to be ready for sudden surges in demand. At present, the U.S. gets half of its electricity from coal. King Coal

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Scientist Produces Plastic From Natural Gas

Scientist Produces Plastic From Natural Gas

Peak oil signifies disaster for plastics producers -- ethene, one of the raw materials used to make plastics, relies on abundant supplies of oil for production. But Dutch researcher Tymen Tiemersma thinks

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China Developing “Combustible Ice” as New Energy Source

China Developing “Combustible Ice” as New Energy Source

Last September, China discovered a large reserve of “combustible ice” on the tundra of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. “Combustible ice” is essentially frozen natural gas – a

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