Saudi Arabia has been a unified country for some 70 years, but has become one of the richest states in the world – a wealth fuelled by petroleum reserves. but what is next? how to plan for a more sustainable future? ... read more >>
The natural gas boom has led to an “unprecedented industrialization” of many Americans’ backyards, an analysis from the Wall Street Journal has found.
The WSJ looked at census and natural gas well data from more than 700 counties in 11 major natural-gas producing states, and found that at least 15.3 million Americans have a natural gas well within one mile of their home that has been drilled si ... read more >>
I first heard about the flood that left the Colorado fracking industry underwater by way of a story on The Common Sense Canadian. I happened to be in neighboring Utah on a shoot for my new documentary, entitled To the Ends of the Earth. This documentary focuses on the economic consequences of our “ends of the earth” exploration for oil.
News of the flood did not draw my attention initially – af ... read more >>
Many people use tree ring records to see into the past. But redwoods -- the iconic trees that are the world's tallest living things -- have so far proven too erratic in their growth patterns to help with reconstructing historic climate. ... read more >>
Most of us wouldn't consider bacteria a promising energy source of the future. That would be shortsighted, says Leonard Tender, a microbial-electrochemist at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., who believes that the focus of his research -- electrode reactions catalyzed by microorganisms -- may one day provide cheap, clean and abundant energy by converting the carbon dioxide in sea ... read more >>
In the debate over hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, two facts are beyond dispute: Huge amounts of water are used to break up gas-bearing rock deep underground and huge amounts of polluted water are returned to the surface after the process is complete.
Tainted with chemicals, salts and even mild radioactivity, such water, when mishandled, has damaged the environment and threatened drinking ... read more >>
Any problems publicised so far - such as in the US - are the result of operational failure or poor regulation.
The study, by Public Health England, an agency of the Department of Health, reviewed the latest research.
It focused on the risks of emissions of the chemicals used in fracking and radioactive material released with the gas.
The central conclusion is that "potential risks to public he ... read more >>
A new approach to analyzing paleo-climate reconstructions of the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomenon resolves disagreements and reveals that ENSO activity during the 20th century has been unusually high compared to the past 600 years. The results are published in Climate of the Past by a team of scientists from the University of New South Wales, the University of Hawaii International P ... read more >>
A new study offers an explanation for the extraordinary run of wet summers experienced by Britain and northwest Europe between 2007 and 2012. The study found that loss of Arctic sea ice shifts the jet stream further south than normal resulting in increased rain during the summer in northwest Europe. ... read more >>
An open access special issue of the International Journal of Global Warming brings together, for the first time, empirical evidence of loss and damage from the perspective of affected people in nine vulnerable countries. The articles in this special issue show how climatic stressors affect communities, what measures households take to prevent loss and damage, and what the consequences are when th ... read more >>