methane

Congress Uses Obscure Law to Start Ripping Apart Environmental Policies

Congress Uses Obscure Law to Start Ripping Apart Environmental Policies

The House GOP is just getting started with cuts using the Congressional Review Act (CRA), an arcane piece of mid-1990s legislation allowing Congress to overturn any Obama regulations finalized after June of last year. [facebook https://facebook.com/EcoWatch/videos/1440958242583775/ expand=1] In addition to the disclosure requirements Wednesday, the House also voted to axe the Department of Interior’s (DOI) […]

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    Methane Emissions Blow Past Current Estimates

    Methane Emissions Blow Past Current Estimates

    Methane emissions from the global fossil fuel industry are up to 60 percent greater than existing estimates, according to a new comprehensive analysis of global methane emissions. Map showing global methane concentrations in January 2016 at a pressure of 400 hectopascals, or roughly 6km above the surface. Concentrations are higher in the northern hemisphere because […]

    It’s Official: Hydropower Is Dirty Energy

    It’s Official: Hydropower Is Dirty Energy

    Over the last two years, I’ve written four articles about the massive problem with methane emissions from hydropower dams and reservoirs. Finally, the mainstream media covered this story Thursday after an international team of scientists released a new study that synthesizes more than 100 scholarly articles on the topic. The Seattle Times headline read, “Hydropower […]

    Methane Emissions Rising From Fracking, New Study Shows

    Methane Emissions Rising From Fracking, New Study Shows

    Methane emissions from the fossil fuel industry are responsible for the majority of the recent rise in global atmospheric methane, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Leonid Ikan / Shutterstock This research adds to the growing body of evidence that disputes the fossil fuel industry’s assertion […]

    Why Natural Gas Is a Bridge Fuel to Nowhere

    Why Natural Gas Is a Bridge Fuel to Nowhere

    By Emily J. Gertz For decades, coal-fired power dominated the U.S. energy supply—and was a leading source of greenhouse gas emissions. But a combination of factors including cheap natural gas, stronger pollution controls, increasing investment in renewable power and improved energy efficiency have pushed coal‘s share of the energy market down to 33 percent and […]

    Why Natural Gas Is Not a Bridge Fuel

    Why Natural Gas Is Not a Bridge Fuel

    By Zeke Hausfather For the past century, coal has been king, providing the majority of U.S. energy for electricity generation. But a combination of new federal and state environmental policies and a glut of cheap natural gas (mostly from hydraulic fracturing or fracking) have led to a dramatic shift during the past decade, with coal […]

    NASA: Methane ‘Hot Spot’ Linked Directly to Natural Gas Leaks

    NASA: Methane ‘Hot Spot’ Linked Directly to Natural Gas Leaks

    By Western Environmental Law Center The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) released a new study Monday examining what caused a methane “hot spot” to form in New Mexico. This new study of methane emissions generated by the oil and gas industry in the state’s San Juan Basin is a major step forward in understanding […]

    Mysterious Air Bubbles Make Siberian Land Act Like a Waterbed

    Mysterious Air Bubbles Make Siberian Land Act Like a Waterbed

    Fifteen mysterious bubbles have been discovered in Siberia. The mysterious bubbles produce a natural waterbed-like reaction when stepped on. Photo credit: Giphy Researchers Alexander Sokolov and Dorothee Ehrich, working on the island of Belyy, first spotted a mysterious bubble last year. While the exact reason for these spots hasn’t been determined, environmental researchers think they […]