US states confront worries about fracking, quakes
Earthquakes used to be almost unheard of on the vast stretches of prairie that unfold across the U.S. Midwestern states of Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma.
Another concern arises over groundwater contamination from fracking accidents
The oil and gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, could potentially contribute more pollutants to groundwater than past research has suggested, according to a new study in ACS' ...
Indonesia fires spark Singapore, Malaysia haze warning
Indonesia's disaster agency warned Wednesday that neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia could be hit by more choking smog, after a huge jump in forest fires in a province at the centre of an air pollution crisis ...
Net energy analysis should become a standard policy tool, scientists say
Policymakers should conduct "net energy analyses" when evaluating the long-term sustainability of energy technologies, according to new Stanford University research.
Study finds oil from BP spill impedes fish's swimming
In a lab on Virginia Key, a group of baby fish are being put through their paces on a tiny fish treadmill.
Making progress on deforestation
In 2005, Brazil was losing more forest each year than any other country. The good news is that today, Brazil has reduced deforestation in the Amazon rainforest by 70 percent, according to a recent study. ...
Ocean rescue plan has urgent five-year deadline to act: report
The world's oceans need saving from pollution and overfishing, and an independent panel warned Tuesday that urgent action was needed within five years.
N. Zealand PM says oil threat to rare dolphin 'mumbo jumbo'
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on Tuesday dismissed concerns about allowing oil exploration in waters set aside to protect the world's rarest dolphin as "mumbo jumbo".
From barrels to biology: Scientists develop cost-competitive bioderived polymers for a post-petroleum future
Researcher invents continuous, zero-toxic-emission system that converts nonrecycled plastics into crude oil
Plastic is becoming a major problem worldwide: In 2012, the United States alone produced roughly 32 million tons of plastic waste, while only recycling about 9 percent of its plastic, according to the Environmental ...
Explaining the games gasoline retailers play
(Phys.org) —When it's time to top up the tank, how much thought do you give to where you will buy gas? Maybe you drive around town, looking for the best deal. Chances are, you usually visit the same station in your neighbourhood, ...
Agribusiness substances obtained from native plants
The aromas and flavors perceived in plants are mainly due to the presence of essential oils, substances used as raw materials in the chemical or cosmetic industries. The Mexican Scientific Research Center ...
Canada approves pipeline to Pacific Ocean, with conditions
Canada approved construction Tuesday of a pipeline to the Pacific Ocean, opening up one of the world's largest oil fields as Washington dithers over another link southward from Alberta's oil sands.
From biomass soup to new, useful raw materials
Biomass is not oil. However, it is going to have to replace the raw materials currently made from fossil sources if we are to sustainably satisfy the demand for plastics, solvents, paints and adhesives. This ...