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A methane leak, seen from space, proves to be far larger than thought

By Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times The first satellite designed to continuously monitor the planet for methane leaks made a startling discovery last year: A little known gas-well accident at an Ohio fracking site was in fact one of the largest methane leaks ever recorded in the United States. The findings by a Dutch-American team […]

The US is set to drown the world in oil

by Global Witness The sheer scale of this new production dwarfs that of every other country in the world and would spell disaster for the world’s ambitions to curb climate change – the effects of which we’re already witnessing through massive heat waves, flooding, and extreme weather. Earlier this year, we crunched the numbers from […]

The power switch: tracking Britain’s record coal-free run

by Niko Kommenda, The Guardian Britain is setting new records for going without coal-powered energy. In the latest milestone, it has gone for two weeks without using coal to generate electricity – the longest such period since 1882. The coal-free fortnight comes just two years after the National Grid first ran without coal power for […]

Coal, oil, and natural gas demand hits record high in 2018

by Eric Holthaus, Grist If the world is going to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we need to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Last year, we took another lurching step toward planetary catastrophe. Demand for coal, oil, and natural gas hit new all-time highs in 2018, according to a worrying new report […]

It’s time for California to get out of the oil business

by Judith Lewis Mernit, Sierra Club In the late 1920s, the Methodist Community Church of Santa Fe Springs, California, was going broke. The town’s pious, churchgoing farmers had leased their land to oil companies and fled to the coast to escape the industrial blight, and the roughnecks who replaced them weren’t exactly the tithing kind. […]

A win for wildlife: a new and improved sustainability standard for palm oil

by National Wildlife Federation Whether or not you’ve heard of palm oil, you’ve likely either eaten it or used products that contain it. Each year, more than 60 million tons of palm oil is produced, making it the world’s most consumed vegetable oil. 85 percent of the oil palm grown to produce this quantity comes […]

World has no capacity to absorb new fossil fuel plants, warns IEA

by Adam Vaughan, The Guardian The world has so many existing fossil fuel projects that it cannot afford to build any more polluting infrastructure without busting international climate change goals, the global energy watchdog has warned. The International Energy Agency said almost all of the world’s carbon budget up to 2040 – the amount that […]

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Water use in fracking soars — exceeding rise in fossil fuels produced, study says

by Phil Mckenna, Insideclimate News As the fracking boom matures, the drilling industry’s use of water and other fluids to produce oil and natural gas has grown dramatically in the past several years, outstripping the growth of the fossil fuels it produces. A new study published Wednesday in the peer-reviewed journal Science Advances says the […]

DNC reverses position – will take money from fossil fuel interests

by Jessica Corbett, Common Dream Just two months after the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was celebrated by environmentalists for banning donations from fossil fuel companies, it voted 30-2 on Friday to adopt a resolution from Chair Tom Perez that critics said effectively reverses the ban and represents “an absolute failure by the DNC.” As climate […]

Kentucky coal company sabotaging solar farm on its wasteland by delaying mandatory clean-up

by James Bruggers, InsideClimate News A plan to turn a played-out coal mine into the largest solar farm ever built in Kentucky stirred the imaginations of clean energy advocates with a vision of hundreds of thousands of panels glinting on a thousand-acre wasteland, delivering clean energy to the power grid. But a year after it […]