Remembering Mario Molina, Nobel Prize-winning chemist who pushed Mexico on clean energy -- and, recently, face masks

Molina, who died on Oct. 8, 'thought climate change was the biggest problem in the world long before most people did.' His research on man-made depletion of the ozone layer won the 1995 Nobel Prize.

Elena Delavega, Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Memphis • conversation
Oct. 10, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  nobel-prize  climate-change  fossil-fuels  atmospheric-science  face-masks  wind-energy  green-jobs  mexico  ozone-layer  clean-energy  nobel-prize-in-chemistry  montreal-protocol  clean-air

It's time for states that grew rich from oil, gas and coal to figure out what's next

The pandemic recession has reduced US energy demand, roiling budgets in states that are major fossil fuel producers. But politics and culture can impede efforts to look beyond oil, gas and coal.

Morgan Bazilian, Professor of Public Policy and Director, Payne Institute, Colorado School of Mines • conversation
Sept. 23, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: covid-19 fossil-fuels alaska oil coal natural-gas energy-prices fossil-fuel-industry wyoming texas north-dakota coronavirus-recession just-transitions state-budgets

A burning chemical plant may be just the tip of Hurricane Laura's damage in this area of oil fields and industry

A storm-driven chlorine gas release in a vulnerable community is the type of worst-case scenario that scientists and engineers have warned about for decades.

John Pardue, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Louisiana State University • conversation
Aug. 28, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: hurricanes chemicals fossil-fuels oil-industry extreme-weather natural-disasters gulf-of-mexico

Hydrogen isn't the key to Britain's green recovery – here's why

Energy efficiency and electrification should lead the effort to decarbonise society, not hydrogen.

Tom Baxter, Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, University of Aberdeen • conversation
July 22, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: heating fossil-fuels decarbonisation hydrogen natural-gas net-zero carbon-neutrality

Niger Delta: young men face exclusion and violence in one of the most polluted places on Earth

Chronic pollution has robbed many young Nigerians of a stable future in the place where they grew up.

Modesta Tochi Alozie, Researcher at the Urban Insititute, University of Sheffield, University of Sheffield • conversation
July 13, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: fossil-fuels oil nigeria niger-delta niger-delta-militants economic-exclusion

Living near oil or gas wells may up preterm birth risk

Living near a oil or gas well may increase the chance of spontaneous preterm birth, a new study looking at women living near wells in California finds.

Danielle Torrent Tucker-Stanford • futurity
June 14, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: pregnancy fossil-fuels oil natural-gas health-and-medicine births premature-babies

COVID-19 shutdowns are clearing the air, but pollution will return as economies reopen

From Nairobi to Los Angeles, pandemic lockdowns have cleared pollution from the skies. But those blue vistas may be temporary, and shutdowns aren't slowing climate change.

Daniel Cohan, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering, Rice University • conversation
May 8, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: climate-change covid-19 carbon-dioxide fossil-fuels air-pollution coronavirus-2020 particulates nitrogen-dioxide smog haze

Both conservatives and liberals want a green energy future, but for different reasons

How should the United States power its economy in 2050? A recent survey finds surprising agreement from Americans of all political stripes.

Shahzeen Attari, Associate Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University • conversation
May 5, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change energy public-opinion fossil-fuels regulation oil coal renewable-energy us-energy-policy natural-gas energy-prices energy-subsidies

Method aims to ease trouble from fracking earthquakes

Earthquakes from fracking can damage property and endanger lives. New guidelines on when to slow or halt work may minimize risk.

Josie Garthwaite-Stanford • futurity
May 4, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: fossil-fuels earthquakes natural-gas fracking earth-and-environment

How can oil prices plunge below zero?

Oil prices have crashed like never before. Here, an expert explains why that is and what it would take to get things back to normal.

Rose Brandt-Arizona • futurity
April 22, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: energy fossil-fuels money oil global-trade featured society-and-culture

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