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

COVID-19 will slow the global shift to renewable energy, but can't stop it

The US is gradually shifting to lower-carbon energy sources, but the COVID-19 pandemic, an oil price crash and a likely recession are big speed bumps.

Peter Fox-Penner, Director, Institute for Sustainable Energy, and Professor of Practice, Questrom School of Business, Boston University • conversation
March 31, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  covid-19  china  solar-power  fossil-fuels  supply-chains  coronavirus-2020  recession  coal  renewable-energy  wind-energy  oil-prices  energy-transition  electricity-generation

Heat and pressure morph fossil fuel molecule into pure diamonds

With the right amount of pressure and surprisingly little heat, a substance found in fossil fuels can transform into pure diamonds.

Josie Garthwaite-Stanford • futurity
Feb. 26, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: fossil-fuels heat science-and-technology pressure diamonds

Fossil fuels cause more methane emissions than estimated

Scientists have been underestimating how much methane in the atmosphere comes from fossil fuels, research finds. Here's the silver lining.

Lindsey Valich-Rochester • futurity
Feb. 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change fossil-fuels greenhouse-gas methane emissions featured earth-and-environment ice-cores

Air pollution from power plants is killing people

Air pollution from electricity generation led to 16,000 early deaths in the US in 2014, research finds. And there are disparities in impact by race and location.

Sarah McQuate-Washington • futurity
Nov. 21, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: pollution death electricity fossil-fuels united-states coal featured earth-and-environment health-and-medicine race-and-ethnicity

How diatoms grab sunlight could lead to better biofuels

The way diatoms—algae that produces 20% of the Earth's oxygen—harness solar energy could lead to cheaper, more efficient biofuels.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Aug. 14, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: fossil-fuels photosynthesis algae science-and-technology renewable-fuels

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