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.
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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.
May 8, 2020 • ~8 min
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How should the United States power its economy in 2050? A recent survey finds surprising agreement from Americans of all political stripes.
May 5, 2020 • ~9 min
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Earthquakes from fracking can damage property and endanger lives. New guidelines on when to slow or halt work may minimize risk.
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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.
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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.
March 31, 2020 • ~8 min
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With the right amount of pressure and surprisingly little heat, a substance found in fossil fuels can transform into pure diamonds.
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Scientists have been underestimating how much methane in the atmosphere comes from fossil fuels, research finds. Here's the silver lining.
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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.
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The way diatoms—algae that produces 20% of the Earth's oxygen—harness solar energy could lead to cheaper, more efficient biofuels.
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