Energy companies are marketing a new fuel: 'renewable' natural gas. But it's not the same from a climate change perspective as wind or solar energy.
July 6, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: climate-change solar-power wind-power greenhouse-gases methane natural-gas alternative-energy landfills electric-utilities carbon-neutrality
A new study finds an association between living near active oil and gas wells in California and low birth-weight infants, adding to findings elsewhere on health risks from oil and gas production.
June 18, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: environmental-justice oil california us-energy-policy los-angeles environmental-health natural-gas oil-and-gas-industry oil-and-gas-field low-birth-weight-babies
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.
Tags: pregnancy fossil-fuels oil natural-gas health-and-medicine births premature-babies
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
Tags: climate-change energy public-opinion fossil-fuels regulation oil coal renewable-energy us-energy-policy natural-gas energy-prices energy-subsidies
Earthquakes from fracking can damage property and endanger lives. New guidelines on when to slow or halt work may minimize risk.
Tags: fossil-fuels earthquakes natural-gas fracking earth-and-environment
Moving from coal to natural gas could help save a lot of water, but moving to renewables would use just a fraction of the water we use today for power.
Tags: sustainability water coal renewable-energy natural-gas earth-and-environment
"The amount of water injected and produced for conventional oil and gas production exceeds that associated with fracking... by well over a factor of 10."
Tags: sustainability water oil natural-gas fracking earth-and-environment
MIT alumna, Robert Wilhelm Fellow, and former Mexican government official discusses opportunities and challenges of recent reforms.
Tags: sustainability climate-change energy policy government renewable-energy natural-gas mexico alumniae 3-questions mit-energy-initiative political-science center-for-international-studies shass oil-and-gas
MIT spinout makes treating, recycling highly contaminated oilfield water more economical
Tags: sustainability energy environment pollution startups water natural-gas mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering innovation-and-entrepreneurship-ie alumniae desalination oil-and-gas deshpande-center
Graphene layer one atom thick could quadruple rate of condensation heat transfer in generating plants.
Tags: graphene sustainability energy research natural-gas mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs nanoscience-and-nanotechnology nuclear-power-and-reactors
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