'Renewable' natural gas may sound green, but it's not an antidote for climate change

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.

Emily Grubert, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology • conversation
July 6, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change solar-power wind-power greenhouse-gases methane natural-gas alternative-energy landfills electric-utilities carbon-neutrality

Living near active oil and gas wells in California tied to low birth weight and smaller babies

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.

Lara Cushing, Assistant Professor of Health Education, San Francisco State University • conversation
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 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

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

Shift away from coal saves billions of gallons of water

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.

Tim Lucas-Duke • futurity
Oct. 22, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: sustainability water coal renewable-energy natural-gas earth-and-environment

Fracking isn’t the worst way to get at oil and gas

"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."

Mari Jensen-Arizona • futurity
Aug. 20, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: sustainability water oil natural-gas fracking earth-and-environment

3 Questions: Lourdes Melgar on Mexico’s energy reform | MIT News

MIT alumna, Robert Wilhelm Fellow, and former Mexican government official discusses opportunities and challenges of recent reforms.

Mary Potts | MIT Energy Initiative • mit
March 22, 2017 ~5 min

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

Toward cheaper water treatment | MIT News

MIT spinout makes treating, recycling highly contaminated oilfield water more economical

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office • mit
July 15, 2015 ~8 min

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

Thin coating on condensers could make power plants more efficient | MIT News

Graphene layer one atom thick could quadruple rate of condensation heat transfer in generating plants.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
May 29, 2015 ~6 min

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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