When fracking moves into the neighborhood, mental health risks rise

Living near oil and gas production can affect mental health, driving stress and feelings of depression.

Stephanie Malin, Associate Professor of Sociology; Co-Founder and Steering Committee Member, Center for Environmental Justice at CSU, Colorado State University • conversation
yesterday ~8 min

Tags: health mental-health psychology stress oil environmental-health sociology natural-gas colorado fracking hydraulic-fracturing

We want green energy jobs, say North Sea oil and gas workers – what they need to make the leap

A recent report found widespread support among North Sea oil and gas workers for a career in renewable energy.

Owen Douglas, Occasional Lecturer in Planning and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin • conversation
Oct. 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change renewable-energy fossil-fuel-industry oil-and-gas just-transition offshore-wind north-sea north-sea-oil

The 2020 elections will determine which voices dominate public land debates

Republicans and Democrats take sharply different positions on managing US public lands, but there's solid consensus on some issues.

James R. Skillen, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Calvin University • conversation
Oct. 6, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: joe-biden donald-trump-administration national-parks national-wildlife-refuge oil-and-gas-exploration malheur-occupation national-monuments donald-trump-jr public-lands us-elections-2020

Why we should leave old oil rigs in the sea – and why we don't

Decommissioning offshore structures is expensive and environmentally damaging – so why is it illegal to leave them where they are?

Tom Baxter, Honorary Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, University of Aberdeen • conversation
Oct. 5, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: oil-and-gas artificial-reefs petroleum north-sea offshore-decommissioning offshore-oil

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

Cheap plastic is flooding developing countries – we’re making new biodegradable materials to help

By combining plastic waste with durian wood sawdust, we may have found a way to slow the rise of plastic pollution in Indonesia.

Deirdre McKay, Reader in Geography and Environmental Politics, Keele University • conversation
Sept. 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: oil-industry plastic plastic-pollution composite-materials petrochemicals plastic-packaging lobbying

Protecting ocean habitats isn't easy when industries are booming – but can they be part of the solution?

Multiple ocean industries are rapidly growing, but efforts to protect vulnerable habitats are stalling.

Robert Blasiak, Research Fellow in Ocean Management, Stockholm University • conversation
Sept. 10, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: marine-protected-areas shipping oil-spill mauritius marine-conservation blue-economy

A new role for transnational corporations in an increasingly crowded ocean?

Multiple ocean industries are rapidly growing, but efforts to protect vulnerable habitats are stalling.

Robert Blasiak, Research Fellow in Ocean Management, Stockholm University • conversation
Sept. 10, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: marine-protected-areas shipping oil-spill mauritius marine-conservation blue-economy

Protecting ocean habitats isn't easy when 50,000 ships are sailing at once – but hope may lie in an unusual place

Multiple ocean industries are rapidly growing, but efforts to protect vulnerable habitats are stalling.

Robert Blasiak, Research Fellow in Ocean Management, Stockholm University • conversation
Sept. 10, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: marine-protected-areas shipping oil-spill mauritius marine-conservation blue-economy

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

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