The coal business is personal in Craig, a small town in northwest Colorado.
It’s so personal, businesses are boycotting several Colorado craft breweries including New Belgium Brewing Company for giving money to an environmental group that’s challenging their local coal mines—even though the breweries haven’t actually supported that particular campaign.
With the oil industry facing what could be its worst downturn in more than 45 years, the major companies are taking extraordinary, perhaps even desperate, measures to preserve their dividends. This is raising the question of whether the current price slump is just another in a long history of down business cycles, from which oil companies always emerge victoriously, or a sign of more deeply troubled times ahead.
Fox Creek, an oil town of nearly 3,000 residents in western Alberta, recently experienced its third earthquake of at least magnitude 4.0 this year. The difference between this one and many of the quakes felt in fracking country in the U.S., however, is that Canadian researchers are attributing the cause to fracking itself, not just the wastewater disposal process.
If enough states "just say no" to the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, refusing to impose limits on the carbon dioxide emissions of electric utilities within their borders, that could hasten the emergence of an interstate cap-and-trade regime designed by the federal government.
Waiting to tackle ocean acidification caused by climate change through yet-to-be developed geoengineering schemes will be too little too late to prevent mass extinction of ocean life, a new study concludes.
One unexpected twist in the Environmental Protection Agency’s rules governing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants is a proposal to create incentives to move more rapidly toward energy efficiency and renewables like wind and solar power.
The feature could help compensate for the agency’s decision to delay by two years, until 2022, the first compliance deadline imposed by the Clean Power Plan regulations, which were published on Monday.
Enbridge, Inc. and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have agreed to a six-month extension on fines the company expects will be imposed as punishment for a 2010 pipeline rupture that sent more than one million gallons of oil into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River. The fines are expected to be the largest ever for a oil pipeline spill, perhaps as much as $100 million.
A dispute between two environmental scientists is creating a controversy over how much methane is leaking from natural gas production and is contributing to global warming.
Two InsideClimate News projects were honored by the Society of Environmental Journalists, with the collaborative series "Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale: Big Oil + Bad Air" winning top honors for outstanding in-depth reporting for a large market. "Meltdown," about a polar bear attack on humans in the Arctic, was awarded second place in the outstanding feature story category.