January 12, 2016

Here's How Icebergs Are Slowing Down Global Warming

Massive icebergs from Antarctic are playing a surprising role in helping slow down global warming by melting and chilling the Southern Ocean, according to a new study in the journal Nature Geoscience.

"We were very surprised to find that the impact can extend up to 1,000 kilometers," from the icebergs, said study author Grant Bigg, a scientist at the University of Sheffield.

January 11, 2016

The Search for a Greener Airplane

The commercial aviation industry makes up about 2 percent of the annual carbon dioxide emissions tied to human activity and yet the sector was left out of the recent Paris climate accord. Still, researchers and industry members alike say much progress is already being made to bring to market low-carbon aircrafts.

January 8, 2016

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January 6, 2016

South Dakota Regulators Approve Keystone XL Pipeline, Again

South Dakota regulators approved on Tuesday the segment of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline that would go through the state, despite the project's rejected status at the federal level. President Barack Obama blocked the controversial pipeline in November 2015, but the pipeline's operator TransCanada Corp. has vowed to reapply for a permit under the next administration.

January 5, 2016

Norwegian Govn't to Statoil: Test Carbon Capture Feasibility in North Sea

Responding to a request by the Norwegian government, oil giant Statoil will conduct carbon capture and storage (CCS) feasibility studies in the North Sea during the first half of the year.

"The results from the storage studies, together with feasibility studies within CO2 capture and CO2 transport, will form the basis for a decision by the Norwegian government on further progress for full-scale CCS in Norway," Statoil said in a recent statement.

January 4, 2016

For 2015, Likely Record Low U.S. Coal Miner Deaths

For the U.S. coal industry, 2015 was not a great year with all the worker layoffs, plant closures and low stock prices. But there appears to be a silver lining. According to the Associated Press, the sector likely saw the lowest number of on-the-job deaths in coal mines in recent years.

Texas Joins Lawsuit Against EPA Ozone Rule

Texas recently become the ninth state to file a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency's new ozone rule.

"Areas of the country that fail to comply with these impossible standards will be subject to costly new regulations that will harm our economy and kill jobs," Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement on Monday.

January 1, 2016

What's Behind the Record Flooding in the U.K.?

With record-breaking floods already impacting thousands of homes in the United Kingdom, there's been much discussion about what is driving the series of devastating winter storms. So far, both climate change and El Niño are currently under suspicion.

December 24, 2015

Shell Announces Big Cuts in Spending, Costs for 2016

Energy company Royal Dutch Shell recently announced plans for next year to dramatically cut spending by about 30 percent compared to 2014 and to slash its operating costs by $3 billion.

"Our industry has entered what could be a prolonged downturn," Chad Holliday, a Shell executive, said in a statement. 

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