energy
Hopefully This Poo-Powered Composting Street Light is Not the Future

A street light up the Malvern Hills is doing something exciting. It's shining away, guiding walkers out on their walks, with the energy it uses coming from a composting system that's powered by rotting bags of dog poo. Read More >>

environment
The US Finally Admitted That Fracking Contaminates Drinking Water

A new report by the US Environmental Protection Agency concludes that hydraulic fracturing is capable of contaminating drinking water at virtually every stage in the process. The admission won’t sit well with the Tories or US President-elect Donald Trump, both of whom have vowed to expand the controversial practice. Read More >>

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Scientists Claim Breakthrough in Converting Cow Farts to Useful Liquid Fuel

Something quite interesting and serious that might help save the world without making everyone drive an electric car and live on insect protein has been revealed by researchers, who claim to have found a straightforward method of converting troublesome and abundant natural gas methane into potential engine-powering juice methanol. Read More >>

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British Gas’ Boiler IQ System is a 24/7 Doctor for Your Home

A new kind of boiler-monitoring system has been revealed by the fossil fuel enthusiasts at British Gas, one that has a range of embedded sensors inside it to monitor its health -- and radio back to base should an engineer be needed to unclog something with a straightened out coat hanger. Read More >>

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British Gas is Absolutely Raking it in

British Gas made a whopping £574 million in profits in 2015. That's a tidy sum. It represents a 31% upswing from the previous year, during which it brought in £439 million. The company says this was due to a 5% increase in gas consumption, as a result of colder weather, though we’re pretty sure the massive drop in wholesale gas prices played a small part too. Read More >>

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National Grid Gas Supply Sale Greenlit Despite Winter Blackout Warnings

The National Grid is set to sell a majority stake in its gas distribution business, in a multi-billion pound deal that could get underway early next year. The UK power operator  is doing well financially, recording a 21 per cent jump in adjusted pre-tax profits, up from £1.14bn to £1.37bn in the six months to 30 September, and says it wants to "realise the value it has created in the networks." Read More >>

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The Truth About Your Flammable Farts

Contrary to popular belief, it’s probably not methane leaking from your backside that lights a fart on fire (which is known as pyroflatulence). Rather, it’s most likely primarily hydrogen. Read More >>

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Building the World’s Largest Floating Object, Shown in GIFs

A few months ago, The New York Times sent a photographer to South Korea to photograph the world's largest floating object. It took him hundreds of shots to capture the behemoth. Now, its makers are giving us a closer look at building of the ship. Read More >>

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Flared Saucepan Burns Your Beans Quicker and More Efficiently Than Ever

This is a Flare pan, a new kind of saucepan designed to use a gas flame more efficiently. It channels the flame exhaust up the sides to capture heat that would usually dissipate, claiming to use 40 per cent less gas to reheat today's depressing dinner. Given that a 20cm pan costs £64.99, it'll pay for itself within 45 years. [Lakeland via io9] Read More >>

energy
UK’s Energy Resources Could be Gone Inside Five Years

A worrying report by the Global Sustainability Institute suggests the UK only has enough of its own oil, gas and coal to keep the lights on and our bedrooms too hot for five years, suggesting we'll be going cap in hand to the Russians and Norwegians to help meet our future energy needs. Read More >>

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The World’s Oldest Underground Fire Has Been Burning for 6,000 Years

If you've heard of underground coal fires, then you've probably heard of the one raging under the abandoned town of Centralia, Pennsylvania, since 1962. Fifty-two years is a long time—and a lot of coal—but that's barely a blink compared to Burning Mountain in Australia, which has been ablaze for 6,000 years. Read More >>

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How a Build-Up of Methane Gas Caused a Toilet to Explode

We've all looked at a public toilet and thought it was a bit too ropey to plonk our butts down on, but rarely does it end with anything worse than a turned stomach and a serious shower once we've got home. But to come away with third degree burns from a trip to the loo? Read More >>

environment
Manholes That are so Full of Methane They’re Ready to Explode

Washington, DC may not really have been built on a swamp, but it can't escape the swamp gas. Scientists just published a survey that maps a whopping 5,893 natural gas leaks in the city's ageing pipelines. Read More >>

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This Mulit-Million Degree Gas Cloud Spans Half a Million Light Years

This glowing purple cloud may look stunning, but you wouldn't want to get too close—because it's actually a multi-million degree celsius gas cluster. Read More >>