environment
Europe Has a £100 Billion Natural Gas Problem

In 2019, the U.S. began officially pulling out of the Paris Agreement, rolled back tons of important climate legislation, and expanded fossil fuel infrastructure. Meanwhile last fall, Germany committed to reaching net-zero by 2050 late last month. And last month, the UK’s oil and gas industry committed to reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, too. Read More >>

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Global Carbon Emissions Are Headed For a New High in 2019

Natural gas, which fossil fuel companies market as a clean bridge fuel to renewables, is the fastest growing energy source. Renewable energy is on the rise, too, and the U.S. and Europe are using less coal. But according to new research, the world’s carbon emissions will still reach an all time high this year. Read More >>

energy
Natural Gas is Now Called ‘Freedom Gas,’ According to the US Department of Energy

Jingoistic nationalism and promoting fossil fuels go hand in hand for the Trump administration. But the Department of Energy took that connection to a new level on Tuesday with a press release touting natural gas as “freedom gas” full of – I feel stupid even typing this – “molecules of U.S. freedom.” Which I guess means we now definitively know the cost of freedom: According to the global market, it’s $2.64 per million BTUs as of Wednesday late morning. Read More >>

energy
Portugal Just Powered Itself Exclusively on Renewable Energy for Four Whole Days

Last week, the nation of Portugal achieved something remarkable. For 107 hours—about four days—the country ran on nothing but wind, solar and hydro power. Read More >>

environment
The LA Gas Leak Is Scarier Than We Thought

Since a gas leak erupted outside LA on October 23rd, over 83,000 metric tonnes of methane have escaped to the atmosphere, prompting public officials to evacuate the neighbouring community of Porter Ranch. But as a disturbing new analysis shows, a much broader swath of LA is now drowning in methane. Read More >>

environment
The Well Responsible for LA’s Colossal Gas Leak Didn’t Have a Safety Valve

Engineers don’t know exactly what caused the gigantic natural gas leak outside LA that’s the atmospheric equivalent of the BP oil spill. But they suspected it might be aging infrastructure since the pipes are over 50 years old. Turns out that the well hasn’t had a working safety valve since 1979. Read More >>

environment
LA’s Gas Leak Is a Global Disaster 

One of the worst environmental disasters of the decade is currently underway in a quiet community 25 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Putrid, methane-rich natural gas has been spewing into the air at an estimated rate of nearly 1,300 metric tonnes per day for over two months. Experts are calling it the climate version of the BP oil spill, and the leak isn’t going to be contained anytime soon. Read More >>

monster machines
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 >>

power
Explore the Deck of the Largest Floating Facility Ever Created

No one knows quite what to call the Prelude, the floating behemoth that Shell engineered to extract natural gas from below the ocean floor and liquefy it for use. It's hard to describe Prelude because it's so much bigger and more complex than anything else humans have ever built—which is also what makes it difficult to photograph. 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 >>

robots
France Will Pay You £2.9 Million to Invent an Oil-Drilling Drone

France's equivalent of DARPA has a lofty task for you. The National Research Agency is challenging engineers to design and build an autonomous oil-drilling robot that can operate continuously for six weeks at a time. And they're willing to pay you handsomely. Read More >>