UK Prime Minister David Cameron has given his unequivocal backing to the divisive "fracking" process used to extract shale gas from rocks, risking angering his party's supporters from more rural areas.
Cato Institute (Feb. 4, 2013) Hydraulic fracking is controversial, but should it be? Phelim McAleer, director of the film, FrackNation, argues that fracking's critics have vastly overstated their ... watch video
AFP (June 15, 2012) With global warming at the top of the agenda at next week's sustainable energy summit in Rio, even war-torn Somalia has embraced renewable energy. Funded by Norway, a project is underway to provide ... watch video
Popular Science (June 20, 2012) Some scientists think we could have achieved energy independence and improved the state of the environment decades ago had we embraced thorium as a form of clean ... watch video
The Christian Science Monitor (Oct. 12, 2011) US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar says the controversial practice of natural gas well drilling known as “fracking” can be done safely, without hurting the ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (Mar. 14, 2013) Many countries welcome fracking - a gas extraction technique - as a chance to revolutionize their energy industries. But Germany is skeptical, seeing this relatively new technology as environmentally ... watch video
AP (Mar. 11, 2013) In Northern Pennsylvania, natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation is being extracted from deep beneath the ground using fracking. The AP's Lee Powell found drilling rigs wired for remote control ... watch video
CBC (May 17, 2013) Gros Morne National Park's status as a world heritage site may be in jeopardy due to plans for controversial oil exploration on Newfoundland's west coast, CBC News has learned.
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Feb. 10, 2016 Physicists have shown how liquids on solid surfaces can be made to slide over the surface a bit like a bobsleigh on ice. The key is to apply a coating at the boundary between ... read more
Feb. 12, 2016 A new strain of yeast that could improve the efficiency of making fuel from cellulosic biomass such as switchgrass has been discovered by researchers. Both the yeast strain ... read more
Feb. 12, 2016 Scientists have developed a simple and powerful method for creating resilient, customized, and high-performing graphene: layering it on top of common glass. This scalable and ... read more
Dec. 15, 2015 The production of hazardous wastewater in hydraulic fracturing is assumed to be partly due to chemicals introduced into injected freshwater when it mixes with highly saline brine naturally present in ... read more
Oct. 15, 2014 As fracking expands in Ohio, University of Cincinnati researchers are expanding their testing of private water wells. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, involves using millions of gallons of water ... read more
Apr. 23, 2014 The shale gas boom has transformed the energy landscape in the U.S., but in some drier locations, it could cause conflict among the energy industry, residents and agricultural interests over ... read more
July 16, 2012 As the natural gas extraction process known as fracking surges across Pennsylvania, scientists are trying to understand what the short- and long-term consequences could be for the state's ... read more