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Impact of Global Pollution Shared Through Social Media

David C. Roberts – Quartz – “Every year, outdoor air pollution kills more people worldwide than malaria and HIV combined. People in China, particularly in its largest cities, are some of the most affected, since the country’s rapid economic growth has come at the cost of air quality. This issue remained largely unaddressed until the USContinue Reading

Annual Energy Outlook 2015

“Projections in the Annual Energy Outlook 2015 (AEO2015) focus on the factors expected to shape U.S. energy markets through 2040. The projections provide a basis for examination and discussion of energy market trends and serve as a starting point for analysis of potential changes in U.S. energy policies, rules, and regulations, as well as theContinue Reading

EPA Fracking Waste Dumping Permits in Wyoming Challenged

Elizabeth Shogren – High Country News – April 14, 2015 – “The Environmental Protection Agency last month issued revised permits for oil companies to dump literally rivers of wastewater—including hydraulic fracturing fluids—on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. When the companies pump oil, water from deep in the earth comes up too. This water canContinue Reading

Federal Reserve Board Beige Book – April 15, 2015

Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions by Federal Reserve District: “Reports from the twelve Federal Reserve Districts indicate that the economy continued to expand across most regions from mid-February through the end of March. Activity in the Richmond, Chicago, Minneapolis, Dallas, and San Francisco Districts grew at a moderate pace, while New York, Philadelphia,Continue Reading

The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Five Years Later

NOAA: This is the first in a series of stories over the coming weeks looking at various topics related to the response, the Natural Resource Damage Assessment science, restoration efforts, and the future of the Gulf of Mexico.Oil spills raise all sorts of scientific questions, and NOAA’s job is to help answer them.  We have aContinue Reading

Report – Recovery of Rare Earths from Electronic Wastes

“This document was prepared on behalf of [European Parliament] Policy Department A at the request of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. It reviews the current level of technology development for the recovery of rare earths from electronic waste and examines the parameters that affect its development at the industrial scale and the opportunitiesContinue Reading

Top 100 U.S. Oil and Gas Fields

“This supplement to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) U.S. Crude Oil and Natural Gas Proved Reserves, 2013 ranks the 100 largest U.S. oil and gas fields by their estimated 2013 proved reserves. EIA defines a field as “an area consisting of a single reservoir or multiple reservoirs all grouped on, or related to, theContinue Reading

The Deep, Dangerous Problems Of America’s Aging Gas Infrastructure

FastCoExist: “While it’s still not known what caused the gas explosion and building collapse tragedy that killed two people in New York City last week—the mayor has said the building owner might have been “inappropriately” tapping the gas line—what is clear is that one of the nation’s oldest cities has a problem with its agingContinue Reading

A Periodic Table Of Elements That The World Is Running Out Of

FastCompany – “You might not realize it, but almost everywhere around you are rare metals from the earth. In your phone, computer, or any other LCD screen, for example, you’ll find a dash of indium, a soft, malleable metal that is in short supply in the Earth’s crust. Gallium, which can emit light from aContinue Reading

Governor Brown Directs First Ever Statewide Mandatory Water Reductions

News release: “Following the lowest snowpack ever recorded and with no end to the drought in sight, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced actions that will save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use, streamline the state’s drought response and invest in new technologies that will make California more drought resilient. “Today weContinue Reading

Studying the air above oil and gas production areas in the western United States

NOAA and CIRES lead airborne field campaign to look at climate and air quality impacts: “Vast regions west of the Mississippi River are under development for oil and gas extraction, and the associated equipment has become a familiar sight on any cross-country road trip or flight.  But while one focus is on what comes outContinue Reading

U.S. ethanol exports in 2014 reach highest level since 2011

“According to EIA monthly supply data through December 2014, which EIA released in late February, U.S. exports of fuel ethanol in 2014 reached their second-highest level at a total of 826 million gallons. This level was second only to the 1.2 billion gallons exported during 2011 and 33% more than exports of fuel ethanol inContinue Reading