Climate Change

Alejandra Borunda
Methane gas leaks from the ground both naturally and from coal, oil, and gas extraction. New research shows that more of the gas in the atmosphere comes from the fossil fuel industry than previously thought. PHOTOGRAPH BY KATIE ORLINSKY, NAT GEO IMAGE COLLECTION
FEBRUARY 19, 2020

Natural gas is a much ‘dirtier’ energy source than we thought

Coal, oil, and gas are responsible for much more atmospheric methane, the super-potent warming gas, than previously known.

Jessica Corbett
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) announce the introduction of public housing legislation as part of the Green New Deal outside the Capitol on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images)

February 20, 2020

"The path to a Green New Deal starts with bold action to restrict the supply of fossil fuels, and that is precisely why a ban on fracking is an absolute necessity."

More than 570 national, regional, and local groups signed on to a letter Thursday endorsing the first-ever national legislation that would immediately prohibit federal permits for new fracking or related infrastructure and fully ban the practice in the United States beginning in 2025.

Charlie Smith
March 25th, 2019
The B.C. Greens have committed to supporting the B.C. NDP government on supply and confidence bills.
    But Andrew Weaver and his two B.C. Green caucus colleagues have no intention of voting for Bill 10, which would provide a natural gas tax credit for "qualifying corporations".
    Julie Mollins
    View of deforestation around Lake Lagano in Ethiopia. Migration, agricultural expansion and charcoal production have cleared the forests in this area. CIFOR/Ollivier Girard

    Feb. 12, 2020

    Unless land management strategies are overhauled to reduce the gap between forestry and agriculture, it will be impossible to feed and nourish the human population without further damaging the environment and forests, according to scientists.

    Thomas M. Hanna, Mathew Lawrence

    February 13, 2020

    As we enter the second decade of the new century, signs of crisis are all around us. Climate change, rising economic inequality, assaults on workers’ rights and wages, unchecked corporate power, financialization, entrenched racism, misogyny, and xenophobia, and emboldened neo-fascism and right-wing populism, to name a few.

    Brent Patterson
    Molly Wickham - Sleydo’
    December 23, 2019

    The Wet’suwet’en Nation is opposed to a fracked gas pipeline crossing their territory in British Columbia without their free, prior and informed consent.

    To assert their sovereignty over their territory and stop surveying and construction activities related to the pipeline, the Unist’ot’en and Gidimt’en clans of the Wet’suwet’en Nation established two checkpoints on key roadways on their lands.

    Eugene Kung, Staff Lawyer
    'Raise a Paddle' water ceremony near TMX Westridge terminal, 2017 (E.Kung)
    February 19, 2020

    The saga surrounding the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker expansion project (TMX) saw two major developments this month.

    Jonathan Watts
     Oil and gas tanks at an warehouse in Zhuhai, China. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

    Study indicates human fossil methane emissions have been underestimated by up to 40%

    The oil and gas industry has had a far worse impact on the climate than previously believed, according to a study indicating that human emissions of fossil methane have been underestimated by up to 40%.

    Although the research will add to pressure on fossil fuel companies, scientists said there was cause for hope because it showed a big extra benefit could come from tighter regulation of the industry and a faster shift towards renewable energy.


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