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The end of natural gas has to start with its name

By Rebecca Leber Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The oil and gas industry didn’t invent the name. But it invented the myth of a clean fuel.


EU proposes rules to label some gas and nuclear investments as green

By Kate Abnett Photo: REUTERS/Yves Herman

Investments in some gas and nuclear power plants would be labelled as sustainable under rules proposed by European Commission on Wednesday, a plan that has split countries and investors, and which some lawmakers will attempt to block.


Volts podcast: Panama Bartholomy on decarbonizing America’s buildings

By David Roberts

Fossil-fuel combustion in buildings — mostly natural gas for space and water heating — is responsible for around 10 percent of US greenhouse gas emissions.[*] Getting to net-zero will require heating, cooling, and powering all those buildings with carbon-free energy.


Living near or downwind of unconventional oil and gas development linked with increased risk of early death

Elderly people living near or downwind of unconventional oil and gas development (UOGD)—which involves extraction methods including directional (non-vertical) drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking—are at higher risk of early death compared with elderly individuals who don’t live near such operations, according to a large new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


Gas Stoves in the US Emit Methane Equivalent to the Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Half a Million Cars

By Phil McKenna Photo: Cezaro De Luca

Natural gas stoves emit far more methane than previously thought, as well as harmful nitrogen oxides in concentrations that can quickly exceed federal safety standards, researchers at Stanford University report.


Gas stoves in kitchens pose a risk to public health and the planet, research finds

By Maxine Joselow Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Gas-burning stoves in kitchens across America may pose a greater risk to the planet and public health than previously thought, new research suggests. The appliances release far more of the potent planet-warming gas methane than the Environmental Protection Agency estimates, Stanford University scientists found in a study published Thursday in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.


Federal court revokes oil and gas leases, citing climate change

By Lisa Friedman Photo: Eric Gay/Associated Press

A judge ruled that the Interior Department must consider the climate impacts of oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico before awarding leases.


Unused and useless: States must act to end flawed natural gas power plant buildouts

By Grant Smith Photo: Sean Gallup , Getty Images

Nothing exemplifies the irrational utility business model more than the billions of dollars companies have wasted on the massive buildout of natural gas capacity over the last decade, ignoring obvious market trends favoring renewables and energy storage.


Fossil fuel companies are lobbying to keep the world addicted to natural gas.

By Angela Dewan

Imagine a world entirely free of fossil fuels. That’s no longer such an abstract concept, as most of the everyday things we do can be powered by electricity — driving a car, heating a home, charging a phone or computer — and all that energy could come from sources like the wind, the sun and the natural movement of water.