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Gas is flared as waste in March from the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil is extracted using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, near Buttonwillow, California.

The problem with fracking

Nov 24, 2014
Fracked oil wells decline in output quickly -- requiring more fracked wells
Posted In: Oil, fracking, enviroment
A building newly built in the architecture of imperial China stands near the cooling towers and smokestack chimneys of a coal-fired power plant on the outskirts of Beijing.

Why the U.S.-China climate deal isn't crazy ambitious

Nov 12, 2014
The U.S. commitments for reducing carbon emissions are mostly already in place.
Posted In: China, carbon emissions, emissions cap

Dirty 'frackwater' could yield lots of green

Nov 12, 2014
The market for cleaning up the briny waste water is likely to grow dramatically.
Posted In: fracking, conservation
Filling up a Fiat Multipla with natural gas.

What it's like to drive a car powered by natural gas

Nov 10, 2014
Marketplace’s Scott Tong conducted a test drive on a recent reporting trip to Michigan.
Posted In: natural gas, cars, carbon emissions

How tobacco farms are going organic

Nov 5, 2014
The federal program designed to help tobacco farmers transition from the depression-era quota system to the free market has officially ended.
Posted In: tobacco, Organic farming, North Carolina

Crude oil gets cheaper...again

Nov 4, 2014
Why the world’s largest oil exporter cut prices for crude oil sold to the U.S.
Posted In: crude oil, Saudi Arabia, oil prices

In North Dakota, the oil boom changes politics

Oct 30, 2014
Out-of-state political contributions are fueling what used to be low-energy politics
Posted In: North Dakota, oil boom
David Fowler by his stand at Washington DC's Eastern Market.

Old old old MacDonald had a farm

Oct 28, 2014
American farmers are older than they ever have been.
Posted In: farming, age of farmers, Agriculture, FFA, National Young Farmers Coalition

Food waste provides fertile ground for tech innovators

Oct 27, 2014
New apps connect retailers and restaurants with food charities and composters.
Posted In: Food, farmers, waste

Denton, Texas debates a fracking ban

Oct 24, 2014
The small community could set a precedent for the future of drilling in Texas.
Posted In: fracking, texas

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