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Apryl Boyce was one oil worker who fell victim to shortened hours.

Quitting the Bakken: one oil worker walks away

Mar 23, 2015
With hours cut, work in the Bakken oil fields don't seem worth it to one worker.
Posted In: oil industry, colorado, disappearing jobs, North Dakota

Los Angeles finally ends a century-old water war

Mar 23, 2015
The city is repairing environmental problems it caused by draining Owens Lake.
Posted In: Owens Valley, water wars, drought, L.A. Department of Water and Power
A rare partial solar eclipse is seen over Northamptonshire on March 20, 2015 in Northampton, England.

European eclipse sheds light on solar power challenges

Mar 20, 2015
Power grids have to be re-engineered to keep up with new sources of electricity.
Posted In: solar panels, alternative energy, Europe
Court case in Oklahoma examines whether oil and gas firms should be held liable for earthquake-related damage.

Should oil companies be liable for earthquake-related damage?

Mar 19, 2015
The Oklahoma Supreme Court will soon decide if fracking is linked to earthquakes.
Posted In: earthquakes, fracking, oklahoma
A Chinese man wears a mask as he waits to cross the road near the CCTV building during heavy smog in Beijing, China.

An environmental movement is awakening in China

Mar 16, 2015
Is China having its 'Silent Spring' moment?
Posted In: China, air pollution, economic growth
A freight train pulling out of the Hess Gas Plant in Tioga, North Dakota, 2013.

Canada proposes tougher standards for oil tankers

Mar 16, 2015
Stricter rules are likely south of the border too.
Posted In: Canada, trains, oil tankers
Around a third of unusable dollars are burned to generate electricity.

How money gets burned

Mar 13, 2015
Hundreds of tons of shredded money are burned each year to generate electricity.
Posted In: recycling, electricity, Federal Reserve, Money
Gold bars

Apple's invented a new way to make 18-karat gold

Mar 11, 2015
Apple files a patent for "metal matrix composite."
Posted In: apple, apple watch, wearables
John Schniegenberg, principal engineer for Dominion East Ohio, at one of the company’s gas compressor stations outside Canton, Ohio.

In shale country, a boom in quiet

Mar 6, 2015
Businesses that help dampen the noise from oil and gas development are thriving.
Posted In: fracking, oil and gas development, noise

Writers on Water: Tiphanie Yanique

Feb 27, 2015
The author was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands and water remains at the center of her work
Posted In: Yanique, water, 'Land of Love and Drowning'