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A drilling rig explores the Marcellus Shale.

Fracking chemicals found in Pennsylvania drinking water

May 5, 2015
Kai Ryssdal talks to Scott Tong about fracking chemicals found in drinking water
Posted In: sustainability, chemicals, fracking, Pennsylvania

A ban on fracking bans (no, you didn't misread that)

May 4, 2015
Texas is looking to ban local bans on fracking, and it's not alone.
Posted In: fracking, texas, oklahoma

Why "landmen" don't benefit from low gas prices

May 4, 2015
The people who oil companies pay to get the rights to drill for oil lose out.
Posted In: crude oil, drilling, gas prices
Tesla CEO Elon Musk showcases a suite of batteries for homes, businesses and utilities at the Tesla Design Studio on Thursday in Hawthorne, California.

Tesla's Powerwall isn't for everyone ... yet

May 1, 2015
Tesla's new home battery may be ahead of its time.
Posted In: tesla, sustainability, battery, energy

Nuclear renaissance ebbs at largest public utility

Apr 27, 2015
The Tennessee Valley Authority is scaling back its plans for more nuclear power.
Posted In: nuclear power, natural gas, energy conservation, Tennessee Valley Authority
Hank Lucido and his crew loading beetle-killed ponderosa pine on the Colorado-Wyoming border

Pine Beetle timber boom could soon bust

Apr 23, 2015
The beetle has eaten almost all the host trees, leaving less dead wood to harvest.
Posted In: timber industry, mountain pine beetles, climate change, wyoming
Plastic bottles and cans took over glass bottles as the drink holder of choice for beverage distributors in the late '50s.

How the humble glass bottle lost its appeal

Apr 22, 2015
Plastic proved more convenient than glass. Now it's easier to recycle, too.
Posted In: recycling, glass, plastic, waste

Raising water rates isn't just a California problem

Apr 22, 2015
Efforts to raise water rates across the country are being met with resistance.
Posted In: water, sustainability, pricing
The California drought has dried up reservoirs in the Bay Area.

Anti-tax measure complicates California drought effort

Apr 21, 2015
Higher water rates for conservation can violate a constitutional limit on fees.
Posted In: california, drought, Proposition 13, Proposition 218
Towers carrying electical lines are shown in South San Francisco, California

A call to invest in safety of the power grid

Apr 21, 2015
Department of Energy proposes billions in investment in power grid infrastructure.
Posted In: power grid, electricity, department of energy

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