February 2014 NEWS

Methane, friend and foe for climate change

A STUDY in the journal Science finds that the United States is putting a lot more methane, a potent contributor to global warming and the primary compound in natural gas, into the air than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated. But the report also shows that the problem is... Read More >


Report: Burning natural gas is better than using coal

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: The latest news about natural gas arrives in an awkward moment. American gas drilling is booming. The market is expanding. And natural gas is promoted as a clean fuel, far better to run buses or heat homes than oil. A report in Science magazine concludes those benefits are real,... Read More >


Methane leaks far higher than US estimates

The natural gas system in the United States is leaking far more methane, a harmful greenhouse gas, into the air than official estimates say, according to research released Thursday.The report by researchers at seven major universities reviewed some 200 studies from the past two decades and found... Read More >


Study: Natural Gas for Coal a Good Climate Trade-Off Despite Leaks

A new analysis of more than 200 studies of how much natural gas escapes into the atmosphere to drive global warming finds that more gas is leaking than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had been estimating. But the new review also finds that disturbingly high leak rates publicized... Read More >


Study: EPA likely underestimating methane emissions by at least 50%

Methane emissions are worse than the conventional wisdom would have you believe, according to a new study by researchers at Stanford University.Methane, which is the primary component of natural gas, is an especially powerful greenhouse gas, packing more than two dozen times as much global warming... Read More >


Study: America's natural gas system is leaky and in need of a fix

The first thorough comparison of evidence for natural gas system leaks confirms that organizations including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have underestimated U.S. methane emissions generally, as well as those from the natural gas industry specifically. Natural gas consists... Read More >


George Mitchell second most generous donor of 2013

A Houstonian came in just under Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in a list of the country's most generous people. George P. Mitchell, a Houston pioneer in fracking, died last year, but his commitment to good environmental stewardship made him No. 2 on this year's Philanthropy 50, the list of the... Read More >


Pioneers who remade energy

In coming up with a list of the most influential corporate executives in the past 25 years, I believe the ultimate winners should be people who became such remarkable instruments for change that their contributions ultimately transformed their respective companies, industries and the world... Read More >

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