Environment

Petroleum pump jacks are pictured in the Kern River oil field in Bakersfield, California. Jonathan Alcorn | Reuters The head of the world’s leading energy authority has said that some countries had failed to adopt a helpful position to calm soaring oil and gas prices, criticizing “artificial tightness” in energy markets. “[A] factor I would
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This article was originally published on Ensia. For many of us, March 2020 marked a pivot point in our lives, when the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Since then, we have heard the term “wet market” thrown around in science and in the news, as a wet market in Wuhan, China is
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With record heat waves globally and extreme flooding affecting Europe and China, now is a pivotal moment to interrogate the interplay of technology and the environment, including the role of artificial intelligence (AI). What would it take to make AI “greener”? On the one hand, we first need to collectively recognize tangible costs to the creation and use of AI
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Oil wells pumping outside of Midland Texas. Joe Sohm | Visions of America | Universal Images Group | Getty Images The Biden administration’s decision to release oil from U.S. reserves is a “mistake,” former U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette told on Wednesday. “I do think it’s a bad policy choice. There’s no question about that,”
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The Biden administration has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help Puerto Rico transition to a greener and more resilient energy future, but it’s on the verge of making a multibillion-dollar mistake. Since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, many residents and environmental advocates have called for new clean energy sources for the island. Currently Puerto
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Electricity transmission pylons beside the gas-fired power plant, operated by Uniper SE, in Irsching, Germany, on Wednesday, July 7, 2021. Michaela Handrek-Rehle | Bloomberg | Getty Images LONDON — The Energy Charter Treaty is not widely known, yet it’s feared the influence of this international agreement could be enough by itself to derail hopes of
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In the United States, all housing is not created equal. Low-income communities continue to grapple with poor housing quality, high energy costs and disproportionate health burdens stemming from fossil fuel pollution in their homes and communities. On average, these households spend far higher percentages of their income on energy, and 26 million low-income U.S. households
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