Filmmaker Josh Fox interviewed families whose drinking water wells had gone bad after fracking began on or near their land. Their water is now discolored, foul-smelling and in many cases flammable. For the most part, the drilling companies claim no responsibility, although many have settled claims with victims.
A recent report by the Center for American Progress, authored by investigative journalist Jennifer Washburn, examined ten large-scale, long-term contracts that govern corporate-funded energy research at several major universities and concluded that these partnerships fail to establish adequate safeguards for scientific objectivity and academic independence.
This Oscar season, we're rooting for Gasland, a documentary about the controversial natural gas technique known as fracking. Numerous other eco-docs have been nominated in the past. What do the awards say about the environmental movement?
The United Nations Environment Program has a new report stating that cutting black carbon and ozone will reduce warming in the first half of this century, having immediate benefits for public health.
What will it take to convince the federal government that water and energy are tightly intertwined...and therefore their respective planning and policy must be closely linked?
Last year for Earth Day I asked Congress for a U.S. Energy Policy with far greater emphasis on energy efficiency and renewables. All I got was socks. Again.
Sustainability is a central theme of SUNY’s strategic planning. Why, then, isn’t it part of a new challenge grant program announced last week by New York Governor Cuomo and SUNY Chancellor Zimpher?
So many films feature energy as a theme that Dr. Michael Webber assembled a presentation that examines how energy production and consumption and our views about energy have changed over time.
If you follow current environmental events then you are likely familiar with shale-gas fracking and power plant cooling. But did you know how much these two issues have in common?
David Lochbaum is widely considered one of the top independent authorities on nuclear power in the U.S. At the Union of Concerned Scientists, he monitors safety issues at the nation’s nuclear power plants, keeps a close eye on the NRC and is a go-to expert for the government, media and public during breaking events like the 2011 nuclear power plant crisis in Japan.
This month, a funny thing happened in Texas, a state better known for its high profile, politically-charged feuds with the EPA. Texas's state legislature was the first in the U.S. to pass comprehensive chemical disclosure law for fracking.
Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign has helped put the kibosh on the construction of over 150 new coal-fired power plants and in the process has won a powerful ally for the next phase of their campaign.
With little public attention, two significant decisions came out of a follow up to a previously canceled meeting on hydraulic fracturing held by the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC).
It doesn’t matter if or when peak oil happens. Oil and other fossil fuels will be with us for some time. That is the problem.
Earth-friendly gifts can include upcycling and regifting, as well as non-consumables like service and donations. Here's some ideas for green, meaningful gifts.
Sally Reuther, CEO of Annapolis Hybrid Marine, sells electric marine motors and educates people about the benefits of electric propulsion in her efforts to make the Chesapeake Bay swimmable again.