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How Can We Best Measure the Serious Health Threats Posed by Fracking?

In Pennsylvania, opponents of gas drilling say regulators are slow and unprepared in responding to air quality complaints.

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Romney’s Energy Plan Isn’t an Energy Plan

It’s a veiled stimulus plan to bring back fossil-fuel jobs.

Fracking Away the Wildlife

A spiderweb of natural gas sites is making it harder for the antelope to roam.

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Frac-o-nomics: More Gas Won’t Guarantee Lower Prices

As humble guar gum illustrates, the economics of producing more fossil fuels won’t automatically result in lower prices, nor will increased protections necessarily mean big price increases.

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Is Natural Gas Just as Polluting as Coal?

Researchers find that harmful methane leaks into the air at twice the amounts estimated by the EPA.

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Burning Ice: The Next Energy Boom?

Oil companies and governments around the world are examining how to uncage huge amounts of methane gas locked up in undersea ice.

Oklahoma Earthquakes and the Wages of Fracking

European experiences offer hints as to whether high seismicity in the U.S. oil patch is related to new gas extraction methods.

Russian Gas and the Cost of Germany’s Energy Revolution

Doing deals with the Russians to put a pipe under the North Sea gives Germany some flexibility in its post-nuclear future, but at what price?

Think Biomass, Not Natural Gas

John Lennon said imagining world peace is easy if you try. Imagining the energy makeup of a country four decades from now may be a little more difficult.

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Quick Studies

Banning Chocolate Milk Was a Bad Choice

The costs of banning America's favorite kids drink from schools may outweigh the benefits, a new study suggests.

In Battle Against Climate Change, Cities Are Left All Alone

Cities must play a critical role in shifting the world to a fossil fuel-free future. So why won't anybody help them?

When a Romance Is Threatened, People Rebound With God

And when they feel God might reject them, they buddy up to their partner.

How Can We Protect Open Ocean That Does Not Yet Exist?

As global warming melts ice and ushers in a wave of commercial activity in the Arctic, scientists are thinking about how to protect environments of the future.

What Kind of Beat Makes You Want to Groove?

The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014