Climate Change

California Regulator Sets ‘Aggressive Pace’ for Phasing Out Natural Gas, Oil in Draft Update

California Regulator Sets ‘Aggressive Pace’ for Phasing Out Natural Gas, Oil in Draft Update

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has released a draft update to the state’s climate plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) that it says will accelerate the transition away from natural gas in transportation and use in buildings. The draft 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan selected by CARB seeks to lay out a realistic…

May 12, 2022
Canada’s Supreme Court to Weigh Legality of Oil, Natural Gas Regulatory Overhaul

Canada’s Supreme Court to Weigh Legality of Oil, Natural Gas Regulatory Overhaul

A dispute over environmental approval of oil, natural gas and forestry projects is headed for the Supreme Court of Canada following an Alberta verdict that the federal government violated the national constitution with its 2019 green new deal legislation. The case is to be appealed, said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Alberta Court of Appeal…

May 12, 2022
Lower 48 Marginal Oil, Natural Gas Wells Seen Comprising Half of Well Methane Emissions

Lower 48 Marginal Oil, Natural Gas Wells Seen Comprising Half of Well Methane Emissions

A report published by researchers at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) found that low-producing oil and gas wells are a major contributor to methane emissions from well sites in the Lower 48. The study, published in the Nature Communications journal, found that while these wells produce less than 15 boe/d, they account for about 50%…

April 28, 2022
Mid-Atlantic, New England Regions Looking to Build Regional Hydrogen Hub

Mid-Atlantic, New England Regions Looking to Build Regional Hydrogen Hub

Four Mid-Atlantic and New England states, along with 40 energy companies, have partnered to propose a regional hydrogen hub development as various parts of the country seek to secure federal funding. The governors of Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts said they would pursue $8 billion in federal funding provided through the Department of…

April 8, 2022
Substantial Roles Seen for Natural Gas, Carbon Capture in 1.5-C Degree World

Substantial Roles Seen for Natural Gas, Carbon Capture in 1.5-C Degree World

Natural gas should play a reduced, yet still significant role, in the global energy mix even if anthropogenic global warming is limited to 1.5 C degrees, according to the latest modeling by the United Nations (UN) climate change panel. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) analyzed scenarios in the latest report, which indicate…

April 8, 2022
Window ‘Brief and Rapidly Closing’ to Mitigate, Adapt to Climate Change, UN Says

Window ‘Brief and Rapidly Closing’ to Mitigate, Adapt to Climate Change, UN Says

Climate change is disrupting ecosystems and human lives and urgent action is needed to slow its advance and prepare for impacts, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Created by the United Nations (UN) in 1988, the IPCC provides policymakers with regular scientific assessments on the current state of…

March 3, 2022
Biden Administration’s Climate Change Initiatives Expanding to DHS, USDA

Biden Administration’s Climate Change Initiatives Expanding to DHS, USDA

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is launching the Climate Change Professionals Program as part of the Biden administration’s growing interest in climate change initiatives.  On his first day in office, the President made it clear his administration’s focus would be on tackling climate change after he issued an executive order directing the Department…

January 27, 2022
RSG Seen as Key to Unlocking More Natural Gas Export Demand in Developed Countries

RSG Seen as Key to Unlocking More Natural Gas Export Demand in Developed Countries

Responsibly-sourced natural gas (RSG) is key to unlocking more demand for the fuel overseas, but largely in countries that can afford it, according to a panel of U.S. producers and exporters that spoke in Washington, DC, earlier this month. “RSG is a contract between a region that is privileged to have the supply and a…

November 24, 2021
Texas Oil, Gas Operators Using Innovations to Reduce Flaring, Methane Emissions

Texas Oil, Gas Operators Using Innovations to Reduce Flaring, Methane Emissions

The Texas energy sector is making substantial progress to reduce methane emissions, with flared natural gas volumes down by almost three-quarters between June 2019 and May, according to an industry-backed report.  The Texas Methane & Flaring Coalition on Wednesday issued the first edition of its Methane & Emissions Report. The coalition, established in December 2019,…

September 10, 2021
Feds Expanding Efforts to Capture, Store CO2 Emissions

Feds Expanding Efforts to Capture, Store CO2 Emissions

Nine research projects are getting a federal funding boost to advance methods and potentially reduce costs to capture and store carbon from the air, also known as direct air capture (DAC). The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) said it has granted $24 million to universities and national labs across the country. The aim of the…

August 23, 2021
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