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Duke Energy turning waste from hog farms into electricity

Charlotte - A Duke Energy power plant is using renewable natural gas from North Carolina-based hog farms to produce electricity – the first application of the technology from in-state farms.

Methane blasts holes in Siberian tundra, prompting warnings

Smoke, flames and a tremendous blast marked the most recent formation of a new crater in the thawing tundra of the Yamal Peninsula in Russia recently.

Canada proposes new regulations on methane gas emissions

On Thursday, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced proposed regulations to reduce methane emissions and air pollution from Canada's oil and gas industry. The public has until July 27, 2017, to comment on the rules.

City plans to use technology to turn sewer gas into natural gas

Portland - Portland, Oregon already has plans to meet all its electricity needs through the use of renewables by 2035, so it's no surprise that they have decided to make good use of methane gas from decomposing solid waste at the city's sewage treatment plant.

How beavers are affecting the global climate

A new study has demonstrated the effect that the growing beaver population, in certain regions, is having on both habitat and methane gas emissions.

Frozen methane gas being released by warming ocean

Researchers are reporting that the unusually large number of methane gas plumes detected off the Washington and Oregon coasts may be due to the warming Pacific Ocean.

Op-Ed: Obama’s bold carbon plan is in fact, a work of fiction

President Obama’s plan to reduce CO2 power plant emissions by 32 percent, in fact, only cuts emissions by 16 percent, and cuts total emissions by 7 percent.

Op-Ed: Procrastinating 10 years on climate change may be very costly

The Earth's climate is changing, with drought, floods, and falling water levels in our lakes and reservoirs, to raging wildfires and rising sea levels. It's hard not to notice, and the White House is worried about delaying actions on climate change.

Op-Ed: The Arctic's huge store of methane gas: 'Ticking time-bomb?'

Some climate change proponents are saying the huge amounts of methane gas, stored under the Arctic ice is a potential "ticking time bomb." They claim that we must stop extracting fossil fuels that put more CO2 into our atmosphere or face disaster.

Soviet scientists open the 'Door to Hell'

Fed by one of the largest natural gas reserves in the world, the Darvaza gas crater in the Karakum Desert of central Turkmenistan is fittingly called "The Door to Hell" by locals. Aptly named, flames and the pungent odor of sulfur permeate the area.

Exploding toilet severely injures woman in Barcelona (updated)

Barcelona - If you aren't already a little fussy over the state of public toilets, now would be a good time to start. This poor woman merely sat on the toilet and switched on the light, which caused the toilet to explode under her.

Gas leak in Spanish mine kills 6, injures 5 (video)

A gas leak at the Santa Lucía coal mine in Pola de Gordon, northern Spain, killed six miners on Monday and five others were taken to hospital in nearby León. Apparently there was no explosion.

Curiosity sniffs the Martian air but no clues yet to life on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover sampled the air on Mars this week. At a teleconference on November 2, NASA announced Curiosity had not found any evidence of methane, which is often a sign of life, in the Martian atmosphere.

Scientists worry about giant plumes of methane in Arctic Ocean

Scientists are worried about methane bubbling to the surface of the Arctic Ocean. The thawing of the Arctic as temperatures rise is releasing methane in the seabed. Scientists say high levels of the gas in the atmosphere could speed up climate change.

Study shows frack wells cause methane-contaminated drinking water

Durham - A new scientific study has, for the first time, found a pattern linking hydraulic fracturing and natural gas drilling with methane contamination of drinking water, with some contamination levels so high that faucet taps can be set on fire.

Upper Big Branch Mine coal disaster rescuers were ‘expendable’

Charleston - Last year's Upper Big Branch coal mine disaster, claiming the lives of 29 workers, also put at risk federal rescue teams who began their search for potential survivors hours after the blast without backup rescue teams in place, pressured by Massey Energy.

Op-Ed: Mountaineers Demand Answers From Feds Special

On April 5, 2010 at 3 p.m. an explosion ripped through the Upper Big Branch Mine in what one Massey Coal Mine Worker on his way into the mine described as a powerful "whooshing" sound as rock, debris, coal dust and smoke came rolling out of the mine.

No Survivors Found In West Virginia Mine

A sad day indeed in WV, as the missing miners bodies have been recovered following five days of praying and waiting for the deadly methane gas levels to drop so rescuers could safely enter the mine and search for these missing men.

Op-Ed: The Waiting Widows of the West Virginia Coal Mine

As long as we have coal mines in the state of West Virginia we will always have children without fathers, mothers without sons, sisters without brothers and the empty arms of the coal miners' waiting widow.

Five Dead In Manure Pit Accident

Authorities say that deadly methane gas that was coming out of a dairy farm's manure pit has killed five people in Virginia. The dead include four members of a local Mennonite family and a farmhand.

Danger in the Water

Beneath the blue-green waters of Lake Kivu is a disaster waiting to happen. Or perhaps a miracle ready to come alive.
 

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University of Alaska Fairbanks student researchers Dragos Vas and Sudipta Sarkar measure methane bub...
University of Alaska Fairbanks student researchers Dragos Vas and Sudipta Sarkar measure methane bubbles rising from an Interior Alaska lake.
Katey Walter Anthony
Methane burns as it escapes through a hole in the ice in a lagoon above the East Siberian Arctic She...
Methane burns as it escapes through a hole in the ice in a lagoon above the East Siberian Arctic Shelf.
Photo courtesy of Natalia Shakhova
Rapidly thawing Arctic permafrost and coastal erosion on the Beaufort Sea  Arctic Ocean  near Point ...
Rapidly thawing Arctic permafrost and coastal erosion on the Beaufort Sea, Arctic Ocean, near Point Lonely, AK. Photo Taken August, 5, 2013
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Methane gas bubbles off on the ocean floor off the coast of Virginia.
Methane gas bubbles off on the ocean floor off the coast of Virginia.
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Research Associate Professor Katey Walter Anthony inspects ignited methane gas shooting from a hole ...
Research Associate Professor Katey Walter Anthony inspects ignited methane gas shooting from a hole in the ice on the surface of a pond on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. The naturally occurring phenomenon is enhanced by thawing permafrost and increased plant decay.
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Aerial footage filmed Dec. 17  2015  shows potent  climate-damaging methane gases escaping from a ma...
Aerial footage filmed Dec. 17, 2015, shows potent, climate-damaging methane gases escaping from a massive natural gas leak at a storage facility in California’s Aliso Canyon, with the San Fernando valley pictured in the background. The giant methane plumes were made visible by a specialized infrared camera operated by an Earthworks ITC-certified thermographer.
Environmental Defense Fund
North Dakota: Flaring of methane gas out of the Bakken Formation.
North Dakota: Flaring of methane gas out of the Bakken Formation.
Joshua Doubek
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The third crater  discovered on the Taymyr Peninsula several hundred kilometers to the east of the Y...
The third crater, discovered on the Taymyr Peninsula several hundred kilometers to the east of the Yamal Peninsula, looks more like a funnel.
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Methane hydrate looks like a piece of ice when it is brought up from the sea floor. This piece is fr...
Methane hydrate looks like a piece of ice when it is brought up from the sea floor. This piece is from the "hydrate ridge" off the coast of Oregon.
World Ocean Review
Map of the District of Columbia showing where researchers found natural gas leaks under city streets...
Map of the District of Columbia showing where researchers found natural gas leaks under city streets, with colors indicating the concentration in parts per million of methane at each location.
Duke University
Canadian Greenhouse Gas and Air Quality Small Satellite CLAIRE Set for Launch.
Canadian Greenhouse Gas and Air Quality Small Satellite CLAIRE Set for Launch.
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WV Coal Miner
WV Coal Miner
Library of Congress
9/1/10 - Hurray! The Park Spark project is officially open! It has been running for about a week now...
9/1/10 - Hurray! The Park Spark project is officially open! It has been running for about a week now, collecting dog waste from the park, and capturing the methane from it to burn at night.
The Park Spark Project
6 miners were killed and 5 injured by a methane gas leak at a coal mine in Northern Spain on October...
6 miners were killed and 5 injured by a methane gas leak at a coal mine in Northern Spain on October 28, 2013
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The second crater found at the end of July on the Yamal  Peninsula has been measured at 49 feet in d...
The second crater found at the end of July on the Yamal Peninsula has been measured at 49 feet in diameter.
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A discovery of giant underwater craters at the bottom of Barents Sea could offer a viable explanatio...
A discovery of giant underwater craters at the bottom of Barents Sea could offer a viable explanation to the disappearance of ships in the Bermuda Triangle.
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View of the first crater found on the Yamal Peninsula. It is now estimated to be about 98 feet in di...
View of the first crater found on the Yamal Peninsula. It is now estimated to be about 98 feet in diameter.
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