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High Levels of Dangerous Chemicals Found in Air Near Oil and Gas Sites

A study of the air near oil and gas drilling sites in five U.S. states found sometimes dangerously high concentrations of chemicals....

Poll Finds Generation Gap on Energy Issues as Millennials Voice Climate Concerns

As voters head to the polls Tuesday, new research finds a generation gap on energy issues as millennials voice far greater concern about climate change.

Two-thirds of young adults (aged 18 to 34) say they're inclined to vote for a political candidate who supports cutting greenhouse gas emissions and increasing financial incentives for renewable energy, according to an online poll of 2,105 U.S. residents by the University of Texas at Austin. In contrast, just half of seniors (aged 65 or older) say they would lend such support....

Congratulations to Madison Bumgarner: a World Series champ and wilderness champ!

What a year!

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After Two-Year Hiatus, U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Get License Renewals

After more than a two-year hiatus, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is once again renewing licenses for aging nuclear power plants.

The independent federal agency gave a 20-year license renewal on Oct. 20 to Limerick Generating Station Units 1 and 2 near Philadelphia and is now reviewing renewal applications for 17 additional reactors, including Indian Point Unit 2 that's located on the Hudson River about 24 miles north of New York City.

The NRC, which licenses commercial nuclear power plants for a period of 40 years, has granted 20-year extensions to 75 of the 100 operating reactors in the United States, many of which were nearing the end of their licenses....

The Aluminum Association

About the Association

The Aluminum Association, based in Arlington, Virginia, works globally to aggressively promote aluminum as the most sustainable and recyclable automotive, packaging and construction material in today's market.
The Association represents U.S. and foreign-based primary producers of aluminum, aluminum recyclers and producers of fabricated products, as well as industry suppliers. Member companies operate approximately 180 plants in the United States, with many conducting business worldwide.

Aluminum Recycling
Aluminum is one of the only materials in the consumer and industrial waste stream that more than pays for its own recycling....

Chief Councilor Ellis Ross of the Haisla Nation on First Nations and Energy Development in Canada

Located in the North Coast region of the Canadian province of British Columbia, the traditional territory of the Haisla Nation has found itself at the center of Canada's energy and international commerce debate.

Ellis Ross was elected Chief Councilor of the Haisla Nation in 2011 and re-elected by acclamation to a four-year term in 2013. A full-time Councilor since 2003, Ross has navigated the complexities and inherent tensions of balancing tradition, the environment and his vision of economic self-determination for the Haisla Nation for more than a decade....

12 "scary" critters right out of a horror movie (& where to find them)

There is no such thing as an evil animal.

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Paying for Protection Is Part of the Cost of Doing Business for Oil and Gas Firms in Egypt

From the frequent breakdowns in security to successive governments’ non-payment of company dues, oil and gas firms in Egypt have had a rough ride over the past few years. But for those operating in the country’s sparsely populated interior, no chore has proven as taxing as satisfying the Sahara Desert’s native inhabitants.

For centuries, roaming Bedouin tribes levied tribute from passing camel caravans to guarantee their safe passage, and in its modern guise, this habit has translated into demands for "protection money" from businesses whose property lies within their arid turf....

New Report Ranks the World’s ‘Greenest’ Utilities

By one measure – and measuring this sort of thing can get pretty complicated – the world’s biggest energy providers got a whole lot greener in 2013.

The publication EI New Energy, in releasing its third annual compilation of the "Top 100 Green Utilities" (PDF), said emissions-free sources accounted for 80 percent of the new energy generating capacity added by large utilities in 2013, a dramatic increase from 30 percent the year before.

The big additions – 21 gigawatts of non-hydropower renewables, 16 GW of hydro, and 3 GW of nuclear power – didn’t jumble the leaderboard much, at least not at the top: the Spanish company Iberdrola heads the new list, as it did in 2013, followed again by Energias de Portugal....

Graffiti painter vandalizes national parks across the West

Earlier this week, Modern Hiker reported cases of a social media account displaying similar illegal paintings in numerous national parks with messages from the account owner saying they h

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