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2014-03-03 08:24:49

Independent study for EDF reveals ample opportunity for industry to use existing, affordable technologies to control emissions from onshore operations WASHINGTON, March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An independent analysis conducted by ICF International (ICF) has determined that the onshore segment of the U.S. oil and gas sector can significantly reduce emissions of methane - a highly potent greenhouse gas and the primary ingredient in natural gas - using currently available...

Thousands Of Natural Gas Leaks Under The Streets Of DC
2014-01-16 13:23:20

[ Watch the Video: More Than Hot Air - Explosive Find Under Washington DC ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, there are nearly 6,000 natural gas leaks under the streets of Washington, DC. Scientists from Duke University and Boston University say that they have discovered more than 5,893 leaks from aging natural gas pipelines under DC. The team also said that dozens of these leaks...

Arctic Seafloor Releases Double Previous Estimates Of Methane
2013-11-26 07:19:53

University of Alaska Fairbanks The seafloor off the coast of Northern Siberia is releasing more than twice the amount of methane as previously estimated, according to new research results published in the Nov. 24 edition of the journal Nature Geoscience. The East Siberian Arctic Shelf is venting at least 17 teragrams of the methane into the atmosphere each year. A teragram is equal to 1 million tons. “It is now on par with the methane being released from the arctic tundra, which is...

Methane Emissions In North America Surpass Previous Estimates
2013-11-26 05:16:45

[ Watch the Video: Methane Emission Estimates Are Lower Than They Should Be ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could be underestimating American methane emission levels by as much as 50 percent, according to new research appearing in this week’s early online edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Carnegie Institution researchers, along with colleagues from the Lawrence Berkeley...

Unexpected Properties Of Methane-producing Microbe Revealed
2013-11-19 08:31:36

University of Massachusetts at Amherst Derek Lovley's lab at UMass Amherst show for the first time that one of the most abundant methane-producing microorganisms on Earth makes direct electrical connections with another species to produce the gas in a completely unexpected way For 40 years, scientists thought they understood how certain bacteria work together to anaerobically digest biomass to produce methane gas, important in bioenergy and the major source of greenhouse gas. But now...

Record Carbon Dioxide Levels In 2012, Methane Off The Charts
2013-11-07 12:50:28

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If you are a fan of random violence occurring worldwide, a new report out this week is right up your alley. While we learned earlier this year that 2012 was the ninth warmest year since 1880, this week we were greeted with news that greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, hit record highs in that same year. Specifically, carbon dioxide levels have increased a full 41 percent since the start of the...

Dwarfism In Mammals Also Occurred During Second Warming Period
2013-11-03 05:03:03

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While scientists have known for several years that some mammals became smaller during a period of warming known as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), researchers from the University of Michigan have found a second instance of mammalian “dwarfing” attributable to increasing temperatures. During the PETM, which occurred approximately 55 million years ago, mammals such as primates and groups that include deer and horses...

mars lacks methane
2013-09-20 03:50:39

[ Watch the Video: Curious Case Of Methane On Mars ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new finding using data obtained from NASA's Curiosity rover has revealed that the Red Planet's environment lacks methane. Previous data reported by scientists indicated that methane was present on Mars, but the latest evidence derived from extensive tests by the rover shows the planet lacks traces of the gas. Finding methane would be a big indicator for scientists looking to...

2013-09-17 12:23:42

Numerous Problems Outlined With How Study Was Conducted in Order to Achieve Results Inconsistent with Findings of Independent Researchers WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Anthony Ingraffea, Ph.D., Dwight C. Baum professor of engineering, Cornell University, and president, Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Healthy Energy (PSE), and Seth B. Shonkoff, PhD, MPH, executive director, Physicians, Scientists, & Engineers for Healthy Energy, and environmental...

2013-09-16 16:21:05

Study is inconsistent with established science and not representative of US natural gas development BERKELEY, Calif, Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, a new study, "Measurements of Methane Emissions at Natural Gas Production Sites in the United States" by David T. Allen and colleagues, will be published in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences at 3pm ET. The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) together with many oil and gas companies funded and supported this research...