Latest Fossil fuel Stories

The Future of Transportation Fuels
2012-03-27 07:17:55

Michael Crumbliss for RedOrbit.com The annual MIT Energy Conference has grown to be the premier energy conference of its kind, drawing participants from around the world to discuss the current and future state of energy production, use, and technology. The conference in its seventh year still entirely planned, managed, and led by students from the college. In my opinion the students´ direct involvement keeps the conference honest, progressive, and productive. Every talk or panel I...

2012-03-19 19:08:42

Study shows it takes 10 units of alternative electricity sources to offset a unit of fossil fuel-generated power Technology alone won't help the world turn away from fossil fuel-based energy sources, says University of Oregon sociologist Richard York. In a newly published paper, York argues for a shift in political and economic policies to embrace the concept that continued growth in energy consumption is not sustainable. Many nations, including the United States, are actively pursuing...

Global Greenhouse Gas Could Rise 50 Percent By 2050
2012-03-16 07:37:20

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said on Thursday that global greenhouse gas emissions could rise 50 percent by 2050. The report said that unless more ambitious climate policies are created, fossils fuels will supply about 85 percent of energy demand in 2050, increasing greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent. Fossil fuels like oil, coal and gas will make up 85 percent of energy sources by 2050, while renewables are expected to make up just 10 percent....

2012-02-29 14:05:05

Process could save time and money for oil/gas industry A University of Toronto research team has developed a process to analyze the behavior of bitumen in reservoirs using a microfluidic chip, a tool commonly associated with the field of medical diagnostics. The process may reduce the cost and time of analyzing bitumen-gas interaction in heavy oil and bitumen reservoirs. Dr. David Sinton, Professor with the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of...

2012-02-23 10:09:54

It takes a lot of energy to extract heavy, viscous and valuable bitumen from Canada's oil sands and refine it into crude oil. Companies mine some of the sands with multi-story excavators, separate out the bitumen, and process it further to ease the flow of the crude oil down pipelines. About 1.8 million barrels of oil per day in 2010 were produced from the bitumen of the Canadian oil sands — and the production of those fossil fuels requires the burning of fossil fuels. In the first...

2012-01-27 10:13:24

Stop wrangling over global warming and instead reduce fossil-fuel use for the sake of the global economy. That's the message from two scientists, one from the University of Washington and one from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, who say in the current issue of the journal Nature (Jan. 26) that the economic pain of a flattening oil supply will trump the environment as a reason to curb the use of fossil fuels. "Given our fossil-fuel dependent economies, this is more urgent...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.