The level of methane in the atmosphere has risen dramatically in the last decade. It heats the planet 86x more intensely than CO2 over a 20 year period. The fingerprints are on fracking and gas power.

According to new research by Cornell natural gas production is responsible for two-thirds of the sizeable rise in global methane emissions between 2008 and 2014 – with shale gas produced by fracking accounting for more than half of this increase. Multiple stages of the fracking process, in which shale rock is fractured to release trapped oil or gas, result in …

25,000 breaths a day, more for children + Breakthrough Using Carbon-14 to Estimate National Emissions of Carbon Dioxide From Fossil Fuels

By NOAA JUNE 1, 2020 The study team used measurements of atmospheric CO2 and its radiocarbon content (Δ14C) to ‘unmask’ the contribution of CO2 from fossil fuel combustion and cement production to the observed total. This map shows concentrations of CO2 across the US in the summer of 2010. Credit: Sourish Basu, CIRE Tracking Fossil Fuel Emissions With Carbon-14 Researchers from NOAA …

Gas-Friendly States Are Passing Laws Barring Bans or Restrictions on Natural Gas

Gas-Friendly States Are Passing Laws Barring Bans or Restrictions on Natural Gas (Bloomberg) States friendly to oil and gas development are trying to stop more local governments from banning natural gas connections in favor of electric hookups, which are seen as more climate-friendly, Bloomberg Law reports. Lawmakers in Louisiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Arizona have all recently passed, or signed into …

Around 30 cities in California have passed building codes that reduce their reliance on gas. Report looks at stranded assets.

Utility Dive, 11 June 2020 Around 30 cities in California have passed building codes that reduce their reliance on gas, according to the Sierra Club, the most recent being Santa Cruz, which in March passed an ordinance to “eliminate natural gas infrastructure and associated greenhouse gas emissions in new buildings where all-electric infrastructure can be most practicably integrated.” But while it’s “fantastic” that …

Renewables Provide 100% New US Electricity Capacity In April, Oil Industry Shedding Jobs, Investment Community Remains Oblivious

June 9th, 2020 by Steve Hanley, Clean Technica  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Energy Infrastructure Update for April is out, and it shows that all new electricity generation capacity in the US in April came from renewable sources. Think about that. No new coal, no new natural gas, and no new nuclear. FERC defines renewables as biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, and wind. Some would quibble with biomass, which …

Oil and gas face $1.8 trillion downturn in 2020, new data shows. World has 1 billion barrels in storage, 12 million barrels/day of excess capacity, and people are trying to get off fossil fuels

The world still has 1 billion barrels in storage, according to S&P Global Platts, which tracks the data. We have more than 12 million barrels a day of excess capacity, and people around the world are doing their best to break their reliance on fossil fuels. The data firm Fitch Group projects the global oil industry will lose $1.8 trillion in …

These Danish Companies Plan to Rely on Clean Hydrogen and Synth Fuels to Decarbonize Transportation

 World Economic ForumJun. 08, 2020 11:56AM ESTENERGYCars stuck in city traffic in Denmark, Copenhagen. plus49 / Construction Photography / Avalon / Getty Images By Johnny Wood A group of Danish companies are joining forces to build one of the world’s largest facilities producing synthetic fuels. The unique partnership aims to help decarbonize the country’s transport sector by manufacturing sustainable alternatives …

Indoor Air Pollution: the Link between Climate and Health: The combustion emissions from the building sector now contributes to the largest share (37 percent) of premature deaths associated with air pollution

The combustion emissions from the building sector now contributes to the largest share (37 percent) of premature deaths associated with air pollution, compared to other sectors like transport, industry, and power generation. May 5, 2020  |  By Brady Seals, RMI As a global pandemic shines a new light on health, air pollution, and the disproportionate impacts on vulnerable populations, it exposes the …

Leading oil and gas companies have lost an average 45% of their value since the start of 2020 – perfect set-up for public ownership/takeover

As the coronavirus pandemic threatens health and safety on an unprecedented scale, people around the world are uniting in novel ways to flatten the curve, support those on the frontlines of the crisis, and assist members of their community. But meanwhile, others are capitalizing on the crisis to line their pockets. The biggest offender? The oil, gas, and plastic industry. …