Matt Smith

climate change

How Big Oil taught Big Tobacco to bend science

The tobacco industry may not have been the first to deny that its products were harmful. Turns out it may have learned the trick from the oil majors.
Matt Smith
7.24.16
environment

Cheap oil is shutting down California recycling centers

California recycles at twice the rate of the rest of the US, but hundreds of the state's recycling centers have closed as low oil prices change the economics of the business.
Matt Smith
6.30.16
MISSISSIPPI

A Bunch of Nuclear Power Plants Are Closing, and It’s Because of Fracking

More than six nuclear reactors have recently shut down, and more closings are likely coming.
Matt Smith
6.3.16
environment

Get Ready to See More Alligators North of Florida

Climate change is pushing gators to new habitats, but a spate of recent spottings in Georgia may have a simpler cause: there's more and more of us around them.
Matt Smith
6.3.16
environment

Halfway to Boiling: Indian Heat Wave Sets Record Highs

Indian news outlets report that temperatures topped 50 degrees Celsius (124 Fahrenheit) in the northwest of the country and forecasters warn that heat waves are growing longer and more intense.
Matt Smith
5.20.16
environment

Here's What Trump's Energy Advisor Thinks of Fracking, the Saudis, and Climate Change

The presumptive GOP presidental candidate has called climate change "bullshit" and a plot hatched by the Chinese to cripple the US economy — and this week said he'd renegotiate the Paris climate deal.
Matt Smith
5.19.16
environment

The Oil Industry Sought Patents for Low-Carbon Technologies Decades Ago — Then Abandoned Them

Documents obtained by the Center for International Energy Law reveal that as early as the 1960s oil companies were developing technologies to reduce and capture carbon dioxide, which may have helped to avoid decades of planet-warming emissions.
Matt Smith
5.19.16
environment

Obama Is Leaving One Big Black Mark on His Strong Climate Change Legacy

The White House denied this week a petition calling on the federal government to halt coal, oil, and natural gas drilling leases on public lands, pointing to the continued need for fossil fuels in the near term.
Matt Smith
5.18.16
environment

The Rise in Texas Earthquakes Is 'Almost Certainly' Due to Oil and Gas Drilling

New research shows the number of tremors is linked to the state's oil and gas boom — and the authors criticize Texas regulators for being "slow to acknowledge" the role of industry.
Matt Smith
5.18.16
environment

It's Already Looking Like 2016 Will Be the Hottest Year on Record

April was the seventh straight month that a global temperature record was broken — and there hasn't been a cooler-than-average year since 1975.
Matt Smith
5.16.16
environment

Shell Oil Spill Prompts Renewed Calls for a Moratorium on Oil and Gas Development in the Gulf of Mexico

An offshore rig operated by Royal Dutch Shell leaked over 88,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico — a region which produces 17 percent of the nation's crude and supports a quarter of a million jobs.
Matt Smith
5.13.16
environment

The Air in Nearly Every Big City in the Developing World Is Unhealthy to Breathe

The World Health Organization says air pollution is up 8 percent around the world and, while rich countries are becoming cleaner for the most part, 98 percent of cities in poor nations failed to reach minimum thresholds for healthy air.
Matt Smith
5.12.16
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