Every year, Americans send millions of tons of food to the landfill. What if you could use all of those pizza crusts and rotten vegetables to heat your home? That's already happening in one unlikely laboratory: the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Brooklyn.
Many countries in the European Union are drawn to the benefits of fracking: cheap energy and energy independence. But many Europeans, including these protesters standing outside EU headquarters in Brussels, object to the practice on environmental grounds.
While watching the turmoil in Ukraine unfold, you may feel as though it has little to do with the United States, but the conflict is stirring a contentious debate in Europe over a topic familiar to many Americans: fracking.
Much of the continent depends on Russian natural gas that flows through pipelines in Ukraine. European countries are asking themselves whether to follow the U.S. example and drill for shale gas.
A workover rig performs remedial work on an existing water injection well just inside Fort Collins city limits, Oct. 22 2013.
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Citizens for a Healthy Fort Collins, Sierra Club and Earthworks have filed a motion to intervene in the Colorado Oil and Gas Association’s lawsuit against Fort Collins over a voter approved 5-year fracking moratorium.
A gas well at the edge of a residential neighborhood in Erie, Colo., Feb. 7, 2014.
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A University of Colorado study concluding that certain birth defects are as much as 30 percent more common among mothers living near natural gas wells has come under question by the state public health department.