Apr 19, 2014

Turkey eyes burning pistachio nut shells to heat new eco-city

Turkey may have found a new way to exploit pistachios, the nuts that are a key ingredient in Turkish baklava — by using their shells to heat a new eco-city. Officials are examining plans to build the country’s first ecological city with buildings both ...

U.S. further delays making final decision on Keystone XL pipeline

Apr 19, 2014

U.S. further delays making final decision on Keystone XL pipeline

The Obama administration further delayed its decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project Friday, with no conclusion now likely until after midterm elections are held in November. President Barack Obama has said he will have the final say on whether to allow the ...

U.S. probes BP oil spill health legacy

Apr 14, 2014

U.S. probes BP oil spill health legacy

When a BP oil well began gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, fisherman George Barisich used his boat to help clean up the millions of gallons that spewed forth in the worst offshore spill in U.S. history. Like many Gulf ...

Mar 24, 2014

Rancor over Exxon Valdez refuses to fade

On a cold March night 25 years ago, the supertanker Exxon Valdez struck a reef off the coast of Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons (42 million liters) of crude oil into the sea. Images of oil-soaked birds and fouled beaches horrified the United States, ...

Shetland 'Vikings' seek autonomy from Scotland

Mar 24, 2014

Shetland 'Vikings' seek autonomy from Scotland

In the late winter dusk, hundreds of Vikings are marching down to the beach, bearing flaming torches. Their studded leather breastplates glint in the firelight as they roar and sing. The scene would have struck terror into the hearts of Dark Age Britons — ...

World energy use threatens water

Mar 23, 2014

World energy use threatens water

Rising demand for energy, from biofuels to shale gas, is a threat to freshwater supplies, according to a United Nations report released Friday. The report urged energy companies to do more to limit their use of water in everything from cooling coal-fired power plants ...

Mar 17, 2014

U.S. Navy SEALs seize tanker from Libyan rebels

U.S. Navy SEALs boarded and took control of an oil tanker late Sunday that escaped earlier this month from a Libyan port with armed men at the helm, the U.S. Department of Defense said. Libyan anti-government rebels, who are calling for a greater share ...

Mar 14, 2014

New way found to convert natural gas

U.S. scientists said Thursday they have devised a potentially easier, cheaper and cleaner way to turn natural gas into usable fuels and chemicals — a discovery that could lead to natural gas products displacing oil products in the future. The process would be less ...

Keystone contractor followed U.S. rules, report says

Feb 27, 2014

Keystone contractor followed U.S. rules, report says

A consulting firm that helped write an environmental review of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline complied with U.S. federal rules regarding possible conflict of interest, the State Department’s inspector general said Wednesday in a report that buoyed supporters of the controversial pipeline and ...