A Massive Petrochemical Fire In Texas Released Toxic Benzene Into the Air

A shelter-in-place advisory was issued for thousands of Houston suburb residents after a four-day blaze released chemicals into the air.
Caroline Haskins
2 days ago
Hot Jupiters

NASA Scientists Created a Super-Hot Exoplanet Atmosphere on Earth

A team heated a cloud of gas up to 2,000°F and blasted it with radiation to see what happens on giant planets that orbit very close to their stars.
Becky Ferreira
climate change

A Strong US Economy Doesn’t Have to Mean a Worse Climate

A new report estimating the carbon emissions for 2018 shows they have risen for the first time in four years, in part due to the growing economy.
Kaleigh Rogers

Flaws in Gas Station Software Let Hackers Change Prices, Steal Fuel, Erase Evidence

Two security researchers discovered vulnerabilities in an automated gas management that allowed them to shut down fuel pumps, hijack credit card payments, and steal card numbers.
Kim Zetter
Fossil Fuels

Trump Wants to Open Nearly All US Offshore Waters to Drilling

The Trump administration unveiled an unprecedented blueprint for expanding oil and gas drilling in fragile waters.
Sarah Emerson

Public Lands Agency Ordered Staff to Promote Oil and Gas on Social Media

Staff at the Bureau of Land Management were instructed to share photos of fossil fuel development on the agency’s Flickr page, FOIA documents reveal.
Sarah Emerson
War Is Boring

The Navy’s First Carrier-Launched Drone Will Be a Flying Gas Tank

For now.
David Axe
Oh No

Government Flickr Page that Used to Show Wilderness Now Only Shows Oil Drilling

So long public lands, hello fossil fuel.
Sarah Emerson
Texas Forever

The Company Behind Dakota Access Is Pushing Another Pipeline In Texas

When Energy Transfer Partners announced the project, they didn't ask for permission, but simply told residents a massive pipeline was coming through some of their properties—soon.
Amy Martyn
Motherboard Blog

New EPA Report Affirms Fracking Can Contaminate Drinking Water

Meanwhile, Trump just appointed Texas governor Rick Perry and oil magnate Rex Tillerson.
Meredith Rutland Bauer

Native Americans Are Resisting the Dakota Pipeline With Tech and Media Savvy

The North Dakota protests are about more than climate change and free speech. They speak to racist assumptions about who’s tech savvy and who’s not.
Paul Spencer

The $20 Billion Arctic Pipeline That Will Haunt Canada Forever

It’s considered the “greatest construction project” ever. Four decades on, low oil and gas prices may finally put Canada’s plans for the Mackenzie Gas Project to rest.
Brian Castner