China is betting long-term on unconventional gas, but it is running into problems developing its vast shale resources.
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New research shows a decline in the electricity used by all the electronic devices in U.S. homes.
At the current rate of construction, there won’t be enough nuclear plants worldwide to meet critical carbon emissions targets.
Subtracting nuclear reactors in the U.S. could make it tougher to meet climate goals.
Recent data clarify the trends causing emissions to shrink to their lowest level since 1995.
Because China relies so heavily on coal for power, electric vehicles aren’t necessarily an improvement over gasoline-powered cars.
Three years after the Fukushima disaster, some countries are pulling back from nuclear power while others grow capacity.
No matter how fast export facilities for liquefied natural gas are approved, it will be years before the U.S. can challenge Russia’s position as a dominant supplier.
The Fukushima disaster led Japan to shut down nuclear power plants, but three years of rising costs and carbon dioxide emissions are forcing it to reverse course.
Coal could be a source of cheap, nontoxic fluorescent nanoparticles useful for biomedicine.