Sweden's successful waste-to-energy program converts household waste into energy for heating and electricity. But they've run into an unusual problem: they simply aren't generating enough trash to power the incinerators, so they've begun importing waste from European neighbors.
As Internet usage continues to increase around the world, big tech companies like Facebook and Google must continuly increase the number and power of their servers to continue to grow and maintain their services. Scandinavian countries are becoming increasingly popular sites to build "server farms" because their climates mean lower costs.
Software giant Microsoft hopes to become carbon neutral by tracking and self-taxing its carbon output and investing in clean energy and efficiency.
Scotland plans to harness its high wind concentration as a renewable energy source with wind turbines. Wind turbines have often been criticized as ugly and loud, but now they're being called potentially harmful to the environment. That's because wind turbines have been releasing carbon stored in peat bogs into Scotland's atmosphere.
The Gloucester Marine Terminal, a gigantic produce warehouse in New Jersey, has completed construction on the largest rooftop solar installation in America. The installation has drawn attention to the potential for more corporate rooftop solar projects.
Ethanol isn't in the news much anymore, But in recent years the corn-based fuel industry has grown beyond expectations. With gas prices on the rise, ethanol may be ready for a come back.
Gaza Strip residents have struggled to get fuel for their vehicles because of a variety of factors that have led to a severe shortage of gasoline and diesel. Perhaps worse, though, the only power plant in Gaza runs on diesel so a fuel shortage has meant 18 hours a day without electricity.
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a regulation that will require new coal power plants to have dramatically lower carbon dioxide emissions. The standards are so tough that the plants would so expensive that we may not see many new coal plants in the country. But there are a lot of exceptions.
New research on the air quality around natural gas wells provides additional evidence and controversy about the possible health effects from hydraulic fracturing or "fracking." In Colorado, scientists found that fracking wells emit potentially toxic hydrocarbons into the air.
A combination of factors have pushed the United States to reverse decades of trends. Oil and gas consumption is down and declining. Oil and gas production, domestically, is skyrocketing. Oil and gas imports are evaporating. All of this has the potentially to revolutionize American foreign relations and the U.S. economy.