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Drought Brings ‘Toilet To Tap’ To Fore

BIG SPRING, Texas, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Drought in the U.S. West is leading many cities to join a growing trend of using recycled sewage water for drinking water — a practice dubbed “toilet to tap.” Big Spring, Texas, is building a $13 million wastewater-to-drinking water treatment plant that, beginning next year, will produce 2 […]

Named Storms In Atlantic On Record Pace

MIAMI, Aug. 23 (UPI) — The number of named storms in the Atlantic this year has already outpaced last year’s, which had the third-highest-ever total, forecasters say. Tropical storm Harvey, which formed last week and is expected to drench Central America, was this year’s eighth named storm while 2010 only had four at this point […]

U.S. Funds Biomass Plant In Kansas

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) — A biomass plant getting federal funds from the U.S. Department of Energy highlights Washington’s commitment to clean energy, an official said. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas LLC was getting a $133.9 million loan guarantee to support a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant. The facility would use […]

U.S. Senator Leaks Energy Trades

MONTPELIER, Vt., Aug. 22 (UPI) — Reactions were mixed to actions by a U.S. senator who revealed sensitive oil and natural gas trading activity in an attempt to dampen the impact of speculation. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ind-Vt., last week posted trading positions in oil and natural gas on his Web site to put pressure […]

Fossil Find May Be Earth’s Earliest Life

OXFORD, England, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Scientists say fossil microbes found in rocks in Western Australia may be the oldest direct evidence of life on Earth, from 3.4 billion years ago. Researchers said the microbes existed at a time of extreme conditions on Earth, with temperatures in the oceans between 100 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit […]

Google Sends Street View Down The Amazon

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 22 (UPI) — Google says it is sending its Street View cameras down the Amazon River to capture images of  “some of the most remote and biodiverse areas in the world.” The project is a cooperative effort between Google and the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation, a non-profit conservation organization that invited Google […]

Hadron Collider’s Higgs Boson Search Not Conclusive

GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Researchers at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland, say hints of the discovery of the long-sought Higgs Boson particle have not panned out. Last month CERN scientists reported what looked like glimpses of the elusive particle, sending waves of excitement through the global physics community. But a re-analysis, […]

U.S. Emissions Up 3.9 Percent In 2010

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) — An economic rebound in U.S. markets in 2010 was cited as the primary cause for a 3.9 percent increase in energy-related emissions, an energy agency stated. Carbon dioxide emissions from the consumption of fossil fuels in the United States were more than 5.6 billion metric tons in 2010. That’s an […]

U.S. Energy Groups Review Pipeline Safety

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Industry leaders in the U.S. energy sector said they were creating leadership teams aimed at improving the safety record of oil and natural gas pipelines. The American Petroleum Institute and the Association of Oil Pipelines announced they developed teams to examine ways to reduce hazards associated with pipeline accidents. The […]

Exxon Mobil Battles Over Gulf Oil Field

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) –  Exxon Mobil Corp. has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government to reverse an Interior Department decision to cancel offshore oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico. Exxon Mobil, which has headquarters in Texas, is suing to retain three leases on drilling rights in what it calls the […]

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