US grid vulnerable to power outages due to its reliance on gas

As natural gas pipelines get hit by winter storms, the US is at risk of blackouts imaginima/Getty Images Natural gas plants have replaced coal to become the largest source of electricity for the US power grid, but they also appear to be the weakest link during extreme weather. The overreliance on natural gas could make … Read more

2024 could finally see greenhouse gas emissions start to decline

Carbon emissions from fossil fuels could finally start to fall in 2024 Bilanol/Shutterstock Planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions have been on the rise since the industrial revolution, and 2023 appears to have been no different. This year saw a more than 1 per cent increase in emissions from burning fossil fuels compared with 2022, according to … Read more

China started drilling ultra-deep holes in 2023 in a hunt for oil

The Shendi Take 1 drilling site in Xinjiang, China, in May 2023 Xinhua/Shutterstock This year, the China National Petroleum Corporation started drilling what will be the deepest hole in China and be among the deepest holes in the world, in the north-western province of Xinjiang. An announcement in May from China’s state-run news agency Xinhua … Read more

COP28: Why are fossil fuel talks held up and why does it matter?

COP28 president Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber leading a plenary session Sean Gallup/Getty Images Hopes of a strong stance from COP28 president Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber on phasing out the production and use of fossil fuels have been dashed at the climate summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. A draft agreement on the world’s approach to … Read more

COP28: Clash over the future of fossil fuels reaches fever pitch

COP28 president Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber leading a plenary session Sean Gallup/Getty Images Hopes of a strong stance from COP28 president Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber on phasing out the production and use of fossil fuels have been dashed at the climate summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. A draft agreement on the world’s approach to … Read more

COP28: Energy transition may cut oil-producing states’ revenue by 60%

An oil pumpjack in Venezuela Gaby Oraa/Bloomberg via Getty Images More than 20 countries dependent on oil and gas revenues could see these sources of funds cut in half by the transition to clean energy. Such an outcome could have disastrous consequences for workers and governments in these “petrostates” without international support to help manage … Read more

Carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels hit another all-time high

CO2 emissions from fossil fuels are still rising globally Jose A. Bernat Bacete/Getty Images This year’s total carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels are projected to reach 36.8 billion tonnes by the end of 2023 – another all-time high. The finding, from the annual Global Carbon Budget report, adds to the long list of alarming … Read more