Seville to produce electricity from rotting oranges

Seville’s oranges are too bitter to eat fresh, but they’re a famous ingredient in marmalade—and, now, in the city’s electrical grid.
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The North Carolina hog industry's answer to pollution: A $500m pipeline project

Instead of implementing safer systems, activists say Smithfield Foods is seeking to profit from hog waste under the guise of 'renewable energy'.

Can Biden keep his promise to make farms climate friendly?

The president-elect will have to overcome major obstacles, including some of his own advisers and campaign proposals.

Beer unsold during Australia's COVID-19 lockdown has been turned into renewable energy

Instead of going to waste, some expired ales and lagers in the state of South Australia have been serving a new purpose: powering a water treatment plant.

Washington Post climate quiz

Time to see if you've been paying attention to The Washington Post's climate-related coverage. If you have, this quiz should be an easy A.


How Dole plans to eliminate food waste by 2025

The company generates huge amounts of waste from the parts of the fruit it doesn’t use. In the next five years, it’s hoping to find new ways to repurpose it all.

Water is an under-used weapon in climate change fight, UN says

With water use rising by 1% a year, cutting down could help curb climate-heating emissions, says World Water Day report.

Renewable natural gas? Yes, it’s a thing, and now Philly residents can get it

As of this month, Philadelphians can choose a cleaner option: gas produced in landfills, known as biogas.

India plans bio-gas plants to tackle toxic pollution, but experts skeptical

India is planning to set up more than 100 bio-gas plants and provide thousands of framers with machines to dispose of crop stubble in a bid to halt the choking crop-burning pollution that blights the country every winter.

Fearing for its future, a big utility pushes ‘renewable gas,’ urges cities to reject electrification

The utility's plan would mix a small amount of biogas with its main product - natural gas - to keep its pipelines running in a state that's aiming for zero emissions.

Boulder, Longmont look to offset emission with renewable natural gas

Cities across Colorado, and along the Front Range in particular, are beginning to invest in biogas infrastructure.

What really happens to the organic waste you put in your compost bin

In many communities, residents are asked to separate food waste into bins for municipal composting. Here's a closer look at what actually gets composted and how, what happens to the rest, and where it all ends up.

Could renewable natural gas be the next big thing in green energy?

For decades, small-scale biogas systems have collected methane from landfills, sewage plants, and farms. Now, in Europe and the U.S., the growth of this renewable form of natural gas is taking off as businesses capture large amounts of methane from manure, food waste, and other sources.


Factory farm manure energy is a very shitty idea, new paper says

"A real clean agricultural revolution would include only 100 percent clean and renewable energies and not methane-producing, smog-forming biogas."
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Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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