Thanks to the success of U.S. oil companies engaged in hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” — a process used to extract oil trapped in shale formations — the United States will soon pass Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer. Both Saudi Arabia and the United States passed Russia for the top spot in recent years.

New EPA rules limiting airborne particulate emissions could virtually end the burning of wood for heat or cooking in the United States.

There is no scientific proof of man-made climate change, a co-founder of Greenpeace told a committee of the U.S. Senate.

U.S. Navy sailors are suing the Fukushima utility TEPCO for exposing them to nuclear radiation during Operation Tomodachi, the humanitarian mission to aid victims of the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

Frank Swain, a British freelance writer, recently wrote an essay published online by the BBC Future Science website entitled: “Why I want a microchip implant.” Like upwards of 10 million Londoners, Swain uses his Oyster card — a credit card-sized smartcard that contains an embedded RFID chip — to pay his fare on public transit such as the Underground and buses within Greater London.