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The Natural Gas Industry Has a Leak Problem

The American oil and gas industry is leaking more methane than the government thinks — much more, a new study says. Since methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, that is bad news for climate change.<p>The new study, published Thursday in the journal Science, puts the rate of methane emissions from …

Fossil Fuels

Siemens pilots the use of ammonia for green energy storage

A chemical compound commonly used to boost crop yields could be the answer to helping the world increase its consumption of renewable energy.<p>In a world first, Siemens is opening a £1.5m pilot project in Oxfordshire employing ammonia as a new form of energy storage.<p>The German industrial firm hopes …

Natural Gas

Personalism: The Philosophy We Need

One of the lessons of a life in journalism is that people are always way more complicated than you think. We talk in shorthand about “Trump voters” or “social justice warriors,” but when you actually meet people they defy categories. Someone might be a Latina lesbian who loves the N.R.A. or a …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

New Goldman Sachs Fund Will Track Paul Tudor Jones’s Feel-Good Companies

The spiritual guru Deepak Chopra had just finished teaching a class about ethics in business at Columbia Business School when he called the billionaire investor Paul Tudor Jones II in the fall of 2012.<p>“‘Listen, one of my students has got a really good idea,’” Mr. Jones said Mr. Chopra had told him. …

Investing

Democrats Childishly Resist Trump’s North Korea Efforts

Shock! Horror! President Trump is actually doing something right.<p>Sadly, Democrats in Congress are responding in a quite Trumpian way: They seem more concerned with undermining him than supporting a peace process with North Korea. They are on the same side as National Security Adviser John Bolton, …

North Korea

The Problem With Wokeness

A few weeks ago, I mentioned on “Meet the Press” that for all the horror of the recent school shootings, we shouldn’t be scaremongering. There’s much less gun violence over all in schools today than in the early 1990s. Four times as many students were killed per year back then than in recent …

Meet the Press

Japan to roll out public service with automated vehicles by 2020:The Asahi Shimbun

The government plans to start automated vehicle services on public roads by 2020 in some areas, such as depopulated districts where train and bus …

The Great Breakup: The First Arrivals to the Americas Split Into Two Groups

Early inhabitants of the Americas split into two populations over 13,000 years ago, according to a new study of ancient DNA, and remained separated for thousands of years.<p>Eventually, somewhere, the two groups met again and began commingling. Today, their descendants inhabit a vast region stretching …

Anthropology

Elon Musk, the Donald of Silicon Valley

He is prone to unhinged Twitter eruptions. He can’t handle criticism. He scolds the news media for its purported dishonesty and threatens to create a Soviet-like apparatus to keep tabs on it. He suckers people to fork over cash in exchange for promises he hasn’t kept. He’s a billionaire whose …

Silicon Valley

Antibiotics in Meat Could Be Damaging Our Guts

In 2015, Sandy Lewis, a small-time organic cattle farmer in upstate New York, bought 13 bulls, for around $5,000 each, from a breeder in Oklahoma. A few weeks after the animals were trucked to his farm near the Vermont border, Mr. Lewis discovered that two of the bulls had died. He could see holes …

Microbiology

To fight the status quo, the activists of 1968 harnessed the power of fashion

In 1968, the American Dream looked a lot like it did in the 1950s. It was rooted in the suburbs; it was a nuclear family; and it was white. Men wore a uniform of starched white shirts, dark suits and slim ties. For women, a middle-class existence was defined by shift dresses and merciless …

Black History

Did the F.B.I. Save Trump’s Presidency?

There has always been a relatively innocent and eminently plausible interpretation for why Donald Trump’s presidential campaign had so many suspicious ties to Russia. Let’s review:<p>First, the candidate himself took an indulgent view of Vladimir Putin. This was naïve, but it was no crime: Barack …

How to Age Well and Stay in Your Home

Barbara Ehrenreich, popular author and self-described mythbuster, has written about how, having reached her mid-70s, she has lived long enough and now forgoes regular medical exams. And Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a 60-year-old oncologist and bioethicist, argues that we might all be better off, himself …

Home Improvement

It’s Roseanne’s America, Not Trump’s

The Catholic novelist Flannery O’Connor famously advised her coreligionists to push back against the age as hard as it pushes against you. “What people don’t realize is how much religion costs,” she wrote. The same could be said of civil society. It is precious, delicate, rare. It requires diligent …

Donald Trump

College May Not Be Worth It Anymore

Last year, New York became the first state to offer all but its wealthiest residents tuition-free access to its public community colleges and four-year institutions. Though this Excelsior Scholarship didn’t make college completely free, it highlights the power of the pro-college movement in the …

How California Could Bust Up the Two-Party System

California’s Republican Party is in crisis. Voters are leaving it in droves, its candidates haven’t won a statewide election in more than a decade and its lawmakers are likely to lose several important elections this year. Yet many of the party’s leaders and lawmakers seem unwilling to make the …

The Man Who Changed the World, Twice

This column is about a man who changed the world, at least twice. I want to focus less on the impact of his work, which is all around us, and more on how he did it, because he’s a model of how you do social change.<p>Stewart Brand was born in Rockford, Ill., in 1938, the son of an advertising …

Native Americans

The Future of the American Left

It’s easy to argue that the American left is on the cusp of a great victory. The economic anxieties of the working class have gone unaddressed. The Resistance is passionate and politically engaged. Faith in capitalism is plummeting. Only 42 percent of millennials embrace capitalism, according to a …

Political Science

Are G.M.O. Foods Safe?

It’s human nature, it seems, to resist change and fear the unknown. So it is no surprise that genetic engineering of food and feed crops resulted in their resounding condemnation as “Frankenfoods” by many consumers, who seem as terrified of eating an apple with an added anti-browning gene or a pink …

How the American Two-Party System Became so Divided

Mid-century politicians envisioned ideologically defined parties—but failed to anticipate today’s hyper-polarized environment.<p>“It would be a great tragedy if we had our two major political parties divide on what we would call a conservative-liberal line. [O]ne of the attributes of our political …

Political Science

Barbara Bush, Wife of 41st President and Mother of 43rd, Dies at 92

Barbara Bush, the widely admired wife of one president and the fiercely loyal mother of another, died Tuesday evening at her home in Houston. She was 92.<p>Jim McGrath, a family spokesman, announced the death in a statement posted to Twitter.<p>On Sunday, the office of her husband, former President …

Government

New Jersey Takes a Big Step Toward Renewable Energy (and Nuclear Gets Help, for Now)

TRENTON — New Jersey significantly altered the future of its energy sector on Thursday, passing two bills that set ambitious goals for expanding renewable power and curtailing greenhouse gases in the state.<p>The bills, which require power companies in New Jersey to generate 50 percent of their …

The Failures of Anti-Trumpism

WACO, Tex. — Over the past year, those of us in the anti-Trump camp have churned out billions of words critiquing the president. The point of this work is to expose the harm President Trump is doing, weaken his support and prevent him from doing worse. And by that standard, the anti-Trump movement …

Political Science

Utah’s climate resolution & bipartisan carbon pricing bill

Utah state Rep. Becky Edwards (left) co-sponsored a bipartisan carbon pricing bill. Student advocacy helped set the stage for this bill and a …

Under investor pressure, Duke Energy issues climate report

Responding to shareholder pressure, Duke Energy is releasing today a climate-change report that sketches a drastically changed electricity mix in a …

Natural Gas

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rose Last Year. Here Are the Top 5 Reasons.

WASHINGTON — If the world wants to avoid drastic global warming this century, we’ll need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions sharply in the years ahead.<p>For now, however, we’re still moving in the opposite direction: Carbon dioxide emissions from the use of coal, oil and natural gas increased 1.4 …

Fossil Fuels

In India, Everything Can Be Delivered (Except Clean Air)

<i>How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Vindu Goel, a technology reporter for The Times who moved last year from San Francisco to Mumbai, India, discussed the tech he’s using.</i><p><b>What’s your favorite tech tool for staying on top of your beat?</b> <b>What do</b> …

How to Prevent Smart People From Spreading Dumb Ideas

We have a serious problem, and it goes far beyond “fake news.” Too many Americans have no idea how to properly read a social media feed. As we’re coming to learn more and more, such ignorance seems to be plaguing almost everybody — regardless of educational attainment, economic class, age, race, …

Social Media

Cynthia Nixon and the Age of Inexperience

You wouldn’t want to be operated on by a physician with only a few surgeries under his or her belt, and the assurance that this doctor brought a fresh perspective to anesthesia and incisions wouldn’t thrill you.<p>You would choose a pilot who had flown 999 flights over one with nine, and you would …

The Troubling Return of Al Gore

It’s the year 2015, in Paris, and negotiations over an international climate accord are falling apart. India‚ the world’s fourth-largest polluter, is …