Three western states have joined British Columbia in a regional scheme to put a price on carbon and implement other emissions-reducing policies. If successful, it could be a model for other regions, but questions remain over the efficacy of taxing carbon.
Oil companies operating in the once-mighty Libya are reviewing their commitments more than two years after the revolution there. Further west, however, sits Morocco, where some oil companies are eagerly laying the groundwork for what could be a major oil and gas bonanza.
The US is relying less and less on foreign suppliers to meet its energy needs, but US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says lauding those gains may be misguided in the drive for energy security.
Strong inventories have pushed US oil prices down into double digits, after three months above the $100 range. It's a lift for the US economy, even though the suddenly booming US energy industry will take a small hit.
Pakistan may be caught in the middle of a tug-of-war between Iran and Washington, Graeber writes. But given the bilateral interests on the Asian side, it's Washington that may be the odd man out.
Two US citizens were kidnapped from an oil supply vessel off the coast of Nigeria. The incident highlights piracy's shift westward from East Africa – tighter security and the promise of new oil have made the continent's western coast an increasing target for pirate attacks.
False widow spiders, often confused with black widow spiders, have forced the closure of a school in Britain a week before Halloween. No one has been bitten by the false widow spiders, according to the school, but local health authorities have advised it to close for the day to deal with the infestation.
Technology and geology are converging to unlock billions of barrels of oil across much of Africa in the coming decade. Can Africa avoid a 'resource curse' and leverage its mineral wealth to fuel economic development?
Europe appears to be hesitant to tap its shale natural gas resources on concerns over fracking, a controversial drilling technique, and continued emissions of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels.
The public debate about the trade-offs between rail and pipeline transportation is relatively new, Johnston writes, but most evidence thus far has found that pipelines are safer but have a higher leak-rate than rail.
US carbon emissions fell in 2012 – again – after peaking in 2007. The Great Recession and a boom in cleaner natural gas are widely credited as driving the reduction, but broader, longer-term shifts are also changing the way Americans use energy.