Energy Production

The greatest need modern civilizations have is energy. Learn about oil, electricity and newer forms of energy like solar and wind power.

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Beneath the surface of a large portion of North America, buried in ancient bedrock, is a massive reserve of natural gas.

By David DeFranza, Planet Green

In any conversation about fuel and resource consumption, you're likely to hear at least a passing reference to natural gas. Some argue it could wean the modern world off of its dependence on oil and coal.

By Matt Cunningham

The use of activated carbon is pretty straightforward: it boils down to combining infinitesimal grains of carbon with contaminated things you want decontaminated- water, air, metals or the human body.

By Alexander Davies


The United States has emergency crude oil stored in its Strategic Petroleum Reserve that can be tapped only under certain terms and usually only by the president. So how much is in the reserve and how long can it last?

By Cherise Threewitt & Sarah Gleim

The U.S. consumes 19.1 million barrels of petroleum each day -- almost half of it in the form of gasoline, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

By Alice Truong

Energy has been on everybody's minds lately, probably because our society is in a transition period, trying to move from polluting sources to cleaner ones.

Let's take a quick second to talk about what a deep-sea oil scanner does. It sends out a laser beam toward whatever needs to be scanned underwater -- usually an oil rig and the surrounding sea floor

By Kristen Hall-Geisler


Americans have been using natural gas for decades. It fuels homes and factories, powers our appliances and goes into making products like antifreeze, medicine and explosives. Since 1949, its use and domestic production have risen each year.

By Sarah Alban

Did you know that the sun shines more energy onto the Earth's surface than all of its inhabitants use in an entire year? Keep reading to learn How to Sell Electricity Back to the Grid.

By Allison Wachtel

Call it, green, clean or renewable; Henry County, Ill., has effectively used alternative energy to spur economic development.

By John Perritano

From devastating tsunamis to being pulled by the current while swimming at the beach, we are innately familiar with the force and power of moving water. However, is hydro power the future of energy?

By Alexander Davies


The world is growing at an amazing rate. Currently, the Earth’s population is growing by 60,000 people every eight hours -- that’s two children born every second somewhere around the globe.

By Danielle Fisher

Could cities be powered by our bodies? Check out this amazing graphic to learn about the future of power and discover if cities can be powered by our bodies.

A megacity is a city with more than 10 million inhabitants. Check out the amazing graphic that shows the Rise of Megacities: The Future Illustrated.

How much do you know about the history of energy? Check out this awesome graphic that explains the History of Energy.


There's a short and long answer to this question, and they both start the same way. If you came looking for the short answer, a succinct, unequivocal 'No' will do. If you're interested in the longer one, you'll need the basic background info first.

By Brian Merchant

Coal dominates the power industry in the U.S., producing nearly half of all electricity consumed in the country.

By Rachel Cernansky, Planet Green

When people talk about energy and natural gas, opinions differ. Is it harmful to the environment, or the last great clean energy source?

By Linda C. Brinson

If you're interested in saving money by switching to natural gas to heat your home and power your appliances, you may have to have a gas line installed to bring it to your door.

By Alexander Davies


In 2010, a West Virginia coal mine collapse and a massive oil spill in the Gulf have renewed people's interest in other energy sources, like natural gas.

By Brian Boone

Extremophiles are tiny microbes that are able to thrive in hot, salty and even acidic or gaseous environments that would kill other forms of life.

By Eric Niiler

Remember those orange juice commercials? The ones where people tried to poke a rolling orange with a straw?

By David DeFranza, Planet Green

Under our toes, a wealth of gas exists that burns clean and could wean the U.S. off energy dependence. But getting to it is a bit tricky.

By Alice Truong


As the global climate change crisis mounts and the global population has surpassed 7 billion, the search for plentiful, environmentally-friendly energy has taken on new urgency.

By Alexander Davies

Alternative energy isn't so "alternative" anymore. It's in the news, on political platforms, atop roofs and filling gas tanks, and the options have grown enough to change the conversation: It's not whether we want it, but which kind we want.

By Julia Layton