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Major U.S. Railway May Ditch Diesel

BNSF locomotive

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In yet another sign that natural gas is gaining steam as a transportation fuel, one of America’s biggest railroads, BNSF Railway Co., is undertaking a pilot program that will test the feasibility of using natural gas to fuel its locomotives.

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Managing Our Resource Futures

The recently released report from Chatham House takes a hard look at the challenges that lie ahead in the future as the world’s most crucial resources come under the increased strain of over-consumption.

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The future of oil in Iraq

Desert Gas Station by David Blackwell

It’s important to understand that increasing domestic oil production in America will not necessarily lower prices at the pump… Instead we should focus energy on alternatives to crude oil like natural gas, advanced biofuels and electric vehicles in addition to energy efficiency measures.

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Currently 50 million households suffer from food insecurity, meaning that family members cannot always meet their basic food needs.

10 million people a year could be fed through the recovery of just one-fifth of food waste.

Only 2% of food waste is composted or otherwise recycled—62% of paper is recycled.

Consumers throw out about 40% of the fresh and frozen fish they buy.

The U.S. produced 208 pounds of meat per person in 2009—60% more than Europe.

Low income commuters spend a much higher proportion of their wages on gas—8.6% versus 2.1% at $4 per gallon.

Food prices rose 35-40 percentage points between 2002–2008.

Americans consume 25% of the world’s produced oil, but our nation holds less than 3% of the world’s proven oil reserves.

The International Energy Agency says greenhouse gas emissions rose 3.2% last year, with a 9.3% increase in China offsetting declines in the US and EU.

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