When it comes to planet-warming gases we need to worry about, carbon dioxide is at the top of the list. But the runner-up in the climate hall of infamy -- methane -- is turning out to be a bigger problem than we realised. A study published in Nature today estimates that global methane emissions from the oil and gas industries could be as much as 60 per cent higher than previously reported.
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Though the catastrophic natural gas leak outside of Los Angeles has been contained, the repercussions are still far from over, according to a new report. For weeks leaders of the region's utility companies have been warning customers about potential disruptions to their energy service. Today, they're telling Los Angeles to brace for blackouts this summer (winter in the southern hemisphere).
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.