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Arctic Methane Claims Questioned

A scientific controversy erupted this week over claims that methane trapped beneath the Arctic Ocean could suddenly escape, releasing huge quantities of methane, a greenhouse gas, in coming decades, with a huge cost to the global economy. Full story

2nd worker injured in W.Va. drilling blast dies

A second worker injured in a July 7 explosion at a West Virginia drilling operation has died. Full story

Earthquakes Burp Up Methane Bubbles

The long-suspected link between earthquakes and underwater methane bursts has finally been confirmed, reports a study published today (July 28) in the journal Nature Geoscience. Full story

Arctic Melting Won't Kill Your Business

You may have read that the recent acceleration of Arctic melting will lead to $60 trillion in global economic losses. Don't believe it. Full story

Global Price Tag for Arctic Thawing: $60 Trillion

The beautiful, stark scenery of the Arctic may be priceless, but the warming of the region could come at a great cost to the world. Full story

Curiosity rover confirms Martian air is mostly CO2

The Curiosity rover has tasted Mars' air: It's made mostly of carbon dioxide with hints of other gases. Full story

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NZ judge orders compensation for 29 mining deaths

Surprising Trove of Gas Seeps Found Off East Coast

NASA Checks Tundra for Greenhouse Gases

High US Methane Levels Found in Cross-Country Drive

Unique Animals Found at East Coast Methane Seep

Seafloor gas seeps found off East Coast

Bacteria blamed for world's worst extinction

Mars rover working on methane mystery

Even Romans spewed greenhouse gases

Meteors make alien planets deceiving

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  Chronicling the fracking revolution

Chris Hayes talks to director Josh Fox about his new fracking documentary Gasland Part II.

  'Food Recovery Network' helps those in need

This week’s big idea – “The Food Recovery Network” – helps feed those in need. The network’s founder, University of Maryland student Ben Simon, tells MSNBC’s Richard Lui about its work.

  Up to 18 miners killed in Russia blast

An underground methane gas explosion killed up to 18 miners at a coal pit in northern Russia. NBCNews.com's Gabe Gutierrez reports.

  Chemical causes family’s tap water to ignite

Highly flammable methane gas that can seep into well water is creating fireballs in home drinking water. NBC’s Jeff Rossen investigates, visiting one family in Ohio whose tap water methane levels are more than twice the acceptable level.

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An employee of European Gas Limited works on British company's coalbed methane exploration site outside Folschviller
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