Methane en Improperly Disposed Plastics Producing Methane <p>New Research at North Carolina State University points to the disadvantages of improperly disposing of biodegradable plastics. The products are designed to break down in composting bins. James Levis is an N.C. State PhD candidate and one of the study's organizers. He says the problem is that most biodegradable plastics are being thrown in the trash.<br> Mon, 27 Jun 2011 09:30:00 +0000 Eric Hodge 8522 at High Methane Levels in Water Near Hydrofracking Sites <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, serif; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(162, 191, 228);">There's new evidence that the method of extracting natural gas called "hydraulic fracturing" could be contaminating drinking water. A team of Duke researchers have found elevated levels of methane in well water near hydraulic fracturing sites. That could be an important finding as state legislators consider whether to begin allowing the practice here in North Carolina. Mon, 09 May 2011 21:10:00 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 8838 at