Navy Launches First Drone From Aircraft Carrier

This piece is short on details, but reports scientists have found a way to do gas-to-liquids on the high seas at a cost of around $3 to $6 per gallon. “For us in the military, in the Navy, we have some pretty unusual and different kinds of challenges,” said Cullom. “We don’t necessarily go to a gas station to get our fuel. Our gas station comes to us in terms of an oiler, a replenishment ship. Developing a game-changing technology like this, seawater to fuel, really is something that reinvents a lot of the way we can do business when you think about logistics, readiness.” [International Business Times]

Drought stricken farmers in California are getting water from the oil industry. Produced water is being treated and applied to cropland in areas that have few other sources for irrigation. “To produce one barrel of oil, we produce about nine barrels of water,” says Chevron’s Thep Smith, walking around the company’s Kern River oil field, east of Bakersfield. Almost 10,000 pump jacks cover the hills. The field is more than a century old, but is still the second-most productive in the state. [KQED Science] also see Oil Industry and Fracking Could Help Solve Looming Global Water Crisis

A group of 70 companies with combined revenue of over $90 billion called on governments to enact policies that would leave a trillion tons of carbon in the ground, much of it in the form of coal. “In a communiqué coordinated by The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group, the signatories demand governments put in place policies to prevent the cumulative emission of more than a trillion tonnes of carbon, arguing that passing that threshold would lead to unacceptable levels of climate-related risk.” [The Guardian]