A combination photo shows a sequence of an explosion erupting from a CSX Corp train derailment in Mount Carbon, West Virginia February 16th, 2015. Photograph: Reuters/Steve Keenan 0:46

A train hauling 109 cars of crude oil derailed in West Virginia on Monday, setting a number of cars ablaze and forcing the evacuation of two towns.CSX(...)

The US Supreme Court is to decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry under the country’s constitution.   Vin Testa, a supporter of same-sex marriage, waves a rainbow colored flag outside the US Supreme Court  in 2013.  Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The US Supreme Court is to decide whether or not same-sex couples have a right to marry under the country’s constitution, setting up a potentially hi(...)

A worker collecting a crude oil sample. The oil price slide from $115 a barrel six months ago has come amid relentless US shale oil production and output from Opec countries that has exceeded targets

Oil’s fall below $60 a barrel to five-and-a-half year lows gathered pace on Tuesday after data showed Chinese factory activity had weakened. ICE Janua(...)

Oil prices are now languishing at less than $80 a barrel mark, around 30 per cent below a peak they hit in June and from which they have fallen with i(...)

 Capitol police lead away a protestor after he and three others were removed from the Senate Gallery for shouting during a vote on the XL Pipeline in the US Capitol in Washington DC. Photograph: EPA

Republican prospects of increasing their US Senate majority were boosted when a Bill approving the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipe(...)

About five minutes before the final credits, Jesse Moss’s award-winning documentary hits us with the narrative twist of the year: it’s a doozy of a(...)

To frack or not to frack

To frack, or not to frack: that is the question. This fateful decision confronts us here in Ireland, just as it has confronted others elsewhere – whet(...)

Protestors outside West Sussex County Council offices last month after an application by a shale company to explore for oil and gas  near Wisborough Green in West Sussex was turned down. Photograph: Ruth Lumley/PA

Something unusual happened in West Sussex last month: a small rural community took on the fracking industry – and won. Indeed, the people of Wisboroug(...)

The honeybee population has been declining steadily for decades from six million colonies in 1947 to 2.5 million today. Photograph: Getty Images

The White House has joined the fight to save the American honeybee and other pollinators such as birds, bats and butterflies from decline to protec(...)

Drone flying:  LAPD   to hold  public hearings  on the use of drones. Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

The Los Angeles Police Commission is set to hold a series of public hearings to give the public a chance to weigh in on the use of drones by the loca(...)