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  • Comments & Opinion |

    The European Union’s plan to phase out Russian natural gas imports by 2027 rests partly on increasing near-term imports of US liquefied natural gas. This will require a coordinated policy response that includes securing supplies from major exporters, global diplomacy, expanding import capacity, and alignment with Europe’s climate goals.

    • Arvind P. Ravikumar
    • , Morgan Bazilian
    •  & Michael E. Webber
    Nature Energy 7, 465-467
  • Comments & Opinion |

    Producing low-carbon hydrogen to use as a clean energy carrier is an important step towards a decarbonized economy. Plasma pyrolysis is an emerging technology that has great potential for the large-scale production of low-carbon and affordable hydrogen.

    • Guoxing Chen
    • , Xin Tu
    •  & Anke Weidenkaff
  • Editorial |

    Coal has powered the world, spurring development and the advancement of society; however, the time has come to consign it to the past and find new technology to support development and advancement.

  • Comments & Opinion
    | Open Access

    The commercial use of natural methane hydrate is hampered by several open questions that remain regarding hydrate formation. Here the authors comment on past interpretations and aim to provide a roadmap for developing a predictive theory of methane hydrate nucleation.

    • Guang-Jun Guo
    •  & Zhengcai Zhang
  • News & Views |

    Photocatalytic conversion of methane to ethane suffers from low yields due to poor selectivity and quantum efficiency. Now, ethane is produced by a photochemical looping strategy using a nanocomposite of titanium dioxide, phosphotungstic acid and silver cations, with selectivity of 90% and quantum efficiency of 3.5% at 362 nm.

    • Fumiaki Amano
    Nature Energy 5, 494-495