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5 Effects of Fracking You May Not Know About

5 Effects of Fracking You May Not Know About | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

What comes to mind when you think of fracking? Perhaps it’s images of tap water being lit on fire or stories of families suffering health problems after nearby wells are fracked. Indeed, the health and environmental impacts of fracking are being documented, but it’s important to know that fracking is a catalyst for widespread negative consequences…

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Shell Accused of ‘Orwellian Doublethink’ in Downplaying Climate Risks to Investors

Shell Accused of ‘Orwellian Doublethink’ in Downplaying Climate Risks to Investors | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Oil giant Shell is back in the firing line this week as it is accused of “Orwellian doublethink” in its attitude to climate change and of failing to adequately addressing the “carbon bubble” and its threat to the company’s profits and shareholders.

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Global Energy Markets Reach Tipping Point Giving Renewables an Edge

Global Energy Markets Reach Tipping Point Giving Renewables an Edge | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

A pathway has opened for climate progress, but only if governments, business and public recognize and exploit the opportunity.

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California Drought Proves Laws of Nature Are Absolute

California Drought Proves Laws of Nature Are Absolute | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Projections for global warming mean that 2014 could become a typical year in the decades ahead.

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Fracking Wastewater Injection Wells Blamed for Oklahoma’s Recent String of Earthquakes

Fracking Wastewater Injection Wells Blamed for Oklahoma’s Recent String of Earthquakes | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Seismic activity in the state has risen dramatically, from just more than a dozen earthquakes recorded back in 2008 to more than 100 in 2013.

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You Can’t Have a Tea Party Without Clean Water

You Can’t Have a Tea Party Without Clean Water | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

We do know that people like to breathe, drink water and eat. Preserving the resources needed to ensure sustenance is a requirement of all political processes and governing regimes. You can’t have a Tea Party without clean water to brew tea.

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5 Medicinal Mushrooms

5 Medicinal Mushrooms | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

There are currently 38,000 discovered and classified species of mushrooms that hold medicinal benefits.

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Study Finds More Costs Than Benefits From Fracking

Study Finds More Costs Than Benefits From Fracking | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Though shale development has changed the county’s fortunes, the transformation from ghost town to boom town has been far from smooth, according to a study released in April by nonprofit research organization Policy Matters Ohio.

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The Economics of Global Warming

The Economics of Global Warming | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

It’s suicidal, both economically and literally, to focus on the fossil fuel industry’s limited, short-term economic benefits at the expense of long-term prosperity, human health and the natural systems, plants and animals that make our well-being and survival possible.

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California Governor Is Big on Talk, Weak on Climate Action

California Governor Is Big on Talk, Weak on Climate Action | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

When it comes to fighting pollution, global warming and our climate crisis, California Gov. Jerry Brown is big on talk and weak on action.

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Will Germany Ban Fracking?

Will Germany Ban Fracking? | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

German Ministers laid out plans to ban hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for shale gas on Friday, although anti-fracking campaigners believe plans for the new law should go much further.

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Activists Blockade Chevron Fracking Site in Eastern Romania

Activists Blockade Chevron Fracking Site in Eastern Romania | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Twenty-five activists from across seven countries, chained themselves to the gates of a Chevron shale gas exploration well in Eastern Romania yesterday, and are calling on the government to ban fracking in the country.

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Three Arrested in Biomass Plant Protest

Three Arrested in Biomass Plant Protest | EcoWatch | Scoop.it
Nearly 100 activists with Cascadia Forest Defenders and Earth First! converged on the Seneca Jones biomass plant today protesting the company’s privatization of public lands in the Elliott State Forest in Oregon and ongoing pollution in West Eugene.
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Hip Hop Icon Macklemore Joins ‘A River for All’ Campaign

Hip Hop Icon Macklemore Joins ‘A River for All’ Campaign | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Hip hop icon Macklemore joined Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition (DRCC) and Seattle, WA civic leaders last week to launch “A River for All” campaign to ensure a clean and healthy Duwamish River.

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Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Decimates Fish Populations in Appalachia

Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Decimates Fish Populations in Appalachia | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

A study from researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) published this month provides strong new evidence that mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia is devastating downstream fish populations.

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Government Subsidizes Fossil Fuel Industry With $20+ Billion in Taxpayer Money Each Year

Government Subsidizes Fossil Fuel Industry With $20+ Billion in Taxpayer Money Each Year | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Fossil fuel exploration subsidies are in direct conflict with these calls to restrict fossil fuel production and use.

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Arise Music Festival: Uplifting the World Through Music and Action

Arise Music Festival: Uplifting the World Through Music and Action | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

With a focus on conscious performers and diverse daily activities, participants and attendees from the 2013 event raved about the quality and range of options along with the thoughtful intention behind last year’s event, touting the festival as Colorado’s best of 2013.

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New Study Reveals Whales as Marine Ecosystem Engineers

New Study Reveals Whales as Marine Ecosystem Engineers | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

A recent synthesis, published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, evaluates decades of research on the ecological role of great whales.

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Approval of Bee-Killing Pesticides Challenged in Court

Approval of Bee-Killing Pesticides Challenged in Court | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Environmental and food safety groups yesterday challenged California’s illegal practice of approving new agricultural uses for neonicotinoid pesticides despite mounting evidence that the pesticides are devastating honey bees.

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Drought Drains Lake Mead to Lowest Level as Nevada Senator Calls for Government Audit

Drought Drains Lake Mead to Lowest Level as Nevada Senator Calls for Government Audit | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

As the largest reservoir in the U.S. falls to its lowest water level in history, Nevada State Sen. Tick Segerblom introduced a bill title and issued a press release on July 8 calling for an “independent scientific and economic audit of the Bureau of Reclamation’s strategies for Colorado River management.”

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Tell the EPA to Deny Dow’s Pesticide (2,4-D) for GMO Crops

Tell the EPA to Deny Dow’s Pesticide (2,4-D) for GMO Crops | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Despite numerous organizations’ efforts and 500,000 signatures to stop the EPA from moving forward with this proposal, the EPA could still prioritize Dow profits over the health and well being of our current population, future generations and our planet.

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Protecting Parrotfish Could Slow Decline of Caribbean Coral Reefs

Protecting Parrotfish Could Slow Decline of Caribbean Coral Reefs | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

The steady loss of coral reefs in the Caribbean could be partially reversed by taking a number of relatively simple steps, including stronger measures to protect the region’s parrotfish, according to a new study.

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Must-See Video: LEGO, Everything is Not Awesome

Must-See Video: LEGO, Everything is Not Awesome | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Greenpeace released an online film today to expose LEGO for promoting the controversial Shell brand on its toys. Shell has plans to drill for oil in the Arctic threatening the people and unique wildlife that live there.

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Higher Cancer Rates and Tainted Local Foods Linked to Tar Sands Operations

Higher Cancer Rates and Tainted Local Foods Linked to Tar Sands Operations | EcoWatch | Scoop.it
A new study released by two Alberta First Nations communities in partnership with the University of Manitoba reports that certain carcinogens released in tar sands operations are being found in high levels in local wildlife.
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Climate Denial Goes Vegas

Climate Denial Goes Vegas | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

They say comedy is just a funny way of being serious. So it’s natural that a deepening climate crisis would produce a deepening well of climate comedy.

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U.S. Reverses Proposal to List Wolverines as Threatened Species

U.S. Reverses Proposal to List Wolverines as Threatened Species | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

According to a leaked memo obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity, scientists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have been ordered to reverse their own conclusions and withdraw last year’s proposal to protect American wolverines under the Endangered Species Act.

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